I went a couple years ago for my honeymoon and don't recall having any troubles eating. We stayed at the Shady Hollow Inn, it was awesome! I guess you have to stay there to eat their yummy food though. We did also eat at Ardeo and it was good. I can't remember where we ate in provincetown but it was good. It has to be one of the ones listed in this article in my inbox from back then:
August 22, 2001, Wednesday ,THIRD EDITION
LIVING; Pg. C10
GOING PLACES / CAPE COD DINING;
VEGETARIANS CAN FIND MANY ALTERNATIVES TO LOBSTER
By Sarah Tomlinson, Globe Correspondent
SOUTH DENNIS - For many, vacationing on Cape Cod means indulging in the
spoils of the sea - steamers by the pound, vivid red lobsters, and velvety
chowder. But with cole slaw and french fries, maybe an ear of corn, the only
vegetables in sight, these traditional New England dinners offer little for
vegetarians or the health conscious.
Rather than cobble together a meal from side salads and baked potatoes at
a seafood restaurant, these diners now have more options on the Cape. In
addition to more international cuisine, whether stir-fried vegetables or
hummus and tabbouleh, which have always been meat-free havens, more than a
dozen restaurants from Provincetown to Woods Hole offer appetizing,
well-prepared vegetarian dishes.
Whether you define vegetarian dining as vegan tofu scramble or French toast
minus the side of bacon, you'll find a hearty breakfast at the Shady Hollow
Inn, a renovated 1839 sea captain's house here. Opened in May by Ann Hart and
David Dennis, a husband-and-wife team and both longtime vegetarians, the
four-room bed and breakfast offers vegetarian travelers a respite from
concerns about finding their next meal. In addition to breakfast, guests can
request vegetarian picnic lunches and dinners. Breakfast, served at a simple
Mission-style dining room table, begins with organic Colombian coffee, orange
juice, fresh fruit salad, and muffins or bread. The baked goods are usually
vegan, but on one summer morning, a baking mishap meant cranberry and banana
muffins were imported from a nearby bakery. A tofu scramble, served with dark
grained whole-wheat toast, featured tofu that was crumbled and sauteed to
resemble scrambled eggs, and abundant onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms
for flavor. Non-tofu eaters enjoyed French toast.
Dennis, an amateur carpenter, and Hart refinished the inn, and their
attention to comfort is apparent throughout, from the living room's fireplace
and comfortable reading chairs to an outdoor patio where finches feed.
Once breakfast is over, kayaks and bicycles can be borrowed from the inn. If
you arrive by public transportation, have Dennis pick you up in the cherry
red 1956 Buick he bought at a garage sale or ask him to take you out for a
When recommending vegetarian dining options in the neighborhood, Dennis and
Hart send guests to Ardeo, a Mediterranean tavern in South Yarmouth.
A sleek contemporary space in a strip mall, Ardeo offers food both in the bar
and the more formal dining room. What the bold colors and modern paintings of
fruit and cafe life do not reveal is that owners Geoffrey and Joseph Jamiel
serve family tradition with Middle Eastern recipes they learned in their
While the menu offers many vegetarian options, Middle Eastern items stand
out. From the rich, roasted garlic, olive oil, and white wine spread served
with baguette while diners await dinner to the basil oil on each table,
Middle Eastern flavors are at the heart of the menu.
The Middle East Mezza appetizer for two ($9.95) is an abundant platter with
vegetarian rice-stuffed grape leaves and baba ghanoush, garlic-laden hummus,
and pungent goat cheese and kalamata olives to top triangles of Lebanese
bread. Their lemon and parsley-laden tabbouleh and cucumber in yogurt offer
cleansing flavors. If eaten with a salad, the platter could feed two. The
falafel sandwich ($5.50) was a little dry, as falafel can be, and could have
used more tahini dressing.
Salads come in half and full sizes ($3.95-$8.95) and include Caesar, Greek,
mozzarella and tomato with basil, and an eggplant and spinach that contrasted
flavors, with smoky eggplant set against sweet corn and roasted red peppers.
