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The Top 5 Places to Get an Ice Cream in Falmouth, MA
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, April 8, 2019


When on Cape Cod during the summer months, getting an ice cream will surely be a priority. After all, it gets hot here in July and August, and there’s no better way to cool off than with a cone of your favorite flavor. But, where do you go for that perfect ice cream cone? There are plenty of options for ice cream all over the Cape, but if you’re in the Falmouth area this summer, check out one or more of the following shops that have been rated as the area’s best.

 

1) Somerset Creamery

As its name suggests, Somerset Creamery is based in Somerset, Massachusetts. It has had a shop in Cataumet since 1997, however, that serves perhaps the best ice cream on the Upper Cape. Although Cataumet is technically part of Bourne, Somerset Creamery is within walking distance of North Falmouth, so we'll count it as part of this list.

What makes this place unique is that every flavor of ice cream at Somerset Creamery is created using homemade ingredients. These flavors include their famous Cranberry Bog Ice Cream, which uses local cranberries, in addition to walnuts, craisins, and dark chocolate, to create a taste not available anywhere else. With over 30 flavors of ice cream, in addition to sherbet and frozen yogurt, you're sure to find something that you love at Somerset Creamery.

 

2) Lazy Sundaes Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream

Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream is also located in Cataumet, but is even closer to North Falmouth and has some delicious ice cream that makes it worth a visit. There's also an amusement center featuring bumper boats, mini golf, a batting cage, and a pitching booth with a radar gun on-site at this venue so that you can make a day of your visit in the summer.

The ice cream served at Lazy Sundaes is made at Richardson's Dairy in Middleton, Massachusetts, a world-class farm that has been in business since 1695. Although this ice cream shop sits at number two on this list, they claim to have the best ice cream in the world, and anyone with that much confidence in their products deserves a chance. This shop closes every winter and opens back up in early April in advance of the summer season.

 

3) Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream

At Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream, you'll have the chance to experience a real small-town ice cream shop in East Falmouth. Everything about Smitty's moves at its own pace, as you can sample as many of the delicious flavors as you wish before making your choice and enjoying your cone under a tree on their large lawn area or grabbing a picnic table.

There are more than 30 flavors from which to choose and the line moves quickly, perhaps due to their cash-only policy. This business closes for the season at the end of September, but if you’re on Cape Cod in the summer, make sure you check it out. For some high-quality ice cream and an authentic slice of life on Cape Cod, Smitty's is unmatched.

 

4) Ben & Bill’s

Right in the heart of downtown Falmouth is Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, which has been around since the 1950s and now has stores in Massachusetts and Maine. The ice cream here is made fresh daily, and since a variety of dessert options are available, you don't have to be a fan of ice cream to love Ben & Bill's.

In total, you'll find over 60 flavors of ice cream and 12 types of gelato, so it’s easy to locate the perfect dessert anytime to head to Ben & Bill’s Main Street address. You can also make this shop part of your night on the town in Falmouth, as it is within easy walking distance of many restaurants along Route 28.

 

5) Dairy Queen

Yes, it’s part of a multinational restaurant chain, but this particular Dairy Queen has been in the same location on Main Street in downtown Falmouth for over 60 years and is reminiscent of ice cream parlors of the past. It doesn’t have the cookie-cutter appearance shared by most newer Dairy Queen stores and, in fact, doesn’t even serve food, as it is a dessert-only shop.

In addition, this Dairy Queen is one of Falmouth’s most popular places to get soft serve ice cream, as people line up down the block for a cone filled with their favorite treat in the summertime. Blizzards and sundaes are also on the menu, and you’ll find Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery behind the shop, should you want to pick up some baked goods at the same time.

 

Ice Cream in the Summer

While most of these shops close in the fall and don’t open again until the spring, if you’re visiting Cape Cod in the summer, you’ll have plenty of choices in Falmouth and area when searching for the ideal ice cream cone. The good news is that you can easily sample all of these great shops from your vacation rental on this year’s holiday and decide for yourself which one is the best.



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The Top Five Lobster Rolls in the Falmouth Area
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, March 25, 2019


 

When you visit Cape Cod, you'll want to sample the lobster rolls. After all, the Cape has perhaps the most delicious lobster rolls on the planet, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t have at least one.

Restaurants up and down Cape Cod have unique takes on the lobster roll, which is sometimes called a lobster salad. Some places incorporate celery, others use onion, but the three ingredients that everyone agrees on are fresh lobster meat, a little bit of mayo, and bread or a bun.

We'll save the discussion on the Cape's best lobster roll for another day, so now for, let's look at where you can find the tastiest versions of this local delicacy in Falmouth and its immediate surrounding area.

 

1. Raw Bar at Popponesset Marketplace

The reason why we’re focusing on Falmouth along with its neighboring towns and villages is that we didn’t want to leave Raw Bar at Popponesset Marketplace off the list because of a technicality. You see, Raw Bar is in Mashpee, but sits comfortably at the top of nearly any lobster roll ranking.

