Summer is about to leave us this week and although I love the Fall, I hate to see summer go. It seemed to have flown by and all the plans I had hoped to accomplished will now be waiting for next year. Why is it that Summer flies by so fast and Winter seems to drag on forever keeping us cold and often snowbound at home? I don't even mind the traffic during the summer that much because I know all the waiting those poor weary travelers had to go through, just to get over that bridge. I live on Cape Cod and am lucky to be able to spend more than just a week or two soaking up all that this great island has to offer. Every year Fox25 celebrates the summer by visiting New England towns every friday and exploring around to see just what they each have to offer. I have been following their Zip Trips for over ten years now and joining them when they come to Cape Cod. This year they Zip Tripped to Sandwich at the Marina August 14 from 6am to 10am with Sara Underwood and meteorlogist Shiri Spear along with host of the "Matty in the Morning Show" Michele Lazcano and Rich DiMare. It was fun and broadcast live with lots of booths and promotions. It was nice to be able to meet the people from Fox 25 and they were all so friendly. Of course, a trip to Sandwich couldn't be complete without a Breakfast Sandwich from The Uncommon Cafe's owner Adam Ogonowski who offered them this year Best Sandwich winner "The Morning Glory", which is consisted of a grilled egg, applewood bacon, cheddar cheese and avocado slices, lightly melted inside a grilled bagel with a thin layer of horseradish for a little extra kick. Every year Sandwich has a SandwichFest and this year was its 7th year in which Adam won first place for his sandwich invention. Also there were Bob King and Tobin Wirt the owners of Cafe Chew who won the People Choice Award for their Vietnamese Bahn-Mi which is roasted seasoned pork loin, an Asian slaw of pickled daikon radish and carrot, sliced English cucumber Cafe Chew’s “Sassy Sauce” with mayonnaise, sour cream and sea salt. They brought along another sampling from their great menu called the "Pilgrim" which was roasted turkey with sage stuffing, cranberry mayonnaise and lettuce on cranberry-pecan bread. Both sandwiches were very delicious and will be on my next hunt quest for the best sandwiches on Cape Cod. Sandwich is one of the oldest towns on Cape Cod and celebrated 375 yrs in 2014 and has lots to offer to those weary travelers but a lot get missed in our rush to the next destination. So as we move on to Fall this wednesday we will explore Cape Cod a little more to enjoy the changing seasons and make plans for next summer to see more of our undiscovered spots.
Before I go I just want to share a recipe from Teddie Peanut Butter who was there as they always are on Zip Trips to offer great recipes and snacks.
Teddie Peanut Butter Cape Cod Cranberry Crunch
Teddie Peanut Butter ...Dark Chocolate ...Dried Cranberries...Almonds...Cornflakes
Melt the chocolate on low in sauce pan. Stir in Teddie and mix. Add remaining ingredients and stir until coated.Spoon onto wax paper.
Place in Freezer for 30 minutes or longer.
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Summer is leaving and the crowds will soon be departing with another year of memories held intact intact on phones and cameras. But the Breakfast Trail still continues on and the quest to sample Cape Cod's Best is an open journey which always leads to beautiful scenery and new discoveries. I traveled along route 6a to The Brewster Coffee Shop and found it to be another great breakfast destination. It's Small but packed with Cape Cod memories,great food and an awesome waitstaff. I tried the Traditional Canadian Bacon Benedict with perfectly cooked poached eggs, a light creamy hollandaise sauce and crispy homefries. My friend choose the scrambled eggs, crispy homefries and toasted marble bread. They have outdoor seating with picnic tables and great scenery. Well worth a stop Along the Breakfast Trail and the coffee is bold and flavorful. I am sure you will find something to love about The Brewster Coffee Shop.
It's nearing the end of summer and I am feeling a little depressed, so I needed to go to the place that would surely satisfy my savory and sweet desires. In the past the coffee wasn't the best but it has sinced improved and the food has never disappointed me because its always the specials that draw me in. If there was on complaint I would make about the Ihop is that the tables are too small but food is delicious and the waitress was good. The special was Double Dipped French Toast which was thick slices of brioche bread that was hand-dipped in vanilla batter, which makes it ever so moist and sweet. If that is not enough they dip it into cornflakes and oatmeal,making it crispy and flaky. But then the rest is up to you to choose between cinnamon sugar or glazed strawberries with lemon cream. And if that's not enough you can add on some eggs, golden hash browns and bacon or sausage for under $10. They are also welcoming Fall with Pumpkin Pancakes which can be made into a combo. I tried the French Toast with Cinnamon and whipped cream which so rich and flavorful and since I was at the the Ihop with four syrup flavors, I had to try a little of each on all four corners. They were all so good I still can't pick one. Along the Breakfast Trail this chain restaurant will make you smile. Thanks Ihop!!!
My Mom always said you can tell a good restaurant by the the lines to get in; if people are willing to wait for the food, it must be good. And that is true for a lot of Cape Cod favorites as you drive around looking for a great spot to land for a scumptuous breakfast. I know that sometimes you can get to a place at just the right time before the crowds or better still find a hidden gem that no one knows about yet. Grumpy's on route 6a in East Dennis is legendary for their inventive savory blackboard specials and some of the best fishcakes on Cape Cod which help to create a delicious Fisherman's Breakfast with eggs and beans. THe parking lot was full and the line was out the door on this particular day as we ventured out, but the wait was only 20 minutes and worth it. I ordered the omelette with cheese, linguica and mushrooms, served with toasted buttery english muffins and grilled fresh unseasoned home fries. The omelette was creamy with linguica which was mild but savory with fresh sliced mushrooms. Their blueberry pancakes were large and ever so flavorful. Their menu is vast with lots of choices and if that wasn't enough then you have some very creative blackboard special sure to confuse you as you try to decide what you would like best. Maybe that's why they are so busy, because there is always something to try on the next visit. I love Grumpy and they have always proved to be reliable for a great breakfast experience.
