Great Places to Eat in Cape Cod

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The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw much of the food we consumed while in Cape Cod a couple of weeks ago.  We basically made it our mission to seek out amazing lobster rolls and ice cream on a daily basis.  What is the point of vacation if you aren’t enjoying great food?

We stayed in Provincetown but also visited a couple of other areas so I’ve included them below as well.  A week of beautiful weather, delicious food and relaxing with my husband really made this a perfect trip.

Lobster Rolls

We actually ate at The Canteen twice; once for lunch as our first meal and later in the week for dinner.  Their lobster roll was full of fresh huge pieces of lobster that were stuffed into a soft eggy roll.  Other standouts on their menu included the crispy brussels sprouts (first time I’ve enjoyed brussels sprouts since being pregnant!) and the miso ceasar salad (no photo), it was a special. 

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! -The Canteen Provincetown

Since I’m pregnant (duh), I tried to share a lot of the fish dishes with Matt (I wanted to limit the mercury I was consuming).  The only place I ordered my own lobster roll was at Native Cape Cod Seafood and it was completely worth it.  The fries were just okay but seriously, that lobster roll was perfect in every way.  So much lobster meat on one little bun.  Matt actually enjoyed a couple of different salads there including the ahi tuna below.  Everything was insanely fresh.  It didn’t hurt that we got to eat on a dock overlooking the water.

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! Native Cape Cod Seafood Provincetown

What I love about Cape Cod is that some of the best food was served out of a shack or stand.  The Red Shack in Ptown was no letdown!  Matt enjoyed their California Lobster Roll (they had a few fun options) that had bacon and avocado on it.  The huge chunks of lobster were served on a Portuguese bun.  I had a salad with lobster chunks that was fresh and perfect.

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! California Lobster Roll from The Red Shack in Provincetown

Ice Cream

It’s no secret that I’m an absolute ice cream fanatic so of course I enjoyed it at least once every day while away.

The first night of our trip I was actually pretty full from dinner and almost skipped dessert, but when I saw that there was a Burnt Butter Brownie Brown Sugar ice cream flavor, I pretty much ignored my stomach and made a very good decision.  This ice cream from The Nut House was creamy and super flavorful.  I just love that they had such a creative flavor.

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! Burnt Butter Brownie Brown Sugar ice cream from the Nut House in Provincetown

Before going away, I did some research and couldn’t wait to try Ptown Scoop; they are known for their creative flavors.  I sampled a few others but ultimately had to get the Graham Central Station (graham cracker flavored ice cream filled with a graham cracker swirl and milk chocolate honeycomb crunch pieces).  You can’t tell by the photo but there were lots of fun crunchy pieces in there.  Matt actually got the same flavor in a sundae.

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! Graham Central Station Ice Cream at Ptown Scoop in Provincetown

We actually went to Lewis Brothers twice.  On the first visit I had this Low Fat Chocolate Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt and the next time I had the perfect soft serve cone.  The people who worked there were really nice (and very patient when I asked how often they clean their soft serve machine).  All of the ice cream is homemade, though I didn’t try the regular so I can’t really say how it compares to the other places we visited.

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! Chocolate Peanut Butter Yogurt at Lewis Brothers in Provincetown

Matt and I almost never order the same ice cream flavors, but when I tried his cone of Coffee Oreo at Buffy’s in Chatham, I HAD to get the same.  The coffee flavor was nice and strong but not overwhelming, the ice cream was creamy, and the Oreo chunks were massive. 

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! Coffee Oreo Ice Cream from Buffy's in Chatham

And finally, one of the most intense ice creams I had (definitely the heaviest) was this peanut butter ice cream from Cape Cod Creamery in Yarmouth.  There were chocolate and peanut butter chunks and the peanut butter flavor of the ice cream was perfect.  I didn’t think I’d be able to finish the cup but who am I kidding, I can ALWAYS finish my ice cream.

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod! Peanut Butter Ice Cream at Cape Cod Creamery in Yarmouth, MA

Other notable places to eat in Cape Cod:

Matt and I both loved Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans.  It is a local gastropub-style restaurant with a more creative menu than I would have expected from a strip-mall location restaurant.  Instead of bread they bring pretzel rolls to the table with a super addicting side of honey mustard butter.  I had a portabello mushroom sandwich (also on a pretzel roll) and Matt ordered salad.  Simple dishes that were actually really, really good.  If it wasn’t so far from where we were staying we would have gone back.

The Beachcomber in Wellfleet was actually a lot of fun.  The restaurant is massive and they have a huge bar that overlooks the water.  Apparently it turns into a night club in the later hours but we were just there for the dive atmosphere and fresh seafood.  Matt enjoyed a few things from the raw bar and then we shared fried clams and lobster roll.  It wasn’t the best meal we had but really good and a fun place to go.

And in case you thought I only take pictures of food on vacation, here are a few other photos from the trip.

Before dinner shot at our B&B

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod!

I found it hilarious that we went to see a windmill

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod!

Taking advantage of the Provincetown Film Festival

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod!

We had Herring Cove Beach to ourselves in the morning

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod!

The best lobster rolls and ice cream in Cape Cod!

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10 Responses to “Great Places to Eat in Cape Cod”

  1. Joanne July 10, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    I’ve only been to Cape Cod once, but I remember LOVING the food. Especially the ice cream. Also, I vote you try to recreate the graham central ice cream so that I can try it! When I knock down your door and steal it out of your freezer, of course. :P

    • Keep It Sweet July 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Well, if you say so, I guess I can make another ice cream flavor…..;-)

  2. Sues July 10, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Now I seriously want a lobster roll!! I don’t spend nearly enough time on the Cape though I’m close by in Boston (omg the summer traffic!), but I have been to the Beachcomber plenty of times :)

  3. Emma @ Bevy Richmond July 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendations! My husband and I are planning a trip here next summer (or the following one) and I’ve bookmarked this post! Can’t wait for an authentic lobster roll!

    • Keep It Sweet July 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Yay, I hope you get to some of these places!

  4. lynn @ the actor’s diet July 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Ahhhh….Cape Cod Ice Cream! You’re looking really lovely, lady!

  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    you look SOOO CUTE! and I love how much ice cream you ate-delish!

  6. Kristen July 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    We are headed to Martha’s Vineyard this week and I can’t wait for the lobster rolls and seafood! Love your pictures… makes me excited to head out to the east coast!

    • Keep It Sweet July 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

      I’ve never been to MV but I heard their lobster rolls are just as delicious, have fun!