Orleans, Cape Cod MA

My husband and I spent the weekend on the cape, in the Orleans area.
I picked him up Thursday in Boston around 5:30 and we headed south in the commute traffic.
We wanted to be checked into our room before the Patriots/Chiefs kick-off.

We also wanted to be fed.
Traffic was heavy through the split and WAZE estimated we would hit
Orleans around 8:15 so we decided to stop in Plymouth at the Lobster Hut.

Baked haddock, rice and cole slaw and fish and chips with slaw. 1 draft and 1 ice tea, $36.00.

2 good size pieces of haddock, cooked well, not too heavy on the breading, maybe a tad too many ritz cracker crumbs on the baked but we ate it all. No line at 7:00 pm on a Thursday.

Got to the Cove Motel in time…lets not talk about the game.

Friday we had coffee and pastry from the Cottage Street Bakery, pretty good dark roast which can be a challenge on the road, a so-so blueberry muffin but a really nice croissant.

We walked Fort Point Hill in Eastham and then drove to Wellfleet, did some walking around Grand Island, picked out the un-affordable house on the ocean we would buy should we win the lottery and ended up on at the harbor at Mac’s on the Pier for lunch.

Ordered 2 clam chowders, a small fried clams and a fish sandwich at the window and grabbed a table at the water’s edge. A nice view, it was a beautiful day.
Chowder had a great flavor, homemade with celery, potatoes , a few clams. Thin broth which I like, no flour-y taste that you can get with the thicker chowders. The fish sandwich was good, local ripe tomatoes and lettuce. The clams were big belly, good fry job. about 15 or so in the order for $19.00. Very clean, the bellies were sweet. Easy to eat.

We headed back to Orleans and sat on Nauset beach for the afternoon. No sharks but we did see some seals. We decided to try the Rock Harbor Grill for dinner, its in the old Cap’n Elmer spot.

Can’t recommend this place enough. We snagged the last 2 seats at the bar. The cocktail/beer menu was great, some nice drafts.
Dinner was a shared bowl of smoked haddock chowder, just a perfect amount of smoke and crunchy pancetta croutons.
I had a burger with cheddar and home made pickled onions, I would put those onions on oatmeal!
DH had a poor mans surf and turf special…half a sausage and pepper sub and a stuffed quahog.
The stuffing included lamb sausage, it was just great. I believe the sub was as well, did not get a bite.
A very lively place, nice bar scene. Plenty of regulars coming in. We liked it so much we went back Saturday and had the chowder and quahog again, along with a seasonal salad and lobster roll.
Drinks were good (again), salad was a nice relief. I was not crazy with the lobster dressing.
Too complicated. House made chips were really good.
The flatbreads looked very good, Next time.

We had lunch Saturday at a new (to us) place called The Knack.
Window service, eat outside burger, dogs, shakes etc.
Right on the Orleans/Eastham rotary.
Fish tacos and a grilled mustard dog, onions rings, 1 chocolate shake.
Thumbs up, Good slaw and crema on the tacos, there were fresh radishes too, really good.
The dog had homemade pickles, whole mustard and onion rings on it. It was gone in an instant.

We finished our trip off Sunday morning at the Homeport for eggs and toast at the counter.
Anyplace that grills english muffins is high on my list!

It was a great trip, as always. Nauset beach is a favorite, saw the Beachcomber sink hole (kind of) in Wellfleet. Walked around Chatham for a bit. National Seashore trails. Lots to do in the area.







Great write-up, sounds like a fun weekend!

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Nice report. We usually head a little further out on the Cape, but always head to Orleans as part of the trip. I’ll add some of these places to our list of possibilities.

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Very nice report. I love Mac’s. Need to get there before they close for the winter. Sounds like you had a fun time. That’s a good location on the Cape. Not too crowded.
Glad You Enjoyed,