Year Round Dining at its Best

Around the holidays, I’m just tired of cooking so this is when I venture forth to treat myself to an excellent meal. The off-season buzzes occasionally around the holidays but generally this time of year is slower in Ptown. There is at least one perk to this seasonal slumber: it is an ideal time to get out and enjoy the restaurants that remain open. No crowds, no waiting, great service. The Provincetown Chamber of Commerce has a list of Ptown’s year-round restaurants here.  Here are some of my favs:

Mac’s Fish House, Shank Painter Road
Mac’s is know throughout the outer cape as offering fresh, high quality seafood. They started in Wellfleet and were so successful that other restaurants and markets followed, including here in Ptown. They’ve got a full sushi and raw bar as well as classic seafood favs like fish tacos, scallops, and more. This one has a little more of an experimental feel than their Wellfleet location. For me, it just means “comfort food.”

Squealing Pig, Commercial Street

Burgers.  Fried chicken.  Raw Bar. Should I go on? I personally love their curry (thanks to the Nepali cooks in the kitchen). This casual, Irish bar does comfort food so well and is a great place to catch a game and a beer.  The menu has just enough variety and I’ve never had a bad meal.

The Pointe Restaurant, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa, Bradford Street

Obviously, we had to give a shout-out to our own digs here! The Pointe specializes in serving fresh, local fare (great seafood, meat, and vegetarian options here) combined with a fabulous wine list.

The Pilgrim House, Pilgrim House Hotel, Commercial Street

This is the ideal place to unwind in the off-season.  And the small plate style menu is made for sharing and sampling.  The cocktails and craft beers are great and they often have fun off-season happenings.

The Canteen, Commercial Street

As a relative newcomer to Ptown, The Canteen has quickly established itself as a quirky, delicious addition to the restaurant scene. Think crave-worthy street food…gussied up a bit. Plus, they’ve always got other stuff going on (such at the Holiday Market).