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They have been in business for over 65 years and have managed to keep that Cape Cod tradition with a bit of international flair. Quietly hidden on the corner of Depot Street and Lower County Road in Dennis Port sits The Wee Packet restaurant with good food and a very friendly waitstaff. Their menu offers lots to choose from and your only problem will be deciding just what to order. I ordered the "Packet Scramble" with four scrambled eggs served with diced ham, onions and green peppers, topped with shredded cheese, golden homefries and a toasted english muffin.The eggs and homefries were delicious and not greasy. One of my friends loves Portuguese Sweet Bread and ordered the "Portuguese Sweet Bread Sandwich" which had eggs, diced ham and cheese served on a Portuguese Muffin (Bolo Levedo) with a side of savory baked beans. While it was very good, my friend was so looking forward to the sweet bread which has a lighter fluffy texture and so good to make French Toast with. My other friend traveled the old familar breakfast route and opted for "I'm Darn Hungry" which had two egg scrambled (her choice), Two slices of French Toast, two strips of bacon and two sausage. They also offer some great Irish specialties like the "Full Irish Breakfast" with two eggs any style, Irish sausage, Irish Rasher, Black & White pudding and a grilled tomato. The coffee was a good medium roast and the waitresses very friendly. Its casual and has a great Cape Cod tradtion with outdoor dining and a great gift shop.
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It's summer all right and my quiet little heaven has become a bustling little place, especially at breakfast time when people scramble out of bed to start their day for some savory breakfast treats. Along my travels I have witnessed some very fussy customers with short tempers and very critical of all that is served to them. I have seen people sit down and instantly become critical of the menu and I want to say just get up and leave but often they stay only to take in others with their negativism. I have seen people get up and leave after ordering breakfast because it wasn't serve fast enough. Just got to say, Hey people it's vacation and time to chill a little.
So back to my Breakfast Trail story, I was traveling along route and my destination choice was busy. I decided on trying Seven Seas in Dennisport on route 28 because the line wasn't big and its has been a busy place this summer. It is small with nautical theme decor and very clean. The waitress staff was very friendly and from my experiences I give them high points because of all that they have to deal with. Breakfast is breakfast and I have seen only one restaurant fail and they are no longer in business. Seven Seas has no web site with a posted menu but they do have a Facebook site that isn't regularly updated. The coffee was good and if I had one complaint, it's was that my coffee cup was too small but my awesome waitress made sure it was always hot and full. My friend ordered the 2x2x2 in which she got scrambled eggs, pancakes and bacon which was presented nicely and tasted great. I chose the Linguica Omelette with cheddar cheese, home fries and a grilled english muffin. The omelette was fluffy with nice flavorful thin slices of linguica and cooked to perfection and not greasy. The home fries are fresh cut potatoes cooked in little linguica grease for flavoring and was good for me, but I often hear people complaining grease and homefries. My english muffin was grilled to perfection with butter on the side for me to spread. All in all this is a great place to have breakfast and the waitstaff is awesome. So Along My Trail this place is great.
In the heat of the last day of July, I found a cool oasis on Old Wharf Road in Dennisport at The Sailing Cow Cafe. You can eat indoors or outdoors with a cool breeze from the beach and light smell of that fabulous tropical sun tan lotion from alll those sun worshipers. The Sailing Cow Cafe offers a great menu selection with Benny's, wraps, omelets, burritos, quesadilas, sandwiches, pancakes and more. I decided on the cheese omelet with mushrooms and sausages which was ever so flavorful and my friend chose the two egg scramble. The home fries may look dark and burnt but once you take a bit you will taste the savory goodness of them. The coffee was good and of a medium roast. All in all The Sailing Cow Cafe is just another great place to have breakfast but with beach appeal.Love my Cape Cod and the Breakfast choices.
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After 44 years in business you have to learn a lot along the way to feeding hungry travelers and The Breakfast Room knows how to keep it simple. They cook it simple, fresh and serve it your way daily. My mom always said you can tell a good restaurant by the parking lot and also when on the road where the "Truckers" eat. Well The Breakfast Room in West Dennis on route 28 always seems to have a steady flow of incoming traffic and I think it's because they cook good homestyle meals. The French Toast is not big and thick, but it is ever so flavorful with a hint of cinnamon to make it ever so savory. I have heard rave reviews of their Banana Bread French Toast and I have to go back to try that. Be sure to check that special board when dinning there and I don't think you will be dissapointed. Their homefries are crispy and simply seasoned and good. Check out their menu and I am sure that you will find sometime you like. Just another great restaurant to have breakfast on Cape Cod. It's great to live on Cape Cod.
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Another hidden gem tuck decreetly in a small shoppong plaza off of route 28 in Harwich Port is Dino's Harwich Port Grille. They are small in size but big on taste and affordable breakfast choices. It has been a place before on my first visit and when I returned it was good and they have never disappointed me on any of my visits.My friend chose the pancakes and scrambled eggs with sausage which was light fluffy and flavorable. I made my omelet with bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese with delicious simple grilled hash brown potatoes. Along your Breakfast Trail you got to give Dino's a try and check out their menu.
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It's time to get out there and enjoy your summer but do it slowly so that you can savor all the goodness along the way on Cape Cod. Although all the activities are done from the Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick off, there are still great sand sculptures to be hunted down and captured in a photo. Click on the highlighted word and print out your map. The sand artists did an awesome job and I wish that I had the talent they have. Maybe you will get some ideas for your own sand sculptures. Have fun and enjoy the summer!!!