Restaurant Review: C*Shore Kitchen and Bar

Wellfleet's Newest Restaurant, serving farm and dock-to-table food...
The hospitality is warm and the food is wonderful at C*Shore Kitchen and Bar in Wellfleet (Pat Brooks photo)

Formerly Finely JP's for the last 20 years, C*Shore Kitchen and Bar opened in June by Chef-owner Bob Willis and his partner Kelly Oakes.  This multi level building has been very tastefully decorated with soft sea-green walls and white trim.  The entrance opens to a small bar with a few tables. The dining rooms are at different levels. One is a few stairs below the bar area the other a few stair above with 3 levels of seating. There is an elevator available for accessibility. Candles in jars with beach sand lit each table making for soft lighting. It was off-season, mid week and pouring rain the night we arrived.  Despite the weather the restaurant quickly filled up.

We noticed two patio's, one in front of the restaurant and the other on the second floor that looked like great fun with Adirondack chairs, tables, a fire pit and gas heat torches to take off the evening chill.

The diverse seasonal fall menu features comfort foods including mac and cheese, shepherd's pie, chicken burrata, butternut squash risotto, pizza, burgers and small plates in addition to their regular menu choices of local fish, beef and pork tenderloin. Most all of the entrees are under $30. The menus will change
with the seasons.

Water arrived in glass canning jars along with a generously filled basket of house made focaccia bread with honey butter and a wonderful white bean hummus dip surrounded with kalamata olives and olive oil. Very enjoyable while we had drinks and tried to decide what to choose from so many interesting menu offerings.
 
It's always nice to see a selection of local Cape Cod beers on tap, European wines and specialty cocktails. I tried the Lavender Tom Collins ($10). This creative cocktail with house made lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of ginger garnished with a lemon slice was unique and different from the norm.

To start I ordered the Oyster Stew ($13) This is a must for anyone who likes oysters. The fresh local Wellfleet oysters with chopped shallots, sherry, cream topped with mashed gauffrette potatoes were all essential giving this rich New England classic dish its oceany goodness. It's not always offered in many restaurants on the Cape so when it is I prefer it to clam chowder. Lots of subtle flavors and of course plenty of plump oysters made this stew memorable!

For an appetizer my husband ordered the Fried Oysters ($15) A half dozen local Wellfleet delectable oysters  were lightly fried and battered with a golden crunch and topped with a drizzle of horseradish aioli.

Next we shared the Autumn Poke Bowl ($13) we added tuna for an extra ($9). Poke means “to slice or cut” and is pronounced “POH-keh.” This customizable dish of thin egg noodles, sambal chili soy, broccolini, bok choy, beets, sunflower seeds, sushi quality tuna and butternut squash was definitely a satisfying mix of health-oriented fare with a nice taste of autumn. The portion was more than enough for the two of us to share.

For my main dish I ordered the Harvest Spiced Wild Salmon ($27) with pumpkin butter. I prefer the wild-caught salmon to farm-raised. A very moist and mild-tasting piece of fish with a crunchy outer layer. It was surrounded by mashed butternut squash which had a nice fluffy texture, definitely a tasty and healthy
alternative to mashed potatoes. On the side was a generous serving of perfectly seasoned roasted brussel sprouts and hush puppies not usually found on menus in the north. These golden lightly fried "puppies" of cornmeal  were not greasy and were a wonderful accompaniment to the salmon.

My husband ordered the Baked Codfish ($26) for his entree. This thick baked fillet of tender cod fish served hot in a casserole dish was flaky and fork tender. It was stuffed with with a combination of fresh Lobster, crab meat with spinach and swiss cheese topped with buttery crackers.  This delicious classic New England seafood stuffing would compliment any type of seafood. It came with the Veggies “O” Day, a medley of the local vegetables the night we were there.

As for the desserts, like lots of the food here, they’re awesome, particularly the beignets ($6) A little touch of New Orleans served with glass cups of chocolate and caramel sauces for dipping. I chose the caramel apple cake ($6) (Kelly's recipe) with vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream. The in-house dessert chef featured ten different selections and what a choice.

Our server, Leah, was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable.

Menu-wise, C*Shore has the kind of food that makes you want to order one of everything.  We will soon return and do just that.

If You Go (And You Should!)

Breakfast and Dinner Year round
Dinner Sunday- Thursday 5pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm to 9:30pm.
Breakfast on weekends

C*Shore Kitchen and Bar
554 State Hwy Rte 6, Wellfleet
cshorewellfleet.com
(508) 349-7500


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