Getting close to winter and time to find a spot to warm up, watch a good football game and enjoy some delicious pub offerings. Once again here on Cape Cod we have lots of great choices for some very delicious inventive pub dishes. It's just a matter of venturing out there to find your favorite spot to hang your coat. The Twisted Tree is in Hyannis on 599 Main Street and offers some great specials like Chicken Wings that are fifty cents each with a minimum order of four and great choices like buffalo and bbq on sundays, oysters for a buck on fridays and two for one tacos on thursday. Now that alone should give you plenty of reasons to get out and try The Twisted Tree, but there is so much more. Their menu is awesome and filled with lots of choices for you to make your own very special snack platter and the smell of wood fire oven will make your senses come alive as they offer some very specially prepared inventive pizzas, like Sea Scallop with Applewood Bacon or Brussel Sprouts. They offer some great burgers and sandwiches with their same inventive twists as well as great starters which could certainly be combined to make an your own special meal. Their main theme seems to be mexican and tacos, so I decided to try the Beer Battered Fish Tacos which was filled with shredded cabbage, jack cheese, and topped with cilantro crema and salsa. The crema was so good that I could have drenched my cabbage in it. My friend opted for the Carne Asada Fillet Burrito which was a beef fillet, manchego cheese, grilled corn salsa, peppers and onions all topped with a red chile sauce. It was as delicious as it looked and could be rolled in a corn or flour tortila. They have great choices on their taco menu and I will definitely be back to try some others as well as other menu choices. Because of my obsessive search for a good quahog, I ordered one and it was very good. It seemed to have a mexican flair or maybe it was just the flavor of the meal. All in all its a great stop and I will return. Thanks Twisted Tree!!
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Tis the season to be Jolly....and here on Cape Cod as the decorating is beginning for this holiday season, there is no shortage of great restaurants filled with eager friendly waitstaff ready to made your dining experience a happy stop. Today we decided to try a tavern with an inventive take on tavern cuisine and one look at the menu will surely show you the chef's talents. It's a small menu but offers sandwiches that are extremely extraordinary and thin crusted wood oven fired pizza with ingredients that you wouldn't have thought to combine, like Porky Fig with applewood bacon, fig jam, carmelized onions, baby arugula and pomegranate molasses. They also have a Pear and Brie Pizza with french double cream brie and pomegrante molasses as well as some typical choice with a bit of a twists. Their entrees are equally unique and inventive but so delicious. Their beer menu is two pages long and will leave you wanting to sample more as each blend adds a special compliment to your meal. My friend tried the clam chowder and truely enjoyed its creamy rich goodness. She also enjoyed the Seafood Risotto which included sea scallops, shrimp, lobster,mussels and parmesan risotto. She enjoyed the creamy risotto goodness of her dish but was hard pressed to find any lobster. My other friend decided on the North End Pizza with hot italian sausage, pepperoni, ricotta and fresh mozzarella all cooked in awesome smelling wood oven. I opted for the Fish and Chip with cod,home made fries and a kale/cabbage slaw. The fish had the rich pub batter and was sliced to resemble fingers, which made it all the more easy to dip in their special prepared tarter sauce. Their kale and cabbage was equally as good and was an inventive and tasteful take on the old standard cole slaw. Its a great palce to stop if you are tired of the same old pub menu and the food is delicious. The only thing missing was dessert. Thanks Tap City Grille!!!
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On Cape Cod we have lots of restaurants all ready to introduce you to new flavors and cuisine, but finding a good Chinese Buffet is hard at best. We have lots of great Chinese Restaurants and I have my favorites in varies towns and some great take out venues, but because I love Chinese food so much I have a difficult time deciding on what to order. It's hard to decide on just one thing, so a good buffet is a way of sampling a little bit of my favorite Asian dishes and if you are on the fence about a new Chinese/ Asian Restaurant in Hyannis then you should try Bamboo at 574 Iyannough Road. When I heard that they offered a buffet from 1130am to 2:30pm on weekdays, I decided it was time to give them a try. I read reviews but choose to form my own opions and I was pleasantly pleased. There were lots of great choices that are often found at Chinese buffets like fried rice, lo mein,egg rolls, crab rangoons,scallion pancakes,chicken fingers, chicken wings, boneless spare ribs and veggie tempura all of which were delicious. They offered some great stir fried dishes with beef, chicken, pork and veggies each with their own special flavors and combinations. Their sushi presentation was equally as delicious and freshly made and they do have an awesome sushi bar for those who seek adventure in taste and know exactly the flavors they want in their sushi rolls. They offer salads, fresh fruits and soups and for under fifteen dollars, it was a satisifying experience and I found my own favorites tastes bits for which I shall return for in the future. Desert was bit size pieces of varies cakes, rum raisin ice cream and green tea ice cream which was a perfect ending to an awesome dining experience. The Sunday Buffet is served from 5-8pm and includes soup, appetizers, dim sum, sushi, entrees, fresh fruit and dessert. They are a modern day Chinese restaurant with fine Asian cuisine which includes Sushi, Chinese and Japanese food. If you are on the fence about trying a new Chinese Restaurant, don't be...give their buffet a try. Thanks Bamboo for an awesome dining experience!!
