I've visited Side Street Cafe more than a dozen times over the past years and it never disappoints except when I forget to make a reservation and cannot get in (height of tourist season). A favorite of locals, the Cafe is a great place for dates and families. All of the tables are covered with fun "distractions" including "games" or t.v. nostalgia to keep conversations lively.
The menu features a huge and eclectic selection of dishes ranging from Mid-Eastern, to Asian to "American" fare. Vegetarians and "carnivores" alike will be happy. You can be assured that everything is fresh and healthily prepared. If you enjoy lobster, their lobster rolls are the BESTon the island. Heaped with freshly caught lobster, the rolls are prepared in different styles (offered on the same plate). Portions are generous.
If you enjoy cocktails, you will like their imaginative concoctions with "quirky" names e.g. Darrell and Darrell (or something like this alluding to the "brothers Darrell" of Bob Newhart Show fame).
Dress casually. You can also sit on the "covered" lanai but it gets chilly. One of the best things about dining here is the parking out back - you will not have to vye for street parking which is a big plus. Make reservations. Oh... and if you are hoping for an intimate dinner for two, you will receive a lively experience instead. It does get much quieter after tourist season or after the 4th of July (when there is a slight lull before the next bout of tourists arrive). Side Street Cafe is a lovely place to dine when you just want to eat delicious and well-prepared comfort food with a flair.
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