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The Top 5 Bakeries in Barnstable
| Monday, January 7, 2019


As the largest community on Cape Cod, with a population of about 45,000 and including villages like Hyannis, Cotuit, Marston Mills, Centerville, and Osterville, it makes sense that Barnstable would have a plethora of dining venues. Included with these eateries are the city's bakeries, of which the area has a wide selection from which to choose.

All of these bakeries serve food, but for the purposes of this list, we're looking at the venues with the best made-on-site baked goods in Barnstable. Make sure you head out and try some of these bakeries during your time on the Mid Cape because most of them only have one location and all of them are outstandingly delicious.

1) Pain D'AvignonPain d'Avignon pastries in Hyannis on Cape Cod Massachusetts.

On Hinckley Road in Hyannis, a few blocks from Cape Cod Mall, you'll find Pain D'Avignon, a restaurant and bakery with some of the Cape's most sought-after baked goods. The bakery has a philosophy where it focuses on using traditional breadmaking methods without the use of preservatives or artificial ingredients. The result is that every loaf has a distinctly European flavor and is meant to be the centerpiece of your dining experience, rather than a complementary afterthought. The products sold at Pain D'Avignon are also available at the Chatham Farmer’s Market, Dewey Square Farmer's Market, Hingham Farmer's Market, and Provincetown Farmer's Market during the high season, so if you can’t get to the bakery, you can still enjoy its goods.

2) Morning Glory Cafe

Over in Marston Mills, Morning Glory Cafe has an exceptional reputation because of the bread, cookies, bagels, muffins, and croissants they make on-site daily. The bakery, which is located on Cotuit Road, also serves a quiche of the day, in addition to breakfast burritos, sandwiches, soups, wraps, and salads. Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, a cup of coffee, or some baked goods to go, Morning Glory Cafe is a great option that sits just off Route 28 and is a definite favorite of many locals.

3) Casual Gourmet

The Casual Gourmet in Centerville is widely known for its wedding catering. In fact, it has won numerous awards for its catering and is perhaps the top choice in this regard on all of the Cape. This locally owned and operated company not only makes delectable wedding cakes but provides the entire catering experience for events of all sizes. At the same time, you can pop into the storefront on Richardson Road for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or some baked goods, as well as order ahead if you're in search of a custom cake or meal for a large group. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or need food for an event, the Casual Gourmet has you covered.

4) Lorena Bakery & Cafe

Sitting in a prime location on Main Street near Hyannis Harbor, Lorena Bakery & Cafe is a must-visit when you're in the area. This cafe serves breakfast, including sandwiches and waffles, all day, and features a selection of bread and pastries that are baked on-site. You can also pick up some homemade granola or have a wrap, salad, or sandwich for lunch. Lorena Bakery & Cafe has extended hours in comparison to other cafes on this list, so you can even head down for dessert after dinner in the summer. When you’re exploring the harborfront area or stopping at the nearby John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, this bakery is the perfect place to pop in for a meal or a snack.

5) Panera Bread

Located in Capetown Plaza on Iyannough Road, Panera Bread is easily accessible, keeps long hours, and allows for online ordering. While this bakery is part of a national chain, it belongs on this list because the bread is baked on-site daily using fresh dough that is delivered each morning. You can buy bread by the loaf at Panera Bread, in addition to pre-made sandwiches, soup, bagels, sweets, muffins, smoothies, pasta, flatbread, and salad. In short, this is the type of place that you can head for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on any day of the week.

6) Centerville Pie CompanyCenterville Pie Blueberry Pie. Centerville, MA on Cape Cod.

This list could not be considered complete without mentioning The Centerville Pie Company. This pie company has been making headlines since they opened their doors almost a decade ago. Their pie shop is located on Route 28 in Centerville and they distribute pies throughout the Cape and off Cape through many local stores.

Some of their signiture pies include their now famous Chicken Pie, Clam Pie, Lobster Pie, Vegetarian Pie and other "Savory Pies". After your main course, you can enjoy some of their fruit pies (apple, blueberry, cranberry, peach, pumpkin and more) or some ice cream pie. They even make a mean Pecan Pie and a tasty Key Lime Pie.

The Best of Barnstable

Small, family-run bakeries thrive in Barnstable, as there is clearly a market for fresh, locally-baked bread throughout the community. During your Cape Cod vacation, you might consider skipping the grocery store bread and picking up some made-on-the-Cape baked goods to keep at your vacation rental all week long.

You can’t beat the quality of these bakeries in Barnstable because if they’re on this list, it means the people of Cape Cod love what they’re cooking up.