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When the weather gets cold its time to heat up with some great south of the border cuisine and since I haven't tried El Mariachi in West Yarmouth on rte 28, my friends and I decided to stop by. With an appetite ready to explore and the ambience of the mexican music filling the air, we were ready to dive into their menu. They are a family-owned restaurant that offers a genuine and unique Mexican cuisine experience and they have a long tradition in Massachusetts. Their mission is to offer you a pleasant environment from the moment you enter the door until you savor their dishes – and beyond. Their mission was completed for us as we each decided on something a little different. I decided on the Pork Carnitas which was a savory dish made with pork – which is slow cooked with fresh garlic until fork tender. Topped with red onion rings and served with rice, beans, guacamole and a side dish of mild red sauce. It was delivered upon a large serving platter and offered a flavorful variety of taste to enhance the perfecty tender pork with warm flour tortillas to allow me to roll my own special packages of delite. One of my friends choose the Camarones Diablo which was a tasty combination of spicy shrimp, mushrooms and fresh garlic, sautéed in butter with special sauce,rice and beans. There were moments of complete silence as my friend savored the flavors of her dish. And my other friend decided to go healthy with a Veggie Burrito which was a flour tortilla filled with rice, whole black beans and vegetables. Smothered with fresh green tomatillo sauce and served with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole and fresco cheese. Now she is my resident burrito expert as she knows how to create an awesome burrito and she loved this and took what she couldn't eat home, only to leave room for dessert. I enjoyed the creamy goodness of my Flan with caramel and a coffee liqueur toppings. While one of my friends enjoyed her Chimi Cheesecake which was two rolls of creamy cheescakem in a flakey puff pastry and fried until golden and topped with caramel and strawberry sauce. And who could leave an awesome mexican restaurant without the taste of a Fried Ice Cream which was equally devoured and loved by my other friend. Thanks El Mariachi for an awesome dining experience...We will return!!!!
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Life is all about celebrating the good times and there is no other place on Cape Cod that knows how to provide just the right atmosphere than The Yarmouth House on route 28 in Yarmouth. Any occassion is one filled with love and great food when you plan a dining experience here. My ghoul friends and myself decided we celebrate Halloween with someone who enjoyed the holiday as we do and we made the right decision stopping by Yarmouth House. Their welcoming decor enhanced our dining experience as we passed Count Dracula, Zoombies, Witches and Freddy Krueger on our way to our table. Their menu offers a good variety of choices with a easy to please range of prices. We decided on the "Sunset Special" as it offers a chance to sample all that the chef has to offer with an awesome three course menu choice. The first course offers a wide variety of choices for even the discerning diner from apps, soups, shrimp cocktail or salads. I opted for the soup of the day Cheddar Broccoli and it was flavorful creamy and hot. My friends each decided on something different and had the creamy Clam Chowder and the Chilled Three Medium Shrimp Cocktail. It was the beginning to an awesome dinning experience.One of my friend tried the Seafood Stuffed Salmon Casserole topped with Lobster sauce and served with rice pilaf and choice of veggie. Its was as delicous as it looked and just the right portion. My other friend chose the Black Angus Shepard's Pie with tender chucks of braise beef, carrots, peas and gravy, topped with cheddar cheese mashed potatoes. I had the Mussels Marinara which was a full pound of perfectly prepared mussels with garlic, peppers and a delicious marinara sauce over spaghetti. It was truely one our best dining adventures and dessert was the perfect end as we each tried one the three choices. A chilled Creme de' Mint Ice Cream, an warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and a silky smooth Mud Pie each made our meal an outstanding hit. They have been serving Cape Cod for many years and still live up to their reputation and will always be one of my favorite stops. Thanks Yarmouth House for an Awesome Experience!!
