Summer is almost over but my quest for the best stuffed quahog continues and I believe that I found the best at Mattakeese Wharf in Barnstable off of Route 6a. As many Cape Cod Food Lovers know Mattakeese Wharf won for best chowder at the Cape Cod Chowderfest this year and they were the host for Doug the Quaghog's Summer prediction this year. I decided I needed some more of their great chowder and stumbled upon my favorite stuffed quahog of the season yet. What made it different was that it was simple and flavorable with linguica, onions and red peppers and the chef left some of the square croutons whole and drizzled in butter and broth. It sounds simple but it was oh so good and it made me wanting more. It also inspired me to try this myself when doing a stufffing at home. If you haven't been to Mattakeese Wharf, then you have got to make the trip because it more than just good food,they have an awesome view to set the back drop to a pleasant dining experience. Thanks Mattakeese I will be returning!!
The Riverway Lobster House in Yarmouth on Route 28 is serving up an express buffet lunch for 7.99 or 6.99 Lb for take out to get you in and back out there on the road this summer. The hours are 11 am until 2pm Monday thur Friday and the food is fresh and good, but limited in choice. I visited on a Tuesday and they offered fresh baked Haddock with breadcrumb topping, roasted baby potatoes, macroni and cheese, baked ham, hot dogs and fresh green beans. I tried the Haddock which was moist and delicious with a light lemony flavor and the fresh green beans were tender and made the meal complete. I also tried the roasted baby potatoes which were lightly seasoned and the Mac and Cheese offered that creamy goodness to my fish selection. For 7.99 I believe that I got an awesome deal with some good food and a chance to try the restaurant without spending a whole lot on money. Their selections change daily and they also offer a sandwich bar for 6.99. I know that I will back to The Riverway Lobster House. and with a reasonable priced meal I was able to split their Chocolate Bomb desert with my friend. Thanks for a Great Meal !!!
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They come a long way friends to make their breakfast one of best Along the Breakfast Trail. Usually the chain restaurants failed in some aspect in their presentation but not Ihop in Hyannis on Route 132. The coffee used to be weak and flavorless and I use to think that I would have to bring my own coffee in to enjoy a good breakfast but they have changed all that and the coffee has been consisitently delicious all year long. So with good coffee on hand my decision to visit Ihop is an easy one especially to try their new Paradise Pancakes with the eggs of my choice to make it complete. I decided on the Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes which were their Original Buttermilk Pancakes with fresh sliced bananas and top them off with a drizzle of butter rum sauce and toasted macadamia nuts. The sweet creamy pancakes were like desert after my eggs over well with crisy bacon, sausage and homefriies. My friend Naomi picked the Strawberry Passion Fruit Pancakes which were a taste of the tropics.They layered rich and creamy cheesecake between two of their famous Buttermilk Pancakes and top them with cool glazed strawberries, a passion fruit drizzle and a dollop of whipped topping. She had thought that she would save them for later but the pancakes had no chance of surviving a trip home. My other friend Dorothy made the trip complete as she decided on the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes which featured grill sweet pineapple inside their famous Buttermilk Pancakes and top them off with butter rum sauce, a maraschino cherry and creamy whipped topping. We all felt like we were on vacation, at least for the time we were enjoying our delicious breakfast. The waitress was awesome and the service was fast. Thanks Ihop for a great start to a beautiful day on Cape Cod!!!!
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Stuffed Quahogs are just a great part of summer and when prepared with loving care, can be an awesome blend of savory stuffing and fresh seafood. Swan River Fish Market in Dennisport on Lower County Road on your way to or from West Dennis Beach is the place to stop for some great seafood and don't miss out on their flavorful stuffed quahogs. Its not your typical frozen version of salty blandness. Their stuffing has a great seafood flavor with great small bites of quahogs and fresh ingredients, not overly salted or seasoned. It is on of my top 5 stuffed quahogs on Cape Cod. If you haven't stopped by, then you need to and will find some great seafood to make your your home dining experience a great one. I love their "Beach Bread" which is garlic bread with shredded cheese wrapped in foil ready for the oven or a hot day at the beach to create a garlic lover's fantasy. All you need is a glass of wine and some great seafood or a great fresh salad to make it complete. They will cook your lobster for you to save you the stress and mess if you choose. What could be better than a day at the beach and some great fresh seafood to take home or enjoyed at the beach.Thanks Swan River for great seafood and excellent service !!!
