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Hamburg Hunting at Jason's Tavern

Just need to say Congratulation to Chef Eccles and his staff at Jason's Tavern on route 134 in South Dennis for winning the Gold Award for Best Burger in the Mid Cape area which can be seen in the Cape Cod Life magazine. Aftering sampling one of your delicious burgers this week, I know why they won. With a choice of eight burgers, I decided on the California Burger with a swirl of guacamole, melted Monterey Jack, crispy bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. The burger was thick juicey and cooked to perfection with crispy seasoned french fries. The burger was so good that I couldn't leave a bit behind and I know that I will be returning to sample the other choices. My friend decided on the Omg Meatloaf with pan gravy, whipped potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce which was savory, light and very flavorful. My only regret is that I never sampled anything on your desert menu but I that burger was so good, I couldn't stop to take half home. Awesome job and I will be returning for more.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Pancake Man Again

It's spring and we have had enough of Mother Nature's watering and its getting time to get out and about and rediscovered some of the beauty Cape Cod has to offer and we only have so much time, so get out there. The Pancake Man in South Yarmouth is always worth a stop or two along our journey to enjoying good weather and they have never disappointed me as yet. But this morning I was feeling conflicted and needed a little lunch / breakfast combo and they had the answer to my cravings. I decided on their Breakfast Burger which consisted of a 1/4 lb burger grilled to perfection with a sweet savory bacon jam and topped with a medium cooked egg and creamy aged cheddar cheese on a english muffin with crispy home fries. And let me just say that this sandwich was great and the bacon jam had a sweet savory flavored that really made the sandwich come to life. One of my friends decided on a Spinach Omelette with three savory buttermilk pancakes and crispy homefries which satisfied her need for the egg and pancake combo. And my other friend who is the scrambled egg expert enjoyed her choice with home fries and pumpernickle toast. The coffee was delicious and our waitress was awesome and patient with our craziness. My only problem with visiting the Pancake Man is deciding just what to have and I guess that is a good thing because they keep me coming back. Next on my list is their Skillet Breakfast. Thanks Pancake Man.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Blue Plate Diner

There is nothing as good as someone else cooking me my breakfast and cleaning up afterwards. Maybe that is part of my reason for going out in the morning searching for that next great breakfast spot to eat and right now is even better because we don't have to wait in long lines to enjoy all those special breakfast selections. It hasn't been hard to find a great breakfast place here on Cape Cod because we have so many as opposed to other areas in Massachusetts. And each stop allows us to sample specials and enjoy the scenic views in each area, not to mention some great gift shops along the way.This morning's trek took us to Barnstable almost across from the court house tucked in a little hideaway called The Blue Plate Diner off of Route 6a. Its small but cozy and very clean with some great friendly waitresses who are ready to make your stay a pleasant one. The breakfast choices are simple but very delicious from 3 egg omelets that you design yourself, french toast, pancakes and homemade corned beef hash. They even offer a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel sandwich. I wanted the sweet and savory so I picked the two eggs over easy with crisp home fries, three sausage and french toast. My friend who also likes the savory but wanted her eggs scrambled with bacon, crispy home fries and french toasts. While my other friend who could be considered a connoisseur of her usual breakfast selection because its her stand by order whenever we go out, had scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, crispy home fries and raisin toast which she enjoyed throughly. The coffee was rich, strong and delicious which always makes the breakfast a memoriable meal. So thanks to The Blue Plate Diner and the crew, I will be back to sample more from your menu.

Along the Breakfast Trail at Keltic Kitchen 2016

Spring is in the air and although the temperature is 36 degress, I know it is just around the corner so it's time to go to Keltic Kitchen in West Yarmouth on Route 28 before the lines get longer. In the summer everyone knows that the food is worth the wait, but the locals find it a great comfortable place to hang out in to get through the cold winter. It is a stop that I make every few weeks  and I am always curious to see the special menu which makes my hard decision even harder. As you quessed the only thing difficult about dining at the Keltic Kitchen is deciding on what to get from their awesome menu. Today I decided on the Chicken and Waffles which was a chicken breast fillet with a flavorful well seasoned bread crumb batter served on top of a round savory blended waffle with two eggs and crispy home fries. It was very good and I believe  a little corriander was in the the bread crumb seasoning and waffles which really married the combo into a great savory taste. One of my friends decided on her stand by favorite of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy home fries and raisin toast which looked equally as good. And my other friend decided on the 2x4 which was two eggs, two pancakes, two bacon, and black and white pudding which she substituted for sausage which she enjoyed and became the prelude to a shopping trip for us. I love the Keltic Kitchen for their great specials and food, good coffee and awesome service. The only time I cut down on my return visits is during the height of the tourist season but I do believe they are worth the wait and we on Cape are lucky to have them seving up their hearthy breakfast selections all year. Thanks Keltic Kitchen for an awesome breakfast experience.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at Ann & Fran's

