SPOTLIGHT ON CAPE COD
BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES
Local flavor to savor after golf
Cape Cod is many things to many people. If you’re among those whose “day at the beach” revolves around sand traps and water hazards rather than sand castles and body-surfing or wave-riding, you’ve come to the right place. Choose from more than 50 courses throughout the South Shore, the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. From the Scottish links-style fairways of Highland Golf Links and Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket to the bogs of Willowbend and the classic Donald Ross design of Bass River Golf Course, there is a feast of challenging and picturesque options.
Of course, that requires sustenance. Fortunately, the dining and drinking options within proximity to the region’s golf courses promise a satisfying 19th hole. Fresh seafood is omnipresent, but so are award-winning burgers and homemade pastas. Local brews are on tap, sharing the bar menu with creative cocktails and fine wines.Cap a morning round at the Country Club of New Seabury or Falmouth Country Club in the cool dusky camaraderie of The Quarterdeck on Main Street in Falmouth. A salvaged boatyard-wood interior suggests a “below-deck” atmosphere punctuated by international flags representing runners who have participated in the Falmouth Road Race. Former bartender and ongoing patron Tommy Leonard founded what has been called “The Great American Road Race” in 1973. He was seated at the bar when we visited, fraternizing with local regulars and race aficionados who came to pay homage.
The smell of clam chowder greets you at the door. Cape Cod steamers with dipping broth and butter accompanied by one of six beers on tap vanquish recurring visions of missed putts and errant drives. Blackened scallops, lobster-stuffed mushrooms and gazpacho offer interesting alternatives to the more traditional and equally delicious standbys of grilled swordfish, shrimp scampi and day boat scrod.
If your cravings lean more toward Italy, Alberto’s on Main Street in Hyannis offers an extensive Northern Italian menu, specializing in fresh homemade pasta, seafood, steaks, chicken and veal. All dishes are prepared in-house. The atmosphere includes an inviting bar, multiple dining rooms with fireplaces, and sidewalk tables for al fresco dining. Try the scrod, which is pan-seared with artichoke hearts, asparagus, mushrooms, and diced tomatoes in a white wine, lemon and butter sauce over linguine. Beers on tap include Stella Artois, Guinness, Sam Adams Lager and Bass Ale.
After conquering the rolling terrain of Highland Golf Links in North Truro or Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster, prolong the pleasure at Local Break on Route 6 in Eastham. Mac Gallant, an Orleans
native, opened this contemporary upbeat addition to the outer Cape’s dining and drinking options in 2012 to a warm reception from locals and tourists.
A large bar dominates the airy space, surrounded by booths, tables and televisions for a casual, congenial vibe. Boston magazine named it “Best New Bar on Cape Cod” and the Cape Cod Times awarded it “Best Burger on Cape Cod.” The house burger is a mouthwatering mix of short rib and chuck patty, with cheddar pepper-jack cheese, caramelized onion pickle relish, lettuce, tomato and bacon mayonnaise. The veggie burger gets high points as well, served with roasted tomato, baby greens and beet chips. The Po’Boy sandwich features beer-battered fried shrimp and chili garlic mayonnaise. Wings with sauce ranging from mild to “Really Freakin’ Hot” or jumbo lump crab cakes make tasty appetizers to enjoy with one of the 11 New-England brewed beers on tap. Thom’s Cucumber Collins, a popular signature drink featuring house-infused cucumber gin, is a cool refresher after the rigors of 18 holes. Egan Sweets of Chatham furnishes the desserts.
The Yardarm, a self-described “eating and drinking pub” just up the road on Route 28 in Orleans, has been satisfying hungry and thirsty golfers, along with summer visitors and a dedicated tribe of local patrons since 1972. The seafood and clam chowders are perennial favorites at this relaxed, down-to-earth landmark. The burgers are truly “cooked to your liking.” Bleu cheese and caramelized onions made mine decadent and delicious. The “Kick-A Homemade Onion Strings” are thin, crispy and not to be missed. Fried scallops, clams and oysters, on rolls or platters, come courtesy of Chatham- and Orleans-based fishermen. Eight offerings on tap include Sam Adams Seasonal, Guinness and a Cape Cod IPA. Televisions in both the dining rooms and bar ensure the Red Sox, Patriots or Bruins are only a glance away.