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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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Where the Locals Eat in Chatham
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, April 23, 2018


Whenever you spend time on Cape Cod, taking advantage of the plethora of high-end dining options is a must, as the Cape’s “foodie” scene has come a long way in recent years.

Traditionally, Cape Cod has been known for its waterfront clam shacks and seafood joints, and while these classics are still alive and well, there is a more sophisticated side to dining in Chatham, and beyond, that unquestionably must be experienced.

If you want to avoid the typical tourist-centric restaurants on Cape Cod and experience life as a local, check out these restaurants in Chatham at some point during your vacation. You won’t regret your decision to eat like a Cape Cod resident at a local hot spot.

Breakfast and Lunch

Set right along Chatham’s Main Street, Captain’s Table tends to blend in with its surroundings. This is because pretty much everything along Main Street looks like a cottage and this outstanding restaurant is no different.

In fact, Captain’s Table shares a cottage-style venue with a couple of other businesses and isn’t very large at all, but the quality of the food more than makes up for its small size. It also has a sizable patio that many locals believe provides the best outdoor dining experience on the Cape.

The restaurant is family-run and has been around for over 50 years, so it’s easy to see why it has become a staple for those who live here.

Breakfast is incredibly popular at Captain’s Table, as the menu consists of multiple egg and omelet dishes, combined with bacon, sausage, and other breakfast favorites. You can also order pancakes and French toast, or choose a breakfast burrito.

On Sundays, make sure you get there early to enjoy the restaurant’s brunch menu, which includes various Bloody Mary creations, each constructed with the house-made mix.

The fun at Captain’s Table doesn’t stop after breakfast and brunch, as the restaurant is also a go-to lunch spot for many locals. Seafood, soups, sandwiches, paninis, salads, and burgers are available at lunchtime, and there is a kid's menu should you want to bring the little ones. Cape Cod Beer is on tap, as well, because, hey, you’re on vacation.

Dinner in Chatham

Once you’ve had your breakfast and lunch, it’s time to start thinking about what to do for dinner. Again, you’ll have plenty of options, but if you want to know what a local would do, the answer probably involves a trip to Chatham Raw Bar or Pate’s Restaurant.

While Raw Bar technically sits along Main Street, it’s set back away from the road, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might miss it. Perhaps this is why the restaurant is a local favorite, although it could also be the collection of hand-selected, locally-produced oysters and shellfish on its menu. You'll also find tuna, lobster, scallops, prawns, mussels, and chowder at the establishment, so be sure to check it out if you're looking for a seafood dinner.

Pate's Restaurant has been around since 1957 and is somewhat of a landmark in the area. This is the place to go if you're in search of a meal that is cooked to perfection using only the finest ingredients available. The prime rib at Pate's is famous, and they make a pretty good steak, too. The baked potatoes, lobster, and grilled seafood are also recommended, and you can expect to find an impressive wine list.

Try Some Pizza

While New York and Chicago get all of the attention for their pizza, it might surprise to you learn that there are some who think the pizza on Cape Cod is actually better. The scene might not be as large or competitive as in those major centers, but the quality is unmistakably top notch.

A few doors down from Pate's is one of the best in Chatham: New England Pizza. This is more than a pizza restaurant, as soups, salads, subs, pasta, and burgers are on the menu, but its Greek-style pizza is the reason why locals return time after time. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has take-out and kid's menus, as well.

Almost directly across Main Street from Captain’s Table is Carmine’s, a pizza restaurant and cafe that always draws a local crowd. This pizzeria offers pizza by the slice and a selection of specialty pies that aren't to be missed. If you're tired of the same old varieties found at every pizza chain in the country, give Carmine's a try for some uniquely different combinations. Calzones, subs, smoothies, and salads are always on the menu, too.

Donuts, Pastries, and Desserts

Fancy a snack, dessert, light breakfast, or lunch? Chatham Village Cafe & Bakery has you covered with its freshly-baked breads, bagels, pastries, pies, and cakes. They bake every day at this small bakery, so you can be confident that you’re receiving some of the freshest baked goods on Cape Cod.

The breakfast and lunch menus feature a selection of sandwiches, and you can pick-up a pie or some pastries to enjoy at your Cape Cod vacation rental after dinner. Grab a loaf of fresh bread and some donuts while you're at it to set yourself up for days to come.

Something For Everyone

When spending time in Chatham, it’s nice to know how easy it is to find a good meal. As you walk down the town’s Main Street, dining opportunities will pop out at you, but by going where the locals return time after time, you can assure yourself of receiving a good meal at a fair price in a venue that shows you the real Cape Cod.

There is so much selection when walking through Chatham that you’re sure to find something appealing, no matter what you are in the mood to try.



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