One of the best things about being on the Cape and Islands is the huge buffet of dining choices that extend from the canal all the way to the tip of Provincetown. Everyone seems to have their favorite choices, although year after year thousands of Cape Cod Life readers do seem to agree on such winners as Best Fried Clams, Best Pizza, or Best Romantic Restaurant in our annual Readers Poll.
Of course, there are always little-known places that win diners’ hearts, and some people, like me, scatter their Best Ofs around various restaurants. For instance, I love the Fried Clams at Baxter’s in Hyannis, but if you’re talking about calamari, Spanky’s just across the harbor is my first choice. For romance and a great wine list, my husband and I seem to gravitate to The Regatta in Cotuit, although we also love the splendid waterview dining at The Mews in Provincetown (which also has an amazing collection of fun vodka drinks for festive occasions!). And I have a soft spot in my heart any time of year for the Old Yarmouth Inn.
As a small plate devotee, Trevi Café in Mashpee Commons is tops on my list. For seafood served with flair and freshness, we seem to always return to American Seasons when we are on Nantucket. And one of our favorite places for chowder is Wimpy’s in Osterville, especially on cold off-season days when the wind is howling out of the northeast.
And speaking of comfort food, at The Wharf Pub in Edgartown we had a meatloaf special one cool October night that was as good as my mother’s meatloaf—and that’s a true compliment. At the other end of the spectrum, I’ve also been known to die for escargots, which I hear are as good at Chillingsworth in Brewster as they were in a sidewalk café on Boulevard Saint Germain in Paris where we had an amazing anniversary dinner recently.
At the end of the day, everyone’s tastebuds are as different as their fingerprints and a lot of what you love to eat seems to be determined by the physical world all around you. Although that is not necessarily true––Cape native, Jennifer Dow, one of our dining reviewers in this issue, tried steamed clams for the first time in her life while doing a review for The Lobster Claw, despite being surrounded by the little suckers since birth! It was a great experience for Jen, who also works for Cape Cod Life as our Print & Web Advertising Designer.
Either way, we hope this—our first ever soup to nuts dining guide—will make your mouth water from start to finish. E-mail me YOUR favorite place to eat on the Cape and Islands and maybe next year you will find it in this very special summer issue of Cape Cod Life.
Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor
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