Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Native Cape Cod Seafood Does it Again With Their New Portuguese Stew

This mildly spicy fisherman's Stew is a great new PTown dish.
I had been trying to get to Native Cape Cod Seafood, in the Aquarium Marketplace, since they opened. I'd been looking forward to having their amazing lobster scampi all winter, along with their succulent fried clams, fish pockets, and basically anything that comes out of their kitchen. I ended up putting off my scampi fix, though, because Andrew, the owner, was so excited as he was telling me about their new Portuguese fisherman's stew.
I ordered this new dish instead of my favorite, and it was wonderful. Damn! Another really good dish makes it that much harder to choose what to eat on my next visit to Native Cape Cod Seafood. Will I ever get back to that killer scampi that started my romance with this little takeout joint?
The fisherman's stew shown above is made with impeccably fresh scallops, squid, mussels and shrimp, with fingerling potatoes. It gets its Portuguese flavor from a generous helping of chori├žo (say cho•ree•soh,) a traditional, slightly spicy Portuguese sausage with just a bit of heat to it, simmered in a delicate tomato-based broth. The result is a delectable dish that's hearty and satisfying, and a bargain as well.
Find Native Cape Cod Seafood at 209 Commercial Street, tucked away inside the old Aquarium, where you can have your meal on the deck at the edge of Provincetown's majestic harbor, along with an icy cold beer from the Aqua Bar. Life just doesn't get much better than that!
For its flavor, quality and value, the Portuguese Fisherman's Stew wins Native Cape Cod Seafood its third Best Bite award from TheYearRounder's Guide to Provincetown.


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