On the Road Eats: Cape Cod

Things are starting to get back to normal.  Sleepaway camp was a go this summer so we decided to escape the Texas heat and head north to Cape Cod.

First Stop:  Lunch in Boston- Yankee Lobster Company
Would I dine again? Yes
.  It has been years since I had been to Boston and decided I needed a lobster roll as soon as I got off the plane.  Good thing Yankee Lobster is a short drive from the airport and on the way to the Cape.  We were there as close to 12 noon as possible, got a table and enjoyed our lunch!

Check In at the first Bed and Breakfast: The Inn at Yarmouth Port
The Experience:  Kathy and Chuck are fantastic hosts and they go above and beyond to make sure you have a great stay.  One of the reasons we chose this spot was the location. We had a car so we could drive to other towns on the Cape like Chatham and Harwich and explore.  Our room was the Blue Room and it was recently renovated.  Although the bathroom in the blue room was small, the room was quite comfortable for me and my husband and was located on the second floor with street and garden views.  We were there for 4 nights, enjoyed breakfast each day out in the garden and returned each afternoon to freshly baked treats. Kathy and Chuck made sure were were taken care of when it came to our beach day at Mayflower and our bike ride to Chatham.  Kathy’s attention to detail is amazing and she does all the cooking and baking.  And Chuck will join you during breakfast and give you his best recommendations for around town. We have a feeling that this spot will be booked if we decide to plan another last minute trip in future years!

Dinner: Fin
Would I dine again? Yes. 
The service was great and we enjoyed our meals. We sat out on the deck and as the night went on, we got to see the beginning a of a beautiful sunset.

The first sunset and our Beach Day:  Mayflower Beach
We drove to Mayflower Beach to see the sunset and decided to return the next day to spend the morning at the beach.  We did a three mile walk over to Corporation Beach and back and loved seeing the beautiful homes on our walk.

Lunch: Captain Frosty’s
Would I dine again? Yes. 
This is the spot we came to 12 years ago and the belly clams are awesome. This was a late lunch of clams and chowder after enjoying Mayflower beach.  I will always come back here.

Dinner:  Sesuit Harbor Cafe
Would I dine again?
If we had been able to get in, most likely. The line was wrapped around the parking lot and we decided to leave and head elsewhere. Mistake on my part.

Dinner: Kream ‘N Kone
Would I dine again? No. 
We left the pier and Headed to Kream ‘N Kone since I read they won for best clams. We had originally gone to the Susuit Cafe since I wanted a lobster roll, so we ordered that and fried clams. Sad to say, I left disappointed.

Sunset at Corporation Beach:  Another nice spot close to the B&B is Corporation Beach.  We walked over to the rocks and watched the sunset after dinner.

A Day in Harwich, Chatham and Orleans
We decided to spend the day exploring the lower cape and started in Harwich as it was rated one of the best main streets to visit.  We then drove over to Chatham, had lunch at the pier and then had drinks over at Chatham Bars Inn.  Last we went to Orleans to see a few lighthouses and then head back towards our B&B.

Lunch: Chatham Pier Fish Market
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We took a walk down to the pier, ordered lobster rolls, one traditional and one Connecticut style, and walked to the pier to see the fisherman. No need for me to see them bringing up the fish again but definitely a good reason to come back and eat here.

Drinks: Chatham Bars Inn
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Beautiful views and great drinks!  This hotel will also be on the list as an option the next time we return to Cape Cod.

Dinner: RC’s Pizza
Would I dine again? Sure. 
We were so tired from the day and I had not made any reservations since I wanted to be able to just go wherever we wanted during the day so we ordered a pizza from RC’s at the Petersons Market and ate in the garden at the inn.

A Day of Biking
My husband loves the outdoors so after a day of shopping in Harwich and Chatham, I knew we needed to be a bit more active.  We stopped by Barb’s Bike Shop in South Dennis.  We decided to head to Chatham and rented ebikes to make the 20-30 mile ride in the heat.  The Cape Cod Rail Trail was a great ride, very scenic and had one option to ride to Chatham and another path to Wellfleet.

Lunch: Wild Goose Tavern
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We biked from South Dennis to Chatham and stopped in town for lunch. A Cape Cod Reuben sounded light and perfect and it was a great sandwich! My husband got the swordfish sandwich special and we left ready to continue our bike ride.

