Today’s post takes us to the beautiful island of Cape Cod, more specifically Orleans! Home of the best beach on the Cape, Orleans is located in the “elbow” of the island just about thirty minutes past the Sagamore Bridge. The Cape in general is home to the best seafood in New England, but Orleans is home to many delectable treats. Here’s a little food trail to follow in case you ever end up in Massachusetts and can make a getaway to the Cape!
Hole in One
Located in the middle of downtown Orleans on Cranberry Hwy, off Main St sits Hole in One, a little donut shop with a lovely restaurant to go with it. Whether you’re just craving a good donut or are treating family to brunch, Hole in One is a great, casual sit down for everyone. If you do plan to have a sit down meal though, prepare for a line. More times than not though the take out line for donuts is a breeze! The donuts all look so amazing it can be a bit overwhelming trying to choose what kind. My favorites? The classic powdered is amazing as well as their classic chocolate cake donut. If you’re looking for a cool flavor the toasted coconut is spectacular, cinnamon too!
Cottage Street Bakery
Alright listen up, this is important: on little Cottage Street is the best bakery in town. You can’t get a bad pastry here, it doesn’t exist. The variety of options is quite decadent, from cranberry almond poppy to the fan favorite dirt bomb. Everything is made with quality ingredients, you can just taste it! The entire town raves about the ever famous dirt bomb muffin. They refer to it as a French donut puff, but it’s more than that. It’s a muffin that has everything a breakfast should have: cinnamon, nutmeg, a little crumble, a little fluff, and a lot of yum. My other favorites include their fresh apple crunch and lemon poppy muffins, and chocolate croissants.
Liam’s at Nauset Beach
Picture this: you’re sitting on the best beach of the Cape, Nauset Beach. You feel the sand between your toes and the ocean breeze in your face when you suddenly realize it’s lunch time. You’re on vacation so you’re looking to splurge, but where do you go to eat? You can’t fathom loosing your great beach spot so why not find a place right on the beach? It exists everyone, it’s called Liam’s. Also referred to as “Lord of the Rings” , Liam’s is a classic beach front shack serving everything from hotdogs to lobster rolls. But nothing beats the infamous onion rings. These rings are lightly battered, thinly cut onion strips, the grease leaving their mark in the cardboard holder they come in. It’s a beautiful site and an even better taste. They aren’t heavy and thick like most onion rings, these are well worth the splurge. Warning: don’t let the sizing deceive you. Unless you’re feeding teenage boys I wouldn’t go bigger than a medium, they pack those little containers up!
Perhaps it’s a rainy day and you’ve been stuck inside all day, but don’t really feel like cooking. A good alternative for lunch or dinner is Sir Cricket’s. Serving up the best clam and fish chowders, this little joint in located in the same building as the fish market along Cranberry Hwy on your way to the Orleans rotary. The clam chowder is my personal favorite, filled with plenty of clams and served hot and creamy. It’s a perfect dish to share, I recommend getting the biggest size and sharing a few bowls of heaven.
Rock Harbor Grill
If you’re looking for more of a meal out, I highly recommend Rock Harbor Grill along Old Colony Way. Also attached to the Nauset Fish Market, Rock Harbor Grill is serving up some interesting and delicious foods. This was my first time going and I would certainly go back. They started us out with, not breadsticks, pretzel sticks! And not the hard Snyders kind, soft warm ones with an amazing mustard seed butter. To share, we got the lobster mac and cheese, which did not disappoint. It was packed with lobster, was creamy, and the pasta was cooked perfectly. Then, as if I could eat anymore, the RHG burger made its way. This isn’t any burger though. This burger was made out of chuck, short rib, and (wait for it) brisket. We all know how I feel about brisket and let me tell you if I could I would put brisket in every burger, it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. So juicy, well seasoned (perhaps a tad more salt would have helped) and cooked beautifully, this burger was just amazing. And did I mention it comes with truffle fries? Well, it does and those too were amazing, the truffle was not overpowering as some chefs tend to do. Overall, I would say this place is a keeper for my future vacationS on the Cape. Just watch where you sit, the ACs can be a bit strong and you may end up sitting in a cold spot.
*fyi not pictured or mentioned is the PEI Mussells, I’m not a mussell fan so I cannot speak about those, but the sauce they came in was amazing. I practically drank the remaining sauce off my moms plate.
Ice Cream Cafe
Ice cream is a staple for summer vacation and there are three main shoppes in Orleans: Emack and Bolio’s (chain, don’t do it), Sundae School (serving what tastes like Breyer’s brand, good but not great), and Ice Cream Cafe (bingo). ICC is also along Cottage St, next to the bakery. The ice cream is homemade, the soft serve is amazing, they take the time needed for a great milkshake, the sandwiches are made with cookies from the bakery next door, and they serve it with love. They also have options, which is becoming more of a thing nowadays, gluten free options, non dairy, etc. They have so many flavors to choose from it gives you a good excuse to go back the next night. Not only do you taste how homemade the ice cream is, but the cones too! Personal favorites include their cookie dough, peanut butter cup, chocolate fudge brownie, dark chocolate chip, cocoa mint chip, and coffee Oreo. And that’s narrowing it down.
I hope you enjoyed this Cape Cod food trail, hopefully it helps narrow down the places you oughtta go if and when you end up in Cape Cod!