Fishermen have to eat, right? When not fishing, you can typically find myself and my other fishing buddies hanging around the local watering holes for some delicious cocktails and sustenance for the next day. Right in Barnstable Harbor, Mattakeese Wharf is a convenient favorite of ours. The food is good, atmosphere is great, have a great drink menu, and the views are top notch.
When we’re feeling adventurous, we’ll head to the South Side of Cape Cod over to Hyannis Harbor and go to Baxter’s. They’re right on the water, provide a great atmosphere and a great place to unwind after a day on the water. One thing to note is that in the summer, it can get pretty busy in there, especially Thursday and Friday evenings while people stop in before taking the ferry to the Islands.
If Baxter’s is too busy, we’ll head over to Tugboat’s and head upstairs to the bar overlooking Hyannis Harbor. Garth makes a mean cocktail and is always in good spirits. This is a bit of a ‘secret’ spot upstairs and you can typically always find a table or a seat at the bar.
Another favorite of ours is the Black Cat Tavern where we sit outside at their Shack Out Back for the raw bar. All the seafood is very good, typically there is a band playing and has some fires going if it’s on the chillier side.
If we haven’t had enough fish and seafood in our life for one day, another place we like to go to is Misaki Sushi, over on West Main Street in Hyannis. I would say that it’s a bit of a hole in the wall place, but the sushi is unbelievable. Typically, they can get busy, so it’s best to make a reservation during the high season.
A spot that we either travel to via boat or car is Sesuit Harbor Cafe located over in Dennis. The picnic table styled atmosphere host views of the entrance to the harbor as well as Cape Cod Bay. They have an awesome raw bar as well as good seafood plates. Best of all, it is BYOB.