Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and strategically situated blocks from the pier, Beach Bagels Cafe beckons ocean-goers with dual searchlights of breakfast and lunch menus. Span the canon of bagel classics with a layer of flavored cream cheese or an egg-and-meat combo, or push the envelope with an avant-garde plate of raspberry pancakes or a thrilling french-toast combo with bacon, sausage, eggs, and home fries. Flanked by toast and home fries, a three-egg omelet may be plumped with two ingredients, including scallions, tomato, and six types of cheese. For lunch, chips or fries can fawn around heaping sandwiches stuffed with sweet ham, all-white-chicken salad, or tender roast beef. Angus beef fills out the burger menu, which might be finished with a layer of sharp Vermont cheddar and smoked applewood bacon, or a mix of sautéed mushrooms and swiss cheese to evoke the rustic flavors of a traditional Alpine hole farm.
Frothy mugs of nine different draft beers and a belief that you can never use too many peppers complement chef Jon Russell's surfeit of steak, seafood, and pasta. He tosses hot peppers into his Peppers chicken dish and sprinkles peppercorns onto his signature steak, which is then flambéed in brandy. When taste buds are craving the saltiness of seafood and licking snowplow trails won't suffice, he grills Atlantic salmon, rubs sesame onto sushi-grade tuna steak, and weaves fettuccine around bits of lobster, shrimp, and scallops. He rounds out his menu with a selection of burgers, Mexican fare, and homemade desserts that guests can enjoy on the restaurant's patio or in the casual dining room with exposed brick and tropical stained-glass artwork.
Heather and Gary Labbe unveil a passage to bygone eras with the ornately decorated Clipper Merchant Tea House, "a destination that is simply unforgettable," according to Tea Time Magazine. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home-turned-luncheonette holds up to 40 guests in rooms that, despite brandishing the same elegant woodwork and birth certificates, take on different identities through an assortment of statues, vases, paintings, and knickknacks. Inside the Colonial-themed Hawthorne room, diners toast with more than 80 different teas that swirl around inside each of their cups. Toward the back of the house, the China Room plays host to a couple who can scale the Tower of London's three tiers of tea sandwiches, warm scones, and petite desserts. Antique china, silver, and linens—all of which Heather inherited from her aunt—help whisk visitors further into the depths of grandeur.
Aki Japanese Cuisine trades on its established relationships with local farmers and fishermen to corral fresh ingredients from the farm and sea onto artistically crafted dinner and lunch plates. The eatery specializes in hibachi, a demonstrative style of Japanese cooking that involves a chef whipping up freshly grilled steaks, lobster, and chicken before the eyes of astonished guests. At the sushi bar, chefs slice up locally sourced fish and produce to create visually stunning and delicious maki and sashimi plates from salmon, eel, yellowtail, and tuna. The eatery also shows its dedication to the environment by using recycled and biodegradable products and penning weekly love letters to the ozone layer.