Dinner:  Fisherman’s View
Would I dine again? Yes.  
Our reservation was for the patio but with the rain rolling in, they moved us inside.  We decided to do oysters and steamed lobsters and enjoyed a great evening.  The rain never hit so we were able to take some photos of the views and the beautiful sky as the storm rolled in.

On to Falmouth!

Mid-Day Snack: Cotuit Oyster Company
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I have family on the Cape although I didn’t realize it until a few weeks before we arrived.  It had been ages since seeing my cousin so we stopped by on our way to our second inn to say hello and catch up.  A short trip to Cotuit Oyster Co to pick up super fresh oysters, a lesson on how to shuck oysters by my cousin for my husband and some great  conversation!  I left thinking I need to be better at staying in touch (David – call if in Dallas!!!) and that this new skill will need to be put into good use at home!!  Now where can I get super fresh oysters in Texas??
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Bed and Breakfast: The Captain’s Manor Inn
The Experience:  As you pull up, the house is absolutely beautiful and fully decorated for the 4th of July.  Patti greets you and at some point you are introduced to Randy who will keep you talking and laughing.  Our room, The Hatch Room, was on the first floor at this inn and bigger than our last room.  We had a private section of the wrap around porch and enjoyed some quiet time reading. The experience here was different since we could walk everywhere- the bike rental shop was walking distance in one direction and the town of Falmouth that had tons of shopping and restaurants was in the other direction.  Again, we were treated to breakfast each day and fresh baked cookies. On checkout day, Patti sent us on our drive with bottled water, snacks and salt water taffy.

Lunch: The Quarterdeck
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We made it to Falmouth and I FINALLY got to order steamers. Lucky for me they were available today and I left super happy after this lighter lunch.  My husband decided to try their version of a cape cod reuben and said it was quite good.

Dinner:  C Salt
Would I dine again? Yes.  
And I will say yes two more times if asked again. Small intimate restaurant but very casual feel. Service was great but the food- wow! Get the calamari. Not in the mood? Get it anyway. It is fantastic and the flavors will surprise you. We also had the special salmon crudo appetizer which was spectacular and finished with the tuna entrée.

A Day of Exploring
Now that we were in Falmouth, we had some other spots to explore.  The weather was a bit rainy and the temperature dropped but we made the best out of it.  First stop after breakfast was a drive to see Nobska Light House, then a short “hike” to the Knob where we missed the views due to the weather, then more clams for lunch and then a short bike ride on the Shining Sea Bikeway.  The most exciting part of the ride- we came face to face with a FOX!

Lunch:  Seafood Sam’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  
The “hike”, or shall I call it a walk, was short but I was still ready for lunch.  We stopped at Seafood Sam’s for some more fried belly clams and chowder and crossed our fingers for drier weather. And yes, the food was great!
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Dinner: Water Street Kitchen
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We had a reservation to sit out front but with the weather and the recommendation from Randy at the Inn, we called and they moved us to the bar.  Both my husband and I loved the atmosphere and the food was great.  We both ordered the cioppino and the black squid ink bread completed the meal!

Time to check out and head to Boston!

Lunch: Epic Oyster
Would I dine again? Yes. 
On the way to Boston, we decided to stop for a quick lunch.  Epic is usually open only in the evenings but we got lucky to stop in for lunch.  We were there right at 12 and it was probably one of my favorite restaurant experiences.  Not only because I had some amazingly fresh oysters and a “stuffie” (stuffed quahog) but it was a small bar area and we just got to sit and watch them shuck.

Hotel: The Westin Copley Place
Would I stay again?  Yes.  One night on the way back from the Cape before heading back to Dallas.  I greatly appreciated the location because as we arrived it got cold and the rain hit.  Being able to walk indoors from the hotel to two malls was quite helpful!  As for the actual hotel, I requested a suite upgrade but it was denied.  Lucky for me, they upgraded us to a corner suite on the 32nd floor once we arrived in person to check in.  Views of the Charles River and Fenway!

