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The Legend of Moby Dick's: Wellfleet's Premier Seafood Shack
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

If you're at all familiar with Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby Dick, you know that parts of the story take place near Cape Cod. In fact, the tale begins with Ishmael traveling from Manhattan to New Bedford before making a stop on Nantucket, and the second mate of the Pequod is a man named Stubb who hails from the Cape.

Cape Cod's history as a shipbuilding and whaling hub also creates a connection with the book because the entire story is about Captain Ahab's obsession with the giant sperm whale he's chasing.

It makes sense, then, that someone on Cape Cod would create a business named after this famous story, and that's precisely what has happened in Wellfleet with Moby Dick's Restaurant.

This clam shack on Route 6 is a local favorite because of the fresh seafood dishes they serve and is a location you'll definitely want to check out if you're visiting the Cape in the summer.

Here's a look at what you can expect once you walk through the doors of Moby Dick's Restaurant in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

The Atmosphere

As you approach Moby Dick's, you'll feel like you're walking up to a beach house. There's a nautical theme, both inside and out, and the venue makes you feel like you're right on the ocean.

Heading into the building, you might think you've walked onto a ship. The interior is designed to feel like the inside of a wooden boat, which definitely adds to the ambiance.

You can enjoy your meal outside on their patio, too, which is a nice touch when you don't want to leave the Cape's beautiful summertime weather.

The Menu

You'll want to take a few minutes to read the entire menu at Moby Dick's because there are many options.

First, there's the soup, including clam chowder, lobster bisque, and seafood gumbo. Appetizers include steamers, mussels, crab cakes, and Moby's Famous deep-fried Spanish onion, as well.

You can also grab Wellfleet oysters, scallops, cod, swordfish, and salmon, to name a few options, and they have a full menu of fried platters from which to choose.

If you're in the mood for lobster, Moby Dick's has full dinners served with corn on the cob. You can add Chatham steamers to the meal and make it a clambake, too, or go for their lobster roll platter.

The seafood sandwiches at Moby Dick's are well-known throughout the Cape, as you can choose from cod, salmon, crab, and clam, all of which are served on a bun or roll with fries.

Those who aren't into seafood don't have to worry because Moby Dick's has a decent selection of burgers, and a chicken breast sandwich, as well.

There are kid's and dessert menus, with Moby's Famous Key Lime Pie being the headliner.

No matter what you're looking to eat this vacation, there's a good chance you'll find it at Wellfleet's Moby Dick's Restaurant.

Bring Your Own Beer

For beverages, you can order ice tea, iced coffee, milk, juice, water, frappes, and freezes from the restaurant. They also have hot coffee and tea.

If you'd like an alcoholic drink with your meal, though, you'll have to head to the store and bring it yourself. Moby Dick's is a BYOB establishment, so you can grab a bottle of wine or a couple of beers and enjoy them with your food for no extra charge. They'll even supply cups, bottle openers, and ice buckets.

Wellfleet Spirits Shoppe is a two-minute drive from the restaurant, so you won't have to travel far to bring your own drinks to Moby Dick's.

The Gift Shop

Moby Dick's is a pretty well-known establishment, so it makes sense that they'd sell some merchandise. What you might not expect, though, is that they have a full souvenir shop next door called Moby's Cargo.

After your meal, you can head over to Moby's Cargo to look at their selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, travel mugs, coffee cups, hats, and other memorabilia that are equipped with the restaurant's logo.

These items are the perfect way to remember your meal at this famous restaurant and a great thing to bring home at the end of your Cape Cod vacation.

Your Cape Cod Vacation

Moby Dick's has a long history on the Cape, as it first opened its doors in 1983. It's known as a gathering spot for locals, but its doors are always open to Cape Cod visitors looking for one of the area's best dining experiences.

Spending your vacation in Wellfleet allows you to wander its beaches, explore its quaint downtown, and head to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Finding some of the Cape's best seafood along the way at Moby Dick's is sure to make your time here that much more special.

