by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner
As mentioned in the title, it really is one of the hardest parts of our careers as innkeepers…regularly checking out all of the restaurants on Cape Cod so that we can give our first hand experience to our “foodies “…… kidding aside, we really love dining out and would do it 7 days a week if our budget and middles would allow.
Last night we dined with good friends at our favorite restaurant just down the street from our two inns, Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn, the Brewster Fish House. We always laugh each spring as during the quiet season we travel all over Cape Cod checking out the restaurants, and we always come back to saying that we are very blessed as our favorite is just down the street.
Guests staying at the Freeman can walk to the Fish House and we love to give them flash lights so they can meander back to the inn the old fashion way. For our guests staying at Brewster by the Sea it’s just a short drive back to the inn. (3 miles)
Last nights meal was really extraordinary, and we were so pleased to learn that the Fish House owners have just hired Toby Hill as their new chef. Toby is an accomplished chef who did great things at some of our other favorites including the Ocean House and Lyric.
First let me start out by talking about the ambiance at the Fish House. It’s a humble yet elegant atmosphere that was instrumental in guiding us in our two inn’s ambiance twelve years ago. Just before we purchased Brewster by the Sea many years ago we had lunch at the Brewster Fish House. As we sat there being a little nervous about our upcoming purchase we both talked about the feeling that we had sitting at our table as the sun shined in. It was a feeling I have embraced with all of the decorating I have done at both inns. You might think me crazy as with most dining establishments the decor is mainly made up of tables, but this was more about a feeling. The food was light, fresh, flavorful but very gourmet. The service was friendly and helpful but not over the top formal. The decor on the walls was soothing yet joyful. I summarize my decorating style as casually elegant and that is exactly how you fell at the Fish House. During the summer months you could walk in with flip flops and shorts and feel comfortable or if it was a special occasion you could dress up and feel totally comfortable as well.
Well on to the important part and as my husband would say, let’s talk about the food and not the feelings.
We decided to share an appetizer and ordered the beet salad. I love beets and grow them in our gardens during the summer months. We love to pickle them and enjoy them in our salads year round.
The Fish House served theirs with a delicious goat’s cheese and lemon grass and chives. The combination of flavors was unique and delicious. I also enjoy the Fish House’s portions as they are a healthy European size. We do hear complaints now and then that their portions are not large enough. For us they are perfect!
Our friends shared the Calamari. They loved the flavors as well, and we noted that recent guests said this dish was their favorite part of the meal.
Everyone loved their main courses as well.
I had the broiled salmon that was served with Broccolini, all perfectly prepared.
Byron had……”where’s the beef” as his eye always goes to the beef choice. They served a perfectly prepared sirloin. Needless to say he was very happy:) p.s. his portion was very large and nothing was left at the end of his meal:)
I was debating about having the Cod which was encrusted with something delicious that I cannot remember.It looked extraordinary as well.
The last entry was Monk Fish that our chef extradianaire, Carol had. She has remarkable taste buds and was very pleased with her meal. Carol is the chef for our culinary classes as the Captain Freeman.
Thanks Brewster Fish House for such a wonderful evening.