Popponesset Marketplace is a strip mall with a distinctly old-Cape feel to it. The architecture is colonial in appearance and showing up here is like almost walking through a time warp.

The crown jewel of the market is Raw Bar, which boasts massive, award-winning lobster rolls that make the restaurant a must-visit destination. The rolls here are simple, lobster, mayo, and a bun, as Raw Bar doesn't believe in using fillers. Keep in mind that Raw Bar closes for the winter and re-opens in the middle of April every year.

 

2. Chart Room

OK, so there’s another reason why this list includes Falmouth’s surrounding area: the Chart Room is in the village of Cataumet, which is part of Bourne. Now that we have that out of the way, the Chart Room rests comfortably on a converted barge overlooking Red Brook Harbor, inside the Kingman Yacht Center. It's a great location because it features outstanding sunsets over the water, and the venue is also celebrated for its piano bar and other nightly entertainment during the summer.

Of course, the reason we're here is to discuss their lobster roll, which comes in a couple of different forms. First, there's the lobster salad, which is a generous lobster roll served on either Portuguese bread or stuffed inside a tomato. The meat is lightly seasoned, and the recipe uses celery. There's also a more traditional lobster roll available here, which is smaller and served in a hot dog bun.

The Chart Room closes after Columbus Day weekend in October and opens again near the beginning of May, so remember that when booking your Cape Cod vacation rental.

 

3. The Silver Lounge

Finally, we have a lobster roll that you can get inside Falmouth’s city limits at the Silver Lounge and Restaurant, an eatery that has been in business since 1938. This diner is open year round, as well, so no matter when your travels take you to the Cape, you can stop by for a tasty meal.

The lobster roll at this venue comes with five ounces of tail and claw meat that is tossed in celery and mayo. One taste and you'll quickly see why locals visit this place enough to keep it open in the winter.

 

4. Lobster Trap

Well, we're back outside of Falmouth again, as the Lobster Trap Restaurant is actually in Bourne, near the area where Buzzards Bay meets the Cape Cod Canal. The Lobster Trap first opened in 1969 as a fish market but has since expanded to include a restaurant and fish distribution company, as well.

Both the market and restaurant are open year round, so you won't have to visit Cape Cod in the summer if you want to try their lobster roll which, by the way, is enormous. You’ll have to see it for yourself to appreciate how much lobster they pack into the sandwich.

The roll is also a little different because it includes lettuce and is served on brioche, giving it a slightly different texture than other versions you'll find throughout the Cape. Bring your appetite and make a night of it at the Lobster Trap.

 

5. Quarterdeck

Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Falmouth, the Quarterdeck has been an institution in the area since 1967. The building's decor is part of its charm, as it features a nautical theme, complete with wood salvaged from MacDougall's Boatyard, some of which dates back to the latter part of the 17th century.

The Quarterdeck is a year-round establishment that is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Its downtown location means you can easily have a bite before wandering Main Street and Palmer Avenue or hitting up one of the town's many events.

Now for the info: there are two lobster roll options at the Quarterdeck, depending on your hunger level. The smaller lobster salad sandwich is served on a brioche roll and seasoned with mayo, celery, and lemon. The larger version comes on Portuguese bread. Both are outstanding.

 

Lobster Rolls Everywhere

As you can see, if a restaurant serves seafood, there’s a good chance you’ll find a lobster roll on their menu because everyone knows that Cape Cod is the place to go for these creations. When searching for an exceptional one, make sure that the restaurant uses simple ingredients and fresh lobster, and bread that hasn’t been sitting around for days.

Also, have a look at how many other people in the restaurant are enjoying a lobster roll while you’re there because if it looks like a popular menu item, there’s a good chance that you’ve found one of the best lobster rolls on the Cape.

Snooping on other diners' plates also allows you to see the size of the rolls to determine if you can take one down on your own.

In the end, you can’t go wrong if you choose one of the five restaurants on this list.



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Where Locals Go: Restaurants in Falmouth
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Just because you're on vacation in Falmouth doesn't mean you have to spend all your time doing touristy things. Part of the charm of Cape Cod is that the area has permanent residents who do everything in their power to avoid the summer rush in popular tourist areas and have their own hotspots to visit to pass the time.

When you're in Falmouth and want to engage yourself with the locals, the following locations are probably your best bets. You won't encounter the following pubs and restaurants bustling with Bostonians or New Yorkers, as they are frequented by those who live here.

So, after spending your afternoon basking in the sun at Old Silver or Falmouth Heights beaches or riding the Shining Sea Bikeway, make your way from your vacation rental to some of these local haunts that offer some of the best food the Upper Cape has to offer.

