Skipper Restaurant and Chowder House, which opened in 1936, is an old-fashioned Cape Cod seafood mainstay and chowder specialist with wonderful views of Nantucket Sound. Located at 152 South Shore Drive in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, it is one of the oldest waterfront restaurants on Cape Cod. It made its reputation on its Cape Cod clam CHOWDAH, winner of the Boston, Cape Cod and Newport chowder festivals. But it offers so much more, including the adjacent Skipper's Ice Cream Shack which covers the dessert end of the menu. For starters, we had to sample the award-winning Cape Cod clam CHOWDAH with a jumbo shrimp cocktail and a crock of French onion soup with croutons and melted cheese. For entrees, we opted for fish and chips, fresh Atlantic cod fried until golden brown and served with tartar sauce, and baked Chatham scrod, fresh, flakey, white meat fillet topped with a cracker crumb blend and served with rice. Baked scrod isn't found on too many menus today, even in New England. I used to enjoy it weekly at the old Cape Cod Room at Chicago's Drake Hotel. It's good to see it coming back. At the Skipper's Ice Cream shack, which serves shakes, sundaes, soft serve, scoops and cones, we shared a banana split, our choice over a hot fudge sundae and sea salt caramel sundae and brownie sundae. We were in awe as one family at a nearby table consumed a Sea Monster, a family favorite that features five ice creams.
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