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Cape Cod Restaurant Week: May 14-May 20, 2012

May 11th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Ruth´s Chris Steak HouseIf you need any excuse to spend some time on Cape Cod, here’s one of the best: Restaurant Week!  From May 14 to May 20, 2012, you can enjoy culinary creations from the region’s best chefs, all offering prix fixe menus especially designed for Restaurant Week. No fewer than 51 restaurants are taking part this year, so you really will  be spoilt for choice. Here are a few of our favorite dining establishments which we hope to visit during the week:

The Old Yarmouth Inn, which is just a very short stroll from the inn, and is a real favorite with Cape Cod locals and all our guests too. We NEVER need an excuse to go “next door” for dinner!; The Ocean House, in Dennisport , just an easy 20 minute drive from the inn. The location is stunning, ie, RIGHT on the ocean and the food certainly lives up to the surroundings it is served in; Gerardi”s, an authentic Italian eatery in South Yarmouth, just 15 minutes from us. We dined there last restaurant week and just loved it! And we cannot write about restaurant week without including The Naked Oyster which is on Main Street Hyannis, about 10 minutes away. We’ve had guests staying here that say the oysters they were served at the Naked Oyster were the best ever in their whole lives! How’s that for an accolade? So, we do hope to see you soon for a gourmet, NO DIET, week!

So Many Options For Eating Out On Cape Cod. Definitely Not “Mal-Bouffe”

April 20th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Cape Cod Restaurant Week brings the best out of the Cape's chefsWhen we first announced to our French friends that we were leaving the south of France to embark upon a new adventure in the U.S., they were indignant at how we were prepared to trade our idyllic life style in one of the most coveted “regions gastronomiques de France” for the awful food “mal bouffe” ( unhealthy eating ) that we could expect 3000 miles away. Then, as they continued, what would we do about finding decent wine. Well, we are now five years into that adventure, and no worse for wear. Quite the contrary, we are loving every minute of it. The food? We rave about the quality and diversity of restaurants here on Cape Cod, almost on a daily basis.

In truth, we are thoroughly spoilt living here year round, and even more so are our guests, who descend upon us every year from all points of the globe. You will probably not need reminding that they can choose to leave the car in our private parking and stroll to three of The Cape’s finest restaurants : The Old Yarmouth Inn ( 1697 ) famous for it’s “spirits” both in the glass and out of it, great seafood and of course it’s wine cellar; The Lyric with its mouth-watering contemporary cuisine, accompanied if you’re lucky by the lovely Anne’s singing; Inaho offering Japanese dishes and a sushi bar.

Maybe you just want a more casual evening. The Black Sheep is our local pub and is once again in Yarmouth Port. The grub is incredibly good, the service friendly and you can always play Trivia if you feel so inclined.

Looking for something special by the water on a warm summer evening. The Sesuit Harbor Cafe, 12 minutes from the Inn, is our summer favorite. It has an irresistible formula all of it’s own. The seafood and fish is hard to beat, the lobster roll may be the best on The Cape. The cafe has a raw bar and you can bring your own wine. All the outdoor tables share breath-taking views across Sesuit Harbor and the yacht marina. Welcome to Cape Cod!

Since we are talking about waterside dining, we have two further favorites that we love and want to share with you. A ten minute taxi ride and you’re at The Mattakeese Wharf family seafood restaurant at Barnstable Harbor. The seafood and service is excellent, and there are stunning views, so try to time your table to take in the sunset. This is a true Cape experience not to be missed, nor is the very special way in which Paul and Dana consistently treat our guests.

The Ocean House is a whole 18 minute drive away and worth that extra effort, and then some! It’s almost being unfair to the other great restaurants, if we were to call this beachside gem our favorite, so we won’t. This is a restaurant NOT to be missed. It’s classy split level layout gives diners stunning views of white sands and the ocean. The cuisine is a very innovative fusion of east meets west, which is always beautifully presented. The ambience has a bustling vibrant edge to it, but at the same time there are tables for that special intimate evening – we have been there for anniversaries. Oh, and we must not forget to thank Janet and Carie, who look after our guests so beautifully every time ( that’s not easy when it’s always so busy ). Book well ahead for this one to avoid disapointment.

So there you have it, seven of the best, each one superb in it’s own right and waiting for you to try it. There are several more worth a special mention – the likes of The Naked Oyster and Fin for example – we shall talk about these another time.

Pain d’Avignon in Hyannis, Cape Cod, not just Vaucluse!

April 9th, 2010 by cassels

Close-up of pastries, with friend Today as the temperature hit the mid seventies, we were looking for a late lunch and somewhere to sit outside in the sunshine that was not going to take too long. We had been running a few errands in downtown Hyannis and only had time to grab a quick bite. Helen suggested we might find what we were looking for at the bakery cafe/restaurant Pain d’Avignon. Over the last few months we had heard several very favorable reports from people we know, who had dined at this restaurant, so we wanted to take a look for ourselves. Pain d’ Avignon, as you will probably guess from the name, is a very successful “traditional French bakery”, and for all our years living in the south of France we can certainly vouch for its authenticity.

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