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4 Places to Grab Lunch Near Marconi Beach in Wellfleet
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Spending a day at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet is a must-do while vacationing on Cape Cod because it features some of the most breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean you’ll find anywhere on the East Coast.

This beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore is also famous for its golden sand, surfing opportunities, and the abundance of seals that make their homes in the nearby waters.

As is custom on the Cape, if you head to Marconi Beach in the morning, lunchtime will quickly sneak up on you. Most National Seashore beaches, including Marconi, are a little out of the way, so you might consider packing a picnic. However, there are some restaurants a short driving distance away if forget to bring food. 

Here’s a look at some local lunchtime favorites near Marconi Beach.

Bob's Sub and Cone Family Restaurant

A Wellfleet staple since 1981, Bob's Sub and Cone is a family-owned business that prides itself on doing the little things the right way. The venue is perhaps best known for its fresh seafood dishes, although its specialty subs, clam fritters, homemade onion rings, and steak bombs also get a fair amount of attention.

You'll find daily specials on the menu and a dessert menu featuring soft-serve and hand-scooped ice cream flavors. They have sundaes, floats, freezes, and milkshakes, as well, and there's even a full bar if you're after some refreshments following your day on the hot beach.

Bob's Sub and Cone Family Restaurant sits on Route 6 in South Wellfleet, about two miles from Marconi Beach's parking lot, so you can drive there in under five minutes or walk in about 40 minutes.

JB's Pizza Bar & Grill

JB's Pizza Bar & Grill has been around since 2013 and has quickly become a local favorite since that time. The restaurant is relatively small inside but has a patio that provides additional dining space.

As you might expect, pizza is the main menu item at JB's as they make some of the best pies in Wellfleet. They have dozens of toppings available, and even offer their famous Cape Codder Pizza, which features lobster, bacon, scallions, and homemade alfredo sauce.

Pizza isn't the only thing on the menu, though, as you can also get burgers, steak, chicken, pasta, sandwiches, and appetizers. There's a full bar at JB's Pizza Bar & Grill, too, so you can grab a drink on the patio as you cool off under one of their umbrellas.

JB's is about a four-minute drive or 35-minute walk from the parking lot at Marconi Beach.

Lobster & Chowder House

Lobster & Chowder House is a relatively new establishment that sits on Route 6, in the same parking lot at JB's Pizza Bar & Grill. This restaurant offers a seafood shack experience, making it an excellent place to stop for a quick bite.

The menu here, as you might expect, is full of seafood items like lobster rolls, shrimp dishes, clam chowder, fish and chips, and fried clams. However, you can still get non-seafood items like chicken, hamburgers, sandwiches, and salads.

The restaurant offers a to-go feature where you can call ahead and grab your meal in a hurry, or you can enjoy your food and a drink on their patio, which has a full bar and a diverse selection of local beers.

There are seafood shacks everywhere on the Cape, but Lobster & Chowder House is the most accessible if you’re spending your time at Marconi Beach.

Bocce Italian Grill

Sure, family restaurants, pizza joints, and seafood shacks are great, but what if you want a nice sit-down meal after spending the morning at Marconi Beach?

Well, Bocce Italian Grill has you covered.

In actuality, this venue is a bit of a mix between formal and casual. 

On one hand, the food is what you’d expect at a five-star Italian restaurant, as they specialize in pasta and pizza, and offer lamb, steak, and seafood dishes, as well.

On the other hand, Bocce Italian Grill has a bocce court out back, so you can continue your fun in the sun after your meal. The restaurant also has live music and dinner shows on weekends if you happen to be in the area a bit later.

Bocce Italian Grill is only steps away from Bob's Sub and Cone Family Restaurant, so you can get there from Marconi Beach in under four minutes.

Making the Most of Your Meals

Yes, there’s something to be said for packing a lunch and heading to the beach. After all, your Cape Cod vacation rental will have a kitchen, making it easier to plan ahead.

At the same time, there will be days where some of the Cape’s fantastic dining options will call your name, and you'll be happy to know that these and others are a short drive from Marconi Beach. 

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