In 1941, AJ and Rose Bonatt started baking the sweets that would delight the tongues of Harwich Port for generations to come. Whether serving Communion breakfast for Holy Trinity students or perfecting the recipe for their famous meltaway—a horseshoe-shaped pastry kissed with a light touch of icing—the pair won over hearts and mouths with goodies baked using natural, locally sourced ingredients. Originally open only during the summer months, the restaurant now serves the community year-round under the guidance of Alice Bonatt. In addition to their desserts—which include cakes, cupcakes, pies, and more—the eatery slings diner-style bites for breakfast and lunch. Pancakes and french toast help sweet teeth shake off morning grogginess, and lobster salad rolls and bacon cheeseburgers give bodies the strength they need to discover the fish-stick reef hidden at the bottom of Cape Cod.
Clancy's, heralded by Cape Cod Life in 2009 as one of Mid Cape's "Best Family Dining" restaurants, brings its beloved banquet of fresh fare into area homes with its to-go family-style menu. Serve four to six diners desiring bite-sized beef with Clancy's half-pan of choice sirloin-steak tips ($80), or feed the other four members of your Aerosmith tribute band with a half-pan of fettucine alfredo ($40). An array of appetizers is available, including 24 potato skins ($30) or a full pan of boneless buffalo wings ($65). Salads, stir-fry dishes, and baked seafood entrees are also available for bulk buying.
Growing up on a New York dairy farm and rural Maine town, respectively, Sailing Cow Cafe co-owners Robyn Thibodeau and Sandy Jessup were always proud of their landlocked homes, but each longed for the sea. The pair eventually opened their waterside Sailing Cow Cafe in 1998 to serve up the tastiest catches the waters could provide, plus land-raised specialties. Nestled along Nantucket Sound, the eatery concocts breakfast, lunch, and dinner coupled with the fresh sea breeze on its open patio during fair-weather months or inside its protective walls during the rest of the year. During dinner, guests can sup on lobster loaded with a homemade crabmeat stuffing, broiled scallops, or country-classic liver and onions. Live blues, folk, and rock occasionally fill the dining room, while out on the patio guests can enjoy a cocktail as seagulls audition for local bands. Early risers can grab breakfast starting at 7 a.m. or pop in between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to take advantage of lunch specials.
Since 1970, Cape Cod Vacuum has been furnishing homeowners and commercial cleaners with the requisite equipment for tackling household messes. Across their four locations, the shop boasts a large inventory of upright, canister, cordless, and central vacuums from Dyson, Miele, Electrolux, and Hoover, as well as commercial vacuums, cleaning products, and floor care equipment. In addition, an onsite team of technicians reconditions and repairs vacuums by most major brands.
Like a flower garden or the Beach Boys, Summer Stock blooms during the warm months, with its chefs crafting seasonal New American fare from April to December using locally sourced ingredients from Cape Cod fishermen and farms. Sumptuous starters such as flatbread, crab cakes, and raw-bar selections lead into a menu of traditional sandwiches and entrees of pasta, seafood, and steak. Imaginative cocktails and carefully curated wines please adult palates, and little ones choose from a simple kids’ menu and ply sweet teeth with cake, pie, and ice cream. Live music fills ears as diners take in the relaxed New England atmosphere and sights of the nearby Dennis Cape Playhouse, Cape Cinema, and Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Live music frequently fills the air at The Island Merchant, evoking the freewheeling vacation lifestyle that inspired the menu of Cape Cod Magazine’s Best Chef of 2011. On the menu, tangy fruits play foil to spicy meats: the jerk-chicken skewers laze aside a mango-pineapple coulis, and mango-papaya relish accents the potato-chip-crusted tuna steak. The seaside feel of the eats suits the space. Terra-cotta-colored tiles bedeck the backsplash behind the restaurant’s bar, where overhead woven fans mimic an island breeze or a giant with asthma. The restaurant’s tables surround the bamboo-fronted bar, which glows beneath low, golden lighting.