Here is an easy guide for us year rounders to use when asked “what restaurants are open?’ A great and timely post from Laura Shabott on Provincetown.com.
Notes from Lands End
Where to Eat on a Winter Day in Province
By Laura Shabott
Snow, wind and rain sharpen the palette for good hot food and friends to share it with. A surprising number of eateries are open this winter in Provincetown (and just over the border in Truro) for your culinary pursuits. Bon Appétit.
Blustery storms seem to be all the rage in the Northeast this season. When in doubt, please call ahead. Phone numbers are provided in the listings.
508-487-9784 – 141 Bradford St. Open Daily
Liz Lovarti brings her old world Italian sensibilities to this specialty food store. Who wouldn’t want one of the gift baskets filled with exotic breads, cheeses, divine figs and artesian waters? House-made hot dishes and sandwiches are a gourmet treat. Try out her new location in the West End this summer.
Bayside Betsy’s gets rave reviews from loyal locals as well as brides wanting a fun place for their reception. You can count on a relaxing meal with a lovely view of the harbor and friendly service. I’ve attended a number of functions there, both day and night, and they were flawless.
Central House at the Crown:
Chef Devon Gilroy and wine steward Peter Miscikoski dish up delicious rustic fare well paired with selections from artisanal vineyards. Reviewers rave about the famous lobster mac&cheese. Dine pre-performance and get preferred seating for one of the Crown and Anchor’sfabulous shows.
Revered for their French Toast with lemon curd, Chach and her kitchen make this a cozy diner with a never ending pot of coffee and an awesome daily special. Go alone or with a crowd. The lunch counter is a lot of fun and the food portions are truly generous.
After a visit to the jungles of Costa Rica in search of the perfect cocoa beans, culinary experts Katie Reed and Josiah Mayo have opened Chequessett Chocolate. Handcrafted confections, a beverage bar and free Wi-Fi make this an irresistibly sweet addition to the Outer Cape.
Ciro & Sal’s:
Artists Ciro Cozzi and Sal Del Deo originally created this Italian restaurant to pay for canvases and oil paint. Now owned by long-time employee Larry Luster, the cuisine harkens back to the North of Italy with seafood, veal and pasta dishes in the intimacy of a wine cellar. This Provincetown institution is tucked away down a side street in the East End Gallery district.
East End Marketplace:
Great breakfast sandwiches and decadent desserts add to the neighborhood ambience of this market owned by the personable Gary Pasnick with support from long-time resident Betty Vilari. Get groceries, cold beer and a nice bottle of wine or try your luck at the lottery.
Fanizzi’s by the Sea:
This is waterfront dining at its best. The entire Provincetown Bay is your view as comfort foods are served in a casual atmosphere by a welcoming staff. The bar is a treat with a sweeping vista of the East End and great martinis. Group celebrations fit nicely at round tables for a Sunday brunch not to be missed.
Partners James Farley and Tom Boland took a dying location and turned into a thriving deli and bakery with signature sandwiches and a delightful staff. Breakfast, lunch and take-out are in-house made. Catering services can accommodate groups from picnic to tent-size.
George’s House of Pizza:
There are days when a slice or a pizza delivered just feel so right. George’s Pizza offers that respite from cooking. Subs, combination pies (including white), a generous Greek salad with the real-deal olives and a piece of baklava make for a nice winter nosh. The computer games are a fun distraction.
Governor Bradford Restaurant and Bar:
This year-round locals’ watering hole and restaurant makes winters go faster by hosting a Friday Fish Fry with Bubbles, a lively winter pool tournament on Wednesday nights and Drag Karaoke Saturday evenings hosted by Dana Danzel. If you have never seen her perform, grab the nearest bachelorette party and go sing along.
Mews Restaurant and Cafe:
Exceptional in every way, this Zagat rated restaurant boasts a vodka bar of over one hundred varieties. Owner Ron Robin and his fiercely loyal staff create a dining experience that both locals and tourists cherish. Reservations recommended.
Napi and Helen Van Derek combine their love of world travel, food and Provincetown in this truly unique restaurant. Stain glass, carousel horses are displayed next to paintings by Provincetown masters. The meals are sumptuous, always fresh and served by a staff with their own local followings.
The Soup Kitchen of Provincetown, a non-profit founded in 1992, feeds almost one hundred people a day. Chef Amy Howell says that the generosity of local restaurants and businesses, along with a remarkable staff of volunteers, brings what is best about Provincetown to our winter community. The onsite Thrift Store is a definite perk.
Dave B. from Boston says, “My wife and I stopped in for lunch on a cold December afternoon and sat at the bar. We ordered Wellfleet oysters, one half dozen with cocktail sauce and one half dozen with the ginger, wasabi and soy. Stellar!” An Irish Pub known for its bevy of craft beers and burgers with a twist, no one leaves disappointed.
The Pointe Restaurant:
The Crown Pointe Inn and Spa brings Food & Wine Magazine’s Top Ten Chef Robbin Haas to Provincetown. Diners are delighted with his fresh take on classic and modern American cuisine made with the finest local ingredients. This sea captain’s inn is a lovely perch at the crest of Bradford. Reservations welcomed.
People with their pooches love to sip a cup of organic, fairly-traded coffee brewed to perfection. They chat, eat a muffin, use the free Wi-Fi and play with each other’s dogs in this hub of winter life. Donna Vaillancourt and her esteemed colleagues have created something very special.
A surprising number of restaurants and eateries are open this winter in Provincetown for your dining pleasure.
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