If you’re heading to the seaside village of Hyannis--either with Gray Line Boston’s Cape Cod Excursion, or on your own--the selection of quaint shops and eateries awaiting you might seem a little dizzying at first glance--especially if you’re just here for a lunch stop. Do not despair, hungry traveler--we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sample some of the finer lunch spots along the main drag--and believe us, you’ve got plenty of great eats to choose from, so you can forget the usual tourist traps!
The best part about lunch in Hyannis is that you don’t have to search high and low for great eating--everything you could want will be found easily on or near Main Street. You’ll find pretty much everything from short-ribs in a molé sauce and authentic Mexican fare at “no frills” hidden gem Mi Pueblo, to French bistro/bakery fare at Pain D’Avignon, as well as some of our favorite spots!
The Naked Oyster--You’re in New England. Barring a serious food allergy or aversion--and my heart goes out to if you if that describes you--you should be taking every opportunity to fill yourself with the some of the world’s best seafood, like Cape Cod’s famous oysters. When we stopped in at the Naked Oyster, the house’s namesake specialty--briny fresh oysters, plucked straight from the owner’s private oyster beds in Barnstable--did not disappoint. Other visitors often rave about the oyster chowder, lobster, and baked oyster entrees, as well as the inventive cocktails. Go ahead, you’re on vacation, spring for those pepper-vodka oyster shooters, a fig martini, or glass of Prosecco--we won’t judge. (The Naked Oyster, 410 Main St., Hyannis, MA)
The Portside Tavern--Or perhaps you’ve come in search of some of New England’s famed crustaceans, the lobster. The Lobstah. Whatevah. You gettin’ surly with me? How’s about a knuckle sandwich? Because the Portside Tavern does a great “elevated” take on the classic lobster roll, featuring sweet knuckle-meat and a light lemon and saffron aioli (that’s basically a fancy mayo,for all you chowdaheads). Also worthy of mention are the stick-to-your-ribs mac n’ cheese, burgers, and even poutine, the glorious, rich and rustic pile of cheese fries and gravy hailing from our Canadian neighbors to the north. (Portside Tavern, 72 North St., Hyannis, MA)
Pizza Barbone--Now, who doesn’t like a nicely done, classic wood-fired brick oven pizza? And who among us doesn’t love an affordable, delicious, lunch-size pizza? Pizza Barbone offers up a pizza bellisima, and their lunch special was perhaps the best value we’ve seen: a personal-sized brick oven pizza and a light but delicious salad for under $10 (*at the time of writing)! Now you have extra cash for a glass of Nero D'Avola, or anything else from their nice selection of wines from around the old country. (Pizza Barbone, 390 Main St., Hyannis, MA)
Kandy Korner--Ohhhh fuuuuuuuudge. Lots of fudge, made in-house ,here at this sweet-seeker’s haven, Kandy Korner. It's New England--of course you have to eat the maple fudge, homemade ice cream, and that Olde New England treat, salt water taffy--all made locally and fresh. While you’re there, feel free to grab anything from the stunning variety of candies, chocolates, and other souvenirs, all packaged to travel--preferably to be stored in your suitcase, since those turtles probably aren’t going to make it all the way home to your loved ones if you have easy access to them. (Kandy Korner, 474 Main Street, Hyannis MA.)