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Exclusive | Provincetown: Where to Eat

Exclusive | Provincetown: Where to Eat

It's hard not to love Provincetown, or P-town as anyone who has been there calls it. Great New England cuisine, sunny beaches and thriving seasonal nightlife attract a diverse, friendly range of queer folks from every walk of life.

P-town has a full range of casual to formal dining. Many of the restaurants emphasize seafood, and there is also a strong gourmet presence. We've listed our favorites here. Be sure to hit at least one of them during your stay.

The Red Inn ($26-45) delights diners with such items as lobster and artichoke fondue and pepper crusted filet mignon with truffle-mashed potatoes and onion-garlic-butter sauce. Its breathtaking harbor views and elegant, romantic interior are more reasons to make this a must-visit restaurant this summer. Front Street (230 Commercial St; 508-487-9715; $19-33) serves food from two different menus, one presenting traditional Italian fare and the other Continental cuisine. Seating is in wood paneled booths. Front Street?s friendly hosts and partners Donna and Kathy offer delightful food and an extensive wine list; the charming, romantic, wood-paneled basement can be very crowded in-season. Typical fare includes slow roasted lamb shank and adobo grilled tuna with a mango lime salsa.

The Mews Restaurant (429 Commercial St; 508-487-1500; $18-33/$11-24 caf?;) offers outstanding, eclectic regional American fare, a breezy and romantic ambience, and great service. Though there are plenty of seafood and steak dishes, vegetarians shouldn't miss the roasted vegetable and polenta lasagna with a tomato-olive sauce. The upstairs caf?/bar is more casual, with screenings of gay-themed TV shows on Sunday nights and New England's largest selection of vodkas.

Devon's (401-1/2 Commercial St; 508-487-4773; $20-28) is a romantic, urbane spot for breakfast and dinner. The setting is lovely, in a tiny, whitewashed fish shack with a cute terrace fronting Commercial Street. Inside there's an open kitchen and a candlelit dining room with water views. Breakfast is tasty and a bargain, where you might try the omelet with Brie and wild mushrooms. For dinner, consider Maine lump crab cakes with watercress and scallion aioli, or roasted organic pork tenderloin with rhubarb compote, grilled asparagus, and stone-ground grits.

L' Uva (133 Bradford St; 508-487-2010; $18-26). Owners Peter Garza and his partner, chef Christopher Covelli are former P-town innkeepers who opened this gem of a restaurant where Cerruti's once was. They divide their time between Cape Cod and Sitges, and a Mediterranean influence appears in their menu. The menu is a deliciously winning m?lange of French, Italian and New American cuisine. Try the miniature filet mignon with vegetable medley or the pappardelle Amatriciana. Outside there's a large shady terrace for dining, and there's a bar upstairs. The wine list is excellent.

Ross' Grill (237 Commercial St; 508-487-8878; $22-40), located in the Whaler's Wharf shopping complex, has creative, well-prepared dishes, and there are plenty of raw-bar selections. Consider saut?ed local sea scallops with leeks, garlic, and cherry tomatoes over linguine. There's a handsome bar and a terrific selection of beers and wine. The interior is vaguely industrial and the views of the bay are perfect.

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Provincetown: Where to Stay
Provincetown: Where to Play
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