by Elizabeth Newcomer, Innkeeper
Fun fact about your new innkeeper, I love to eat! I think that one of the best ways to discover a new area you are living in is to try out the restaurants and to really delve into the local food culture. As an innkeeper, one of the things I am responsible for is giving restaurant recommendations to my guests and rather than look at a list to see what other people think are the best options, I believe it is important to know exactly what I am endorsing. I’ve had some wonderful meals in the short time I’ve been on the Cape and I’ve decided to share my recommendations for three fine dining restaurants that I think are worth visiting during your stay at Brewster by the Sea Inn & Spa.
The first restaurant on my list is the Brewster Fish House in Brewster. The fish house is a local favorite that has a slightly eclectic menu with an emphasis on local seafood. This was one of my first “fine dining” experiences on the Cape and it did not disappoint. The menu items are very unique and the spring menu uses simple, straightforward and seasonal ingredients. The dishes are well thought out and inspiringly creative and on top of that, the flavors are on point and delicious!Some of the highlights of our meal were:
Lobster Amuse Bouche (top left)
Fish House Chowder (bottom left)
Shima Aji – Japanese “Striped Mackerel” Sashimi, Sparkling Grapefruit Sorbet, Winter Citrus, Eucalyptus and Spearmint (top right)
“Slate Grilled” Rare Bigeye Tuna, Oyster Mushrooms, Katsuobushi, Bok Choy, Lemongrass (middle right)
True North Atlantic Salmon, Creme Fraiche Potato Puree, Spring Asparagus, Fiddleheads and Smoked Bacon (middle left)
Chocolate-Coconut Layer Cake, Hazelnut Tuille, Matcha Ice Cream and Espresso (bottom left)
The second local restaurant that I think deserves a mention is the Red Pheasant Inn in Dennis, about 10 minutes from Brewster by the Sea, right down 6A. When I’m going out to dinner by myself, I usually sit at the bar to order and that is exactly what I did when I went to Red Pheasant last weekend. I ordered a glass of wine and had a delicious meal in a completely charming setting. I think this restaurant would be perfect for anyone looking for a romantic cozy meal and look forward to visiting again to take advantage of the “Fun Hour” specials from 4:30 – 6:00 PM!Appetizer: Seafood Crudo with Tuna Tartar, Avocado Mousse and Spicy Mayo
Main Course: Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie with Root Vegetables and Spaghetti Squash
The last restaurant I’d like to mention for a great fine dining experience is Cape Sea Grille in Harwich Port, approximately 20 minutes from Brewster by the Sea. Some of my guests a few weekends ago raved about the menu and quality of food and ever since, I have been looking forward to experiencing it for myself. Donna, Byron and I went on Monday night (that’s right, they are open on Monday which is great because many establishments on the Cape are closed Mondays) and we had a very enjoyable meal. One of the best features of the menu is the $30 3-course prix fixe option they offer which is available Thursday – Monday. All of our entrees were beautifully presented with basic seasonal ingredients, full of flavor.
1/2 Seared Duck Breast with goat cheese-watercress arancini, saute of grilled eggplant, watermelon radish, spinach, toasted pine nuts, apricot chutney & demi-glace (top right)
Moroccan Spice Rubbed & Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with carrot rice, braised baby bok choy, jicama, roasted golden & chioggia beets finished with a pickled ginger beurre blanc (middle right)
Pork Chop Special (bottom right)
House Made Ice Cream – one scoop of mascarpone and one scoop of graham cracker
These restaurants are just a small sampling of the fine dining options available on Cape Cod. This week (May 9th – 15th) is Cape Cod Restaurant week and there are many participating restaurants that are featuring a 3-course prix fixe option for the reasonable price of $35. Make sure to check it out if you are visiting! Byron, Donna and I are dining at Chills Bistro on Thursday and I can’t wait!