What It’s Like: The “Combah,” as it’s affectionately called by
Cape locals, earned its spot in the annals of destination dining when
it opened back in 1978 in what is arguably one of the greatest
restaurant locations ever—atop colossal sand dunes that line much of
Wellfleet’s coast. But this 100-year-old building that once housed a
U.S. Lifesaving station and is now the ultimate-beach-hangout is no
fancy affair; summertime here means flip-flops, picnic tables, fresh and
fried seafood, salt air breezes, free-flowing beer, and lines of kids
at the pinball machine. Instead of letting the big happy crowd get to
you, just sit back and enjoy the party.
What to Order: Anything and everything from the raw bar: oysters and clams—littlenecks,
cherrystones, and Nauset steamers. For non-seafoodies, the killer
Buffalo wings. And you can’t go wrong with one of its serious frozen
mudslides or vicious Bloody Marys.
Best Seat in the House: Find a stool at the popular outdoor bar for a perch above the steep
Cape dunes; you’ll also be just steps away from the raw bar and shuckers
freeing—what else—sweet Wellfleet oysters!