The grilled vegetable pasta ($9.95) was substantial with well-grilled
eggplant and zucchini that had a nice firmness, but had an unexceptional
tomato sauce. The dish was still a treat, however, compared to the American
cheese sandwiches vegetarian diners once faced outside the city.
In nearby Yarmouthport, the Colonial House Inn offers diners a few vegetarian
options, with pasta marinara and primavera Alfredo and a stir fry with green
peppers, mushrooms, and other vegetables.
Neighboring Hyannis has casual dining options at the Prodigal Son Cafe, where
veggie sandwiches include fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, hmumus,
and salsa with melted provolone cheese.
As an outpost of city life, Provincetown has many restaurants with vegetarian
options, including Brazilian black beans and rice with banana fritters
($13.95) and vegan tofu saute in coconut curry sauce at Napi's Restaurant,
and vegetable paella with spicy tofu sausage or baked tofu with mango salsa
at Bubala's By the Bay. Even the Martin House, located in a building built
before 1755, has a menu current with the times, offering brown rice and
sesame crusted tofu cake.
When in Falmouth for the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, or to see the grave of
"America the Beautifu" author, Katherine Lee Bates, a bounty of vegetarian
lunch options awaits at Laureen's Cafe. Emphasizing Middle Eastern cuisine,
the cafe is a sunny, cheerful room with casual wooden booths and tables and
Choose from a Greek salad ($7.95), Middle Eastern plate with tabbouleh,
hummus, and baba ghanoush ($8.45), or taste other regions with a veggie
burrito, served with a tossed salad ($8.45) or feta pizzas ($7.55-$9.55).
Several specials are offered each lunch, ranging from sesame noodle salad
($6.95) to a stuffed portobello mushroom, which was tender but firm, filled
with feta, spinach, and diced tomatoes and served with baguette slices and a
small tossed salad featuring wonderfully ripe cherry tomatoes, grated
carrots, and mild black olives.
Vegetarian options are increasingly common, and even Friendly's has a
vegetable wrap sandwich now.
With so many choices, vegetarian travelers can make dining a central
enjoyment of their vacation, rather than an obstacle to overcome.
So breathe that salt air and drive past the clam shacks, knowing your bounty
is here, too. SIDEBAR:
IF YOU GO . . .
The Shady Hollow Inn is located at 370 Main St. in South Dennis, off Route 6,
Exit 9. In-season rates range from $100 to $150. There is a two-night minimum
stay on weekends and holidays. Call 508-394-7474 or visit www.shadyhollowinn.com
Ardeo Mediterranean Taverna is located in the Union Station Plaza at 23V
Whites Path in South Yarmouth. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner 4
-11 p.m. Reservations required for groups of six or more. Call 508-760-1500
or visit www.aredeoca
The Colonial House Inn is located on Route 6A in Yarmouthport. Summer rates
for the 21 rooms range from $110 to $130 and include dinner and breakfast for
two people. There is sometimes a two-night minimum on weekends. Reservations
are required, and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30
p.m. Call 800-999-3416 or visit www.colonialhouse
The Prodigal Son Cafe is located on 10 Ocean St. in Hyannis. Open Monday
through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1
a.m.; and Sunday, noon to 1 a.m.; food is served until 11:30 p.m . Closed
Tuesdays. Call 508-771-1337 or visit www.capecod.net/prodigal
Napi's Restaurant is at 7 Freeman Street in Provincetown. In the summer,
dinner is served from 5 p.m., with the last reservation at 9:30. Reservations
are recommended. Call 508-487-1145 or visit www.napisrestaurant.com
Bubala's By the Bay is located at 185 Commercial St. in Provincetown.
Breakfast served 8 to 11:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., dinner 5 to 11
p.m., bar open until 1 a.m. Call 508-487-0773 or visit www.capecodaccess.com/bubala's
The Martin House is at 157 Commercial St. in Provincetown. Reservations are
recommended and mandatory for holiday weekends. Call 508-487-1327 or visit www.themartinhouse.com
Laureen's Cafe is at 170 Main St. in Falmouth. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 508-540-9104 or visit www.laureens.com