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What could be better than fresh seafood with an awesome view of Chatham's seacoast. Chatham Pier Fish Market is located in Chatham overlooking Aunt Lydia's Cove on Barcliff Avenue. With a working fishing pier you can view some of the Chatham seals who also seem to know where to get some good seafood as they follow in the fishing boats hoping for a treat or two. I have often stopped by for a picture or two of those seals whom I think resemble a sort of seadog to me. If you are a seafood lover stop by the little shack off to the left and get some of the best tasting freshest seafood around at Chatham Pier Fish Market. They sell fresh and cooked seafood but don't plan on looking for chairs or tables. This great seafood was meant to be eaten on the road or in some special spot that you enjoy with a great scenery. I have gotten fresh and cooked seafood here and never have been disappointed. The Clam Fritters are light and fluffy with more of a seafood than clam flavor and they serve it with a "Bistro Sauce" which is a little like a Remoulade Sauce. It is delicious and creamy with a little bite and a great change from the typical Tarter Sauce. Their stuffed quahog is very good with a savory herb seafood stuffing with nice small bites of clams. And if you are feeling adventurous and love celey and lobster then get the Lobster Roll which is large and has a great fresh taste and when paired with a great view, it will make you make you feel like you died and went to heaven. So if you are out there seafood hunting give them a try and you won't be dissapointed. I have also learned that Remoulade Sauce is great with seafood and have included a link to a recipe. Mix together mayonnaise, chili sauce, mustard, olive oil, hot sauce, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in scallions, parsley, olives, celery, capers, and garlic. Season with chili powder, and salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate. Or check out the recipes. Happy Seafood Hunting!!!
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Breakfast with the "The Gronk", what could be a better start to a great day ? It was everything and more than promised, but before we go any further let me just say that "The Gronk" was a great breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, cheese, meatloaf, lettuce and tomato. It was a great change from the usual breakfast fare and very delicious. The homefries were also very delicious and lightly seasoned with a great taste. Naomi my scrambled egg expert ordered her usual scrambled eggs, bacon, homefries and marbled toasted and was totally satisfied. We found all this at The 6A Cafe in Sandwich on Route6A .They have some great selections on the menu and some great waitresses. You might think that it looks old and dingy on the outside but its clean and the food is definitely worth the stop. Thanks for a great breakfast!!!
36th Annual Chowderfest !! at the Cape Cod Melody Tent today and what great weather we had for it. Armed with spoon and ballot in hand, I shuffled through the crowd sipping and tasting some very good chowders and some new restaurants were on hand to offer their version of a great clam chowder. Clam Chowder is really a matter of taste and everyone wants a certain consistency to the broth and some people like seasonings and some don't. My favorite this year was last year's winner The Sailing Cow who presented a rich creamy clam chowder with some good clam flavor. The Sailing Cow serves up some great breakfasts with awesome breezes and view of the beach in Dennis. My second best was Mattakeese Wharf which had a lightly almost smoky flavored with a rich creamy base. The Matteese Wharf is a great restaurant with good views of Barnstable Harbour and some awesome stuffed quahogs as well other choices on their menu. Everyone worked so hard to prepare for this event and it was fun because of their hard work. In the process of sampling some chowder, I discovered some new restaurants that I have to start visiting as I travel around Cape Cod. All in all it was fun with some good music and cool breezes and Four Sea Ice Cream made it complete with some great homemade ice cream. Thanks for the Black Rasberry it was delicious. Living on Cape Cod can be fattening with all this good food. Happy food travels !!!