360 Main St. • Hyannis
Alberto’s Ristorante is a local favorite. For more than 25 years, owner Felis Barreiro has offered an extensive menu influenced by cuisine from Northern Italy. Fresh ingredients and in-house preparation of every course create delicious results. Have a cocktail before dinner in the lounge, or dine with casual elegance by the fireplace. Entrées: $15 to $35. Open year round for lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted.
Black Cat Tavern
165 Ocean St. • Hyannis
This waterfront restaurant, perched on Hyannis Harbor, is owned by Dave Colombo, owner of the famed Roadhouse Café. The look is laidback and nautical and the menu keeps the focus on an enormous selection of native seafood with plenty of alternatives to keep everyone in the crowd happy. Eating fried clams, sitting on the patio, watching the boats come in and out of the harbor—could there be anything better? Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, with a tavern menu available in the lounge; open year round.
Bobby Byrne’s Route 28 and Bearse’s Way
Hyannis • 508-775-1425
Route 6A, Stop & Shop Plaza
Sandwich • 508-888-6088
Mashpee • 508-477-0600
Bobby Byrne’s pubs are not mere eating, drinking and talking establishments; they are havens of comfort and camaraderie, places to bend an elbow, savor a stew and convene with friends. Each of the three pubs is decorated with its own unique character. Menu items range from hearty pub fare to enticing entrées. Open year round.
The Lanes Bowl & Bistro
9 Greene St. • Mashpee
A new restaurant and a whole new concept for the Cape from the team behind Bobby Byrne’s Pubs is the Lanes Bowl & Bistro combining upscale pub food with bowling and bocce in a wide-open space that’s all about “vintage industrial” chic. Virtually all of the décor and furniture is either recycled or repurposed, earning The Lanes a National Restaurant Association ConSERVE Greener Choice designation.
410 Main St. • Hyannis
Hyannis is lucky to have a little bit of big-city-chic in this tucked away eatery with a devotion to serving local food that’s second to none; from day-boat seafood to locally raised organics produce, the Naked Oyster was into the whole ‘local food movement’ long before there was one. As the name implies, shellfish is a specialty, so ditch the diet and sink into a bowl of sinful oyster stew. Or be ‘good’ and savor some naked shellfish, the freshest of fresh, raw on the half-shell. Serving lunch and dinner year round. nakedoyster.com.
488 South St. • Hyannis
For more than 28 years, this downtown Hyannis mainstay has drawn big crowds and high praise. The massive menu of fresh, native seafood, Italian specialties, thick chops and prime beef is complemented by an extensive wine list and the décor is all about owner Dave Colombo’s extensive collection of antiques, much of it with a local connection. Serving dinner every evening, year round.
Great New England Breweries
Tour, taste and savor
Cambridge House Brew Pub
357 Salmon Brook St. • Granby
A microbrewery and neighborhood tavern, Cambridge House Brew Pub uses fresh local farm ingredients for their award-winning craft beers, which they pair with classic American pub food. Serving lunch and dinner six days a week, the pub also features live music, beer tastings and special events.
City Steam Brewery Cafe
942 Main St. • Hartford
Since 1997, City Steam Brewery has produced more than 80 styles of ales, lagers and porters. With a nod to the past, City Steam is housed within the historic Cheney building — a nine-level Romanesque structure from the late 1800s — and uses “city steam” from the Hartford Steam Company to power the 23-barrel brewery, a method that started in the mid-1800s. Serving lunch and dinner daily; no lunch service on Sundays.
Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way • Portland
Allagash Brewing started in 1995 as a modest one-man operation, creating Belgian-style ales. The first release — Allagash White, a Belgian “wit” beer — was a resounding success, allowing the company to grow and eventually introduce six year-round beers to their portfolio, seven yearly specialty releases and many more small-batch, limited- edition and experimental beers.
