I’m currently on the Cape Cod portion of my summer. It’s a great part; sun, beach, seafood. Who could ask for more? I actually could ask for a better way to get here than the usual practice of endlessly sitting in traffic for hours on end with two bigs dogs in the backseat, listening to the Beatles on Sirius radio and swearing to myself non-stop. But, that’s just me.
Finally we get here and set up. Get the dogs settled in and decide where we are going to eat tonight. It’s going to be fish because why come to Cape COD and eat anything other than seafood? It’s named after a fish for crying out loud.
With very little prodding we decide on Captain Parkers. If you’ve been here you obviously know what I’m talking about, but if you have not, it is an old school “lobsta” restaurant; police patches from all over the world adorn the bar, nautical theme, and really great food. And the best chowder for many years running. It’s really good. Order a bowl, not a cup, you won’t be sorry. So thick, you can actually stand your spoon up in the bowl!
So after a moderate wait, it’s always busy so be prepared to wait, we are seated. While we are perusing the drink menu I overhear the guy next to me order the prime ribs. I roll my eyes and silently curse mankind. Who comes to a fish place and orders meat? The seafood is so fresh it's as if the oysters flung themselves off the dock and on to your plate. Anyway, being on permanent vacation has caused me to be, slightly, a little bit, ahhh, shall we say lazy. Maybe a little more than a bit, but anyway I’m thinking lobster, but man I am beat from all those hours of sitting in traffic doing nothing but swearing to myself. And after a few drinks I’m even lazier and lobster is even less appealing because frankly eating lobster is a lot of work. I think I even read somewhere that because you have to work so hard at breaking off a piece, cracking it open, picking the lobster out that you actually burn more calories than gain. Even with the butter. It's like eating health food. I could be making that up, but the fact remains is that it is a lot of work. I want to simply stab a piece of lobster with fork, insert in mouth, repeat. Also, I hate wearing a plastic bib. I’m in my early sixties, when I see I guy my age eating with a bib wrapped around his neck, I shudder.
When the waitress comes over, I first tell her my tale of woe, driving all day, tired, and do they have anything that resembles a lobster that some else has done all of the work for me; i.e. picked out all of the lobster? Well, it is my lucky day because they have a steamed lobster that not only comes cracked, but the tail is split open. Perfect. I'm down.
The chowder is terrific. Thick, creamy, full of clams. Yum. Lobster comes, I decline the bib and proceed to have at it. I don’t even break a sweat taking that lobster down. I make sure I finish all of the broccoli because of the health benefits, order a cup of coffee and we are done. No wait, we are not done, because we want some dessert. We decide on a brownie/ ice cream thingie. How bad could that be right? I like a few bites of something sweet after dinner. Not much, one or two. The waitress brings this absolutely enormous bowl of ice cream, topped with a can of whipped cream, drenched in hot fudge sauce and of course, the brownie somewhere in there. Seriously, this thing was gigantic. Well, you know it is summer and I have been running again, ok can’t let a nice dessert go to waste. We polish off the dessert and waddle out the door! A great start to my Cape vacation! What's for dinner tomorrow?!!!