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Apples are the quintessential start of fall for me and their skin is said to be a predictor of what kind of winter we will have. A thick skin means a cold winter as nature prepares them for the weather to come. The smell of an apple brings about memories of Vermont trips for foliage and tastes of apple delicacies like cider doughnuts, apple pie and fresh pressed ciders. Here on Cape Cod we can get a touch of Vermont on Route 6a without the mountains but beaches instead. We have lots of great gift and specialities shops along the way and lots of great restaurants to satisfy a traveling soul. For fresh produce you can't beat the Crow's Farm in Sandwich and Cape Abilities in Dennis which are two of my favorite farmstands which are both on the scenic route 6a. But after a day of sight seeing and checking out all of your new found shops, you will surely get inspired and be wanting to cook. I found a great cookbook for apple cooking called Apples From Harvest to Table by Amy Pennington which includes lots of great easy healthy recipes. One of my favorites is a Sweet Potato, Thyme and Apple Hash with Egg Baskets which is delicious change on breakfast with an egg or two served up in the middle of a savory sweet potato and apple hash. There are other great recipes too like Hard Cider Braised Ribs with Apple Slaw and an Apple Almond Tart that is totally delicious as well as many more. Apples are an amazing taste adventure with great health benefits and a great flavor enhancer to all your great recipes new and old. So get out there and savor the flavors of fall and share if you would like a favorite spot, shop, recipe or restaurant that inpsired you this fall.
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Breakfast can be a difficult effort when cooking for a group of people and because of the complexity of getting everything ready at the same time and my loving a good sweet and savory choice, often makes me choose to let someone else prepare it for me. I love to see how inventive a cook will be in his or her preparation and presentation of my starting meal of the day. Along my travels to different restaurants I have had the pleasure of trying some new delicious tastes which have awaken my own creativity with my breakfast preparation. But often times people like the stablity of a simple home cooked breakfast without all the frills and simple good food. So today I decided to try the The Grand Cafe on route 28 in West Yarmouth which is in the Old Golden Boy Restaurant that has long since been closed. Their breakfast menu was simple and they do offer daily specials. I decided on the two eggs scrambled, sausage, homefries and pancakes. It was all delicious and their pancakes were light and fluffy. My companion decided on the Grand Cafe Omelet which had roasted red peppers, asparagus, broccoli, and tomatoes with swiss and cheddar cheese. It all was simply prepared and delicious. The waitress was awesome and the atmosphere clean and pleasant. So if you are looking for for some good home cooking you should try the Grand Cafe. Thank You for a great breakfast.
This is when the sadness of the end of summer really hits me as many of my summer favorite spots that I love to partake of those delicious sweet delicacies from the sea really gets limited as most close for the season. But we still have time and with the weather permitting to celebrate our own personal end to the season and maybe explore some of the Top Ten Fried Clams spots as voted by the patrons and readers of the Cape Cod Times. For me living on Cape Cod is an adventure each day and fresh seafood is an awesome perk to some of the best vistas that nature has to offer and there is always an unexplored restaurant out there who works hard on their craft of cooking and waiting for the right customer who will enjoy their presentation. As legend goes it was somewhere around 1916 in Maine. when a man called Lawerence "Chubby" Woodman who owned a small grocery store with an equally small concession stand that offered homemade potato chips tried frying the clams. Chubby and his wife experimented with several batters to come up with just the perfect recipe for their inventive creation and hence the fried clam was born. All along New England we travel and partake of those sweet tender crisp bites of seafood goodness. We all have great memories attached to them as they signify the end or the beginning of a season filled with endless possibilites. For me the top ten all dseserved their just honors as they created some awesome memories for all who traveled to or live on Cape Cod. I have my personal favorite places that are attached to memories and taste and my top favorite is Kreme 'N Kone in West Dennis on route 28 and on rte 6a in Dennis I love Captain Frosty's with their tender flavorful clam cakes too. Most of the time on Cape Cod it's just a matter of where you are traveling and feel the urge to taste the flavors of the ocean. We certainly have more than 10 restaurants or roadside stands where you can partake of some great sweet Fried Clams and I hope you clam lovers get a chance to get out there to taste some seafood goodness before the officially end the season. If you find someplace awesome share it here or with friends. I love for people to share their great dining experiences because it often opens up my taste buds to new flavors. Just one thing I must say as I end my blog when served those hot little tasty clam bites, don't keep them covered when fresh out of the fryer as the steam will make the batter soft and not crispy. Have fun out there and may your dining experiences be tasteful and delicious.
