Pier to Plate
"There's plenty of fish in the sea, it's just not the fish you're used to eating"
In 2017 the Fishermen's Alliance launched Pier to Plate, a program that aimed to create consumer demand for skate and dogfish on Cape Cod. Local small-boat fishermen sustainably catch “under-loved” dogfish and skate in abundance right off our shores, but 99 percent of this plentiful, white fish is shipped overseas to restaurants in Europe and Asia.
From May through October of 2017, Pier to Plate drove awareness and generated demand for locally caught dogfish and skate. The program provided 4,010 pounds of dogfish and 5,600 pounds of skate to over 40 participating food establishments, local events and samples for institutional sales. The program was significant enough to be featured in 68 media outlets – 11 national, 29 regional and 28 local.
Pier to Plate helped to stimulate enough consumer demand that local restaurants are serving skate and dogfish, among other local species. Check out the working directory below for great restaurant choices and be sure to ask if the fish on the menu was caught locally.
"If it's Pier to Plate, you know it's Cape caught."
✔ Local ✔ Sustainable ✔ Delicious
The following restaurants are serving local seafood:
¹Uses underutilized species as a regular menu item
²Uses underutilized species as a special menu item
Underutilized fish refers to skate, dogfish, monkfish, or black sea bass.
Local Seafood as Regular Menu Item
Blackfish & The Crush, Truro¹
Brewster Fish House, Brewster²
Chatham Squire, Chatham
Chatham Wine Bar, Chatham
Clean Slate Eatery, Dennis²
Far Land Provisions, Provincetown¹
Far Land on the Beach, Provincetown¹
Red Nun, Chatham²
Solace Food Truck, Wellfleet¹
Mac's Fish House, Provincetown¹
Mac's Shack, Wellfleet¹
Mac's on the Pier, Wellfleet¹
Mac's Market, Provincetown¹
Mac's Market & Kitchen, Eastham¹
Chatham Fish & Lobster, Chatham & Dennis¹
Hatch's Fish Market, Wellfleet
Local Seafood as Special Menu Item (call ahead to confirm!)
Red Nun Bar & Grill, Dennis