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Don’t Miss Visiting a Classic Cape Clam Shack

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

A Cape Cod vacation is not complete without a visit to a classic clam shack. Think of tender fried clams, scallops or oysters, a buttered hot dog bun filled with lobster, a platter of fish and chips, or perhaps succulent raw littleneck clams and local oysters.

 

It’s all here, within a short drive of our inn.

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Seeking spectacular views in a casual atmosphere to go along with one of the most highly rated lobster rolls on the Cape? Head to the Sesuit Harbor Café in Dennis, where you can dine at outdoor picnic tables that overlook Sesuit Harbor and Cape Cod Bay.

 

More than your typical clam shack, they offer an extensive menu that includes fried platters, chowders, a raw bar and, of course, lobster served numerous ways. You could even make a night of it by taking a lobster roll cruise that glides along the picturesque coastline and offers breathtaking sunsets.

 

There are also two outside bars, the upper and lower deck, in which to enjoy a frozen drink, cocktail, wine or beer.

 

A word of warning: No credit cards accepted here; it’s cash only.

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West Dennis is home to the Kream N’ Kone, an iconic Cape landmark overlooking Swan River that has been serving fried seafood, along with burgers, hot dogs and ice cream, since 1953. It has earned numerous awards, including Cape Cod Life magazine’s “Best Clams,” “Best Onion Rings,” and “Best Family Dining.” The plate of fried whole belly clams remains one of the top sellers, an order that also includes a mound of French fries and onion rings.

 

There’s a second Kream ‘n Kone in Chatham, but it’s the West Dennis location that you want to seek out for its no-nonsense menu of fried fish, which you order at a counter and eat at long tables.

 

Work off that meal after with some miniature golf at the nearby Holiday Hill Motor Inn.

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Kate’s Seafood in Brewster has been serving seafood and ice cream since 1986. Order fried clams, scallops or oysters, and perhaps a peppermint patty shake and head to nearby Paine’s Creek Beach for sunset. It’s one of the Cape’s most peaceful and scenic inlets that has been photographed numerous times for Cape Cod postcards.

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Cobie’s is also in Brewster and has been called a “picture-perfect clam shack.” In 2019, Yankee magazine named it one of New England’s 10 best clam shacks. You’ll find a steady stream of customers at this small, window-only restaurant.

 

Opened in 1948, it offers the quintessential clam shack experience, with paper plates, outside picnic tables, and a monstrous knuckle-meat-only lobster roll served cold with celery. All the summer staples are here, from the fried clams coated with just enough batter to be addictive to the juicy burgers to the foot-long hot dogs to the thick milk shakes. For a refreshing finish, choose from more than 30 flavors of hard and soft ice cream.

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Sir Cricket’s Fish and Chips in Orleans has great food and little atmosphere. But despite its modest appearance and cash-only policy, this tiny hole-in-the-wall draws huge crowds. The interior contains little more than a large yellow menu board, three or four tables, and light wood chairs with hand-painted seats, each depicting a different Orleans scene. There’s only a single picnic table outside, and across the street, a grassy patch with sweeping views of Nauset Inlet.

 

But that’s okay, because you can order takeout, make the short walk to the Jonathan Young Windmill that overlooks the Town Cove, and enjoy your meal at benches located on the expansive lawn.

 

The historic windmill was built in the 1700s and moved to its current location in 1839. Just steps from the Town Cove, you will find quaint shops with diverse offerings, interesting art galleries, and Eldredge Park, home to the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Orleans Firebirds.

 

Opened in 1970, Sir Cricket’s has been recognized by Fodor’s, Zagat’s, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine for its fried seafood, lobster rolls and chowder.

 

With all these diverse offerings to choose from, how could you ever head home without taking in a true clam shack experience?

 

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