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imag1393My favorite time to go to the Cape is in September. The tourists are gone for the most part, the beaches are empty, the air is crisp and best of all, you can get a table as a walk in. The Pickle Jar opened in February of 2013 in the old Laureen’s space.

imag1394My friend Ziggy is opening up his own pickle business, Fox Point Pickles – don’t hate me, I swear I was just checking out the competition! Check him out though, seriously, he is insanely talented. To start, we all share the pickle jar ($7) that was an assortment of pickled veggies: cauliflower, carrots, olives, mushrooms, onions etc. Really delicious.

imag1396For lunch we had the special – the lobster hand roll ($16). Lobster tossed with fill aioli and lemon juice and rolled with lettuce, cucumbers and pea shoots in a lavash. A lighter, seemingly healthier version of a lobster roll.

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The egg salad sammie ($7) was a twist on a classic with sliced hard boiled egg, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts with dill aioli.

imag1401The Firehouse sandwich was the star of the afternoon ($10) with house smoked chili rubbed boneless pork, wilted kale, pickled carrots, smoked cheddar and BBQ sauce on a toasty house roll. The pork was flavorful and I loved the pickled carrots on top. The sandwich was much heavier than the other two options we ordered, but it was so worth it.

The Pickle Jar

170 Main Street, Falmouth, MA

http://www.picklejarkitchen.com/

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imag0884After lunch at Quicks Hole we stop a few doors down at Jimmy’s for some ice cream.

imag0881For years they were cash only, but score, they now accept cards!

imag0882Ice cream comes in delicious flavors like chocolate cupcake, coconut almond bar, coffee cake, grasshopper and salted caramel chocolate pretzel.

imag0885I get the caramel cashew crunch in a waffle cone: vanilla ice cream with a caramel swirl, toffee candy crunch and cashews! YUMMM!

What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?

Jimmy’s

22 Luscombe Road, Woods Hole, MA

http://jimmysofwoodshole.com/

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imag0874We popped down to the Cape for the weekend and had to stop at one of my favorite restaurants, Quicks Hole in Woods Hole. A popular destination for locals, tourists and those catching the ferry to MV, Quicks Hole offers fresh seafood tacos that are to die for.

imag0887Parking can be scarce here so plan accordingly – and bring lots of quarters for the meters. If it’s a nice day like it was today, you’ll want to hang out and drink on the back patio for a good portion of the day.

imag0875For those of you looking for some shade, they have indoor seating as well as a few bar stools. You order and pay at the counter and they bring your food to your table when it is ready.

imag0876Sweet baja shrimp (6.95/ Two 13.95) filled with pico de gallo, pickled onions, cabbage, queso fresco, and fresh Baja sauce. Look at how amazing those colors are!

imag0880Fresh lobster taco (9.95/ Two 19.95)  filled with pico de gallo, pickled onions, cabbage, queso fresco, and fresh Baja sauce. The sauce on the lobster tacos was a bit heavy and drowned out the sweet flavor of the lobster, but it was still delicious.

What’s your favorite kind of seafood taco?

Quicks Hole

6 Luscombe Ave., Woods Hole, MA

http://www.quicksholewickedfresh.com/

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IMG_0568Located at the top of Main Street in Falmouth, Osteria La Civetta is a quaint little Italian restaurant that serves really tasty dishes.

IMG_3711Tagliere Di Salumi E Formaggi: A selection of imported cheeses and cured meats served with compotes and honey.

IMG_3712The pasta dishes are bold and flavorful, cooked perfectly al dente.

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Tagliatelle Al Ragu: Handmade pasta ribbons with bolognese meat sauce.

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Profiterole: Filled with pastry cream, topped with chocolate sauce.

IMG_3716The desserts here are hit or miss. While these were ok, there is one dessert here that I measure all others to. See my previous review here.

IMG_3718Tiramisu – Lady Fingers, Drenched In Espresso, Layered With Mascarpone Cream.

Osteria la Cevitta
133 Main Street, Falmouth, MA

http://www.osterialacivetta.com/

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IMG_9617This summer we have been to the Cape TWICE! Insanity. We decided to take an impromptu trip to the Cape on Saturday. We had to stop at Ikea (which on a weekend is like the 7th circle of hell as far as I’m concerned) and the traffic there wasn’t bad at all, so we figured we’d just go the rest of the way! Hangar B just won Best of Boston for best brunch on the Cape. Located at the CQX Chatham airfield, this place has good food and a great views.

IMG_9629We arrived at around 1 and there was only about a 5 minute wait. For such a beautiful day, it was weird that no one else wanted to eat outside and watch the planes take off.

