- Food and Cooking
The Best Restaurant on Cape Cod that the Tourists Can't Find
This Treasure Spot is So secluded Sherlock probably couldn't find it!
by Bill Russo
When you come to Cape Cod, don't try to locate the Marshside Restaurant in the guidebooks. Or in the newspaper advertisements, or on the radio, or on the television.
Cape Cod's most secluded restaurant does not advertise in the media. You could drive by and barely notice the unobtrusive sign that's planted in front of the building. Pretty much the only way you can ever find out about the Marshside is through WOM!
'Word of Mouth' is what packs the upscale East Dennis eatery to capacity nearly every minute of the day during the 'season', and keeps the 120 seats surprisingly full in the off season, as well.
The Panoramic View
As indicated by its eponymous name, the Marshside sits at the base of Sesuit Creek with a billion dollar panoramic view from the marsh all the way to the spectacular North side beaches of Dennis Village.
Dine inside or outside on the porch
On the Inside
The exterior of the Marshide is spectacular but the inside does not disappoint either. The inviting dining room is elegantly appointed with shiny wood accents, with vaulted ceilings and sturdy beams. Comfy interior lighting is bright enough to be warm but not intrusive. Huge windows give breath taking views of the marsh and creek. Seating is expansive and much more comfortable than that found in nearly all the other upscale mid cape dining establishments.
In addition to fine dining, the Marshside boasts a bakery that makes dozens of delectable treats including “Jordan Marsh Muffins”. New Englanders don't have to be told what they are. For the rest of the country; suffice it to say a JM baked good is a mountain of muffin, bounding with blueberries. There are so many bulging berries , that they really do seem to leap out at you.
It Demanded an "encore"
This week as Summer winds down to Labor Day Weekend 2014 my buddy and I decided to have whole fried clams at the “market price”. That turned out to be $28.95 - a bit higher than most places, but most places are not the Marshside.
The clams were excellent and I think just as good as those of my boyhood when I stuffed myself at the “Clam Box” in Ipswich on the Bay State's North Shore.
As the primary two members of the Cape Cod Chapter of the Old Guys Lunch Bunch, my pal - (also named Bill, we are 'The Bills') - and I seek out a new and different restaurant every week during the Summer and Autumn seasons.
We rarely find a performer that merits a 'curtain call'.
The Marshside is that one in a hundred that demands one!
Look for this sign when you get to Route 6A. You are almost there!
You Can Get There....Follow Me!
Here's how to find this secretive treasure:
Coming from the Mid Cape Highway, Route 6; take exit 9B which will bring you onto the Crosstown Dennis Highway (Route 134). Take Route 134 all the way to the Traffic Light at Route 6A. Go through the light and onto Bridge Street. Continue along for one quarter of a mile and you will see the Marshside on the right.
The parking lot seems small, but do not worry. There is valet parking.
Happy motoring and happy eating. Please let me know if you find the Marshside and you like it.