So many good restaurants here on Cape Cod and so little time to fully enjoy all of them. I often looked back at all my dining experiences good and bad and feel sorry for the weary summer travelers all trying to make their vacation experience a truly memoriable one filled with magnificent views, memories and delicious food. It is why I came to write this blog. It is my hope to help direct travelers and residence alike to find all the culinary diversity that we have out there. My visit on a hot August afternoon brought me to a Barnstable icon in the heart of the quaint shopping village on route 6a. The Dolphin Restaurant has been around for over 70 years with a charmed Cape Cod family tradition of food service which includes delicious food and quintessential New England appeal. We started our adventure with a Cup of New England Clam Chowder that was all that it had promised a cup of creamy delicious soup filled with fresh bites of clam and potato. I tried the soup of the day which was a Seafood Bisque which was rich in a tomato broth with small bits of shrimp. It was delicious but I am not a Tomato soup fan and it lacked the creamy sherry flavor to keep me enjoying it, but it was good. I am always looking for a good stuffef quahog and the menu offered a choice of one or two Barnstable Stuffed Quahogs that were as described a spicy blend of quahogs, onions and bacon. The bacon part appealed to me and was a most tasteful addition to a good savory stuffing but the mistake of the chef was topping it with a lemon flavored butter. I am a purest when it comes to my stuffed quahog and rarely add any butter at all. If the tasteful sauce had been added to the side, I would have appreciated it all the more as I found the sauce drowned out the savory goodness of the stuffing. My non seafood lover friend decided to try the Rueban Sandwich which consisted of lean corned beef with melted swiss, kraut, their russian dressing on rye with spicy french fries 9.99. My seafood loving friend decided on the Baked Scallops which were sea scallops topped with their lobster, portobello stuffing and citrus butter sauce 17.99. Both of them truely enjoyed their meal and declared that they would return for lunch or dinner. I decided on the Scallop and Shrimp Dijonnaise which was fresh seafood tossed with creamy Dijon sauce 15.99 served with my choice of mashed potates and steamed broccoli. It was delicious in a light creamy sauce which enhanced the flavor of the fresh scallops and shrimp that were cooked to perfection. All in all the Dolphin Restaurant is a great stop for lunch or dinner as their vast menu offers many choices. If you click on the highlighted words, you will be directed to their site where you can view the menus. Thanks to the staff at the Dolphin Restaurant who made this experience a memoriable one !!
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