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Why You Should Stop By the Centerville Pie Company While on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, March 9, 2020

If you're a fan of Oprah Winfrey, you likely know that she comes out with a list of her favorite things every year and releases it in O Magazine.

For those who follow this annual list, the Centerville Pie Company might sound familiar, and that's because it has made the cut three times: 2009, 2012, and 2017.

Simply put, Oprah loves this Cape Cod original, which is located at 1671 Falmouth Road in Centerville, Massachusetts, and wants everyone to know just how good their products taste.

Make sure you stop by the Centerville Pie Company and take one of their creations back to your Cape Cod vacation rental. Just one bite and you'll discover why Oprah just can't get enough of these local favorites.

About the Bakery

From the outside, the Centerville Pie Company doesn't look like much. After all, it's just a small bakery sitting in a small strip mall across from the street from the Centerville Shopping Center in the heart of the village.

If you're not explicitly looking for this bakery, you'd surely miss it, as there's nothing that stands out or makes it an obvious attraction.

The Centerville Pie Company has been like this ever since friends Laurie Bowen and Kristin Broadley opened the shop in 2009. At that time, the two of them just wanted to operate a small shop where they could sell their creations to Cape Cod residents and hopefully make a living.

The operation was modest, as they could only bake 12 pies at a time, but that was plenty of capacity to serve their local clientele. 

Their first year in business was a memorable one, however, as an encounter with a global superstar changed their lives forever.

How the Centerville Pie Company Became Famous

So, how did the chicken pie at Centerville Pie Company end up being one of Oprah's favorite things?

It all started in 2009 when rumors suggested that Oprah was on Cape Cod to attend the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and spending her time at a local inn. Broadley got wind of Oprah's location and decided to drop a couple of pies - peach and chicken - off for her, leaving a note with her home phone number, as well.

By the time Broadley had returned home, Oprah had already called, gushing about the pies and wanting more. In the days following, Gayle King, Oprah's best friend, ordered more pies for them to take on their flight home.

Later that year, the Centerville Pie Company made Oprah's list for the first time, but the wild ride wasn't over. In 2010, Bowen and Broadley made an appearance during the final season of Oprah's show, leading to them selling 280,000 pies in just 15 minutes.

In 2011, the Centerville Pie Company was asked to hand out swag bags at the Golden Globe Awards, which involved giving slices of pie out at the event, in addition to coupons for free pies from their bakery.

Actors and actresses like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, and Eric McCormack loved the pies, and every celebrity who took a coupon redeemed it for a free pie.

Centerville Pie Company remains popular in celebrity circles, and the outstanding quality of these creations keeps visitors and locals alike returning time after time.

What on the Menu?

When you think of pie, dessert is probably the first thing that comes to mind, and the Centerville Pie Company has an abundance of sweet products.

First, there are the fruit pies, which come in blueberry, all berry, apple, cranapple, cherry, peach, strawberry rhubarb, and pumpkin varieties. There are also pecan, chocolate chip, key lime, and lemon meringue pies on the menu.

For cream pies, the bakery has chocolate, coconut, banana, lemon, and Cape Cod crunch, which is chocolate mixed with butter coffee, in addition to custard and coconut custard options. 

It's not all about the sweets at the Centerville Pie Company, however, as their savory options are excellent, and the large pies can serve up to six people.

We've mentioned the famous chicken pie, but the bakery also carries braised beef, clam, shepherd's, sweet potato, BBQ pulled pork, buffalo chicken, French meat, and lobster pies. There's also a vegetarian option, with their spinach and feta pie.

Beyond pies, you'll also find Lorraine, spinach and feta, and ham and cheese quiches for order, and if you have a different combination of ingredients you'd like in your quiche, just ask and they'll make it for you.

If you grab a frozen pie, you'll have to heat it for about an hour before dinner, which is convenient if you pick up a pie in the morning and want to eat it after a long day spent exploring Cape Cod's attractions.

Give Them a Visit

The Centerville Pie Company offers a taste that is unique to Cape Cod and is well worth a stop during your vacation. Whether you're searching for dessert or a full meal, check out their selection, and you won't be disappointed, no matter what you choose.

Centerville, Massachusetts, has something for everyone, thanks to its beaches, history, restaurants, and culture. It also has perhaps the best pie anywhere on the Cape, which you can pick up at the Centerville Pie Company.

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The Top 5 Clam Shacks in Barnstable
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 24, 2019

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Any vacation on Cape Cod must include at least one visit to a local clam shack. After all, these shacks are a significant part of summers on the Cape, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check them out during your stay.