Hangar B

You would think that the proximity to the airstrip would make eating here noisy, but it was surprisingly not loud at all.

IMG_9621I had read mixed review on service, but we had a very nice experience. We were seated promptly, our food came out hot and in a timely manner, and our waitress was good. First cake the home made jams and whipped butter – the raspberry was my favorite.

IMG_9624The lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing ($12). They were light and fluffy with a really nice subtle lemon flavor to them. Three pancakes was too much for me to handle – so I shared 🙂

IMG_9625Three strips of bacon on the side came nicely plated ($4).

IMG_9626The breakfast sandwich was delicious – two eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato, avocado, and lettuce on a grilled croissant served with a side of home fries ($12). The eggs were light and fluffy as well, and the avocado brought something extra to the dish. All the food looked delicious – we will certainly be back to try everything else on the menu.

Hangar B

240 George Ryder Road, Chatham, MA

http://www.hangarbcapecod.com
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I love the cape after Labor day-all the tourists are long gone-and you have the whole place to yourself. No waiting in line for dinner for an hour, no crowded lines in stores, no more commotion outside the black dog store-you get the point. So here are a few of the places that we stopped at this time around:

Quicks Hole is located in Woods Hole, just around the corner from the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Even in the off season, it was pretty busy with a constant stream of business. They caught my eye because they advertise lobster tacos and whenever they can, they buy fresh. Two good enough reasons for me to make a stop. So we order at the counter, one lobster burrito, one chicken taco and one “wicked local” salad.

The chicken tacos ($8.95) were excellent. They are going for that fresh ‘California style’ of food-and Id say its not half bad. Tacos came with a side of chips too!

The wicked local salad ($8.95) was  HUGE! The flavors were excellent. It came with Coonamessett mixed greens with cranberries, candied           pecans and goat cheese. LOVE candied pecans! This is seriously enough for two. The lobster burrito (not pictured) was tasty (market price) but it was a bit soupy for my taste. I can’t stand when you take a bite out of something and liquid comes gushing out. The lobster was good, but it was masked by the other strong flavors in the burrito, perhaps I should have had the lobster taco.

They set up is pretty open-a sprinkling of tables inside, a bar area, and a patio outside (musicians are there at night).  All in all, a pretty good place to eat if you’re in the mood for something light and fresh. For three people to have lunch it was $40. They are big into helping the environment, buying locally and having bio plastic utensils made from corn.

Quicks Hole 6 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole. http://www.quicksholewickedfresh.com

Day 2, trip to Chatham. We stop in at the Chatham Cookware cafe. Parking can be a bit tough-street metered parking and a small lot right off Main Street.  And after you’ve finished searching for a spot outside, you have to search for a spot to eat inside. Counter service only, order up and pay at the end of the counter, find a seat and enjoy.

It’s a cute little place, they have a sandwich counter in back, a dessert counter in front, and specialty goods to buy in between. We hover for a bit and manage to score a seat in the sunny window in front.

We stare at the dessert case, or maybe it’s staring at us. Lots of good looking selections here and they  even have some vegan options.

All the sandwiches have cute names. I order the chicken sandwich with cheese, bbq sauce and bacon pressed in a panini press. Pretty good, except for the fact that the cheese hadn’t melted-so it was in that weird in between state of not cold and not warm with a waxy consistency. The chicken was good-sliced very thinly, and the bbq sauce added some layers of flavor I really liked.

My dining companion had the chicken salad with walnuts and cranberries, lettuce and tomato on a white bread.  He reported it to be excellent (I’m not a chicken salad kind of gal). Chatham Cookware Cafe 524 Main Street Chatham.

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On the way back to Falmouth, we make a pit stop at Marion’s Pie Shop (Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 8am-5pm) 2022 rte. 28
Chatham, MA 02633. Phone (508) 432-9439. I saw this place featured on some Food Network show, and have been meaning to get down here to try a pie. We arrive at about 4pm on Saturday-the line is out the door. By the time we get inside, there are no fresh fruit pies left, so we settle for two frozen pies and a key lime pie.

We get a large apple pie-we were instructed to let it thaw for the rest of the day and then heat it up for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

We also got a small cherry pie. I think that they probably use the same crust for the sweet and for the savory pies. I personally like my crust a little sweeter, and these were more plain. But judging by the lines that this place has, and their cult following, they must be doing something right. We stood in front of this guy who drove all the way up from Maryland for these pies.

The key lime pie was my favorite of the bunch, but how can you really mess up key lime pie. Good consistency, sweet and tart, good crust!

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We then drive a bit further down the street to the Sundae School. We stop at the Harwich Port location (606 Main Street in Harwich Port) but they have 2 other locations,  381 Lower Country Road in Dennisport, and 210 Main Street in East Orleans. I have a friend who raves about this place-they make their own whipped cream. Say no more, you’ve convinced me to try this place out.

My companion gets the raspberry oreo, amaretto nut, and raspberry chip. All the flavors are amazing, but I love the amaretto nut (amaretto is an almond liquor).

Here’s a secret, I actually don’t like sundaes, well maybe I just don’t like hot fudge (gasp! I know) but I got one just to try the home made whipped cream. It was everything my friend said it was, and who doesn’t love a fresh Bing cherry instead of the bright red, sickeningly sweet maraschino cherries? Great ice cream, super creamy-I highly suggest you stop by if you’re in the area.

Sundae School Ice Cream on Urbanspoon

And finally to end the season right, an old post about the Clam Shack. Located at 227 Clinton Ave, at the entrance to Falmouth Harbor, the place is literally a shack. They are open Memorial Day to Labor day, 11:30am-8pm and they are insanely popular. They have some of the best fried seafood around. The place is crowded all the time! It’s super humid and hot inside, so try to get a seat up on the roof.

This place is no nonsense, your food comes on a plastic lunch tray and then you bring it to your table (if you have managed to score one). There’s all sorts of nautical things scattered around as decorations-makes the place a little kitschy…in a good way. Forget the decor, you’re here for the fried clams and the lobster rolls. The place is a bit pricey, but I think its worth it!

And you can’t get a better view, whether your upstairs on the roof (watch your step it’s steep) or outside at the picnic tables on the dock, you get a great view of the harbor and some of the amazing boats passing through.

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The weekend begins with the hunt for a good lobster roll on Saturday afternoon. We decided to stop at the Fish Market in Falmouth-I had heard good things about them. They are located at 157 Teaticket Highway in Falmouth. 1-800 628-0045.This place is a fish market, not a restaurant, but they have take out available. They have lobster rolls, clam plates, chicken finger plates etc.

They have plenty of fresh fish and shell fish, along with live lobsters in a variety of sizes.

So here’s the lobster roll. The bun comes cold, which is a bummer, I like mine a little toasted, but the plus side is there is a TON of lobster in the roll. And I’m not talking small pieces, I’m talking big pieces of sweet lobster meat. The lobster roll has the slightest hint of mayo and some celery and overflows over the bun. Not bad!

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We hit the beach to catch some of the last rays of the afternoon before heading out to dinner at Homeport Sushi and Kitchen. A little place tucked inside an office park-you might never know about it because of it’s location. (316 Gifford Street, Falmouth (508) 540-0886) There aren’t that many places in Falmouth that offer sushi, so we decided to give this place a shot. They don’t have a website but when I looked online they had pretty good reviews.

The place is pretty small-there are probably a dozen or so tables. The decor reminds you of your college dorm room with posters taped up on the wall. There is one waitress and one sushi chef-so the service is pretty slow. (In the review I read on yahoo it said that during busy times the service is slow…but there were  only 2 other tables seated…)

Sorry for the dimly lit picture, but here is the shrimp tempura roll (left) and the spicy tuna on top of the California roll (right). The sushi was ok-nothing to write home about. I think that there is much better sushi to be found in Boston, or any other major city, but for Falmouth, I suppose that this is ok. My dining companions ordered a shrimp tempura dish that was quite tasty-the tempura was nice and light and crisp. They also ordered another chicken dish that looked sparse on the plate and was reported to be so so. Conclusion, went once, not in a rush to go back.

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Armed with the June edition of the Boston Magazine (Cape Escapes), we head out the following afternoon on a road trip.

Located right on Route 6, we expected Arnold’s (voted best seafood shack) to be more crowded than it was. The line wasn’t bad, we waited about 5 minutes to get to the front. You wait in line, order at the counter, they call your number and you bring it to any one of the seats out back.

The dining areas  are either inside or in a covered tent outside. There are tons of people here, you don’t realize how big the place is when you come in the front door.