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The days may be cooler but there is always lots to explore and always great restaurants to try here on Cape Cod. Traffic is calmer and life becomes as it should, slow and easy as we can travel the back roads and explore all that nature has blessed us with in the beautiful vistas that make the island such a treasure to all. Some of our favorite restaurants have moved on as the family traditions dwindled and others who have adventurous spirits seek to make their claim of the american dream. The Chatham Filling Station on 75 Old Harbour Road in Chatham has been open since May 2017 and are ready to awaken your taste buds with some very flavorful twists on a great breakfast and lunch menu. Their menu offers a southern/ southwestern flair to enhance your dining experience with cheesy creamy grits, saucy black beans or golden crisp hash browns as your side choices. Your meat choices are also inventive with cherrywood smoked bacon, country ham, maple sausage, pecan smoked shoulder bacon or andouille sauasge. And they have not forgotten their Cape Cod roots with a savory offering of crispy fish cakes sure to make you feel like a fisherman starting your day with a full stomach of goodness. They have a great baking background and you won"t be disappointed by their popovers, buscuits and breads which add extra flavor to those french toast choices. I enjoyed the two eggs scrambled with the creamy chesey grits, pecan smoked shoulder bacon and a delicious popover. My friend decided on raisin french toast and was excited as the dish arrived with thick slices of heavenly dusted savory pieces of heaven as she described it. The waitresses are friendly and the service is very good. Their coffee is rich and boldly flavorful sure to begin your day with a good burst of energy adding to a wonderful breakfast dining experience. Click on my above links to further explore your breakfast choices. Thanks Chatham Filling Station I will return again. Follow me on FaceBook ....Cape Cod FoodLovers
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New restaurants come and go on Cape Cod and finding just the right niche is very difficult but if it comes from love, it can be unstoppable. I have been to Tumi Ceviche Bar and Restaurant in Hyannis several times and truely enjoyed my meals with every visit. So when I learned that they had another restaurant in Hyannis, it was challange to see if they could do it again and after several visits I can honestly say that Casa Peru Fusion is a must stop. The fusion is a mixture or peruvian and mexican/spanish crusine all served up fresh to order by a family who's love shines through to their presentation and flavor. If you are a little hestitant about trying something new they have a prix fix menu for just twenty dollars that will certainly convert you as a regular customer as it has done to me. They start you out with a choice of a glass of wine, beer or a margarita and a choice of appetizer or taco, followed by entree and dessert. I love their Empanada which is a flaky puff pastry filled with a melt in your mouth chicken and cheese mixture and an aji amarillo drizzle, which is a mediuim spicy chille sauce. I have also tried the Carne A Sada which is a soft taco with grilled steak, onions, cilantro and a delicious chimichurri sauce, which is made from fresh parsley, garlic and vinegar, but sometimes they add oregano and crushed pepper for an added zing. It is a essential sauce for argentinean cooking and has been a cooking favorite of mine for grilled steak. The awesome fresh favor makes your steak dish come alive.If you are afraid of mexian spicy food then try the 1/2 Roasted Peruvian Chicken which is slow roasted after being marinated in beer and spices for 24 hours and served with mexican rice, Peruvian black beans and an avocado salad. The flavors totally blend to make this a very delicious and melt in your mouth dish. If you like beef than try the Churrasco A Lo Pobre which is a grilled skirt steak, served with a sunny side egg, salsa criolla, chimichurri and Tacu tacu (carmelized pinto beans and rice). They also serve burittos which are huge and will awaken your taste buds into a heavenly blend of herbs and spices as well as fajitas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. The dessert is the flavor of the day and their Fried Ice Cream which is just right way to end a meal that will make you feel like you have taken a trip off Cape to a Heavenly Spot called Casa Fusion which a fusion of love. Thanks Casa Fusion for all you do to make a dining experience awesome!!!!
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