86 Newbury St. • Portland
Founded in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company is located on Portland’s historic waterfront and produces 17 varieties of English-style and seasonal beers. Their award-winning ales, now distributed across 35 states, are hand-brewed from the finest ingredients, including top fermenting multi-strain yeast from the world-famous Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England. Free brewery tours daily.
61 Brookline Avenue, Boston
112 Canal Street, Boston
278 Derby Street, Salem
203 Cabot Street, Lowell
18 Shipyard Drive, Hingham
345 Cochituate Road, Framingham
Beer Works opened their first brew pub in 1992 across the street from Fenway Park. Today the company has locations in Hingham, Framingham, Lowell, Salem and two in Boston, each with their own onsite brewery and restaurant. The company brews more than 50 variations of lagers, ales, stouts and pilsners and keeps 15 micro-brews on tap, which they serve alongside a menu of classic American pub food.
12 Resnik Rd • Plymouth
Plymouth is a fitting place for Mayflower Brewing Company — a craft microbrewery founded in 2007 by a direct descendant of John Alden, who sailed on the Mayflower. Using traditional brewing methods and ingredients, it produces English-style ales, a handful of seasonal beers and a few small-batch releases.
221 Daniel Webster Highway • Merrimack
Half of all beers consumed in America are made by Anheuser-Busch. This brewery, one of 12, packages eight million 12-oz servings daily. Open daily for tours, with the first Saturday of every month designated Budweiser Clydesdale Camera Day, when visitors can pose with one of the brand’s four-legged ambassadors.
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Company
3378 White Mountain Hwy Rte. 16 • North Conway
Moat Mountain Smoke House and Brewery is a 174-seat brew pub and inn. Six year-round beers are produced on site — Moat Weiss, a Bavarian-style wheat beer; Moat Iron Pale Ale and Moat Violet B’s Blueberry, both American ales; Moat Czech European-style Pilsner; Moat Shaker Brown, an English-style brown ale; and Moat Square Trail Trout.
Smuttynose Brewing Company
225 Heritage Ave. • Portsmouth
Founded in 1994, Smuttynose Brewing has become the Granite State’s leading craft brewery, distributing across 19 states. Year-round beers include Shoals Pale Ale, Finestkind IPA, Star Island Single, Old Brown Dog, and Smuttynose Robust Porter. They also produce three seasonal brews — Smuttynose Summer Weizen (an American pale ale), Pumpkin Ale and Dubbel winter ale — and a handful of limited edition, small-batch beers that have attracted a following.
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company
293 JT Connell Rd • Newport
Four college friends started Coastal Extreme Brewing Company in 1999. The company has since brewed more than 30 varieties of beer, moved into an 8,000-square-foot facility and started Newport Distilling Company, which puts out Thomas Tew rum. Their line of brews includes Hurricane Amber Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry and India Pale Ale IPA. The company also crafts seasonal and limited-release brews as well as special annual bottle-conditioned beers.
186 Fountain St. • Providence
Named after the nearby Trinity Repertory Theatre, this conveniently located brew pub in downtown Providence attracts all types of people, from travelers to sports enthusiasts and, of course, beer aficionados. Trinity Brewhouse produces premium ales, porters and stouts with the finest hops from around the world. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the brew pub also serves rustic pizzas, classic burgers and sandwiches as well as beer-infused steak specialties.
403 Hill Rd. • Greensboro Bend
Hill Farmstead is a small craft brewery that sits atop a hill in northern Vermont, churning out nationally recognized farmhouse beers, American ales and an assortment of barrel-aged specialties. Last year they were named top brewery in the world by ratebeer.com, garnering them attention from such media outlets as the New York Times, Vanity Fair and Men’s Journal.
Trout River Brewery
58 Broad St. • Lyndonville
Trout River Brewing specializes in unfiltered, natural beer, producing four year-round brews: Rainbow Red, Hoppin’ Mad Trout, Knightslayer, and Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, along with several seasonal beers. Beer lovers can also order hand-tossed sourdough pizza to go with one of the brewery’s premium lagers or ales.