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Why You Should Spend A Fall Weekend In Chatham, Massachusetts

Katherine Parker-MagyarContributor 


From cities to jungles, I write about culture, travel and adventure.


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   For the second episode of New England Living TV, we spend time in the charming Cape Cod town of Chatham. Homeowners Gail and Steve were kind enough to welcome us into their stunning oceanfront home which was designed by Architect Patrick Ahearn and constructed by Whitla Brothers Builders. Host Parker Kelley takes viewers on a tour of the entire home as well as the beautifully-designed outdoor spaces. She then spends time with Sue Connors, chef/owner of Pisces Restaurant, hopping around town to purchase fresh seafood and other delicacies which they prepare for the evening’s gathering of friends at Gail and Steve’s.



Text by Lisa Leigh Connors - Photography by Paul Blackmore



  At Pisces, Connors lets the food speak for itself. “You don’t need to add a lot to the fish here in Chatham,” says Connors, who works with local weir fishermen who bring in squid, bluefish, flounder and black bass, among many others. One of the most popular dishes is the fisherman’s stew (pictured), which showcases local fish: sautéed shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops and codfish in a spicy lobster broth with cilantro and lime juice. “We just enhance what is already there,” says Connors. In the off-season—the restaurant closes Columbus Day weekend—Connors enjoys traveling to the West Coast and down south to broaden her culinary horizons and get ideas for presentation and cocktails. Back at her restaurant, she says the biggest compliment she receives from customers is that they feel like they are at home in the 12-table dining room. “We keep it simple,” says Connors, “but not too simple where it’s boring.


by edible Cape Cod on May 6th 2015 in Online Magazine, Spring 2015

Story by Russell Kingman

Not every morning on the docks, or on the weirs, is routine. In fact, some days there are things that happen that change your whole life. One early morning in April, I arrived at the docks to find about twenty people waiting. I was still partially asleep as I walked by them and went into the building to find my boots.

Pisces is in September 2014 issue of  Cape Cod MAGAZINE.


You won't find a fryolator or heat lamps in the kitchen at Pisces, says

co-owner and chef Sue Connors ...

Pisces is featured in Cape Cod Chef’s Table.


Cape Cod, Massachusetts is, roughly, a 70-mile peninsula divided into 15 towns, each with its own unique personality, history, and gastronomic adventure. Cape Cod’s culinary landscape is evolving. Yes, there are still the delicious fried clams, fresh broiled or grilled fish, and lobster rolls that have always been favorites, but many of today’s chefs are reinventing these traditional foods with a twist.  Today’s Cape presents a thriving and unique culinary landscape and Cape Cod Chef’s Table gives readers, locals, and visitors a new perspective on this culinary scene. With recipes for the home cook from the Cape’s celebrated eateries and purveyors alongside beautiful full-color photos, Cape Cod Chef's Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook.

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Best Dining in Massachusetts | 2016 Editors' Choice Awards Best Fresh Fish:
Pisces, Chatham
One of the rare restaurants to work with local weir fishermen as well as day boats, Pisces offers an ever-changing menu that’s a cheat sheet for the fish currently swimming in Cape waters. Its “coastal cuisine” draws on world sources, but spicing is always secondary to the flavor of the fish itself.


Chef Susan Connors of Pisces Restaurant and Bar,

Susan Connors, has spent her life eating great seafood. As a child, her summers were spent on Cape Cod where she learned to dig clams, rake for quohogs, and fish for tatoug, scup and striper.



Having driven by countless times, but never having made the stop, I am now thrilled to say that this Chatham restaurant posing as a charming beach cottage is worth its weight in caviar. 

"It was easy to see why cars line up seven nights a week during the summer. Connors creates beautiful food stacked high on a classic white plate. Even the chive garnish was meticulously cut in small round pieces.

"Pisces is featured in the New England Edition edition as one of The Best Restaurants in America",


Pisces has been selected as a Fodor's Choice 2006, 2010 recipient by leading travel publisher for American travelers. Writers around the world select an exclusive list of restaurants, hotels, and attractions in their area to represent the best places to visit when traveling to their region .

"Occupying a bright, airy cottage in South Chatham, the fresh look of this Mediterranean seafood supper spot is matched by its menu: twice daily deliveries from the fishmonger produce seasonal specialties like Lobster, butternut squash and corn chowder; equally enticing is a wine list that rarely reaches the $40 mark and a dessert selection that includes homemade strawberry shortcake"  2006/07 ZAGAT Boston Restaurant Survey.

Chef-owner Sue Connors encourages reservations for her small and cozy restaurant, but says "we always welcome walk-ins. So please call or come by, for nine times out of 10 we can accommodate you"   


Make reservations early for exquisite Pisces,

A menu tells you a lot about a chef's style. ~the menu illustrates how much chef/owners Sue Connors and Ann Feeley care about fresh flavors and using the best possible ingredients they can find.


No reservations through email,

please call 508-432-4600

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