Relax with your team at this beachfront restaurant and pub, open May 27 across from Falmouth Heights Beach. Formerly occupied by the British Beer Company, this laid back spot offers delicious pub food (not just something to soak up that watermelon margarita), including pizza, sushi, seafood platters and gooey treats like Cape Cod Poutine (a triumph for toddlers, clam chowder, crumbled bacon, green onions and melted cheese, $ 12.99). The fried shrimp po’boy ($ 15.99) served with sweet potato fries is another (equally decadent) winner. Even if you just stop by for a jerk shrimp cocktail ($ 12) and a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, this one is worth checking out. To add to the party atmosphere: live music on weekends and 24 draft beers. One drawback: parking can be problematic. Located at the Heights Hotel (formerly Seaside Inn), 263 Grand Ave., Falmouth; 508-540-9600; www.facebook.com/ShipwreckedFalmouth.
Taste of Siam
With luck, they’ll have set up a few outdoor tables when you read this. Even if they don’t, this little Thai place should be on your list. Every dish is made to order, with super fresh ingredients, and they don’t skimp on the veggies. They’ll cool it down a lot, or a bit, that’s up to you. We would like to say that we have tried everything on the menu, but no; we can’t resist Pad Mama, a tasty mix of ramen noodles and tofu, sautéed with egg and assorted vegetables in a chili garlic sauce ($ 12.95 with tofu; you can also get it with chicken , beef or seafood). Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays. 304 Main Street, Hyannis; 508-534-9180; www.tasteofsiamcapecod.com.
Chatham Fish Pier Market
As Chandler Bing would say: ” get Fresher ? Watch fishermen unload their catch (and maybe spot a seal) at this fish market with a take-out window, while you enjoy your ridiculously fresh lobster roll (with fries and coleslaw, $ 27), a cake crab or a whole clam roll at one of the picnic tables. There’s more on the menu, but these are the things that keep people coming back. Ask about their famous “Greyhound Pies”. Open daily 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Barcliff Ave. Ext., Chatham; 508-945-3474; www.chathampierfishmkt.com.
The ocean house
Let’s Talk Real Estate: The Ocean House can claim Nantucket Sound as its backyard. The dining room overlooks the water, of course; they also offer outdoor seating in a heated tent by the sea. Many people consider this to be the best restaurant in Cape Town. See if you agree by dipping into the macadamia-crusted yellowfin tuna with pineapple-yuzu sauce ($ 34) or the more humble but very popular Cape Cod crusted fish and chips ($ 25) with coleslaw fennel and sea salt with fried herbs. Seafood is a big part of this Pan-Asian-inspired menu, but you can still get a burger or some impossible version of it.. Open for dinner only; Reserve in advance. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 425 Old Wharf Road, Dennis Port; 508-394-0700; oceanhouserestaurant.com.
There’s always a party vibe in this P-town favorite, whether you choose the bistro level (upstairs, with its collection of vintage vodka bottles and views of the bay) or the beach level, where patio doors and full-length windows reveal a view of Long Point Lumière. The menu ranges from a vindaloo to a Vietnamese-inspired beef dish to good old-fashioned lasagna, and it offers good choices for vegans and vegetarians; you can get this vindaloo with tofu ($ 24) for example, or a choice of vegan pasta dishes ($ 21 – $ 25). You will be in good company; past guests have included everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Judge Judy. Open Tuesday to Saturday, dinner only. 429 Commercial Street, Provincetown; 508-487-1500; www.mewsptown.com.
Crispy / crunchy too
We really don’t want to share this one; it’s already difficult to get a table at the Crisp on weekends. And so, we implore you to cross the street to Crisp Too and order take out. Same delicious flatbreads, made with organic flour and locally sourced sea salt, we promise – so order your delicious Korean barbecue pizza (braised prime rib, shallot, red onion, arugula and mozzarella with chili vinaigrette sweet, $ 20) or a flatbread topped with a mix of fresh vegetables (the Summer Luvin ‘), and head straight to Craigville Beach. Seriously, it’s 1.3 km. Enjoy the best pizza in Cape Town, a fabulous sunset, and don’t have to fight with the locals for a table at the original Crisp. Everybody wins. Crisp Too, 770 Main Street, Osterville; 508-681-0922; www.crispflatbread.com.
