Cobie’s

Dan here today.  Most of the restaurants Beth and I visit are pretty good.  We tend to do a lot of Internet research beforehand, which helps us weed out places with less than stellar reputations, and we also don’t ask as much of the places we go as, say, Frank Bruni might.  Generally, if we can get a good meal for a reasonable price, we’re both happy.  In fact, I don’t know if we’ve ever given a place worse than a lukewarm review on this blog.  Today that will change.  I’m not sure what we did wrong when we decided to go to Cobie’s, but somehow, we found ourselves in the worst kind of tourist trap.

It was our last day on Cape Cod, and we decided to head east to the town of Orleans for a little miniature golf.  I like to think of myself as the Tiger Woods of miniature golf (minus the sordid affairs with cocktail waitresses, of course), and I was in rare form on the links that morning.  I established an early lead on the field (Beth) and carried it all the way to the clubhouse.  Afterwards, it was time for lunch, and we decided to go to this roadside place nearby – Cobie’s.  Beth had read good things about the clam rolls on the Internet, and coming from Denver, neither of us had quite gotten our fill of clams.
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We pulled into the parking lot and excitedly ordered a clam roll.  We both balked a little at the price, $13 for a roll, but after our Chapin's experience, we assumed that it would be worth it.  We could not have been more wrong.  When our lunch was served, it was certainly a roll, but that’s about all I can say for it.  Four or five sad and lonely clams nestled in a smallish hot dog bun.  They tasted okay, but we finished them in about thirty seconds.  To put this in perspective, for the same price at Chapin’s, we got a plate piled so high with clams and french fries that they almost spilled onto the table.   Beth and I looked at each other and realized that we’d just inadvertently paid a tourist tax.  Then, since we were still pretty hungry, we went off to get ice cream somewhere else.  If any of you folks find yourselves on Cape Cod, don’t make the same mistake we did.  Give this place a wide berth, and your wallets will thank you.