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Summer and sandwiches in Sandwich Massachusetts and I am in heaven. Bragging rights were up for grabs at the annual Sandwichfest today and with twelve contestants the competition was good and the sandwiches were awesome. It all took place today near the Hoxie House from 11am to 1pm and there were numerous activities that included: A Beer and Wine Garden serving Cape Cod Beer and choice of red and white wine, Sandwich Arts Alliance, children’s activities, plus Dog Costume Competition and Parade. The awards were the People choice which were a result of people purchasing a ticket for twenty dollars that allowed them the chance to try 6 of the 12 sandwiches in the competition and vote for the best. My only regret is that I wasn't able to try them all and give my best vote. The six sandwiches that I did try were all good but my favorite was the Sandwich Taverna entry which was a Gyro with marinated shredded pork with shredded lettuce, red onion, feta, cucumber, greek spread and spices. It was easy to eat because of the shredded pork and lettuce and the flavor blends were delicious. My other favorite was from Beth Bakery and Cafe and that was "The Puritan" which was carved turkey with cranberry chutney, sage mayo, lettuce on a Cranberry Pain De Mie (butter- and milk-rich loaf baked bread). I love sage and all of its health benifits and to taste its richness in the sandwich made it outstanding and it was enhanced by cranberry chutney and Cranberry Pain De Mie. The winner of the People's choice went to the Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar for its "Hercules" sandwich which was assorted Italian meats and cheeses on a fresh Italian bread with roasted red peppers a "secret dressing" which was creamy and seasoned. Then a panel of five judges including Cape Cod Times Food Editor Gwen Friss, State Rep. Randy Hunt, and Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack tasted and determined which restaurant secured the enviable Judge’s Choice Best Sandwich in Sandwich Trophy. And the winner of award went to The Holly Ridge Golf Club Restaurant which made the BLTCB with applewood smoked bacon, harvest greens, ripe tomatoes, english cucumbers, boursin cheese on a chiabata. I didn't try that so I can not give a comment on that, but will be looking forward to visiting them soon. My regret is that I didn't try the Marshland Too entry The Sweet Elvis which was fresh baked banana bread with a bacon whipped ganache and peanut butter mousse. So many sandwiches and so little time. It was fun and worth the trip. Congratulations to all the contestants, you all did a great job and will be in my mind when I am out there looking for a good place to eat. Thanks for the Fun!!
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Fried Clams have always been a part of my summer tradition and finding the tastiest isn't always easy and simple as some might think. Here on Cape Cod we have lots of great roadside stands and restaurants all waiting to serve us some great seafood, but the truth is that it's all a matter of taste. Captain Frosty's on route 6a in Dennis is another favorite stop whenever I am on Route 6a or in the mood for some clam cakes. The clam cakes are much like the ones I remember as a child from Rocky Point with a rich clam cake flavor and bits of chopped clams all fried to a crisp perfection. You would think it would be easy to find some good clam cakes on Cape Cod but few resturants serve them and if they do they don't have the great favor that these little cakes do. The fried clams are awesome and a little tip if you get them to go, is to empty them in the bag and let the steam out of the bag as this adds to the great crispiness that realy makes a fried clam great. I have eaten many times at Captian Frosty's and have never been disappointed so I can tell you to just choose what you love and I am sure you will be pleased. One of my favorite picks is the Lobster Roll which is awesome for the purest who wants their lobster roll simple with just a hint of mayonaise and chunks of sweet lobster on a toasted roll. Their casear salads and salads are awesome and can be topped with lobster, scallops, salmon or lobster and will sent you into a heavenly experience. They serve their clam cakes with just about any seafood combo and fish and chips which offers cod or flounder as a fish choice. So while you are out there hunting for some good seafood stop by and visit Captain Frosty's.
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Breakfast is still my first love and if someone is making it for me, then I am in heaven. As I have said before, if you are willing to travel or are traveling around Cape Cod there is always a great breakfast spot close no matter what route you are on and I have proof of it in my travels. Today along my travels I found yet another great spot with awesome waitresses at the Homeport Restaurant in Orleans at 55 Main Street. The menu is inventive and vast with so many choices and the daily specials will make your decision even more difficult, but one thing is for sure it will keep you coming back. My dilemma this morning was whether to have one of the two specials that caught my eye and I picked the Linguica, mushroom and cheese omelet with homefries and bran toast. The omelet was simple and creamy and so good. The homefries were lighty flavored and sauteed and not overly seasoned. My other choice would have been the breakfast burger with sausage or bacon, but I do believe I will return to this great spot for breakfast and more. My friend Naomi who is the scrambled egg expert decided to try the Cinnamon Crossiant French Toast with a side of crispy bacon. Her French Toast was buttery and grilled to perfection and could have easily been a decadent desert with fresh fruit and cream. One might missed this great restaurant spot as it is hidden near the The Friends' Marketplace and Garden Center but if you get the chance I am sure you won't be disappointed. Thanks Homeport for delivering a great breakfast!!! I will be back for sure and my only regret is that I might have to wait in line but it will be worth the wait.
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