Beechtree Cantina, Hyannis, MA

24 07 2012

Jalapeno & Pineapple Margarita, $12

Beechtree Cantina’s location is so picture-perfect that they could serve piles of steaming trash and I would still go, just to sit outside around the magnificent, weeping English beech tree out back. Frozen drinks and a scaled-down version of their full menu are served in the backyard courtyard. This was where we started the night, drinking margaritas and debating if we should stay here for dinner or walk down Main St. and check out other options. But after seeing a pile of nachos stacked so high they were about to topple, we decided to stay.

We grabbed a table in the outdoor seating area of their main restaurant and ordered a couple more drinks. The pineapple jalapeno margarita tastes like a spicy & fruity salsa. Really liked it. My boyfriend ordered the Spicy Cucumber Margarita ($10) and wasn’t as¬†impressed. It tasted like someone accidentally knocked over a salt shaker into it. The last inch of the drink was undrinkable because it was so salty.

Guacamole, $12

Usually I don’t order table-side guac. Waitresses hate to make it and it’s always terribly over-priced. But I saw it made at the next table and decided to get all crazy. AND BOY AM I GLAD I DID; huge bowl and you get to choose from a plentiful selection of ingredients.

Fish Tacos, $16

Now vegetarian reader, I hate to break it to you, but within the past year I have started to work seafood back into my diet. Mainly just because of the fact that I friggin’ love food and I get incredibly bored with the strict vegetarian options on most menus (i.e. pasta primavera, quesadillas, frozen veggie burgers, etc) Fish tacos are one of my new favorites and the ones at Beechtree are definitely up there with some of the best. The fish was very fresh and flavorful, topped with shredded cabbage and pico de gallo, though the accompanying confetti rice and tequila black beans were lacking in spice.

Pollo Tostados, $12

Ryan really enjoyed these pulled chicken tostadas, topped with arugula, carmelized onions, goat cheese and avocado with an ancho crema.

So Beechtree joins the swarm of upscale Mexican restaurants that are popping up in the area and I for one am pretty psyched for it. Main Street Hyannis definitely needed a place like this since the other option for Mexican/margaritas does not cut the mustard. The drinks are innovative, the food is bright and fresh and the location has been added to my mental list of what defines a Cape Cod summer.

Beechtree Cantina
599 Main Street
Hyannis, MA, 02601
508-534-9876





The Mills Restaurant, Marstons Mills, MA

28 06 2012

The Mills is one of those timeless breakfast spots. Off of the main Cape Cod drag and quaintly-decorated in an Americana fashion, it is a restaurant that could appear in any decade, in any quiet, rural community.

Nothing on the menu is going to absolutely blow your mind, but you’ll still be satisfied with what you get. I really enjoy their many steel-cut oatmeal options (something you don’t find in many breakfast places). You can get it with yogurt, fruit, nuts, honey, basically whatever you want. And on some days, they offer a breakfast specials menu that does step things up a notch; cream cheese pancakes with blueberries, lobster scampi omelettes, etc.

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

The chocolate chip banana pancakes were delicious, but would have liked a bit more pancake for the $8 and change price tag. Also enjoyed this breakfast special; 2 poached eggs atop a ¬†bed of bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. This isn’t four-star dining, but it is a simple, country breakfast that hits the spot and I respect it for that.

Poached Eggs Peperonata

Plus, when you’re done dining at the Mills, you can go for a dip or take a kayak out at one of the many ponds & lakes right down the street. My favorite summer adventure: paddling out at Indian Lakes, passing through the thin gap that leads into Mystic Lake and exploring the island in the middle. I guess I enjoy Cape Cod sometimes…

Mills Restaurant
149 Cotuit Rd.
Marstons Mills, MA, 02648
(508) 428-9814