Snowny Days and Mondays always get me down, but not after I have enjoyed a great breakfast with some good friends. In the summer time at the height of a Cape Cod Summer, you can always find groups of people waiting for their chance to get inside of Ann & Fran's Kitchen to savor a great breakfast and I know why they wait. The choices were awesome and that was just a prelude to some very delicious food. Their menu offers the usual breakfast choices and then they have daily specials sure enough to make your decision almost impossible. I decided on the Southern Fried Benedict with a tender juicey piece of battered fried chicken breast over a homemade biscuit and topped with sausage gravy. The tastes were all so good and complimented each other and with some perfectly good cooked homefries, I was in heaven. My friend decided on the 2x2x2 which was her choice of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and french toast. She always loves to complete her breakfast with some savory goodness and the thick french toast provided the perfect medium to complete her breakfast fantasy. The coffee was good and our awesome waitress kept it coming which made our breakfast experience even better. If you haven't tried Ann & Fran in West Yarmouth on Route 28, then you need to. Thanks Ann & Fran's for a great breakfast experience.

Peruvian Cuisine without Leaving Cape Cod

I have been to Tumi Ceviche Bar and Ristorante off of Main Street in Hyannis before and enjoyed my first experience with Peruvian Cuisine and decided I would someday go back to try their "Prix Fixe" Menu. The menu is available Sunday through Wednesday, all night long and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1130am to 530pm. It is truely a gem hidden down an alley way off Main Street in Hyannis with a cozy warm atmosphere. Their specialty is Ceviche a hugely popular dish in South America. The basic ingredient is raw fish, cut into bite-size pieces and marinated in the juice of an acidic fruit (usually lime), salt, and seasonings (usually chili peppers). The citric acid in the juice changes the texture of the fish, without changing its “raw” taste. Ceviche is an old tradition in South America, dating back to the earliest inhabitants. The Incas preserved their fish with fruit juice, salt and chile peppers, and later the Spanish conquerors introduced the now essential limes. It something that I wouldn't normally try but it was the first course of the menu so I decided to give it a try. I picked the Scallop Cerviche with Fried Calamari with fresh lime juice, aji limo (chile peppers) and cholo ( Peruvian corn). It was delicious and the scallops were tender with a little zing from the peppers, fresh lime juice and pieces of roasted corn. After trying it, I am ready to go back and sample more cerviche. My second course was Mussels which were sautéed mussels with pancetta in white wine lemon butter, served with parmesan crisp. The mussels were perfectly seasoned and the broth had a light citrus flavor that made search for more fresh bread to soak up and enjoy its savory goodness. My friend decided on the Fried Calamari  served with aji Amarillo sauce (spicy yellow sauce) with aioli. Her calamari were delicate pieces of calamari with a light crispiness and the sauce was delicious with a little spice. What is good about the "Prix Fixe" menu is that you get small portions of delicious food and it allows you the chance to sample the menu and try things that you might not had ever thought to try. For the main course I had the Grilled Salmon Andino which was wood grilled salmon, Peruvian tacu tacu (caramelized rice and lentils), sautéed grapes, red wine vinaigrette reduction. The flavors were awesome and the rice was so creamy and good that I took some home. My friends had the Lamb Osso Bucco which was Peruvian style, braised lamb shank with aji amarillo, Peruvian beer, vegetables, cilantro, served with shiitake mushrooms risotto, white kidney beans puree. Although I am not a lover of lamb both of my friend seemed to truely enjoy their lamb. The evening was very pleasant with good company and some great mediteranean music playing in the background made me feel for a moment I was off on vacation.And finally I ended my evening with Tiramisu and one of my friends tried the Tres Leches which is a cake that is made with three kinds of  milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. Both desserts were light airy and very flavorful. If there is one thing that I have learned from this dining experience its that I need to return to Tumi again and savor some more Peruvian cuisine. Thanks Tumi!!