Of course, since there are so many clam shacks on Cape Cod, choosing which ones to eat at can be challenging. Barnstable, the only actual city on the Cape, is particularly full of these shacks, with many of them sitting right along the ocean. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of the top five clam shacks to try in Barnstable this summer.


1) Osterville Fish

You’ll find two Osterville Fish locations in Barnstable, one in Osterville and one in Barnstable Village. The original Osterville Fish Market sits just off Route 28, while the newer storefront, Osterville Fish, Too, is steps from Millway Marina on Barnstable Harbor.

Osterville Fish Market allows you to purchase seafood to cook at home, and also has a take-out menu. Osterville Fish, Too offers patio dining, in addition to its take out menu and fish market. The menus at both locations feature everything you could ever want from a clam shack, including lobster rolls, clam boils, broiled seafood plates, crab cakes, soups, and salads. The Barnstable Harbor location also has burgers, hot dogs, and chicken dishes.


2) Baxter's Boathouse

As you'll soon see, Hyannis Inner Harbor is full of clam shacks, and if your Cape Cod vacation rental is in this area, you'll never run out of places to try. The first location to check out is Baxter's, which is two separate entities: Baxter's Boathouse Club, a 21+ establishment, and Baxter's Fish 'n' Chips, offering family-friendly dining. Baxter's is right on the water and has a dock, so you can even take your boat right to the restaurant for a meal and drinks.

The menu is the same at both versions of Baxter's, although the family-friendly side has a kids' menu, as well. On the menu, you'll find local favorites like stuffed quahog, New England Clam Chowder, seafood plates, steamed clams, lobster rolls, and swordfish dishes. There are also steaks, hamburgers, and chicken entrees available.


3) Spanky's Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon

A second option on Hyannis Inner Harbor is Spanky's Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon, a venue enjoying a prime location on Ocean Street and a patio area overlooking the water. Spanky's shares a building with Pirate Adventures Hyannis and is close to the Hy-Line Ferry Docks, so if you want to grab a bit before heading onto the water, this is the place to do it.

The appetizers at Spanky's are always a draw, including the oysters, scallops, baked oysters, crab cakes, and stuffed quahog. At lunchtime, select from a diverse menu that includes the fried clam roll, lobster roll, and fried scallop roll. You can also get amazing clam chowder, choose from a variety of lobster feasts, go with Spanky's Clambake, or try the restaurant's pasta dishes. Of course, if you're not into seafood, steak, chicken, and salad are also available.


4) The Black Cat Harbor Shack

A final option on the Inner Harbor is The Black Cat, which is actually three restaurants in one. First, there's The Black Cat Tavern, a casual, family-friendly option with pub-style decor. There is also a lounge where you'll find live music four nights per week in the summer. Next door is The Black Cat Harbor Shack, which is basically a take-out window, but you can grab a drink and eat on the patio, as well. Finally, you'll find the Shack Out Back Raw Bar behind the Harbor Shack. This venue has a covered patio and full bar, and also offers live music in the summer. Keep in mind that these restaurants are across the street from the Inner Harbor, but still very scenic.

All three restaurants serve a selection of fried seafood, salads, appetizers, and sandwiches, including their famous lobster salad roll. You can also choose from the raw bar and entree menus at Shack Out Back and The Black Cat Tavern.


5) Wimpy's Seafood Cafe & Market

Wimpy’s sits on Main Street in downtown Osterville, so it’s a little away from the waterfront, but it still serves fresh seafood in a laidback, diner-style atmosphere, making it well worth a visit. Wimpy's dates back to 1938 and is both a restaurant and marketplace so you can order a meal to enjoy on-site or grab some seafood to take back to your Cape Cod vacation rental with you. There is often live entertainment on weekends at Wimpy's, as well.

The menu at Wimpy's is a little different from others on this list because it has dinners like meatloaf, chicken parmesan, and turkey, but there is also a great deal of seafood available, starting with Wimpy's Famous Quahog Chowder. You'll also find a raw bar, fried seafood meals, and, as is Cape Cod tradition, a lobster roll on the menu.


Check Out a Clam Shack on This Vacation

As you can see, there is no shortage of clam shacks in Barnstable, and as you start exploring the city, you’re sure to come across many great restaurants to sample. Make sure you get out to at least one of the city’s top shacks on your upcoming vacation because you can’t beat the authentic Cape Cod vibe and fresh seafood that each of them provides.

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