Drinks:  OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
Would I dine again?  Yes.  Thanks to one of my wonderful colleagues, she recommended this spot before dinner.  We ran in the rain from the Westin over to the Fairmont and had a drink before heading to the North End.  I loved the atmosphere of the bar and had a great drink.
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Dinner: L’Osteria
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
There are SO many restaurants in the North End so I would prefer to try many more than going back to the same one if taking a vacation.  We opted for our favorite meal that we cannot get very easily in Dallas- Veal Parm!

Dessert: Bova’s Bakery
Would I dine again? Yes. 
After dinner we met friends at a bar in the North End and I kept thinking I had time to hit Mike’s which was next door to get a cannoli.  Turns out I was looking at the wrong time zone on my watch so I was an hour off.  Bova’s was right down the street so we got cannoli and other cookies/pastries to bring back to the room for a midnight snack.

Breakfast: Stephanie’s on Newbury
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Thanks to that same colleague who lives in Boston, she said we must stop by this very popular brunch spot.  All I wanted all week were pancakes and they made it happen!

Lunch: Regina Pizzeria
Would I dine again? Yes but a different location. 
We were told Regina is the best but we decided to do some touristy stuff after breakfast so the closest spot was at Faneuil Hall.  I think next time we will head to the North End to get a slice.
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On the Road Eats: Jefferson City

Lunch: Big Whiskey
Would I dine again? Maybe.
  We arrived on a Sunday for a day trip and this was one of the only restaurants open.  We sat on the patio, ordered a chicken sandwich and a burger and enjoyed the breeze.  Fries were awesome, chicken sandwich and burger were standard sandwiches.

Dessert: Central Dairy
Would I dine again? Yes. 
A scoop shop that felt very nostalgic.  Mint chocolate chip and Moose Tracks in a waffle cone….absolutely perfect on a hot summer day!!

On the Road Eats: Road Trip from Dallas to Vail

It’s been a crazy year and it was time for a vacation with the family.  We skied, snow-shoed, shopped and ate.  What a great trip!

Hotel: Colorado Springs Marriott
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean and had quick access to the highway.  Interstate 25 was shut down late on a Saturday afternoon so this was the farthest north we could get in Colorado.  The hotel was a bit overwhelmed with all of the people that checked in unexpectedly and the restaurant had some challenges handling the dinner options but overall, the stay was fine.

Hotel: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
Would I stay again?  Yes.  I had hoped for an upgrade to a suite due to status but according to the engineering team, they were at 96% occupancy so I was happy with my room with a view and a balcony.  My family did a grab and go breakfast so they could hit the slopes early but we did not dine any where else in the restaurant.  The front desk staff was very nice and they assisted with the adventure locker(I borrowed the shoes for snow shoeing)- big thank you to Mike for all of the recommendations during our trip.  I also emailed the GM before our trip and he provided a bunch of great options for dining and activities for me since I don’t ski.

Restaurants:

Lunch  (Amarillo, TX): The Public House
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Driving from Dallas to Colorado and Amarillo is the goal for the first stop for food.  The Public House had a good menu and everyone enjoyed their meal.  When making the reservation through OpenTable.com, it said that all servers would be masked but since Texas changed the mandates within the week or so before, I think they forgot to update their OpenTable profile as only one employee was masked.

Dinner: Montauk Seafood Grill
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Great seafood options!  We had oysters, clam chowder and halibut.  The food was great but the server we had (Chelsea) was absolutely amazing.

Breakfast: The Little Diner
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I did to-go breakfast here not once, not twice but three times because I liked the breakfast burrito so much…and the fact that Resy doesn’t allow for reservations for 1 made this my only option.

Breakfast:  Westside Cafe
Would I dine again?
Yes.  It is on the other side of the highway from the mountain but a short car ride.  It’s attached to the Doubletree Hotel and was super casual.  My daughter and I went for breakfast.  She got the French toast and I got the southwestern skillet. I enjoyed it so much I went back a few days later for an awesome omelette.

Lunch: El Segundo
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I got a table outside, a beer and two tacos(ahi tuna and grouper)- Delicious!

Lunch: The Craftsman  (Edwards)
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I read about this spot online and it was recommended by the GM of our hotel. Very creative sandwiches and everything was delicious.

Dinner: Northside Kitchen
Would I dine again? Most Likely. 
I hate to say this but I was slightly underwhelmed by my meal but my husband and daughter both enjoyed their dinners.  Seafood risotto for me, a cheeseburger for her (she said it was awesome) and the roasted chicken for the husband.  The service was great, all the food looked great coming out of the kitchen and the atmosphere was wonderful so maybe it was me that had the off night.

