The Cape Cod diet can basically be organized into four major food groups: breakfast, seafood, ice cream, and alcohol. We're quite fond of such a lifestyle, and we're also quite fond of spending time in this part of the world.
The thing about "The Cape" is that it's a large place. You can be on one part of the peninsula and be 2 hours away from another person or seagull. So rather than make a broad 'best food on the Cape' guide, we broke things down by the major areas where people tend to gather, sorted by the best of each key food category for each. The seafood places are all great spots for both lunch and dinner, and most of the breakfast restaurants do an excellent lunch too. Consider all of your meals covered.
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Breakfast: PB Boulangerie Bistro
An actual french bistro in small town Cape Cod. Maybe they got lost on the way back to France? We don't care. Stay here and bake us croissants. PB Boulangerie is a great spot for a quick breakfast - just plan to arrive early. They tend to sell out of things pretty quickly.
5 Lecount Hollow Rd.
Seafood: Mac's Shack
Mac's Shack is home to excellent oysters, fish tacos, and burritos. But the piece de resistance? Hand grenades. Yes they sound dangerous (references toexplosions related to food are bad as a rule), but these delightful sushi-esque constructions of rice, scallops, shrimp, and spicy sauce are anything but.
91 Commercial St.
Ice Cream: Emack and Bolio's
Emack's (technically named "A Nice Ice Cream Stop") delivers on that promise.It is in fact better than nice. Caramel Moose Tracks, Wellfleet Mix, or JuniorMint are the way to go. Or just get all three.
326 Main St.
Alcohol: The Beachcomber
Booze on the beach, live music, and a killer SEO strategy (restaurantinwellfleet.com), we respect everything the Beachcomber is about.
1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd.
Breakfast: Pain D'Avignon
Another actual French bakery on the Cape. Vive la revolution. Pain D'Avignon is home to awesome egg dishes, a crazy good croque madame, almond croissants, and all the bread you need for a beach picnic.
15 Hinckley Rd.
Seafood: Raw Bar
Raw Bar's lobster rolls are enormous, and they don't trade quality for quantity. Right on the harbor, this is your spot for a quality lunch.
230 Ocean St.
Ice Cream: Katie's Ice Cream
Hands down, the best ice cream in town. Katie's has some fancy flavors like rosemary fig and lavender honeycomb, but we prefer their special 'Cape Cod Sand' flavor "secret recipe". It involves chocolate and caramel and probably voodoo. They also have a self-serve fro yo situation in case you are some sort of control freak.
568 Main St.
Alcohol: Trader Ed's
Situated inside the Hyannis Marina, Ed's has a pool, strong drinks, and pretty mediocre food. All the key ingredients for a very fun, possibly regrettable night.
21 Arlington St.
Breakfast: Pop + Dutch
Breakfast sandwiches from this cute general store are, most importantly, served until noon. And they are also very good. If you want sweet stuff, Pop + Dutch's biscuits and jam are also excellent.
147 Commercial St.
Seafood: The Canteen
_Cristina Sciarra/The Roaming Kitchen_A nice raw bar, lots of Cisco beers (our favorite brewery from Nantucket),better-than-you-might-expect salads, superb lobster rolls, and a cod banh mi. That's what we call variety. The Canteen is a must visit.
225 Commercial St.
Ice Cream: Bliss
Bliss is a tiny spot on the main drag in P-Town serving up some serious soft serve. Pro move is the two-flavor swirl, but you already knew that because you were also seven at one point in time.
322 Commercial St.
Alcohol: Aqua Bar
Waterfront alcohol is our catnip. Aqua Bar has awesome drinks, gorgeous views, and a laid back vibe that we vibe with.
207 Commercial St.
Breakfast: Daily Brew
Daily Brew has some good coffee and muffins, hefty breakfast sandwiches and wraps and super good smoothies.
1370 MA-28A, Cataumet
Seafood: Lobster Trap
As you might expect, a place called Lobster Trap has good lobster rolls. They also have a fish market on site, from which you can order some things to grill up at home later.
