Captain Parker’s Pub

Review by: Maggie Rosenberg & Trevor Hagstrom

Captain Parker’s is parked alongside shopping centers off of the the main strip in Yarmouth. Scenery-wise, it can’t compete with some of the beachside fish houses on the Cape; but for those who find beauty in old barrooms, it’s a lovely and gregarious place to have a fish lunch. In fair weather, there is an outdoor patio with distant views of Plashes Brook.

For just a beer and some fish, Captain Parker’s would be a nice neighborhood bar, though not necessarily worth driving out of the way for. It’s the chowder that makes Captain Parker’s Pub an icon of American cookery. It is a hall-of-fame inductee in all three of the “triple-crown” of New England chowder cook-offs: Boston, Cape Cod, and Newport.

Captain Parker’s chowder isn’t great just because of a special recipe. The cooks take time to build flavor. They start making it fresh every day at 6:00 am to be ready for lunch. This chowder is the thickest we’ve seen and has a silver tint from rich concentration of clam liquor. It’s dotted with specks of coarse black pepper. Every bite yields tender clams and firm potatoes. Don’t bother with a cup. You need a bowl.

Little bottles of Tabasco are provided, and while it’s  usually a favorite dressing, we thought it threw off the soup’s perfect balance. We wouldn’t even add a sprinkle of black pepper or oyster crackers. The only thing this chowder needs is a spoon. If we had to find fault in it, we could caution that it may be too thick and rich for some tastes. We loved it.

Beyond chowder, there is a wide assortment of pub grub and fish house classics. The New England classic, baked scrod, isn’t a fish; it’s a dish: white fish, often cod, baked with bread crumbs. Captain Parker’s is moist, maybe even a bit underdone, with sherry aromas wafting from the buttery crumb. It is decent bar food, but we probably would have preferred just going a second round with the chowder. It’s that good.

If your group is small and you don’t have children with you, we recommend eating at the bar. It’s a jovial place with reasonably priced drinks and local flavor. Check out the collections of golf balls and patches from first responders that decorate the bar area.

What To Eat

New England Clam Chowder

Baked Scrod


Captain Parker’s Pub Recipes


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