For many years Johns Footlong hotdog stand has dished up some of the town's best seafood bargains, like the fish sandwich: fried sole piled high on a toasted bun for $5.95. The scallop roll as well as the shrimp, oyster or clam rolls are toasted hotdog buns buried under a mountain of perfectly cooked, golden fried seafood. Choose your own condiments, like their homemade tartar sauce. They also make some of the best Portuguese kale soup in town, and the chowder is another winner.
The footlong is cooked on the grill, which gives it a great flavor, but served in a regular sized bun, which delights me but annoys some folks. There are simple burgers (rather humdrum but half the price of fancier spots) and grilled cheese for little kids, and seafood baskets with fries and slaw for bigger appetites. Someone's grandmother will take your order at the counter, and even though everything is cooked to order, you won't wait long. You'll walk on down the street eating your food, or find a seat on the benches in the little town square 10 feet away, or carry your meal upstairs to chairs and tables on John's outdoor deck, with a peek of the nearby harbor from some tables.
The address is officially 309 Commercial Street, #5, but like a lot of Provincetown's sometimes whacky addresses, it's actually down a side street. Walk 3 doors down (south) from the corner of Standish and Commercial Streets, toward the Chamber of Commerce, the main parking lot and the harbor. You'll find John's on the west side of Lopes Square, with all those seating benches, trees and a 10 foot anchor in the middle of the square, and sometimes street performers to entertain you. It's well worth looking for.
I write TheYearRounder's Guide to Provincetown, a blog about the best of PTown, and you can read my blog post about John's lobster roll at http://www.ptownyearround.com/2012/10/provincetowns-best-lobster-roll-may.html
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