We went biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail this weekend. After our ride, we were super hungry. So, I texted one of my friends who lives in the area for a recommendation. She suggested Tug Boats in Hyannis.
Tug Boats is not on Hyannis’ Main Street, it is tucked away behind the hospital, near the marina. It’s a really laidback, no frills seafood restaurant with a great view. It had a very relaxed, friendly vibe.
After we placed our drink order, I asked the waitress if she could recommend any items on the menu that were or could be made gluten-free. She told me she didn’t know what a gluten allergy was.
I dislike placing a modified order with someone who does not understand why I am making those changes. Last time I did that, the waiter brought out my salad with a giant pile of croutons sitting on top and looked surprised when I asked him to correct the order.
Thankfully, before I even had to attempt a clarification, she offered to check and see if another member of the staff could speak with me. Not two minutes later, a manager appeared. He was clearly familiar with the allergy and was able to clarify which items were suitable.
It turns out that Tug Boats is actually a great place for gluten-free diners. They are able to modify most of the menu. Their fried fish is battered with regular flour, so that is a no-go. However, they are able to modify other items by omitting bread crumbs, etc. Tug Boats has a dedicated French fry fryer. The fries have no flour coating and since there is no cross-contamination with the fish batter, the fries are safe. They even offer gluten-free rolls and brownies.
I got honey-dijon bluefish. I had never eaten bluefish before; the texture was similar to salmon and it tasted a lot like swordfish. It was served with the fore-mentioned fries and some steamed veggies. Simple, but tasty.
Tug Boats is located on Arlington Street in Hyannis. http://www.tugboatscapecod.com/
G/F suitability: 5/5
Ambiance in 1 word: casual