Picture this: Perfect summer day. Not a cloud in the sky. Seventy-five degrees. No humidity. You are on vacation with not a care in the world. The only thing you need to decide is where to eat lunch. On a day like this, it would be a crime to sit indoors, so the Beach House at the Chatham Bars Inn is a perfect choice.
For outdoor dining, our favorite had always been the Outer Bar and Grille at the Wequassett Inn and we always enjoy dining on the Wild Goose Tavern’s downtown patio. While the Outer Bar and Grille still holds the number one spot for dining al fresco, the Beach House is a close runner up. The menu, while not inexpensive, is what one would expect for a high end resort with panoramic water views and unmatched ambiance. Mouth watering options like a fried oyster po-boy, decadent salads, and about 1/2 dozen entrees featuring lobster grace the menu.
As a lobster lover, I ordered a lobster salad which was a beautifully presented combination of jicama, avocado, mango, crispy plantains, hearts of palm, and lots of tender lobster meat. James had the fried oyster po-boy which, while hard to eat as a sandwich, was stuffed with perfectly cooked oysters and served with a choice of fries, green salad, or fruit salad (a nice touch when you are able to select your side). Since I am cursed with a sweet tooth, I had to indulge in dessert and I wasn’t disappointed. The pecan caramel ice cream pop dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt was to die for. I’d go back for my $4 pop and water views any day of the week!
All in all, not an inexpensive lunch – but when you factor in the breathtaking views, lavish menu, and the fact that you are dining at the premier resort on Cape Cod, the out-the-door cost is what one would expect. A definite must for a beautiful Cape Cod summer afternoon.