“It looks like Florida! Our mate said of Mac, and he wasn’t talking about the heat. Diners gather around the raw bar / bar, on the patio and under a giant tent (added last year) in a cheerful and relaxed melee that reads “vacation”. This Wellfleet joint is so busy they have a parking attendant. Families and wine-loving best friends crowd in for local oysters, sushi and maki rolls, and entrees like prosciutto-wrapped cod in puttanesca ($ 26) with sautéed kale and porridge , and a remarkably light but tasty lobster gnocchi ($ 30). Since the mini-empire of Mac’s restaurants was founded by a local fisherman, seafood is a star here. Nothing disappoints, in our experience, but the sushi side of the menu really shines. Don’t miss the oven-baked hand grenades ($ 14), four delicious rice rolls, shrimp and scallops in a spicy sauce; or the fried Kung Pao cauliflower (but no bread) ($ 12) – the best use of a crucifer ever. Open for lunch and dinner. 91 Commercial Street, Wellfleet; 508-349-6333; www.macsseafood.com/restaurants/macs-shack.
PB Bakery Bistro
Alas, the bistro is closed for the season, but PB’s bakery is worth a visit for the delicious pastries and hearty baguette sandwiches – filling enough to withstand a trip to the beach. They have a few tables inside and outside, but be prepared to wait, even if you’re just having coffee and a croissant. The sweets in the case are mouth-watering (that Carla brownie!), And you can’t go wrong with the French Revolution sandwich (bursin, crispy bacon and green onions with a drizzle of honey, tucked into a plump baguette), or le Parisien, with ham, cornices, Dijon mustard and butter ($ 10.70 each). They also offer a slice of the day’s pizza, a soup, a salad and a Lorraine quiche. Rather DIY? Grab a baguette and cheese from their French bakery / market. Open Wed-Sun, 7 am-8pm; 15 LeCount Hollow Road, South Wellfleet; 508-349-1600; www.pbboulangeriebistro.com.
As always, we don’t have enough space to highlight all the worthy contenders, so here’s a quick list of other great restaurants to consider:
Chewy Coffee, Sandwich – Sandwich’s best sandwiches (and paninis), perfect for a picnic on the beach. Pilgrim on Cranberry Pecan Bread is the best Thanksgiving bite. Bonus points for the possibility of ordering half a sandwich and a salad or soup. www.cafechew.com
Ceraldi, Wellfleet – Celebrate something special? It is the perfect setting. They offer an exquisite seven-course tasting menu ($ 190 per person), enhanced by a view of the sunset over the water. www.ceraldicapecod.com
Cuvée, Chatham – Oenophiles, take note. This Relais & Châteaux restaurant, at the Chatham Inn, offers 32 wines by the glass and has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This contemporary American restaurant offers a four- and seven-course chef’s tasting menu ($ 145 / $ 195). www.cuveechatham.com
Lobster Pot, Provincetown – Hard to miss this one, with its neon lobster sign! It’s lobster all over the place here: Primavera, Newburg, in pot pie, and mac and cheese ($ 39). If it’s chilly at night, opt for Tim’s award-winning Clam Chowder or a touch of spice with BBQ Pepper Shrimp ($ 31). www.ptownlobsterpot.com
Water Street Cafe, Woods Hole – Unique handcrafted cocktails and creative dishes make this waterfront spot a local gem. Open only for dinner, the menu is short but well organized (entrees range from $ 24 to $ 45). The cioppino is wonderful, and you could make an appetizer meal. www.waterstreetkitchen.com
Diane Bair and Pamela Wright can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org