On a trip to the outer Cape we stopped here for lunch -- and pie -- having heard about this place for a while. Almost the first words out of our server's mouth were, "We were on Oprah!" Okay, so does Oprah know her pies? Well, the pies were pretty good. They do the gamut from savory to sweet and the chicken pie with gravy on the side was loaded with big chunks of moist chicken and it had a very good flavor. The sweet pies were also good with fillings on the fruit pies that we tried that were not loaded with sugar. The fruit is allowed to stand on its own and that's a real plus. My main complaint was that the crusts all seemed a bit tough and not quite as flakey as I tend to like. So pies rank as very good, although not great.
But the clam chowder was another story. It was amazing. So many places make a chowder that is thick as library paste, leaden with potatoes, and over which an old clam shell was passed to give it some seafood "flavor." This chowder was a perfect consistency: just thick enough, but not gloppy. It had some just-cooked through chunks of potato to provide texture, but they didn't dominate. There were, however, lots of big pieces of chopped clam and that was what you really tasted. Put simply, it is one helluva chowder.
The little cafe is loud; the personalities on the floor are big; the prices are small for the quality. It's a fun and friendly place. So go for the pies -- but make sure you try the chowder.
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