Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Almost Summer + Cape Roundup

Pictured: Lobster Risotto @ Mad Minnow, Harwichport | Toro Maki + Sashimi @ Mac's Shack, Wellfleet | Sunset @ Lewis Bay, West Yarmouth | Swordfish Cheeks + Soft Shell Crab @ Naked Oyster, Hyannis

Finally, some SUNSHINE! The beginning of May was entirely rain / cold / dark / drizzly and heat still blasting inside. That winter chill lingered just a little to long and it was rough on my spirit. In the anticipation of consistently warm weather and trips to Cape Cod, here's a round up of some summer archive photos and fantastic Cape restaurants not-previously-blogged-about.

Mac's Shack | 91 Commercial St | Wellfleet

Mac is a local fisherman so a meal at his Outer Cape institution offers hands down the freshest seafood you'll ever eat; perfectly shucked Wellfleet Oysters and Littlenecks, dream worthy sushi + sashimi creations, inventive takes on classic entrees, plus terrific cocktails with a charming coastal atmosphere to match. My favorite way to end a day in Wellfleet - post hiking Great Island + playing in the dunes is hanging at their outdoor bar and patio area. 

Mad Minnow | 554 Main St | Harwich Port
A summer gastropub that brings a fresh vibe to the neighborhood with a clean bright interior, an outdoor vegetable meets beer garden, locally sourced seafood, and stellar cocktails - you'll definitely want to #gethooked!

The Port | 541 Main St | Harwich Port
Across the street from Mad Minnow, a much older establishment with a classic and refined old Cape Cod vibe is The Port. You can't go wrong with $1 oysters nightly from 5 - 6:30!

Naked Oyster Bistro + Raw Bar | 410 Main Street | Hyannis
When I tell you that the above Soft Shell Crab + sweet corn entree and the below Swordfish Cheeks are literally some of the best seafood dishes I've had on Cape Cod, ever, you won't hesitate to hit up the Naked Oyster next time you cross the Sagamore Bridge. My favorite way to dine is impromptu at the raw bar, (a spot here feels like winning the lottery) be sure to kick off the meal with a dozen oysters and a glass or two of Rose.

Eclectic Cafe | 606 Main Street | Hyannis
Venture down to the other end of Main Street to dine among lush greenery and flora under the stars on Eclectic Cafe's warm and secluded patio. Pictured above is the Lobster Mac N Cheese appetizer with tarragon boursin, roasted parsnip, sweet peas and butter poached lobster. Pictured below I believe was a Shrimp and Lobster Special wrapped and baked in phyllo dough. There is also a relaxed bar if you're in the mood to just grab a cocktail.

Seafood Sam's | 1006 Route 28 | South Yarmouth 

Seafood Sam's is clutch for a low key but satisfying meal. This local counter for take out or dine in (additional locations in Sandwich and Falmouth) offers moderately priced seafood - excellent lobster rolls, clam chowder, fried seafood and more. They also serve beer + wine!

FIN | 800 Main Street | Dennis 
Fin serves contemporary + sustainable seafood dishes matched by an eclectic wine list in a tastefully decorated two story antique home. My pictures (or lack there of) are not doing justice to the incredible meals served here - I'll have to make up for that this summer!

How many plates of oysters are appropriate to have/mention in one post?! These are Fin's signature Chilled Nobscusset Oysters with Pickled Ginger Granita and Wasabi Tobiko.

Also looking forward to....lazy summer days on Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, boat trips to Baxter's on Hyannis Harbor for fried seafood and frozen mudslides to-go, sunsets that set the marsh on fire, coffee ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles, swimming in the salty ocean, being tan, nights at the Beachcomber! What are you guys looking forward to this summer?

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Hay Roasted Oysters ($18) | cultured sorrel butter
Monte Grappa ($12) | Rittenhouse Rye, Punt e Mes, allspice, nutmeg
Fluke Head ($10) | parsley butter, carrot + cabbage slaw
 Old Fashioned ($13) | High West Double Rye, Wyoming Whiskey Bourbon, bitters, sugar
Crab Head Custard ($11) | ham, cabbage, calabrian chili
Whole Wheat Gnocchi ($16) | sea urchin, chive, lemon zest cream
Cappellachi ($17) | countneck clams, ramps, swiss chard
bathroom paper towel holder (loved this, how creative!)
Apple Butter Cremeux ($10) | hazelnut shortbread, black walnut ice cream
 Campfire Sundae ($9) | torched marshmallow, chocolate ice cream, candied peanuts
bathroom mirror selfie + loving the bathroom light fixture

I had a wonderful dining experience the other weekend at Shepard! 
On cozy a residential street between Cambridge's Harvard and Porter Squares, Shepard serves thoughtful, unique French-meets-New England inspired dishes in a clean, stylish ambiance.  

We were celebrating 4 years together and they greeted us with glasses of sparkling Rosé! Such a special touch. 

1 Shepard Street
 Cambridge, MA 02138 
Shepard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pappy + Harriet's | Pioneertown

We made a stop in Pioneertown our our way out to TwentyNine Palms and Joshua Tree. Pioneertown was founded in 1964 by a group of Hollywood investors - it's a sleepy community with sprawling plots of land and houses spread out among the high desert landscape. 

Pappy + Harriet's is the main draw to Pioneertown - a well known saloon, live music venue + restaurant. Despite what my pictures depict this place was full of clientele. Live music is only at night with shows every night of the week. I wish they had live music during the daytime when we were there! Make sure you get an order of the Nachos Von Rabbit - a filling plate of deep fried corn tortillas loaded with cheddar, jack, crumbled bleu, pico de gallo, sour cream + green onions. 

53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA 92268
Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato