Cape Cod Beach

Photo credit: Sarah W. Caron / New England TravelingMom

Headed to Cape Cod? Orleans is a little off the beaten path of this Massachusetts resort area, but that can be a good thing – especially if you are seeking a relaxing family trip without the usual crowds. While you are there, head to Nauset Beach for a little sand and surf or bring your bikes and enjoy the Cape Cod Rail Trail that passes through Orleans.

When you and the kids are hungry, it’s time to find somewhere delicious – and family-friendly – to eat. These options have always been favorites of my family on our trips to the Orleans area.

1. Sir Cricket Fish ‘n Chips in Cape Cod

Located in a little shopping strip, Sir Cricket Fish ‘n’ Chips is a clam shack that serves some of the best seafood in the area. The fried oysters are big and meaty. For seafood-loving kids, the fish and chips is a great option as is the absolutely amazing clam chowder, which is creamy and packed with clams and potatoes. They do serve hot dogs and other land-faring fare, but you are best off heading for the seafood selections. There is some seating here, but it’s best for takeout.

If you go: Try the clam chowder and the oyster platter but don’t forget cash – Sir Crickets only accepts cash or check. (38A Route 6A; prices range from about $3.95-21.95)

Cape Cod-Cottage Street

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2. Cottage Street Bakery

The adorable Cottage Street Bakery is located just off Route 6A in Orleans, and well worth the stop. Serving breakfast selections, sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch and a wide variety of pastries and confections, this little bakery is a good place to pick up a quick bite. The brownies, which come in flavors like mint and raspberry, are spread with flavored buttercream that takes them from very good to sublime. Also, Cottage Street makes great cakes. Seating is very limited, so plan on takeout from this place.

If you go: Try the brownies. They are worth every decadent bite. (5 Cottage Street; sandwiches range from $5.95-6.25; breakfast $3.50-4.95)

3. Hearth ‘n Kettle in Cape Cod

Hearth ‘n’ Kettle is a small Cape Cod chain of restaurants is the ultimate in family friendly. This is the same chain of restaurants that I went to with my own family as a child, and my kids adored it when they visited as well. Think crayons and a good dining experience for little ones. The Orleans outpost is cozy, with wood details and a menu filled with delicious options. It’s a good spot for any meal.

If you go: Be adventurous. The best dishes are the ones that are a step outside the ordinary. (9 West Road; breakfast $6.79-14.99; kids meals $4.95-7.95; adult entrees $11.99-20.99)