Baxter’s of Cape Cod
Baxter’s of Cape Cod has long been known as a quintessential Cape restaurant by visitors hungering for fresh seafood, celebrities hoping for a Kennedy sighting, and people like me. Since I was 19, summer wouldn’t be summer without a visit to Baxter’s of Cape Cod built right out over Hyannis Harbor.
When I was unlucky enough to live off-Cape, I would occasionally see a Boston TV ad for Baxter’s in the late spring and my longing for my all-time favorite Baxter’s meal—fried clams (whole belly and cooked to perfection), crispy fries, and fresh coleslaw with just the right touch of tartness—would begin.
The thought of sitting on the deck off the Baxter’s Boathouse Club with a cool cocktail in hand, taking in the panoramic view of island-bound ferries would hit me and I could barely wait for summer to come.
Baxter’s aficionados know that this was once one of Senator Ted Kennedy’s favorite watering holes and sailors of all stripes still frequent this historic place which has been a fixture on the Hyannis waterfront since the 1930s.
Diners these days (and an enthusiastic nightlife crowd) have grown to love the Baxter’s scene, which also includes live piano performances by some talented local musicians. Boaters from all over cruise right up to Baxter’s dock and climb aboard for a night of fun and Cape fare.
When it comes to great seafood, Baxter’s is the real deal from the delicious appetizers (the Fish Bites ($11) are my favorite) on through the soups (my husband and son both love the Seafood Bisque ($9)) and onto seafood entreés galore.
My favorites are the fried clams ($21) and the fried oyster plate ($21), but we also love the Broiled Chatham Scrod ($20), the Fried Fish Sandwich ($14)—and of course, the 1 -pound Steamed Lobster served with a fresh ear of corn, potato, and coleslaw ($33).
When our kids were little, we would sit out at the picnic tables on the Baxter’s Fish and Chips side and watch the ferries cruise in and out. These days you can find us, Cape Codders in hand, watching the sun go down over one of our favorite views anywhere on the planet.
And it still feels (and tastes) every bit as good as it did when we were 19.
–– Susan Dewey