The Clam Shack at Falmouth Harbor

Fried clams on the picnic tables.

A True Cape Experience, the Clam Shack at Falmouth Harbor

Fried clams on the picnic tables.
Fried clams on the picnic tables.
Outside the Clam Shack in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.
The Clam Shack

For those of you who want the true Cape Cod food experience, in Falmouth, we have the Clam Shack of Falmouth. It is located at the very end of Scranton Avenue at the entrance of Falmouth Harbor. It is Falmouth rustic dining at it’s best. It does not have a bar or even a liquor license, just coffee, tea, bottled water or a variety of soft drinks. You will not find fine china, napkins or elegant eating utensils. Your meal is served on a plastic tray, in a paper basket or plate. Plastic knives, forks and spoons are provided with paper napkins. The atmosphere is casual although shoes and shirts are required. It is literally a shack made of weathered boards. with fishing and lobstering artifacts hung from the rafters to add to the nautical surroundings. The menu is written on a chalk board.


The specialty of the house are the “Plates”. They have clam (with or without the bellies), scallop, shrimp and fish & chips plates. the plates consist of an overflowing portion of the clams, shrimp,or scollops; fries and coleslaw.  However, for those in your party, who do not want seafood, the kitchen also has wings and chicken tenders plates. Hamburgers, cheese burgers and franks are also offered.

What would an, on the water, Cape Cod restaurant be without lobster, clam and scrimp rolls? The Clam Shack has them all.  In addition the clam chowder is excellent as are the onion rings. Your group has a choice of dining inside or out on the dock where the schooner Liberte is docked from the July fourth weekend to Labor Day weekend. Perhaps the best compliment to the tasty food is the view. One can sit at a wooden picnic tables and watch the activities on bustling Falmouth Harbor.

On nautical charts, the harbor is known as Falmouth Inner Harbor. It is mostly a man-made harbor with a mean low water depth of 10 feet. In 1907 an inlet was created through a barrier beach that divided a fresh water pond from Nantucket Sound. Engineers dredged and widened the harbor to give it the rectangular shape that it has today. This harbor is a wonderfully protected location for boaters to weather one of our legendary coastal storms.

Five marinas and many fishing boats are located along the harbor and the Island Queen ferry-boat to Martha’s Vineyard is docked on the eastern side. The Island Queen runs from early June through to Columbus Day.

Fishermen come from all over to use the harbor as a jumping-off location for fishing trips to the Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard sound inshore fishing grounds as well as offshore grounds. One of the best known local fishing fleets is the Patriot Party Boats that sail out of the harbor. They specialize in deep-sea fishing, bottom fishing and sport fishing.  For more info: or call: 508-548-2626.

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures sampling Cape Cod’s finest cuisine, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

DJ’S Famous Wings A Family Sports Pub Review

DJs Buffalo Wings T-shirt

Cape Cod Restaurant Review: DJ’s

Last Wednesday evening, on our way back to the Palmer House we happened upon a very busy parking lot at Colonial Plaza on Main Street. As it turned out, it was the first night opening of a wonderful new restaurant – DJ’s Famous Wings A Family Sports Pub.

DJ's Sign
DJ’s Sign

We looked at each other and Bill said, ” Why not stop in.”  We weren’t disappointed. The pub was packed and we happened to run into several friends. We are pleased to report that its menu fills an important gap in Falmouth’s restaurant choices. In the past guests have asked, “Where can we get some good wings and ribs?”  Well, now there is a great place just a mile away from the inn. The menu features Buffalo Hot Wings (of course) and includes classic New England fried seafood, like Shrimp Rolls and Clam Strip Plates. With Pub Grub, Steak Sandwiches, soups salads rounding out the menu there’s something for everyone.

The atmosphere is lively and fun and the wait staff is young and energetic. The design and colors are bright and cheerful and the upper  portion of the  walls are lined with TV’s. Also,  each booth has its own TV. The menu is creative and reasonably priced.

DJ’s is a local, family run, business that was started in Hyannis in June, 1989. They opened that summer boasting that they were the first to bring original-style buffalo wings to Cape Cod. They say, “We were the first wing-joint ever to cross the bridge!” They started as a seven seat eat-in, take-out and delivery hot spot. Soon after opening, they expanded the menu to include bone-sucking ribs, specialty sandwiches and daily specials.

In 2004 they relocated to a more spacious location in Hyannis and became the a sports bar. That is when the name was changed to DJ’s Family Sports Pub. Their award-winning wings are what made them famous but now the full menu is outstanding. It is fun, inventive, fresh and delicious. Every item is cooked to order and all of the food is prepared freshly every day.

