In the Greater Boston area, there is no shortage of great food. Bakeries and cafes aren’t hard to come by, offering up fluffy pastries baked fresh daily, and steaming mugs of coffee to go along with them. While many of these establishments are well known, some of the best ones aren’t always in the places you’d most expect.
Woods Hole in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a town that often serves only as a means to an end. It’s a portal to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and known more for the transport it provides than for anything else it has to offer. What may be lesser known is the great restaurants and cafes the little town does have. Amongst those is Pie in the Sky Bakery and Cafe, located on the main drag just a short walk from the Steamship Authority in downtown Woods Hole, and easily accessible by foot for those waiting to hop on a boat.
This little cafe is something of a treasure in the small town, an experience not to be missed by travelers looking for an early morning fix, or something to tide them over until they can get their first pint of steamed clams on the Island. Their offerings include a wide variety of sweet and savory treats for both breakfast and lunch, and you’re certain to find something there to suit every taste. Whether you’re looking for a warm egg sandwich, soup and salad on a cold day or a light and crispy cream cheese croissaint, you’ll find it here served up in an efficient manner by their speedy staff.
At Pie in the Sky, the door is always open, not only exemplifying their hospitality but also the extreme popularity that the cafe exudes, no matter the season. It’s a rare occasion that you’ll mosey up the brick walkway and be able to freely enter the door. More often you’ll find yourself in a short line behind other excited patrons, waiting to squish into the fragrant and cozy interior, built for a clientele much smaller than the one they happily serve today.
If you’re lucky you can snag a little table along the windows inside the cafe, but the main area is filled up by hungry patrons, and a large and overflowing pastry case the showcases the available goods. Newspapers are always strewn about, left haphazardly by the person before you, who undoubtedly enjoyed every last crumb of that apple bear claw the purchased, puffed to golden perfection and oozing with cinnamon scented fruit.
In the summertime an outdoor bar opens up, where you can see the action of fresh-made fruit smoothies, or plop down on a bar stool to relax in the shade. Their patio fills up fast but don’t let it scare you away – this place is worth the wait.