Dine Around


Variety is the spice of dining on Cape Cod and thismonth I suggest you add a little spice to your pleasure by experiencing some of the Cape's treasures - its Country Inns who serve up hospitality in bothmanners, dining and lodging.

Winter is the perfect season to enjoy theseInns. The following are some of the Inns suggested by our Radio Listeners and Television Viewers.

WILD MUSHROOM EN PATISSERIE; ROASTED GARLIC & LEMON HERBED CHICKEN;SZECHUAN CHICKEN; PAN-SEARED POTATO ENCRUSTED TUNA; SHRIMP & SCALLOPS LEMONALFREDO; LISA'S PECAN SQUARE ALA MODE; MUMU'S LEMON CAKE, GLAZED CHOCOLATECAKE; has become a tradition at this historical country inn. The turn of centuryNIMROD INN in Falmouth is not only a landmark but a long standing diningestablishment that has blossomed since the Murray family has owned therenowned Nimrod. The entrees have given a new meaning to "All That Jazz" (entertainment 6 evenings) in the creative menu. May I suggest the RoastedGarlic & Lemon Herbed Chicken, herb encrusted chicken breast pan-searedwith roasted garlic, shitake mushrooms and finished with lemon and whitewine served with lemon pepper pasta or the Szechuan Chicken, tender breastmeat sauteed and tossed with cashews, crisp seasonal vegetables and a tangyoriental sauce served spicy or mild over long grain white rice. My otherselections will make you decide this is the place not to be missed, Shrimpand Scallops Lemon Alfredo with fresh lemon pasta with jumbo Gulf shrimpand sea scallops married with a reduction of cream, Parmesan cheese,white wine, shallots and parsley.
Now on to the desserts, which shouldhave been the first course (life is short, desserts first); Lisa's PecanSquare ala mode is a warm pecan square topped with premium vanilla icecream with hot fudge, a dessert I have at least once upon each visit.Mumu's Lemon Cake is another dessert and you can choose to have this witha raspberry sorbet or not. By the way, Lisa is the owner of a local dessertcompany called DELICIOUS DESSERTS which will be featured on my televisionshow this Spring. Jim Murray, Chef/Owner buys as much local produce, wines, breads and desserts, which you won't find at other Falmouthestablishments. The Inn is noted as a landmark, and the Murray family hasenhanced the conception of creative and traditional dining to complementthe historic surroundings. Open 7 days for Lunch and Dinner. Entertainmentnightly, Jazz and Big Band/Thursday Evenings. 100 Dillingham Ave.Falmouth (508)540-4132.

LOBSTER & CORN CHOWDER; MESQUITE-GRILLED ASPARAGUS AND PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS;BRAISED FENNEL AND NEW POTATOES; WILD BLUEBERRIES GLAZED WITH HAZELNUTSABAYON; is just a sample of the design cuisine prepared at the COUNTRY INN (circa1780, previous home of the Miton Family of Jordan Marsh Co.) in HarwichPort. Innkeepers, Chef James Dings and Wendy Dings have a combined 30 yearsexperience in the hospitality industry that insures a memorable stay and adining pleasure. The "Loving Couple" Dinner for Two is my choice, a heartyplatter of chicken, shrimp and native scallops sauteed with fresh basil andgarlic in a authentic marinara sauce served on linguine with a tasty spinachand cheese stuffed tomato and garlic bread. Desserts prepared at the tableundoubtedly is the choice of patrons; I suggest the Strawberries Romanoff,flambeed fresh strawberries and special liqueurs over French ice cream.Traditional dinners are served starting at $9.95. Dancing and Dining Fridayand Saturday evenings. Opened year round. 6 Rooms available for lodging. Seethe Country Inn on our Television Shows, Channel 11. Monday/Thursday 6PM(508-432-2769)

VEAL SCALLOPINI MARSALA; SCROD MEUNIER; LOBSTER PIE; NEW ENGLAND TURKEYDINNER; CHICKEN CORDON BLEU; BREAD & RICE PUDDINGS; are the traditional entrees served at the COLONIAL HOUSE INN (circa 1730s)in Yarmouthport. Dining at this Inn is continental, with a New Englandcasual atmosphere. The Veal Scalloppini Marsala made with tender vealscallops sauteed in a lemon, mushrooms and marsala wine sauce undoubtedly ismy favorite. But I also suggest the house favorite, Colonial House Supreme,tender chunks of chicken with broccoli, mushrooms, shallots and sherrytopped with cheddar cheese and then baked to meld the flavors together.Vegetarian specials such as the Stir Fried Vegetables, all vegetable Lasagnahave been my favorites for a change of taste. End your lunch or dinner witha traditional New England dessert of Chef Ray's home made Bread Pudding,plump raisins with sweet bread. Another favorite of the Inn guest is thetraditional Turkey dinner, oven roasted with sage stuffing and cranberrysauce...a choice 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. TheInn is opened year round. 21 Guest Rooms. Conference Center, Indoor SwimmingPool ( 508-362-4348).

POLISH SCONES; DEVON CLOTTED CREAM IMPORTED FROM ENGLAND, STRAWBERRY JAMPRESERVES & CURRANTS; FINGER SANDWICHES; SWEETS AND PASTRY; for an afternoon tea at the GINGERBREAD HOUSE (circa 1883) served in thedecorated carriage house. In addition to the Tea Room, Polish art, crystaland woodcrafts grace the Inn. You may want to stay just for the Polishbreakfast. And do ask for the recipe (written up in the Boston Globe) fortheir Polish Parogi. The imported Devon Clotted Cream accompanied with freshbaked cranberry scones is just one of the reasons why people from all overthe Cape travel here for afternoon tea. (12-5PM) Year-round/6 rooms (508-432-1901).


In coming issues...Local Cafes, Ethnic Dining, Fireside Dining, Dancingand Dining, Winter get-a-ways.

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Listen every Saturday from 10AM to 12Noon on WATD FM 95.9 to theRestaurant & Food Revue Show. An do watch our television shows RESTAURANTS& INNS REVUE SHOW - 7 nights/ 6 PM to 6:30PM on channel 11 Mid Cape/Channel8 Lower Cape/ Channel 99 -1 Upper Cape Mondays & Thursdays at 7PM. /Channel 51 Metro Boston at 11AM to 12Noon Saturdays.

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