Their menu is extensive. Here’s what the Boston magazine had to say about Arnolds: ” If you’re looking for a harborside hole in the wall, this isn’t it. There’s an ever present line out the door, an ice cream stand out back, and (clam purists, cover your ears) a mini golf course. But Arnold’s has lasted 30 years for a good reason, namely the perfectly fried clams, giant lobster rolls, and craveable crisp onion rings. (And we mean craveable:Arnold’s serves 2,000 pounds of rings each week.) Go before you are actually hungry, wait out the line, and be rewarded with heaping baskets of summery deliciousness. 3580 State Highway (Route 6) Eastham, 508-255-2575″

We pass up the $28.99 giant lobster roll that they mentioned in the article, but we did make sure to get the onion rings. They are light and crisp, but lack any real flavor.They mention on their menu that they sell 2,000 lbs a week, but by the size of some of the people dining in here, it doesn’t seem like such a huge number. The people sitting next to us each had a lobster roll with fries and a clam plate with fries with a side order of onion rings. That’s some serious fried food!

So we opt for the $15.99 warm lobster roll, it also comes cold, that has a side of fries, coleslaw and a container of melted butter. The lobster meat wasn’t as hearty as the one from the day before, there are a lot of smaller pieces, but I love a warm lobster roll any way I get it, so this one isn’t half bad. There are a LOT of tourists here and a LOT of young children with their families (due to the mini golf course next door).

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Full from lunch we head back towards the upper cape. We stop Four Seas in Centerville. They have a huge dirt lot next to their existing lot for addition parking, so you know they must do a serious business.

The line is contained inside, but you can’t open the door because people are packed like sardines-there isn’t much room inside to stand but that doesn’t stop people from standing in a line 3 deep.

Here’s what Boston Magazine had to say about them: “Best Ice Cream. Owner Douglas Warren has strong feelings about what makes an ideal scoop. Unlike at many tourist trapss, he won’t name any of his flavors after Cape landmarks. (“You shouldnt have to give good ice cream a fancy name,” he says.) Nor does he believe in jimmies. (“Why would you put something that’s mostly wax on top of a good scoop?”) What he does believe in is doing things the old fashioned way. Which makes sense:The shop has been churning out simple flavors like fresh peach and mocha chip since 1934. 360 South Main Street, Centerville, 508-775-1394.”

The inside is pretty old school, and they scoop ice cream with a scoop shaped like a cone. The afternoon is quite warm and the ice cream begins to rapidly melt before we even get out the front door. They were out of a lot of flavors because it was so hot and there were so many people looking to get ice cream-so we tried the mocha chip (above) and the mint chip (below).

I have never seen pink mint chip before but suppose it’s logical since pepermint stick is usually pink. The ice cream is creamy and refreshing-a great mint flavor. I think that if this place wasn’t so far down the Cape I’d be there more often.

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We stop in Mashpee at Mashpee Commons and browse the shops there-we catch a movie and then head back to Falmouth for dinner.

We decide on Osteria La Civetta-a cute little place on Main Street in Falmouth. (133 Main Street
Falmouth (508) 540-1616) I have had my eye on this place for a while-it’s been on my to go to list-so I am excited to try it. When I walked in, I immediately fell in love with this place. It is cute, charming, it looks like you could be in Europe or maybe stepped on the set of a movie.

There isn’t a bad seat in the house, they have seats up in front by the window, a small private area in the back, and there’s plenty of room between tables for you to have a quiet conversation in the back.

They offer take out and gluten free pasta which are a bonus. They don’t have a kids menu but can make something simple like pasta a meat sauce for the young ones.

I think that the one thing that could have been nicer was that the waiters could have been in some kind of uniform, but instead they were in street clothes. The food is Northern Italian which I am excited about.

We start with the caprese salad-tomato and mozzarella with olive oil and basil. If you look at this one, and the one on the website, you may be shocked. The tomatoes aren’t very ripe and it could have been plated better. It is true, you eat with your eyes.

I order the maccheronicci con ragu al bologese-basically bolognese with hand made pasta ($18). The pasta was tasty, even though the bolognese was a little ‘American’ for me-ie. meat and sauce. Coincidentally this is what they give to the kids and call it ‘pasta with meat sauce’.

My dining companion decides on the tagliere di salumi e formaggi, a selection of cured meats and cheeses with a selection of compotes and honey ($18).  It is served as an appetizer but we find it to be more than sufficient for a dinner-a nice selection of cheese and meats.

We were almost going to pass up on dessert-thank goodness we didn’t. We ordered the marscarpone pralinato ($9). Home made mascarpone cream with almond, nuts, and amaretti praline coat. One word-YUM! Literally I could have eaten 5 of these. The mascarpone was smooth like pudding, not too sweet with a lovely flavor to it and then the crunch from the nuts and the amaretti-which were like little crispy balls (my dining companion compared them to co co puffs). This made the dinner all worth it!

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If you want to see more of Cape Escapes from the Boston Magazine, go to http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/cape_cod_guide_2010_eat_stay_play/

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