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It’s Birthday Month here at the High Pointe Inn on Cape Cod! My birthday, that is, and I like to celebrate all month. On Cape Cod, April is the month when many of our favorite clam shacks reopen for the season. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birth month than making the rounds of the tried and true purveyors of fried fish and lobster rolls and welcoming them back into our repertoire of great places to eat on Cape Cod.
Not everyone is a fan of fried clams, but the number one fried clam fan lives with me. Something about the succulent bivalve sends my husband into a tailspin. “Tender morsels of clam goodness” is the way he describes a heaping platter of crispy fried clams. The accompanying creamy coleslaw and ubiquitous French fries complete what he considers to be a feast fit for the gods.
I, on the other hand, am a sucker for lobster. Last year my husband took me to Maine for my birthday on a 3-day tour he loving labeled “looking for Larry lobster”. In a 72-hour period he took me to six dining establishments in the mid-coast Maine area that warranted a mention on one of the many the Food Network shows for a spectacular lobster dish. I had lobster pot pie, several different versions of lobster rolls, and lobster bisque. From the high brow restaurant Fore Street in Portland to the diner dive known as the Porthole, it was all lobster all the time for me. Best birthday gift ever.
This year a trip to Maine is not in the cards for us, but that won’t stop me from pursuing the omnipotent Cape Cod lobster roll. Several of my favorites are opening in the next few days: Baxter’s Boathouse in Hyannis, Captain Frosty’s in Dennis, Spanky’s in Hyannis, and my all-time favorite, Sesuit Harbor Café, also in Dennis at the Northside Marina. Kream N’ Kone in West Dennis has been open since mid-February for us diehards, and Seafood Sam’s rolled out the welcome mat in March. Arnold’s in Eastham will clock in on May 11th.
So fear not you lobster and clam lovers. The world is about to return to its senses. All hail the mighty Cape Cod clam shack for another spectacular season of dining delights.