290 Shore Rd.
Ice Cream: Somerset Creamery
The smell of freshly baked waffle cones coming out of Somerset Creamery should be bottled and sold as perfume, air freshener, furniture spray, and possibly even body wash. And the ice cream that goes into them tastes just as good as the cones smell. Coconut Almond Chip, Cranberry Bog, and Peanut Butter Oreo are all top of the flavor list, and the Coffee Heath and Black Raspberry Chip frozen yogurts are as good as regular ice cream. Maybe better.
1268 MA-28A, Cataumet
Alcohol: Chart Room
These. Mudslides. Not like the TGI Friday's version, because there is no milk or ice cream, and also this isn't a depression factory. Chart Room's mudslides feature only ice, vodka, Baileys, and Kahlúa. And they are incredible.
1 Shipyard Ln., Pocasset
Breakfast (tie): Cape Cod Bagel Cafe Cape Cod Bagels, at a random intersection near the hospital, is where you canfind the best bagels on the Cape. The "everything" variety are excellent, and if you have a sweet tooth, the French toast bagel is for you.
419 Palmer Ave.
Breakfast (tie): Maison Villatte
Literally everything is good at Maison Villatte. You will have to wait in line, but at the end of the tunnel there is a light. That light is an almond croissant or a quiche or a croque monsieur. Go to the light.
267 Main St.
Seafood: The Clam Shack
The Clam Shack, as advertised, is literally a shack on a dock. Seafood definitely tastes better when you can see the actual ocean, and the fried clam bellies here are what you want to be eating while you take in the view. Dive in.
227 Clinton Ave.
Ice Cream: Eulinda's
In West Falmouth right off the bike path, Eulinda's is home to the best ice cream around, even if it's a little outside the main town. Bike there, inhale some coffee Oreo ice cream, turn around, bike back to Falmouth. Repeat as needed.
634 W. Falmouth Hwy., West Falmouth.
Alcohol: Quahog Republic
Quahog Republic is an extremely chill place that welcomes regulars as "citizens of the republic." Part of your civic responsibility while residing in the republic is to drink a bloody mary. Oblige.
97 Spring Bars Rd.
This is the local breakfast spot, and while it's definitely not glamorous, it's the best breakfast around. The cornmeal pancakes and corned beef hash are the go-tos, and the home made muffins are also not to be missed. Portions can generally be described as 'gargantuan'.
1408 MA-6A, East Dennis
Tuna tartare, grilled salmon. You can actually see that you are eating fish and not just fried circles. It's good. Get some.
800 Main St.
Ice Cream: Ice Cream Smuggler
The sundaes at Ice Cream Smuggler have been known to change lives, thanks to their insanely good fudge sauce and homemade whipped cream. The grasshopper ice cream here is also something you should consider eating. Get started on a new you.
716 Main St.
Alcohol: Ocean House
The Beach Bar at Ocean House is the move. Heavenly views, live music, fruity cocktails. We could live here.
425 Old Wharf Rd., Dennis Port
Breakfast: Monomoy Coffee
The coffee at Monomoy is excellent, and they also serve above average breakfast sandwiches and very good house made granola bars. They even have gluten-free options for your bacon, egg and cheese bun. So thoughtful.
447 Main St.
Seafood: Impudent Oyster
Impudent Oyster serves excellent seafood in a quaint New England-y cottage. There's a restaurant section, and a bar section, and no matter where you start, the devils on horseback (bacon wrapped scallops WITH BUTTER SAUCE) need to be right there with you. The Portuguese mussels and clam chowder are definitely worth your time as well.
15 Chatham Bars Ave.
Ice Cream: Buffy's Ice Cream
Big scoops of sweet perfection. The lines are long, but Buffy's finally started taking credit cards, so that speeds things up a bit. Our favorites? Any of the coffee-based flavors, especially Heath Bar and Oreo. They also bake chocolate chip cookies, and serve them up as ice cream sandwiches with vanilla frozen yogurt.
456 Main St.
Alcohol: Chatham Bars Inn
Sit on the deck, drink expensive drinks, soak in the good life.
297 Shore Rd.