Now in March of 2013 their second location on Falmouth’s Main Street has opened. One of more creative things that they have started is:

DJs Buffalo Wings T-shirt
DJs Buffalo Wings T-shirt

“The Angry Wing Contest” it is billed as “Man-vs-Wings from Hell.” The rules of engagement are:

  1. You must sign a disclaimer.
  2. You must eat ten”Wings from Hell” to the bone.
  3. You must eat the meat off the bone, no hand picking.
  4. You must eat them in ten minutes.
  5. You may not drink anything.
  6. You may not use napkins or wipe your face.
  7. You must lick your fingers clean.
  8. You must wait five minutes after eating.

Your rewards for completing this task are: The wings are free, you get your photo on the “Wall of Flame” and  you get a commemorative “Angry Wings” T-shirt.

Location, Location

One of the best things about this vibrant new pub, is its location. It is just steps from the Falmouth Commodore’s Baseball Field. I can just see this place after the games next summer. It will be packed.

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Come to Falmouth, see a good old-fashioned American game of baseball then head to DJ’s Famous Wings A Family Sports Pub for an enjoyable meal. Afterwards, head home to one of the Palmer House’s charming bed chambers for a relaxing nights sleep.


Restaurant Review: A New Cafe on Falmouth’s Main Street a Review

Table at the Pickle Jar, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Restaruant Review: Table at the Pickle Jar, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Table at the Pickle Jar

The Pickle Jar Kitchen a Restaurant Review

Number 170 Main Street is one of the most charming buildings in Falmouth’s downtown. Also known as the “Weeks Building”, it is unique because of its lovely bowed windows with small panes of glass and its sunny yellow color. It is one of the older buildings on Main Street that still has its original appearance. It was built in the 1920’s and currently houses “Twigs”, “Homespun Gardens” gift shops and “Lemon/Lime” Salon (Falmouth shops map).  The new kid in the building will be, the “Pickle Jar Kitchen”. It is planned to be a new creative cafe. The owners are Elisabeth & Kevin Lay and Benjamin & Cassandra Gallant. The Gallants and Lays are Falmouth residents and they are fulfilling a dream that was hatched during gatherings in their home kitchens, that involved cooking and in many cases pickling. Their interest in pickles is that they involve combining sweet, salty, and savory flavors in one.

Main Street, Falmouth c.1929
Main Street, Falmouth c.1929

The Lays and Gallants will count on their experience as executive chefs at other Cape restaurants that include Bleu, The Belfry Inn, and Masaki. They plan to create a fresh, casual,  fun and affordable dining environment. The Lays and the Gallants believe that a good meal should start with wholesome natural ingredients and be served in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Whether a diner wants to sit and enjoy a relaxing meal or just grab a quick snack and beverage for the road, the Pickle Jar Kitchen will be ready to fill the bill. Ingredients include farm fresh eggs, vegetarian hash, smoked bacon, quinoa, and of a variety of “house” made pickles.

The eatery will also feature pastries, cookies, and other baked goods from the “Butterqueen Cakes” of East Falmouth. Special orders are available upon request for cakes, cupcakes,and other baked goods.Upon your request the chefs will also prepare assorted sandwich platters, large salad bowels, Plowman’s Pickle Platters, roasted meat platters or jumbo loaded fries for take-out. The emphasis is on wholesome food with natural ingredients in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Front of the Pickle Jar
Front of the Pickle Jar

The Pickle Jar Kitchen’s interior has been completely redesigned with a new modern theme that features rich wood tones, soft green walls with red accents, new lighting, clean furniture lines, interesting kitchen antiques and old photos on the walls complete the design. On February 6th the restaurant opened at seven in the morning and is serving a variety of tasty breakfast and lunch fare, Wednesday through Monday. Some of the future planned events will be: beer and wine dinners, fresh pickle workshops, and an array of fun-filled events throughout the year.

Pickle Jar Sign, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Pickle Jar Sign

The Pickle Jar Kitchen is just a pleasant seven minute stroll from the Palmer House Inn. Bill and I took that walk this morning. The inn was empty so we had a rare opportunity to experience someone else’s breakfast fare. The food was excellent.

Bill had the “Ultimate Hash”. It was served in an iron frying pan that was placed on a wooden base at the table. The hash was topped with two perfectly poached eggs and a light cheddar cheese sauce.  It was quite delicious. I ordered the house made oatmeal, it was topped with blueberry compote and sliced granny Smith apples. I put a little half and half on top and had a delightfully warm meal on this cold New England morning. We are looking forward to trying their lunch menu later this week.