Within Walking Distance: 5 Exceptional Eateries [An Updated Sequel]

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A few years ago, we wrote how one of the many benefits of staying at the Seadar Inn by the Sea was that you could walk to a wide selection of restaurants. No need to battle traffic. Get some exercise (but not too much). And enjoy a great meal at your ultimate destination.

Since that blog, the area around the inn has been blessed with new establishments that deserve mentioning. We thought it was time for an update.

1.      Mad Minnow, 0.4 miles from Seadar Inn 

The Mad Minnow; photo via Harwich Chamber of Commerce.

The Mad Minnow; photo via Harwich Chamber of Commerce.

Opened in 2015, the Mad Minnow is the collaborative effort of Tony and Meg Gullotti and Mike and Megan Strangfeld. Both couples have spent years in the restaurant industry, with the Gullottis opening their first restaurant, the Blue Coral, in Chatham in 2002, and the Strangfelds working in the food industry around Boston for two decades. With executive chef Adam d’Auteuil, the menu focuses on what d’Auteuil calls “letting the ingredients speak for themselves,” especially when working with soups and stalks. The wide-ranging and inventive menu includes tuna cannoli, garden risotto, short rib and Irish waffles, cottage pie and house corn dogs, all served in a casual setting.

2.      10 Yen, 0.4 miles from Seadar Inn 

The chef/owner formerly ran Mac’s Shack in Wellfleet, and the popularity of 10 Yen can be seen in the changes for 2019 at this quaint sushi and ramen restaurant. Once only boasting six seats in the entire restaurant, it has expanded to a 40-seat bar and patio, which means reservations are no longer required, although they are probably still a good idea. Another change is that takeout is always available. You could also take a stool at the counter and watch the chef torch your ahi tuna, which is seasoned with a soy glaze and fresh-grated wasabi. Or order from the five-course tasting menu. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

3.      Capeside Kitchen, 0.5 miles from Seadar Inn 

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The eggs Benedict at Capeside Kitchen; photo via TripAdvisor.

Do you like eggs benedict? The Capeside Kitchen, located on the site of the former Bonatt’s Bakery, offers nine different eggs benedicts, including lobster benedict, crab cake benedict and a “Benny” sampler where you can choose two or three benedicts. There are also waffles, pancakes, omelets and quesadillas. Two of the more creative specialties are “Glenny’s Bennies,” which is a waffle made out of corned beef hash, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, and “Dips and Tips,” which is home fries dipped in Hollandaise sauce. Go before 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and all full-sized entrees are $5. Just remember that they are closed on Wednesdays. They also serve lunch, with sandwiches that feature house-roasted meats instead of deli cold cuts.

4.      The Lanyard Bar & Grille, 1 mile from Seadar Inn 

One of the Cape’s newest restaurants, the Lanyard Bar & Grille recently took over the space previously occupied by the Land Ho! The funky, fun atmosphere remains, with all the same colorful signs and license plates. The new owners even retained much of the former staff. But the menu has been tweaked, ranging from an all-day barbecue menu to green chili turkey tacos and a wide variety of burgers and sandwiches. There is also an extensive raw bar, while the evening menu features steak tips, fried chicken, salmon and scallops.

5.      Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse, 2.1 miles from Seadar Inn 

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The rack of lamb at Buca’s; photo via Harwich Chamber of Commerce.

Granted, this might be too long a walk for dinner, and it’s by no means new. But Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse is such an exceptional spot that we had to make sure you are aware of it. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner, especially at a table tucked away in an alcove. But even if you’re in the middle of the room, this brick-walled restaurant will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to the hills of Tuscany. Homemade pastas are wonderfully prepared with a variety of imaginative sauces. And where else will you find wild boar meatball, sweet sausage and tagliatelle pasta in a Tuscan tomato sauce topped with ricotta cheese and shaved pecorino pasta?