Cape Cod restaurants
Superb restaurants in Cape Cod are surprisingly lacking, given the Cape's growing year-round population and the sophistication of its visitors. Alas, the culinary renaissance seen in Boston, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket has yet to arrive here. Service, too, is generally lackluster. What Cape Cod restaurants do well is casual dining and family-friendly seafood. Locals line up at the gray-shingled Brewster Fish House, for example, for traditional seafood and unexpectedly refined dishes such as crisp-skin wild sea bass (2208 Main St.; Brewster; 508-896-7867). And the family-owned Lobster Pot—a Provincetown institution near the wharf—serves fresh-as-can-be fish and seafood with a Portuguese flair (321 Commercial St.; 508-487-0842; www.ptownlobsterpot.com). If you don't mind chowing down at a picnic table, the best clam shack is Arnold's in Eastham, and you'll find the tastiest lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Café in East Dennis. Note that many Cape Cod restaurants are seasonal, and their opening and closing dates vary. While summer hours are fairly reliable, it's best to call ahead at other times of the year; restaurants that remain open after high season often change their hours to adjust to the flow of business.