Southeastern Connecticut Restaurant Guide

Monday, January 25, 2016

It is probably pretty clear by now that I enjoy eating a good meal out and am always looking for new places to try. Southeastern Connecticut, where I'm originally from, has some fantastic choices that have been unfortunately skipped over by Connecticut Magazine, as their articles primarily focus on the northern half of the state. So here is my list of restaurants I like in this half of the state. This list is by no means comprehensive. If you are visiting or living here and are looking for somewhere to eat, try one of these spots and let me know what you think. Also, if I've missed your favorite restaurant, share it in the comments - I'd love to try it.

Throughout this post I also mention restaurants that I've heard great things about, but haven't yet had the chance to try. Consider it my must-visit list for over the summer.


Cafe Manga: Here you can find great Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere. Sit on the patio to really enjoy and be sure to have the polenta cakes! (68 Linwood Ave website)


These Guys Brewery Co.: These Guys Brewery is a delicious brewery and restaurant located in an old brick building in downtown. Be sure to try the mac and cheese and chai beer. (78 Franklin St website) Read more here ...

Harp and Dragon: Here you can find good bar food in a huge space that shows sports on flat screen tvs scattered throughout the restaurant. (130 Main St website)

Philly's A Taste of Philadelphia: Oh, how I love grinders and miss them when I'm not in the US! Stop by Philly's for delicious cheesesteak. (33 Sherman St website) Read more here ...


Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Looking for reasonable Tex-Mex cuisine? Head to Margaritas for special offers and salted-rim margaritas. (12 Water Street website)

The Pita Spot: The Pita Spot serves delicious Lebanese food and has a really friendly waitstaff. Try the Lala Chicken with garlic sauce or kebabs to feel as though you're traveling via your tastebuds. (45 Williams Ave website)

The Engine Room*: The Engine Room was a delicious surprise that we enjoyed on our recent trip to CT. They have a great brunch with an open kitchen and tons of seating. I recomment the Dutch Apple Pancakes and a side of corn bread. (14 Holmes St website) Read more here ...

Somewhere in Time: Visit Somewhere in Time for breakfast and expect a huge selection of delecious breakfasts and free coffee refills! (3175 Gold Star Hwy website)

Captain Daniel Packer Inne*: One of my favorites in the area, skip the upstairs of DPI (a fancier restaurant) and head directly to the cozy downstairs bar. The goat cheese medallions appetizer is great especially when washed down with a local brew. (32 Water St website)

Red 36: I've not yet tried Red 36, but it is on my list for places to try this summer. They have a seafood focused menu that sounds fantastic. (2 Washington St website)

Stonington Borough

Noah's: I love eating breakfast at this sunny restaurant located in the quaint Stonington Borough. The blueberry pancakes are my pick. (113 Water St. website)

Milagro Cafe: If you have a hankering for homemade Mexican food (their mole sauce is really good), Milagros is your best bet. (142 Water St website)

The Yellow House Coffee and Tea: On one of my many in search ofs for cafes in CT, I stumbled upon the Yellow House Cafe. I was pleasantly surprised by their bagel with cream cheese (spread evenly on both sides, unlike at Dunkin' Donuts) and would love to go back to try a sandwich. (149 Water St)

Dog Watch Cafe: An expensive, but nice restaurant located right on the water. (194 Water St website)


Abbott's Lobster in the Rough: This is a famous seasonal spot for fresh lobster, clams, crabs, and other seafood. Grab a picnic table and be prepared for a wait at this delicious outdoor restaurant. (117 Pearl Street website) Read more here ...

Ford's Lobster: Located just down the street from Abbott's, Ford's serves the same fresh seafood but is just a bit fancier. (15 Riverview Ave website) Read more here ...


Paul's Pasta*: Paul's Pasta is my favorite restaurant for freshly-made pasta dishes. I especially love the fettuccine alfredo with chicken! (223 Thames Street) Read more here ...

New London

Muddy Waters: Find muffins, bagels, egg sandwiches, and coffee at this cafe that is loved by its community. (42 Bank Street)

Northern Indian*: One of my favorite restaurants in the area, Northern Indian serves amazing curries (the Saag Paneer is tasty) and has a great value lunch buffet.

2 Wives: Shock and horror - I haven't yet mentioned a pizza place! 2 Wives serves great salads (try the Panzanella Salad) and tasty pizzas (with options for vegan and/or gluten free pizza) and often has 2 for 1 specials. (45 Huntington St website)

The Seehund German Pub and Restaurant: This restaurant comes highly recommended by my parents. I've not yet visited, but I'm sure I will over the summer, as I'm tempted by their traditional German fare (the roast beef sandwich and ruben both sound fantastic). (345 Bank St website)

RIP Singapore Grill :(   - my favorite restaurant recently closed :(


Cafe NV: I always want to eat Greek food (and not have to cook it myself), so Cafe NV is somewhere I always try to visit when I'm back in the area. (57 Boston Post Road website)

Old Saybrook

Mystic Market: With several spots around Connecticut (including in Mystic), the Mystic Market is a great place for healthy fast food. Though pretty expensive, I love their sandwiches and occasionally pick up a frozen meal to re-heat at home. (70 Mill Rock Rd E website) Read more here ...

Penny Lane Pub: Though I haven't been to Penny Lane for a couple of years, I always have enjoyed their food (and am really thinking I need to go back soon!). They have the best sweet potato fries around and the location is great for a walk around Old Saybrook. (150 Main St website)


Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale: This is the spot that my out-of-town family always wants to eat at when in Connecticut. As the name suggests, they serve mainly seafood. (86 Boston Post Rd website)

East Lyme

La Belle Aurore*: The stuffed french toast at La Belle Aurore is what brunch dreams are made of! La Belle Aurore is a tiny restaurant in East Lyme that uses local, in-season ingredients and free-range meat. (75 Pennsylvania Ave. website)

Lilian's Cafe: Lillian's serves creative dishes of fresh seafood, salads, steaks, and burgers. Their outdoor patio is perfect in the summer, but arrive early as it fills up quickly. (374 Main Street website)

Hartford Giant Grinder: Another place to experience grinder (hoagie, sub, submarine ...) heaven, try the meatball grinder at Hartford Giant Grinder. (8 Hope St)

The Shack: The Shack has several locations in Connecticut, but the original is the best. Head to the Shack early for a filling breakfast (and to beat the crowd of old people). (324 Flanders Rd)


Plan B Burger: This restaurant and bar offers a huge selection of burgers made of the finest quality meat from animals treated humanely. (120 Hebron Ave. website)

You can find my reviews of many of these restaurants on Minube. Restaurants with a * indicate my favorite of the bunch.

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