Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bear Week Menus Like 5 Course Prix Fixe at Sal's Place are Great Values for All

Sal's roasted duck with cranberry marsala glaze is one of my favorite meals.
Bears (and the rest of us, too) are flocking to the Far West End of Provincetown for dinner at Sal's Place, at 99 Commercial Street. This charming waterfront restaurant is perched on the old Union Wharf, dating back to the height of Provincetown's early fishing and whaling days, around 1830 or so. Sal's Place serves homemade Italian food in a vintage, historic building with a water view from the air-conditioned dining room, and there is also outdoor seating on the old wharf, with a stunning, panoramic view of Provincetown's magnificent harbor.
To celebrate Bear Week, Sal's offers a five-course meal with a choice of minestrone or kale soup, followed by a mesclun salad, and your choice of a meaty pasta dish, stuffed flounder or roasted duck. An extra side dish of pasta or fresh vegetables is also included, along with a choice of three desserts. This very robust Bear meal is only $39, and there's also a three-course Cub meal for just $29.
I chose my dinner from the Cub menu, which starts out with a bowl of minestrone soup. I ordered the roasted duck, served with a cranberry marsala glaze, and accompanied this night by multi-colored peppers and green beans. This perfectly roasted duck happens to be one of my favorite entrées on Sal's menu.
Sal's Gelato Bear is a delightful, very chocolaty dessert.
For dessert, I just had to order the Gelato Bear, which is specially made for Bear Week. It is a big scoop of a rich, dense, really chocolaty Italian ice cream decorated with white and dark chocolates molded to make the face and ears of the bear. Chocolate drizzles and fresh strawberries completed this dessert, which was deeply flavored and very satisfying.
Wonderful food, the cooling breeze on the edge of the water, and the splendid view of the harbor, make dinner at Sal's Place a memorable event. Phone Sal's Place at 508 487-1279 for reservations, or you can visit their website at 24 hours in advance to reserve by e-mail.
A number of restaurants have specials for Bear Week, so watch for these bargains.

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