Christopher's Café in Groton does it all. Come in for a meal, hang out at the pool table or put on your dancing shoes when it gets late. The restaurant men serves your traditional bar food: plenty of wings, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and big steaks. No matter when you pop into Christopher's Café, you will find something to do and eat.
Pasta Fresca & Piadina features a delicious menu of Italian deli meats, cheeses and grinders. Enjoy salami, ham, capicola, pepperoni and more on crunchy New York-style Italian breads, either served hot or cold. The extensive take-out menu also includes soups and salads. The quaint, traditional-style deli is cash only so be sure to carry enough. Prices are reasonable and won't burn a hole in your pocket. A local favorite, Pasta Fresca & Piadina is one of the best places to stop by for a quick bite to go.
The Captain Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Pub on Water Street in Mystic is located in an historic home, constructed in 1756 for Captain Packer and his family. The lovely home remained in the family until the mid-1970s, at which time it was restored and converted into a fine restaurant. The upstairs restaurant serves modern New England fare (plenty of seafood) and contemporary American dishes. Or if you prefer something more casual, you can just head downstairs to the bar with its exposed ceiling beams and original stone foundation. The pub has an extensive pub grub menu with everything from chicken wings to burgers, and these foods are served for both lunch and dinner. There is live music after 10p nearly every night. Note that dinner is served from 5p-10p, but the downstairs pub is open until late.
The Bleu Squid at Olde Mistick Village is a great place to stop for a bite to eat while in the Mystic area. If you are looking for something casual, comforting and delicious, this is the perfect place to pick up a grilled cheese, quiche, cupcakes, artisanal cheeses or pates. The most popular menu items are the Lobster Grilled Cheese and Bleu and Bacon Grilled Cheese. For the little ones, there are children's grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This bakery and cafe is perfect for lunch after a morning at the nearby Mystic Aquarium.
Located on the property of Mystic Seaport, Latitude 41° offers a delicious menu of traditional New England fare. Many of the items on the menu include locally grown produce and meats from local farms. Enjoy seasonal menus and special dinners throughout the year. The restaurant's in-house pub, The Shipyard Tavern is an excellent spot to savor some ocean-fresh oysters, delicious sandwiches, and burgers along with a pint of craft beer from Shipyard Brewing. Share small plates like Shipyard fried oyster stew, lobster rolls, bourbon-seared scallops, and classic clam chowder while taking in views of the Mystic river from the lively patio.
If you are looking for some of that great Connecticut-seafood taste, look no further than the Sea View, located on Route 1 in Mystic. Enjoy all your favorite seafood platters, deep fried with sides of delicious fries or onion rings. Indulge in plenty of lobster, clams, calamari, shrimp, scallops and incredible clam strips. There is a great view of the Mystic River from the outdoor seating area.
Located in Downtown New London, the Dutch Tavern on Green Street is a comfortable local sports bar that serves some serious retro beers. It's an old bar that has been open since 1933 and was a watering hole of playwright Eugene O'Neill. There are plenty of beers on tap, like Cottrell Old Yankee Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Guinness and Harpoon IPA. You can even get Schaefer in cans if you want to get that early 20th-century feel. The lunch menu is small, but heart with burgers (including veggie burgers!), soups, hot dogs and sandwiches. As noted on their website, "Baseball takes precedence" at this joint, but you can always expect the best games on the tube.
Looking to savor a delectable brunch amidst a chic ambiance? Look no further than the popular RD86 Space in New London. While their menu changes frequently, giving way to newer, ingenious dishes, the elegant ambiance, replete with a retro vibe, is a constant crowd puller. The restaurant also offers a special menu of prepared meals for events and occasions. Indulge in a drink at the restaurant’s central bar whilst taking a peek inside the busy test kitchen, or bring in a big brunch with your friends in their quaint patio. It is safe to say that when in New London, dining at RD86 Space is a unique, must-have experience.
Located in the Historic Waterfront District of Downtown New London, the Muddy River Cafe is a favorite local hangout for that caffeine pick-me-up. If you're not looking for that cup of coffee, try one of the delicious salads, sandwiches, pastries or soups. One of the best features of this little coffeehouse is the waterfront view of the Thames on the cafe's lovely terrace. When it's cold outside, saddle up to the fireplace with a good book and a warm drink.
Come to Paul's Pasta Shop to treat your palate with some authentic Italian food. As their name suggests, pastas are their forte and these dishes are crafted with perfection and plated with care.
Mr. G's in New London is a throwback to classic, dive sports bars of yore. This is a neighborhood bar where you can get a great meal, toss back a few beers and watch the Patriots. The menu is enormous and encompasses everyone's favorite cuisines such as Greek, Italian and American. Most come for the plentiful grinders filled with Italian deli meats and huge pizzas. Everything is well-priced, making this s great place to go on a shoestring.
The Norm's Diner is quintessentially American. The classic diner serves up such hearty favorites as the 5-ounce Norm's Burger made with Swiss cheese, bacon and fried onions; Gobbler sandwich, fresh turkey, gravy, stuffing, cheese; Pastrami Reuben; and of course, the classic pie of the day. The retro-style interiors take you back to a simpler time as does the artery-clogging but delicious menu of comfort favorites. Plates come loaded and even the most healthy appetite promises to be satiated here!