Where to eat on Cape Cod
Cape Cod’s culinary scene grows more and more noteworthy each year, with inventive, new spots popping up and bringing with them a newfound excitement for local ingredients. We’ve done some digging to bring you the most cutting edge restaurants to try this summer.
Smack dab in the middle of bustling downtown Provincetown, The Canteen offers affordable, playful, delicious food - order at the counter and enjoy your meal in their laid-back yard overlooking the harbor. Try The Canteen’s famous lobster rolls, served two ways, or other classics such as oysters on the half shell and chowder or go with something new like a cod banh-mi, fish sauce Brussels sprouts or a grilled PB&J with peanut brittle. Oh, and don’t forget to order a frosé or a local craft beer to wash that all down. 225 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA.
At Ceraldi in Wellfleet, Michael Ceraldi, serves an Italian-inspired, locally sourced, seven-course tasting menu that has been blowing diners away since he opened in 2014. The intimate, waterfront dining room is the perfect backdrop to Ceraldi’s creative, coastal-inspired cooking. Snag a seat at the bar and you’ll be able to hear chef Ceraldi describe each dish as it comes out. The highlight of a recent event at Ceraldi were the lobster “eclairs” featuring seaweed-flecked choux pastry. The tasting menu is available with both a wine pairing and a “soft pairing,” featuring fresh pressed juices and other non-alcoholic beverages. 15 Kendrick Ave., Wellfleet, MA.
Clean Slate Eatery
Clean Slate Eatery is housed in an unassuming blue building on Route 28 in West Dennis, but venture inside and you’ll find chef Jason Montigel and his small team serving up some of the most noteworthy meals on the Cape. Clean Slate’s six-course tasting menus (one with meat and seafood, one vegetarian) change weekly and are available with or without a wine pairing. On a recent night, the day boat scallops pan seared with creamed corn, Mexican chorizo, “chilaquiles” and lime crema, stole the show. If you want to enjoy local Cape Cod ingredients, treated with utmost care and creativity, in the presence of good-natured food lovers, definitely snag a reservation at Clean Slate. 702 MA-28, West Dennis, MA.
At Chatham Municipal Airport, while watching tiny planes takeoff, you can enjoy one of the hands down best breakfasts available on Cape Cod. Chef Brian Erskine left Chatham Bars Inn to open Hangar B in 2010 and he’s been wooing breakfast-goers ever since. This funky, intimate, second story dining room overlooking the tarmac is the perfect place to start your day on Cape Cod. Though their daily specials are always temptingly delicious, their beloved old standbys include fish tacos, huevos rancheros, red flannel hash and donuts with housemade jams and curds. 240 George Ryder Rd., Chatham, MA.
An intimate, dimly-lit sushi restaurant with a classic feel, Inaho never fails to impress. The freshest sushi found on the Cape along with meticulously cooked traditional Japanese fare make this restaurant a crowd favorite. Housed in a beautiful old sea captain’s home, the atmosphere is the perfect combination of Japanese simplicity and Cape Cod quaintness. To get a true taste of the menu, order the Omakase Kaiseki, a multi-course meal featuring the chef’s choice of the freshest fish. 157 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA
Sunbird began as a food truck in 2011 in Wellfleet before opening a comfy, hip brick-and-mortar space in Orleans. The cafe prides itself on their local ingredients, and incorporates the bounty of the season into unique dishes such as red fish tacos, quinoa porridge and kimchi grilled cheese. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch daily in their lounge-y dining room and they open for dinner in the summer months. Visit on a Thursday night for noodle night, where they serve a prix-fixe menu including Thai-style wings, pho, ramen, and drinks. 85 Route 6A, Orleans, MA.
Vers, meaning "fresh" in Dutch, is an elegant restaurant highlighting seasonal products of Cape Cod in innovative ways. Executive Chef Jonathan Haffmans, a Chatham Bars Inn alum, never fails to surprise and delight diners with his playful touches, like with the tuna tartare accompanied by a blonde miso sorbet. That’s not to say the menu is over the top or intimidating, you’ll also find dishes such as short rib gnocchi and local skate wing cooked and seasoned to perfection. 15 Cove Road, Orleans, MA.