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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Burger with a view and a menu filled with good choices is what you can find at The Dockside on 110 School Street in Hyannis. Whether its breakfast, lunch or diner you can always enjoy a good meal with a great Hyannis Harbour view and a great helpful wait staff. I have been here for breakfast several times and have never been disappointed and now on my hamburger hunt, I found some great sandwich choices on the menu. Today I just had to follow my heritage so I ordered the Portuguese Burger which was a simple 8oz Angus Burger topped with a chourico patty, Jack Cheese, grilled onions, lettuce and sliced tomatoes on a fresh bulky roll that reminded me a good portuguese bread roll. It was all I needed and a lot like the burgers that I have prepared at home with crispy fries and the harbour view, I was in heaven. My friend decided on the special burger of the day The Cheeseburger Club which also was simply prepared and equally as good. They have lots of choices and the staff is always ready to make your meal a great experience. The Dockside keeps me coming back and I am sure to return to sample more. Don't forget to try their deserts. I split a Boston Cream Pie which was awesome and my only regret was that I forgot to take a photo. Kick back and enjoy what Dockside has to offer. Thanks Dockside!!!
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Burger Hunting time and Cape Cod has a lot of great burgers to satisfy the weary traveler wherever you may be traveling. Legend has it that no one knows how to make a great burger like The Red Nun and with the original on Route 28 in Chatham and the new addition on Route 28 in Dennisport on Main Street, you have great choices with a good casual atmosphere. Their burgers are hand-packed certified Angus burgers on top of a cripsy english muffin and served with crispy french fries and a dill pickle. They have some great burger choices as well as a "build your own burger" At first I thought it was a little crazy to put such a great burger on a english muffin but after getting the burger, I understood their reasoning as the english muffin held up well to hold all the savory toppings and the crispiness added great crunch. My friend ordered the Red Nun burger with had the works sauteed mushrooms and onions, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, sliced thin tomatoes and shredded lettuce with red onion. She was in heaven from the first bite and her only problem was opening her mouth wide enough to enjoy that first bite. The burger itself is light and very flavorful in its own right and grilled to perfection. I decided on the BLAT which include crispy bacon, shredded lettuce, avocado and tomatoes. The creamy avocado just melted into burger and toppings with a little mayo and mustard, I was in heaven and savoring each delicious bite. During the week that we visited they also offerd a Kangaroo Burger topped with a citrus shrimp salad with cabbage and tomatoes which for me was a little too adventerous. I am however intertested in trying their High Thai'd Burger which is topped with a special thai sauce blend of Peanut Butter, lime, soy, ginger, cilantro, sirracha and cayenne as well as cabbage and tomatoes. I can tell that I wil be returning as the burger was very flavorful and their presentation great. Thanks Red Nun for a Great Burger along my tasting trail.
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Memorial Day Weekend is here and its the unofficial start to summer and a time to pay tribute to those many men and women who sacrified their lives for our freedom. And in remembering I am taken back to a time when life was easier. Gather your memories and hit the road to Besty's Diner in Falmouth on route 28 and you won't be disappointed. Memories are what keeps us moving on and what better way to honor some our favorite memories than by visiting a diner whoose food does the memories justice. With a jukebox tableside, I enjoyed my eggs over easy, crispy homefries, savory sausage links and toasted french bread. My plate size fluffy pancakes that came included provided me with the sweetness that I love with breakfast. My friend decided on scrambled eggs, crispy bacon , savory homefries and rye toasts along with her pancakes. The bread selections in themselves make the meal special with their fresh lightly toasted thickness and my friend's eyes glowed with the sight of the thick sliced toast that she just had to top it with some strawberry jam to start her meal out. Their menu has some great choices and one can always make a breakfast selection of just what they like as the prices are reasonable. Even if you don't remember the old diners, you need to make Besty's Diner a stop for the food is delicious and their coffee is an outstanding start to the day. Thanks to the waitresses and the cook for making this a great stop.
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Just need to say Congratulation to Chef Eccles and his staff at Jason's Tavern on route 134 in South Dennis for winning the Gold Award for Best Burger in the Mid Cape area which can be seen in the Cape Cod Life magazine. Aftering sampling one of your delicious burgers this week, I know why they won. With a choice of eight burgers, I decided on the California Burger with a swirl of guacamole, melted Monterey Jack, crispy bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. The burger was thick juicey and cooked to perfection with crispy seasoned french fries. The burger was so good that I couldn't leave a bit behind and I know that I will be returning to sample the other choices. My friend decided on the Omg Meatloaf with pan gravy, whipped potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce which was savory, light and very flavorful. My only regret is that I never sampled anything on your desert menu but I that burger was so good, I couldn't stop to take half home. Awesome job and I will be returning for more.
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It's spring and we have had enough of Mother Nature's watering and its getting time to get out and about and rediscovered some of the beauty Cape Cod has to offer and we only have so much time, so get out there. The Pancake Man in South Yarmouth is always worth a stop or two along our journey to enjoying good weather and they have never disappointed me as yet. But this morning I was feeling conflicted and needed a little lunch / breakfast combo and they had the answer to my cravings. I decided on their Breakfast Burger which consisted of a 1/4 lb burger grilled to perfection with a sweet savory bacon jam and topped with a medium cooked egg and creamy aged cheddar cheese on a english muffin with crispy home fries. And let me just say that this sandwich was great and the bacon jam had a sweet savory flavored that really made the sandwich come to life. One of my friends decided on a Spinach Omelette with three savory buttermilk pancakes and crispy homefries which satisfied her need for the egg and pancake combo. And my other friend who is the scrambled egg expert enjoyed her choice with home fries and pumpernickle toast. The coffee was delicious and our waitress was awesome and patient with our craziness. My only problem with visiting the Pancake Man is deciding just what to have and I guess that is a good thing because they keep me coming back. Next on my list is their Skillet Breakfast. Thanks Pancake Man.
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There is nothing as good as someone else cooking me my breakfast and cleaning up afterwards. Maybe that is part of my reason for going out in the morning searching for that next great breakfast spot to eat and right now is even better because we don't have to wait in long lines to enjoy all those special breakfast selections. It hasn't been hard to find a great breakfast place here on Cape Cod because we have so many as opposed to other areas in Massachusetts. And each stop allows us to sample specials and enjoy the scenic views in each area, not to mention some great gift shops along the way.This morning's trek took us to Barnstable almost across from the court house tucked in a little hideaway called The Blue Plate Diner off of Route 6a. Its small but cozy and very clean with some great friendly waitresses who are ready to make your stay a pleasant one. The breakfast choices are simple but very delicious from 3 egg omelets that you design yourself, french toast, pancakes and homemade corned beef hash. They even offer a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel sandwich. I wanted the sweet and savory so I picked the two eggs over easy with crisp home fries, three sausage and french toast. My friend who also likes the savory but wanted her eggs scrambled with bacon, crispy home fries and french toasts. While my other friend who could be considered a connoisseur of her usual breakfast selection because its her stand by order whenever we go out, had scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, crispy home fries and raisin toast which she enjoyed throughly. The coffee was rich, strong and delicious which always makes the breakfast a memoriable meal. So thanks to The Blue Plate Diner and the crew, I will be back to sample more from your menu.
Spring is in the air and although the temperature is 36 degress, I know it is just around the corner so it's time to go to Keltic Kitchen in West Yarmouth on Route 28 before the lines get longer. In the summer everyone knows that the food is worth the wait, but the locals find it a great comfortable place to hang out in to get through the cold winter. It is a stop that I make every few weeks and I am always curious to see the special menu which makes my hard decision even harder. As you quessed the only thing difficult about dining at the Keltic Kitchen is deciding on what to get from their awesome menu. Today I decided on the Chicken and Waffles which was a chicken breast fillet with a flavorful well seasoned bread crumb batter served on top of a round savory blended waffle with two eggs and crispy home fries. It was very good and I believe a little corriander was in the the bread crumb seasoning and waffles which really married the combo into a great savory taste. One of my friends decided on her stand by favorite of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy home fries and raisin toast which looked equally as good. And my other friend decided on the 2x4 which was two eggs, two pancakes, two bacon, and black and white pudding which she substituted for sausage which she enjoyed and became the prelude to a shopping trip for us. I love the Keltic Kitchen for their great specials and food, good coffee and awesome service. The only time I cut down on my return visits is during the height of the tourist season but I do believe they are worth the wait and we on Cape are lucky to have them seving up their hearthy breakfast selections all year. Thanks Keltic Kitchen for an awesome breakfast experience.
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