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Diving into Some Savory Soups

Growing up as a Soup Lover, I have tasted many a good savory soups and have longed for a place that I could stop by to pick up that savory bowl of fresh goodness to warm my insides and awaken my flavor buds to a new burst of flavors. Ever since I watched an episode of a Seinfeld comedy with "The Soup Nazi", I have longed for a place where I too could get my savory soup withouth the cooking. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking and soup is one of my favorite dishes but sometimes you just want to try something different. On Cape I have found a great place with some very robust and flavorful soups at Roche Brothers Market in Mashpee. They have a Portugues Kale soup with linguicia and a rich green vegetable broth that is as close to the one I remember from my childhood memories. White Chicken Chili with beans and a rich creamy sauce with mexican spices makes for some creamy goodness sure to awaken anyone's tastebuds. They make Haddock Chowder, Hungarian Mushroom, Italian Wedding Soup, Minestrone, Broccoli Cheddar, Thai Chicken ( which is awesome), and many more delicious soups. The soups selections change daily and they are five choices for you to try decide on. For me it is difficult because I haven't tasted a soup I didn't like at Roche Brothers. And if you are pressed for time or want a quick lunch/supper, they have prepared foods to make your day a little easier. Thanks Roche Brothers your soups are awesome.

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Along the Breakfast Trail at The Good Friends Cafe

Yes its spring and a lot more restaurants are opening and the Cape is beginning to come alive again and prepare for a Summer of Fun. It is a great time to take a ride and go exploring into gift shops and taking pictures of the beautiful vistas along the way. The Good Friends Cafe is a favorite and remains open all winter to help us locals get by the dreary cold mornings and they even baked some awesome home made breads that are truely delicious and like none you have ever tasted. The coffee here is rich and flavorful and a good start to a morning full of potential fun and enjoyment. I enjoyed the special of the day Linguica, eggs, homefries and toast, while my frend savored the eggs,bacon,sausage and pancakes.The restaurant is small but cozy and located on School Street on the way to the West Dennis Beach which has some beautiful vistas of its own. So Along my Breakfast Trail The Good Friends Cafe is another great place to have breakfast with a great menu and great staff.

Seafood Hunting at Kreme 'N Kone in West Dennis

Nothing says summer like Fried Clams and for me nobody does it better than Kreme 'n Kone in West Dennis and if you love crispy fried onion ring with your seafood, the you gotta stop here. Every February I look forward to the opening of Kreme 'n Kone to ease me out of my winter depression and they have never dissappointed me with their delicious menu selections. The clam chowder is rich and creamy with good clam flavor and sure to hit the spot. The clams are flavorful and crisp and remind me of an old childhood memory long gone called McGray's that was in Westport on route 6. So far in my fried clam hunting, their fried clams are the closest to recreating that memory for me on Cape Cod. Their fried scallops are big, jucey and fried to perfection with batter still entact and sweet goodness in every bite. You can make your own seafood combo as they offer many great choices that are sure to please your own taste. And if it's a salad you like, I strongly suggest a Caesar Salad with the optional grilled chicken or shrimp and you will truely be satisfied with that grilled savory flavor on your  cool fresh salad. Their lobster roll is also a hit for me and is not doused in mayonaise but served simple in its purest fresh ocean flavor and you can certainly have a side of butter to make it Connecticut style. They also serve burgers and other menu selctions and after it all you can indulge in a cone of soft serve ice cream with your choice of flavor. The owners are friendly and theit staff is ready to make you experience a good one and after one stop, you will be back for more. Thanks Kreme 'n Kone for all that goodness. The only thing missing is clam cakes and stuffed quahogs.

Along the Breakfast Trail Looking for Great Pancakes

Happy Pancake Day and I hope that if you are a pancake lover, you are doing this day justice. Along my trails in all my various breakfast stops I have found some great pancakes and lots of choices. As I have said before, we here on Cape Cod are lucky enough to have some very good restaurants from Wareham to Provincetown. The only thing required along your journey for some great pancakes is money and a good appetite. I have always loved IHop for the special combos and of because of those great syrup flavors. I could never decide on just one, so I always divide up my pancake and use them all on each section. I hope that on your trails to some great scenery and the start of what appears to be a great day here on Cape Cod, that you find beautiful vistas for your pictures and some great food. Thanks to all those great breakfast restaurants out there who provide us with awesome food and if you find a great place, I hope you share the experience with me or your friends. I would provide a list of mr favorites but I am afraid my list is too long. Enjoy your day.