Free Range Chicken
You know the comfort of slipping into your favorite pair of lounge pants at the end of a long day, or sinking into a cushy chair and putting your feet up? Well, that's the feeling we got as soon as we walked into Jimmy's HideAway on Commerical Street in Provincetown.
Whether it was the affable host Rafe, who greeted us with a wide smile and plenty of chatter, or the cozy dining room and bar, we felt welcomed even though we didn't have a reservation and is was the night before Carnival Week.
And this isn't always the case in Provincetown, where many of the restaurants don't exactly extend a hearty or even faint welcome.
We'd been in Wellfleet hiking Great Island, dragging our tired calves across the fiery sand and the strong midday sun for four and a half hours. We motored up to Herring Cove Beach, took a quick dip, washed off in the bathhouse,changed clothes and off we went into Provincetown.
We'd heard good things about Jimmy's so we headed there early- a necessary step during the summer when restaurants are notoriously crowded and getting a table can be difficult.
Jimmy's is a cozy and intimate place, it's dark in the main dining room and bar, but that's not a bad thing. But the far room is full of windows, with views of the garden.
We sat at a high-top, ordered our drinks and looked over the menu- not a large one- and that's good for Karen since she has trouble selecting entrees. For those looking for a lighter menu, they do have a few items on their Tavern Menu- fish and chips, a burger and a scallop dish, with lower prices.
We settled on a calamari appetizer, free range chicken and scallops scampi, enjoying the friendly and lively atmosphere.
Jimmy tends bar and delivers on the cocktails- a very robust vodka and tonic and Bacardi and Coke that simply tasted wonderful after our trek across the sands. Our calmari arrived, thin tender coils and tenacles cloaked with a light crispy batter, served with a remoulade sauce that could have used less gerkins and benefited from a generous squeeze of lemon and garlic.
Scallops in a Scampi Sauce
Michael's organic free range Statler chicken with shallot au jus was a winner. It was a good sized breast, tender and juicy, with mashed spuds and grilled asparagus.
Karen ordered the Scallop Scampi- five well-seared scallops resting on a potato pancake. Using a potato pancake instead of pasta or rice is a nice twist but the pancake, surrounded by the scampi sauce, was too heavy and wet.
The kitchen could solve this problem by keeping the pancake off to the side or better yet, replacing it with another starch that will hold up to the sauce.
We didn't have room for dessert but next time we're in Provincetown, we'll definitely head over to Jimmy's, grab a seat at the bar and down a few more cocktails and sample the burger and fish and chips.
We're happy we found Jimmy's and we think you'll be happy, too.
Check out their website for their menu and daily specials- www.jimmyshideaway.com
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