 

Jacks Restaurant & Bar

You'd be excused for not coming across Jacks Restaurant & Bar on your own, as it sits on Gifford Street in a heavily wooded area without much around, although it is just north of The Coonamessett, a popular wedding venue. Jacks is owned by local resident John Sorgi, who has been in the restaurant business for more than 45 years, with much of that time spent working in Falmouth.

A night at Jacks is meant to be an experience, rather than a meal, as they often have live music well into the evening. The menu is mainly a mix of pub favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza, although local seafood dishes and pasta are also available. And of course, there's an outstanding selection of beer and wine.

 

Water Street Kitchen

Just north of Woods Hole Terminal is Water Street Kitchen, a dinner restaurant offering fresh food made from scratch. As you might expect from its name, the restaurant is located on Water Street itself and, as luck would have it, there is also a waterfront dining room.

The menu changes seasonally at Water Street Kitchen, which makes sense because the chef uses as many local ingredients as possible. All seafood sold at the restaurant is sustainably fished or farmed, so the eatery has a social and environmental conscience, as well. A reservation is often necessary during the high season, although you could always simply show up to the pub side of the building and hope for the best.

 

Captain Kidd Restaurant & Bar

Just up the street from the Water Street Kitchen is Captain Kidd, a bar, and restaurant offering all of your favorite seafood dishes. The eatery has a raw bar, house-made soups, sandwiches, burgers, and classic Cape Cod seafood offerings, so you're sure to find something you like.

Captain Kidd is open for lunch and dinner, and its waterfront location provides a unique ambiance, especially if you're there after the sun goes down at night.

 

Chappy Grill

The Chapoquoit Grill, affectionately known locally as Chappy, has been a staple in West Falmouth since 1993. In fact, many of the staff have been working there since the restaurant opened and numerous customers have been eating there since that time, as well. Chappy isn't far from Chapoquoit Beach and, therefore, is a great place to stop for dinner on your way back to your vacation rental after a day in the sun.

The great thing about Chappy is the simplicity in its menu. You won't find pretentious offerings that you've never heard of before, as pizza and pasta are the main choices. Everything on the food list is wonderfully done, so you can expect a great meal every time you stop by the Chapoquoit Grill.

 

The Quarterdeck

If you're in the mood for some seafood, The Quarterdeck is the place to go. The restaurant, which was first called The Little New Yorker, has been around forever and has a great history. In 1967, the building changed hands to new owners, who gave it its current name. Much of the interior was taken from MacDougall’s Boatyard, which sat in Falmouth Harbor, and there are pieces of wood inside the restaurant that date back to the 1600s.

With so much history, it would be understandable if the restaurant relied on its aura to get people through the door, but this isn't the case. The Quarterdeck specializes in locally-caught seafood dishes for lunch and dinner, although you'll also find burgers, steaks, and sandwiches on the menu, all prepared beautifully. Live music is often found on weekends, too, so you can make a night out of it.

 

Doggz & Hoggz

Main Street in Falmouth is full of dining options, but unless you're specifically looking for it, you might drive right past Doggz & Hoggz. That, however, would be a mistake, as the restaurant does pretty much anything you could ever do with a hot dog and also has a selection of barbecue favorites.

One of the best things about Doggz and Hoggz is that they make their barbecue sauce and chili in-house, so you know you're getting something that you won't find anywhere else. There is a special kid's meal available, and the restaurant is open for lunch, making it a reliable place to stop between summer events. You can also call ahead for take-out or delivery.

 

La Cucina Sul Mare

Another Main Street stop is La Cucina Sul Mare, an Italian restaurant serving lunch and dinner. This is a family-run establishment that has been in business since 2002 when its owners, Mark and Cynthia Cilfone, finally realized their dream of having their own restaurant.

Today, La Cucina Sul Mare has a wide variety of pasta dishes and other Italian favorites on its extensive menu, and when you walk through the doors, it just feels like home. There’s live music every Sunday, should you want to make a night of it.

 

Liam Maguire's

Those who fancy a night out on Main Street in Falmouth should look no further than Liam Maguire's, an Irish pub and restaurant offering both contemporary cuisine and a selection of traditional Irish classics. Of course, you'll also find an extensive draft beer list and an outstanding wine menu, so it's a great place to have a drink while listening to some Irish music.

According to the Boston Globe, this is one of the top ten Irish pubs in New England, and there is an event pretty much every night of the week, keeping you occupied throughout your stay.

 

Plenty of Choice in Falmouth

As you can see, whether you’re looking for a quick meal at a local restaurant or a full night out with entertainment and drinks, there is something for everyone in Falmouth. While many of these locations are off the beaten path, others are in plain sight, but for one reason or another, don’t attract the tourist crowds.

The lack of tourists is a good thing for you, however, because you can experience Cape Cod like a local this summer without dealing with insane lines or endless waits for a meal. No matter where you’re staying on the Cape, Falmouth and its extensive list of local favorites are easily accessible if you want to try something different.



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