My Birthday Weekend Food Adventures
As I have gotten older and had kids my birthdays and how they are celebrated have changed. I love surprises but my husband doesn’t and because of this he does not really do surprises... This year for my birthday I wanted to go to Cap’t Cass and have some really good french pastries for breakfast.
Since we can really only go out to dinner on Saturday and Sunday nights because of my husband’s work schedule and Cap’t Cass is not open Sunday nights we went on Saturday (Spring hours Friday and Saturday 11-2pm and 5-8pm and Sunday 11-2pm). My husband, two kids and I arrive a few minutes before they reopen for dinner at 5pm so we could be the first ones in and get a table. There are only five tables that seat more than two people, two or three tables that seat two people plus seating at the counter; by 5:05 all the larger tables are taken; I highly recommend getting there when they open. Cap’t Cass is tucked away in Rock Harbor (Orleans, MA) they serve local seafood, are B.O.B. and only take cash or check (there is no website or phone number and is a family run business).
The menu with prices are on the wall plus now there are printed menus. As soon as we settle in at the table the waitress takes drink orders. The waters and pink lemonades are out in a few minutes and we are ready to order. We got the fried clam platter and a lobster roll to share at the table both of which come with fries and slaw plus the kids order oyster crackers. The waitress brings the oyster crackers straight over and then the food comes out about 10 minutes later straight out of the fryer. The clams and fries are perfectly fried and delicious as usual and the lobster roll is overflowing with big chunks of sweet lobster meat with a touch of mayo all of which go perfectly with my glass of white wine from home. My daughter enjoys the clams, fries and lobster but my son only eats the crackers and fries.
In the past we have also enjoyed the fried fish, scallops, oysters, and She-crab stew. The only seafood I have tried and I do not like is the clam chowder because it is broth based instead of cream based. The prices are what I expect to pay for fresh seafood. I love Cap’t Cass fried clams with the big bellies and it is the only place I still eat fried seafood.
On Sunday morning I wanted an almond croissant but am not willing to go all the way to PB’s for them not to have any (I can not call and get a live person anymore). I had just heard about Eat Cake 4 Breakfast in Brewster and decide to give it a try. We arrive about 20 minutes after they open there is plenty of outdoor seating with nice big umbrella for when it is sunny and hot. The inside of the bakery is still new and crisp looking and nice and bright (there is some bar style seating inside). The display cases are full of yummy looking baked goods including croissants (plain, chocolate, ham & cheese, turkey asiago, almond and pistachio), danishes, and scones plus they also sell cakes, pies,tarts, cookies, quiche and other desserts. I chose an almond croissant ($4.50), pistachio croissant ($4.50) and a Brewster Bun ($4) which had been highly recommended. When the kids and I got home we cut them up to share. The kids liked the Brewster Bun best which is a croissant base with butter and cinnamon sugar on the outside and a secret carmelly tasting glob in the center but said they prefer dirt bombs and I have to agree I didn’t really like it and I really like dirt bombs. The pistachio croissant was pleasant with a good coating of pistachios on the outside and a chocolate pistachio filling inside and the almond croissant looked really promising from the outside with a nice layer of almonds but the filling was lacking in volume and it was not thick and marzipan enough for my liking. Eat Cake 4 Breakfast pastries were high quality and made well just not the style I like plus I think their prices are a little high.
What are some of the things you like to do for birthdays? Have you been to Cap’t Cass before or have a favorite bakery on the Lower Cape?
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