Dinner: Lancelot
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I was told that when you dine at Lancelot, you must have the prime rib so I did.  I also added the french onion soup but had to pass on dessert because I was so full.

Dinner: Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I was told you must visit as it has been here for years. Happy to have schnitzel and spaetzle

Dinner: Zino
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I celebrated my birthday here and they made the evening quite special with a personalized menu and a great meal!

Lunch:  Garfinkel’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  
A quick place to grab a drink or a meal for lunch or apres ski.  And the hot chocolate hit the spot!

Lunch:  The Red Lion
Would I dine again? Yes.  
A quick place to grab a drink or a meal during or after a day of skiing.

Lunch: Big Bear Bistro
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
I met my husband and daughter between runs for a quick takeout lunch since I was off snow-shoeing.  I had a simple salad and their sandwiches looked good.

Dinner: Pazzo’s
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Sometimes you just need a super casual evening with no reservations and a small table on a sidewalk.
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Breakfast: Rebel Bread
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We found this on the way home from Vail to Dallas once we hit Denver.  We picked up a bunch of pastries and ate in the car.  Delish.


On the Road Eats: Road Trip from Dallas to 30A

Summer + COVID means a road trip.  Different scenery but still social distancing.  This trip was Dallas to 30A with stops in Little Rock, Memphis, Alabama and Louisiana.

Hotel: TownePlace Suites Memphis Olive Branch
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean and the checkin was contactless.  We checked in around 9:30pm and were back on the road by 7:30am but breakfast was available and I took a cup of coffee to go.

Restaurants:

Lunch to-go (Little Rock, Arkansas): ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co.
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Great salads, pizza and gelato when they are open.  I had been here years back for work travel so I knew it would be a family friendly experience.  Eating in the car was not ideal BUT good food!

Snack (Memphis, TN): Gibson’s Donuts
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We stopped in Memphis to visit friends on the way to 30A, not on the way but a must do trip.  They picked up Gibson’s as a treat and they were delicious.

Breakfast (Birmingham, AL): Tip Top Grill
Would I dine again?
Well, we tried to dine.  We showed up and saw the view but they closed early for breakfast due to a large lunch order.  All I wanted was a biscuit!

Breakfast (Birmingham, AL): Edgar’s Bakery & Cafe
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I got my biscuit.  And the whole family had a great meal, sitting outside with lots of distance between the tables.

Breakfast: Charlie’s Donut Truck
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We biked from the house to Alys Beach and found the truck with a short line.  Donuts and Smoothies and a shady spot to eat!

Breakfast: Big Bad Breakfast
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We ate outside, had a great breakfast and were lucky to get there early because there was a short wait when we left.

Dinner: 30a Burger
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
My daughter loves burgers.  She got to choose dinner so burgers it is.

Dinner: Pizza by the Sea
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Regardless of where we are, we will always order italian and this spot was easy to pick up on the way home.

Dinner: goatfeathers
Would I dine again? Yes. 
We picked up fish, we had them cook and even got tuna sashimi.  There are multiple markets so it was an easy option for dinner one night.

Dinner: Lola Coastal Italian
Would I dine again? Yes.
I used to live in Atlanta and found out about a new Tom Catherall restaurant on 30a so I had to try it. Wood fired chicken with an amazing lemon sauce, a shrimp scampi that made me smile and spaghetti and meatballs with a sauce I wish I could eat daily. Happy we started our trip with takeout from Lola.

Dinner: Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House
Would I dine again? Yes.
Another great takeout night in 30a! Tonight was pork tenderloin medallions over gruyere grits with a blackberry pinot noir sauce and a tomahawk pork chop with grilled veggies and a pineapple chutney.

Dinner: Seagrove Village MarketCafe
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
Fried fish.  And a burger for our daughter.  Sometimes you just need some fried food.

Snack (Louisiana): Cafe Du Monde
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Of course.  Now I will admit this was not in New Orleans, but at a small spot on the way back to Dallas.  Regardless, we had to introduce our daughter to a beignet.  She wasn’t that impressed but I think doing beignets via drive thru took away some of the thrill.