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Bursting with energy and flavor, The Canteen, with its communal dining room and homey backyard on the harbor, has been an immediate hit. The zesty menu mixes regional fare, childhood favorites, and tasty selections, including fried oysters on brioche, Bloody Mary oysters from the raw bar, s’mores ice cream bars blowtorched to order, kale-and-quinoa salad, and the house specialty of crispy Brussels sprouts in fish sauce. 225 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-3800, thecanteenptown.com
A few years ago, The Mews Restaurant and Cafe celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the place is still rockin’. If it’s Sunday, bring a sombrero and dive into fish tacos. Other nights you might catch a great musical act, or some other entertainment, and you will always have a beachfront view of the harbor and outer Cape, and a plethora of fresh seafood options to choose from. 429 Commercial St, Provincetown, 508-487-1500, themews.com.
The proprietor of Devon’s, a romantic shack of an eatery in the East End, presentsDevon’s Deep Sea Dive , with a menu that juxtaposes old-school classics with inventive modern interpretations. There’s shrimp cocktail or guanciale-wrapped shrimp with balsamic caramel; fish sticks or olive oil-poached cod; roast chicken or North African lentil stew; and others, all made with organic and locally sourced ingredients. And, like his other outpost, there’s a divine brunch menu. 31 Bradford St., Provincetown, 508-487-0266, devons.org
Perched atop the Provincetown street scene for 40 seasons, Edwige continues serving local and globally inspired dishes, such as Portuguese bouillabaisse and Moroccan vegetable tagine, best enjoyed with the house-made fruit-infused vodkas. The simple interior, with its wooden booths and tables surrounded by black Windsor chairs, is a favorite gathering place for brunch too, thanks to its smoothies and smoked salmon platter and signature poppy-seed Danish. 333 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-4020, edwigeatnight.com
Formerly a bar housed atop a now-shuttered B&B, Joon Bar + Kitchen will soon open in a new space that blends Cape Cod breeziness with a classic French brasserie, complete with 60 seats and a 30-foot custom bar. The concept is wine bar with small plates. We expect this will become a warm, West End neighborhood gathering place for those looking for good company and gourmet snacks. 133 Commercial St., Provincetown. Contact: email@example.com
Meat eaters revel in the bespoke burgers served at Local 186, amid on-trend, artisan-made decor. Menu items include Kobe beef burgers topped with foie gras, lamb burgers paired with feta tzatziki, and organic veggie burgers smothered in house guacamole. Local greens, fried pickles, and onion strings round out the meal, which is best accompanied by a craft beer or killer Bloody Mary. 186 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-7555, local186.com
Tom Fielding and Scott O’Connor, the proprietors of Perry’s Wine & Liquors, consider the shop their personal pantry, as they live right upstairs. The white clapboard building with cafe curtains is also charming inside, with wood-plank floors and shelves stocked with plenty of wine. A small cooler offers organic meats, artisanal cheeses, and paté, while tables of specialty items like raw honey and extra-virgin olive oil dispensed from large metal canisters, round out the mix. 1 Tremont St., Provincetown, 508-487-0140, perrysptown.com
If you’re a newcomer to Provincetown and unfamiliar with the scene, take a seat outdoors for lunch at Bubala’s and soak it all in. The drag queens in high heels and feather boas will flirt with you, and invite you to their show later that evening (or you can just stick around Bubala’s for live entertainment most nights). People-watching is the sport here, and while you’re sitting you might as well eat and drink. The burgers (salmon, beef, veggie) are hearty and delicious, the salads are piled high with goodies, and the seafood options are plentiful, from fish tacos to fish and chips to Cajun-spiced calamari. 185 Main St., Provincetown, 508-487-0773, bubalas.com
If you’re ambling along Commercial Street in search of a quick lunch, walk up to the window at Burger Queen, where the sign declares, “Sorry, We’re Open.” The shack, with a handful of picnic tables alongside it, has been serving fast-food basics — hamburgers, foot-long hot dogs, reasonably priced lobster rolls, and must-have curly fries — for 40 years. 331 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-4749. www.facebook.com /pages/Burger-Queen/ 116517361710249
Brooklyn ex-pats Sean Gardner and Rebecca Orchant’s quirky sandwich shop Pop + Dutch, named after Gardner’s grandparents, offers up healthy options like smashed chickpea salad, sandwiches with house-roasted meats, and a desserty masterpiece called “The Fluffernutella.” Jars of condoms — in the spirit of the original establishment, dubbed the Lube ’n’ Deli — sit on the counter alongside dog treats and jugs of lemonade and coffee. Basic snacks and groceries are available too. 147 Commercial St., Provincetown, 774-538-6472, popanddutch.com
They sell old-school egg sandwiches, but the real reason to walk into the worn storefront of the Portuguese Bakery, which has been in business since about 1900, is for the pastries. Sweet fried dough called malasadas, custard-filled doughnuts, and rabanadas, a kind of fried French toast with cinnamon sugar are among the specialties. To satisfy your savory side, try the salted codfish cakes. 299 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-1803.
This quaint 200-year-old inn, nestled on the edge of sandy cliffs, is classic New England, with a history to match. (President Theodore Roosevelt and his wife were once overnight guests.) The dining room of The Red Inn has wide plank floors, a beamed ceiling, and lighthouse views, while the kitchen offers equally cozy fare that includes pan-roasted cod on a bed of rosemary potatoes, lobster grilled with citrus butter, and spice-rubbed lamb chops. 15 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-7334, theredinn.com.
If you’re up for walking deep into the West End (do so, it’s charming), you can find sustenance at Relish, open mornings and afternoons. Regulars rave about the chicken salad sandwich with gorgonzola and pears, as well as the Italian-style tuna salad, ideal for the beach. The bakery turns out an array of exquisite desserts, including key lime tart, butterscotch haystacks, and chocolate espresso cookies, in addition to full, made-to-order cakes. 93 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-8077, ptownrelish.com
Tucked on the second floor of Whalers Wharf, Ross’ Grill, which boasts a new owner and chef, pairs a picture-perfect harbor view with superbly prepared cuisine in an intimate setting. Sip cocktails on the deck while you wait for a table (reserve ahead). Start with French onion gratinee or mussels in garlicky broth, followed by salmon with a ginger-sweet soy glaze or steak frites. 237 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-8878, rossgrillptown.com
Grab a slice or order a whole dang pie at Spiritus Pizza, a funky spot where, especially come evening, the front patio is packed with well-groomed men in scant shorts. Thin-crust pizzas come with all the fixings, including hearty hunks of linguica. Opt for a seat in front, or step out to the back garden, where you can linger over Emack & Bolio’s or Giffords ice cream. 190 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-2808, spirituspizza.com
Newcomer Tin Pan Alley is a restaurant, bar, and piano lounge with a to-die-for back dining deck on the beach. Contemporary decor combined with live music nightly makes it all very fun, which is exactly the owner’s intent. The menu includes fried oysters on the half-shell and pea soup to start, followed by herbed goat cheese stuffed chicken breast, along with chef’s cut steak of the day served with smashed red-bliss potatoes and creamed spinach. 269 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-1648, tinpanalleyptown.com