Last week, Dave and I took a day trip to the lower cape. I’d only been to the cape once before, to Provincetown on a senior week trip, so it still holds a lot of novelty for me. We got a late start and so we chose a spot not too far away to stop for lunch. Appropriately, we got sandwiches, in Sandwich!
Through a little pre-trip research, I found Cafe Chew in Sandwich. Due to its location in a small pseudo-shopping center, it was a little tricky to find. Once we located it, though I was thrill with this choice of lunch spot. Its exterior is quintessentially Cape Cod. Inside is a homey space, decked out in dark wood and retro artifacts. The counter has a large selection of pastries, and a chalkboard above lists daily specials. Eager but slightly frazzled teens both make and serve the food.
There is ample seating available, even during the lunch rush, both outside on the patio and inside. Cafe Chew offers a standard selection of salads and sandwiches. I ordered the hummus and tabouli salad plate, which ended up exceeding my expectations. A large pile of chopped romaine was topped with tomato, cucumber and red onion in a vinegar-y dressing and topped with pumpkin seeds. Sometimes the hummus falls short at lunch like this and ends up being more like an industrial grade paste. This was flavorful with a smooth consistency. I left most of the tabouli untouched, which was too bland for my taste. The hummus and crunchy dressed greens piled atop multigrain toast made for a delightful meal.
Dave ordered one of the daily specials, the Smokey Dutchman: turkey, gouda and bacon with avocado, lettuce and tomato on a pretzel roll, served, of course, with Cape Cod chips on the side. It’s hard to go wrong with a combination of ingredients like this, and the soft pretzel roll just elevates the sandwich further.
After lunch we drove a few minutes away to the Lowell Holly Reservation in Mashpee.
We hiked on wooded trails for about a half hour until we reached narrowest portion of Conaumet Neck, where you can quickly hop from the shores of Wakeby Pond on one side to Mashpee pond on the other.
And since no summer day trip is complete without ice cream, we drove further down to Hyannis in hopes of finding something good.
I was less than thrilled with Hyannis in general. This stretch of Main Street had a few too many tourist souvenir shops and offered very little charm. One of the redeeming parts of Hyannis though was Katie’s Homemade Ice Cream, a large pastel pink building on one of the corners of Main Street. We got a cup of chocolate ice cream and butter brittle ice cream. It was already starting to melt even before we stepped out into the heat, which was fine by me as I like my ice cream soft and partially melted. The flavors were good and it hit the spot. If you happen to be in Hyannis, it’s worth a visit, otherwise, I wouldn’t go out of my way.
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