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Menus on the Cape tend to cater for nos­tal­gic New Eng­lan­ders, com­pris­ing clam chow­der, oys­ters, fried clams, lob­ster rolls and “scrod” (cod). There are now six mi­cro­brew­eries on the Cape, in­clud­ing the Nauk­about Beer Com­pany (nauk­about.com), which has an at­mo­spheric tap room (bar) in Mash­pee. Here is my pick of the scores of Cape restau­rants I’ve tried re­cently.


When you’re driv­ing the length of the Cape, these two new din­ers are worth seek­ing out. Chatham Fill­ing Sta­tion (chatham­fill­ingsta­tion.com) on Route 28 has a retro Amer­i­cana look, but a mod­ern take on South­ern cook­ing; try the grits (like po­lenta), the lin­guica (a Por­tuguese-style sausage) or a popover (York­shire pud­ding). Sun­bird Kitchen (birdinthe­sun.com) on Route 6A in Or­leans is one of the few hip­ster-style can­teens on the Cape, with a menu that wouldn’t be out of place in Brook­lyn: banh mi rolls, ex­cel­lent kim­chi and fish tacos.


For the best ar­ray of bars and tourist restau­rants on the Cape, head to Province­town. If you want a fast and in­ex­pen­sive bite to eat, The Can­teen (thecan­teenptown. com) is styled like a pop-up with its out­door bench seat­ing, but is now a fix­ture for its ex­cel­lent break­fast dishes such as shak­shuka, lunches of lob­ster rolls and evening cuisines rang­ing from Mex­i­can to Ja­panese. For light meals and drinks, Strangers & Saints (stranger­sand­saints.com) has Mediter­ranean-in­spired dishes and is a great van­tage point for Com­mer­cial Street. Nearby Spindler’s

(spindler­sp­town.com) of­fers a tasty New Eng­land menu.


Garde East (gardeeast.com) in Vine­yard Haven has it all: a great har­bour view, slick ser­vice and mod­ern dishes, such as raw scal­lop with dried squid ink and olive oil caviar.

36 FROM TOP: The tap room at the Nauk­about Beer Com­pany; Chatham Fill­ing Sta­tion; lob­ster roll

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