It’s hard to find good Chinese on the Cape. Our neighbors at home get takeout from the Hong Kong all the time and suggested that we try it out.
Located right on the main road, this little restaurant does a huge takeout business. Be prepared to wait – even if you call in your order.
The chicken teriyaki comes in a small or large appetizer option. They are pretty basic.
The boneless spare ribs were pretty tasty, probably one of the better items that we ordered.
The lo-mein and the pork fried rice were again, ok – not great, not bad.
The dumplings were pan fried and a little on the greasy side. I was disappointed that they weren’t more flavorful.
Tell me where you go on the Cape for great Chinese food!!
165 Teaticket Highway, Falmouth, MA
Ben and Jerry’s partnered up with New Belgium Brewing to create a delicious new flavor called Salted Caramel Bown-ie Ale ice cream. It’s New Belgium Brown Ale ice cream with salted caramel and huge pieces of fudge brownie. The ale ice cream balances out the sweetness of the caramel making this an “eat the whole pint in one sitting” kind of ice cream. You can get it in scoop shops or buy pints of it – I tried this out at the Newbury Street location! It’s a limited batch flavor, so try it while you can!
Eat ice cream and do good? You bet! a portion of the proceeds for this ice cream will benefit Protect Our Winters, an organization founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones. The organization bridges the gap between the winter sports community and the necessary action to address climate change.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the scoop shop to sample the new flavor. I received a complimentary sample. All opinions are my own.
Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop
174 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
The Hilton in Midtown is conveniently located and has a great dining space to boot.
Just outside the restaurant, there is a convenient market of sorts where you can get breakfast to go or a late night snack (they’re open until 1am).
They offer healthy options as well as things to cheat with!
The restaurant has many different options for seating, traditional tables for those who may be here with their family and a cool bar area, shown above, if perhaps you are on business and are having breakfast alone.
The restaurant offers a hot buffet from 6:30am-11am. Fruit, yogurt, pastries, eggs, bacon, cereal, you name it, they have it.
The service is attentive and your server is always near by to clear your (not so) empty plate away or get you a new fork. For a hotel buffet, it was a pretty decent option.
Herb N Kitchen
Inside the Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
To view their menu, click here.
I’m so backed up with blog posts it’s sad. This summer we took a day trip over to Nantucket – our first stop after getting off the ferry was Cru Oyster Bar (it’s right next to the dock).
You have a great view of all the boats coming and going – we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The restaurant has oversized navy wingback chairs, yellow and white striped armchairs and distressed wood everywhere.
I had the special of the day, littleneck clams with bacon and corn – a really delicious dish, very summery. The toast was exceptional (the spread was delicious).
The grilled atlantic swordfish ($26) was served on a bed of bibb lettuce and topped with sweet corn and cherry tomatoes, finished off with a buttermilk dressing.
The house made mozzarella ($19) was delicious, served with farrow, summer squash, local tomatoes and pecans.
Cru Oyster Bar
1 Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA
Following up from my previous post, I had mentioned that I had seen list in Zagat for the best food halls in NY. We already went to City Kitchen, next stop was Gotham West Market. A little out of the way if you aren’t in the area (Hell’s Kitchen), but we happened to be coming home from the water taxi!
The space is industrial and plays the music just a tad too loud for conversations to be had at a normal tone. 9 vendors have space here and all of them looked delicious, it was hard to choose!
Our first stop, Genuine Roadside.
The menu offers a sampling of burgers, pork, chicken and vegetarian options.
Poke style ahi tacos ($13) were top on our must try list. They came with spicy mayo, avocado and border slaw with sesame in crispy corn shells. This puts tacos in a whole new light – it may be hard to go back to traditional tacos after this! Really delicious – salty and creamy, I love everything that was going on in this dish.
I had been dying to try out Ivan Ramen’s Slurp Shop. Ivan Orkin is a world renowned ramen expert and his shop serves classic ramen. If you can’t make it to Hell’s Kitchen, they have a location on Clinton Street.
Here’s what I love about this place, they keep the soup separate until you’re ready to eat it so the noodles stay in tact. I ordered the Shio ramen that came with sea salt, dashi, chicken broth, pork belly chashu and rye noodles.
Tokyo Shio ($12). Don’t worry if you’re not in the mood for ramen, they also have some delicious rice bowls. And, if you happen to be there in weekend mornings, they have a tasty brunch men complete with breakfast buns, rice porridge and even a breakfast ramen.
Choza Taqueria serves up a variety of tamales, burritos, tacos, torts and ceviches.
The burritos are enormous ($8.73) and come loaded with black beans, rice and pico, along with fresh cilantro in a flour tortilla.
The chicken tacos were delicious, they came 3 to an order for $8.04 – double corn tortillas served with citrus marinated chicken and queso fresco.
And how can you forget dessert? Zagat rated Ample Hills the #1 ice cream shop in New York City.
This Brooklyn based company serves up hand crafted ice cream in flavors like ooey gooey cake batter, snap mallow pop, chocolate milk and cookies and peppermint patty.
I had the orange dreamsicle, sherbet made with orange juice, pure vanilla cream and a splash of Grand Marnier. Super delicious!
Nothing starts the day or ends the evening better than a cup of coffee. Blue Bottle has locations in SF, LA, New York and Tokyo. For the serious coffee drinker, not those that are looking for milk and sugar with a touch of coffee, Blue Bottle offers a variety of coffee options. If you’re stopping in in the morning, they also have some delicious baked goods.
