What I love most about our annual Cape Cod Trip is the food. Last year we ate at Cooke’s Seafood (Hyannis branch), Chatham Pier Fish Market, and Arnold’s. This year we skipped the first two, revisited Arnold’s, and added Original Seafood Restaurant & Captain Frosty’s instead.
FYI: If you love lobster rolls, Cape Cod is a must visit at least for New Yorkers. So much better than any NYC lobster rolls.
At Arnold’s we had their regular lobster roll, clam strip sandwich, onion rings, and clam chowder. Verdict: The fried clam strips were still amazing but our portion this time was smaller than last years. Their regular lobster roll was SO MUCH BETTER than their hot lobster roll which we tried last year. Arnold’s regular lobster roll contains extremely fresh lobster with only a smidge of mayo and lemon so the true taste of the sweet lobster really came through. The only minus for me at is that Arnold’s lobster roll only contained claw and knuckle meat.
Arnold’s clam chowder was very delicious because there were so many clams. In fact there were so much clams that there may have been even more clams than potatoes! The only thing I found disappointing at Arnold’s was their famous onion rings. They were too thin so couldn’t really taste the onions and tasted mostly batter.
At Original Seafood Restaurant we had their lobster roll, clam strip platter, and onion rings. Verdict: Best onion rings I have ever had. And their lobster roll was scrumptious as well. What I liked best about Original’s lobster roll is that it contained lots of tail meat. Portion wise there was more lobster in Original’s lobster roll versus Arnold’s though the pricing was similar. Arnold wins in the clam strip category though Original’s is still pretty good.
At Captain Frosty’s we had the seafood sampler plate which contained fried clam bellies, fried scallops, fried shrimp, clam cakes, and fried haddock. We also ordered a bowl of clam chowder. The chowder disappointing because there were too much potatoes and not nearly enough clams. Fried clam bellies was good but I still prefer strips over bellies. Fried scallops and fried shrimp was also decent but the fried haddock had a slight fishy flavor so G and I left the haddock alone but finished everything else. If you like fried fish, Cooke’s Seafood (Hyannis branch) does it much better. But what was amazing at Captain Frosty’s is their clam cakes which is basically salty fried dough with clam bits inside.
Up close and personal with Captain Frosty’s clam cake.
Overall Verdict: Will definitely revisit Arnold’s and Original Seafood next year and stop by Captain Frosty’s to pick up a large order of their clam cakes.
Cost: All the seafood shacks in Cape Cod are similarly priced. Every meal was around $40-$50 for the two of us and I think Arnold’s is cash only.