Cape Cod is famous for its laid-back summer living but foodies have come to adore the Cape for its culinary offerings. It's all about fresh seafood, no matter in which village you find yourself hungry.
If a lobster roll is what you're after, you can't skip The Raw Bar in Mashpee. This restaurant is nothing fancy, but the lobster roll is loaded with succulent shucked meat without any fillers. Devotees swear that these are the best around, and they are so big that they can be shared or may have to accompany you home.
Because of its "No Reservations" policy, the Brewster Fish House is a secret that locals tend to keep. Not to mention, it's my personal favorite seafood restaurant anywhere. Don't be alarmed when you set your sights on this "cottage"; they offer perfectly prepared food, a lively bar and social atmosphere. The wait may be long, but can be fun if you're up for a chat with those seated nearby. And when your food arrives, your taste buds will thank you.
Not to be overlooked is one super romantic place to dine, The Captain Linnell House in Orleans. This is not only a restaurant, but also a first class wedding destination. Their reputation for gourmet food extends to the weddings they hold here, giving your guests a meal they can actually enjoy. But, if a wedding is not in the works, make a reservation in the dining room; you'll love what you eat.The stately exterior of the Captain Linnell House — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Wellfleet is a quaint artsy community and has its fair share of foodie finds, but one clam shack keeps locals coming back. Situated on Wellfleet Harbor, Mac's on the Pier serves perfectly fried morsels of briny delights to those looking for a beach shack setting. And, if you are looking to take some of their fresh seafood home, Mac's Seafood operates a well-stocked fish market with multiple locations.
Two exciting foodie destinations can be found in Truro: Atlantic Spice Company and Truro Vineyards. Atlantic Spice company is a wholesale shop that is open to the public. Selling a huge selection of herbs, spices, teas, and kitchen wares, Atlantic Spice alone is worth the long ride to the Outer Cape. Truro Vineyards is an award-winning winery that is open for tasting, touring and shopping. Their extensive grounds allow for sipping and snacking on what they sell. A Wine Tasting at Truro Vineyards — Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Resident
The culinary mecca of the Cape is Provincetown; it has so many places that are a must-try that you could spend an entire summer eating at each one. Even though so many of the Cape's great eateries live here, there is one that cannot ever be skipped: The Red Inn. Set on the water's edge, about as far out as land extends, the Red Inn offers guests a small menu of culinary gems. Their open-air deck invites guests to drink and lounge and the food never falls short of spectacular. Ladies at Lunch in Provincetown — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti