Going to The Red Cottage Restaurant on 36 Old Bass River Road in Dennis has always been nostalgic for me. It's not that I have old memories of going there with family but many people do. Many of the memories that I do have are fairly new and packed with wonderful flavors and foods. For me, it's like going back in time to the fifties and suddenly memories and flavors return to me as I feel like I am home and back at the dinner table with my family. The Red Cottage Reataurant has always been a favorite breakfast and lunch spot for me, but since June and until September 2 they have been serving the "Summertime Suppers" Wednesday thur Sunday from 5 to 8pm and the food is delicious. I started this visit with a cup of rich creamy Seafood Chowder that was ever so lovingly prepared with salmon, swordfish, haddock, shrimp, scallops and clams. Every spoonful brought pleasure to my tastebuds as each was filled with a new seafood experience and there wasn't room for crackers. I felt as if I had stopped by a local fisherman's home and he shared the bounty of his morning catch as each piece of seafood blended well to create a symphony of flavors. My only regret was that I had not ordered a bowl but I had other flavors to taste and I didn't know just where the meal would take me. Our cheerful waitress presented us with a Johnny Cake hot off the grill which was a pancake made of fine cornmeal which tasted ever so savory with a little maple syrup. It was like the New England equivalent of tortillas, a cornmeal flatbread that many settlers took along for their journeys. The next surprise was their signature salad which was a simple plate of salad greens tossed with a balsamic homemade dressing with a sprinkling of blue cheese goodness. Simple and good, just the kind of salad that Grandma would serve. I ordered the Seafood Alfedo which served in a rich Alfredo sauce and laced iwth tender pieces of lobster, shrimp, and scallops. It was served with toasted garlic bread and the taste was rich in seafood freshness. My friend decided on Char-grilled Sirloin Tips which were marinated in their own special sauce which had a hint of teriyaki flavor. It was cooked to perfection and tender to the bite served with a baked potato and fresh green beans. Their dinner menu looks good with many great choices and their homestyle cooking leaves me planning a return visit. The wait staff are all very pleasant and sure to make your visit a memoriable one. Thanks Red Cottage for an awesome experience!!!
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