Gotham West Market
600 11th Ave., New York, NY
I had seen an article in Zagat on the top food halls in New York City. So on a recent trip, we decided to try and hit up as many as we could! First stop, City Kitchen. City Kitchen is located at Row NYC, a hotel in Times Square. The space has 9 vendors and we had a good sampling – we wish we had worn sweat pants, but it was all in the name of research!!
Wooly’s makes shaved snow in two sizes, 12oz for $6 and 16oz for $8. They have 5 flavors: original leche, matcha green tea, strawberry shortcake, root beer float and a flavor of the day, which happened to be melon.
After you order the flavor you add your toppings – you can pick 3 and each additional topping is $0.50. Choose from cereal to fresh fruit to mochi. And in addition, you can get that topped with sea salt leech, chocolate drizzle, whipped cream or strawberry cream.
I was so full from my savory items I had eaten I just wanted to cleanse my palate and ordered a shaved snow plain.
Check out this cool video as I watched them make it!
It was delicious, really light, an odd mouth feel when I thought about it, but cool and refreshing!
Gabriela’s Taqueria makes delicious tacos as well as other favorites such as quesadillas, empanadas and breakfast tacos.
We had the steak taco ($6) – they make the tortillas in the press so you know they’re fresh. The steak did not disappoint, well seasoned and with little else in the taco, the meat was able to be the star of the show.
They have a massive round counter with all the doughnuts on display! I was drooling while I was waiting in line.
We picked the toasted coconut, a sweet doughnut with coconut glazed that is topped with toasted coconut. I love these because they taste so light and airy!
Lunch of champions right?!
I love this little cart from Sigmund’s! If you do too, you can rent it for your next function!
I had the truffle cheddar pretzel ($3.68) which they heated up in a little toaster, so cute! Really delicious and flavorful – I happen to love pretzels! It was like a good New York bagel, crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside.
And just when you thought that I didn’t eat actual lunch! I had a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster. They have over a dozen locations, including one in Boston in case you don’t have the chance to get to NY (it’s on Exeter Street).
The lobster roll is affordably priced at $16. It is light on the mayo and served Maine style with chilled lobster meat on a toasted split top bun. There’s a little mayo, a little lemon butter and a pinch of spice. Really nice.
There is communal seating where the vendors are and if you walk across the hall, there are tons of tables and stadium like seating (wooden steps) as other options. Restrooms are located in the hotel.
700 8th Avenue at 44th Street, New York, NY
We decided to switch things up and try some place new for dinner. We brought back food from Woods Hole Market, located in Woods Hole. They are a full service market and have an extensive take out menu. Take a look at that chili! (Not summer food, but when you’re craving it, you’re craving it!)
The menu has a little bit of everything from clam chowder to burritos to pizza and subs. The meatball sub was tasty, but the roll petered out about halfway through and I ended up eating it with a fork.
You can’t find hard tacos at a lot of places, so we were excited that they had them here – $3.99 or two for $6.99.
The burger was pretty tasty, it was 6oz of ground beef topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and mustard.
Woods Hole Market
87 Water Road, Woods Hole, MA
Check out their Facebook page here
I first fell in love with Trombetta’s Farm at the Brookline Farmers’ Market on Thursdays (1:30pm – dusk, June 18th to October 29th). My friend Ziggy, of Fox Point Pickles, was selling at the market this year, so every other Thursday I would head down and visit. (Seriously, if you haven’t had the pickles yet, you HAVE to try them!!) Ok, back to ice cream. Nothing better on a hot summer day.
I go with the red raspberry chip with rainbow sprinkles. The ice cream is super creamy and delicious – no wonder the line is always long! In addition to ice cream, they made a killer raspberry lime rickey! While I enjoy them at the farmers’ market, they have a brick and mortar location in Marlboro and you can play some indoor mini gold while you’re there too!
655 Farm Road, Marlborough, MA
On a day trip up to Maine for some outlet shopping, we stopped in on Frosty’s. I’ve always noticed the sign but never stopped in – so many stores, not enough time, know what I mean?
Set a bit off the main street, Frosty’s is located inside a charming little house.
The inside is a bit sparse.
They offer coffee (hot or iced), tea, smoothies and other frozen beverages in addition to donuts. They give you the option of creating your own donut, where you get a plain donut, they add the icing, and you add the candy toppings.
I stick with a classic. The donut is light as air, the cake melts in your mouth and the icing is sweet, but not overly so, a perfect addition to the plain donut! They are so fresh that you can never go back to those other guys…I won’t mention any names!
What’s your favorite type of donut?
45 Main Street, Freeport, MA
Tucked away and nestled behind some cute shops, Cottage Street Bakery serves up some delicious baked goods.
There is an adorable courtyard to sit and relax, enjoy your treats – away from the hustle and bustle of the main street.
We arrive a little after lunch time, so they are out of a bunch of things, but they have plenty to choose from.
We ordered a cranberry almond poppy muffin. A lot of things going on here, but it was delicious, a little out of the ordinary and it hit the spot!
The dirt bomb is one of their signature items, covered in sugar and cinnamon it will satisfy your sweet tooth.
What’s your go to baked good?
Cottage Street Bakery
483 Main Street, Chatham, MA