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Mystic, CT-Westerly, RI and vicinity--lunch & dinner

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Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 04:10 AM

I've done a search, but I have some more questions.

My SO and I will be staying in Mystic for a week for a family reunion which is being held in Westerly, RI. We will want to have some lunches & dinners on our own while there. He is disabled, uses a wheelchair, and tires easily. We can't do leisurely two hour meals. He loves seafood, but is otherwise pretty unadventurous. So, forget the Thai place everyone seems to rave about. We'll be doing a clambake as part of the reunion, so clambake foods aren't important. I love oysters and will gorge myself whenever I can. We are staying in a place with a kitchen & will cook our own breakfasts.

Based on a search here and other Internet rummaging, S&P Oysters, Go Fish, and Daniel Packer look promising. So does Anthony J's. Anyone who has been to those, can you mentally wander around in a wheelchair? What are the restrooms like? Is service relatively prompt?

What else would you recommend that is within a 20 minute drive or so of Mystic, or is in Westerly? Little Kitchen won't work for us, alas; it sounds wonderful

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    Avalon RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 12:08 PM

    This is my turf...so here's some thoughts. What comes to mind for your needs (i.e., wheelchair accessible, nice atmosphere, good food)is Skippers (on the water) in Stonington; GoFish in Mystic; The Fisherman in Noank. I am sorry to say that AnthonyJs would not be a good place (although it is one of my favorite places to eat) and I'm not sure of the Daniel Packer (except "upstairs"...where there is a separate entrance and it may be wheelchair accessible). S&P Oysters is right on the water and would be good (although it's not one of my favorite food places). The FloodTide is also a possibility and if it isn't foggy, you would have a wonderful view of the water. Of course there are always the favorite fast food seafood places like Sea Swirl, Cove Fish Market, and SeaView. They have dining under cover outdoors. Also a really good breakfast place that would work for you is on RT184 in Old Mystic called Somewhere in Time. Good luck!

    1. whs RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 02:48 PM

      If the weather's nice, you could sit outside at the Olympia Tea Room in Watch Hill.

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        mstatt54 RE: whs Jun 29, 2006 04:34 PM

        all due respect, but i believe olympia tea is overpriced, not very good, and overcrowded. it does have a nice ambiance though.

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        mstatt54 RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 04:09 PM

        you will love Skipper's Dock at 66 Water Street, Stonington, CT 06378 (860) 535-0111. The wheelchair will not be an issue as it is flat from the parking lot to the restaurant. You can also try Noah's in Stonington as well. In Westerly, try the Shelter Harbor Inn or the Wilcox Tavern. Shelter Harbor Inn might be tough w/ the wheelchair b/c they have a stone parking lot.

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          lexpatti RE: mstatt54 Jan 13, 2007 09:01 PM

          We loved Noah's in Stonington. And had an awesome lunch in downtown Stonington (on the same street as Noah's but the name escapes me) - excellent food, funky decor - easily accessible for wheelchair on both places.

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          mstatt54 RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 04:11 PM

          For lunch you should try a lobster roll at St. Clare's Annex in Watch Hill. Its a classic.

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            mstatt54 RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 04:12 PM

            Soupy (italian sausage) in Westerly, RI.
            go to Ritacco's hole in the wall market on 84 Oak Street ((401) 596-1835) and ask for this. It is absolutely amazing and I have not found it anywhere else. you will love me.

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              dpicarelli RE: mstatt54 Jan 13, 2007 08:26 PM

              I make soupy if we are talking about the same thing dry cured sausage if you can't find it let me know I always have some on hand

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              Marco RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 29, 2006 08:41 PM

              For Avalon,
              Where's AnthonyJ's located? I know Noank some, where's the Fisherman? Near Abbott's? Grew up in Westerly. Thx

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                Avalon RE: Marco Jun 29, 2006 10:34 PM

                AnthonyJ's is located in downtown Mystic near the drawbridge at 6 Holmes Street. It's an italian bistro. Very small...about 6 tables for two and 6 tables for 4 or more. The bar is very popular (with about 8 stools) and room for about a dozen more people. The food is good and the atmosphere is dark and comfortable.

                The Fisherman is located on RT 215 going toward Groton Long Point. (About 6-blocks west of Abbotts) It is a big-roomed place with windows looking out towards Palmer Cove and Fishers Island Sound. I can't vouch for the food since I haven't been there for a while but it had been pretty average...with the typical fish choices in addition to the fish of the day. Also...in that area is another place for fresh fish. It's called The Seahorse. It doesn't have windows looking out to anyplace but the bar has plenty of locals from the Noank area who are into boating.

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                  Marco RE: Avalon Jun 30, 2006 02:46 PM

                  Thanks Avalon. I see these places all the time and forget their names. The Fisherman's right across from the small beach where the cops nab you of you go 20 mph, right? I haven't been to the Seahorse in years. They're good.
                  Does Holmes St run off the flag pole coming into Mystic from Stonington? I think I've seen AnthonyJ's but have never been there. Thanks much. My cousin has a house in glam GLP on Sea Breeze Way. He lets me visit once a year.

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                  FoodieJim RE: Marco Jun 30, 2006 02:50 PM

                  Marco: If you are not completely familiar with Mystic, here are some rough directions to Anthony J's. While Avalon is correct that it is in downtown Mystic, it's not a place that you would pass if you simply cruise Main Street.

                  If you are driving (or walking) Main street in the direction from Mystic Pizza to the bridge, continue across the bridge to the falgpole. Take a left at the flagpole and continue a block and a half. It will be on your right.

                  If you are coming from the direction of the Seaport on Greenmanville Ave, go past the Seaport and look for Holmes Street on your right. It is a small residential looking street. Take a right on Holmes and follow it about 1/3 of a mile. Anthony J's will be on your left. Hope this helps.

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                  Marco RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 30, 2006 02:56 PM

                  Thanks Jim. While you were posting I checked Google Maps. Now I know where Holmes St is. I've seen AnthonyJ's but they weren't open for lunch the day I went. Dinner only maybe. Somewhere in Time sounds good for breakfast on 184 in Old Mystic. Would you know the RT. 95 exit for that?

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                    JaneRI RE: Nutraxfornerves Jun 30, 2006 03:47 PM

                    You HAVE to go to The Up River Cafe in Westerly! One of the prettiest outdoor patios I've ever been on. Wonderful service, great drinks menu, and great food. Here's a link:

                    http://www.theuprivercafe.net/

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                      mstatt54 RE: JaneRI Jul 18, 2006 01:06 AM

                      Up River is totally over rated. Get italian when your are in Westerly.

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                        thinks too much RE: mstatt54 Jan 16, 2007 04:09 PM

                        Every time I drive by Up River Cafe, I sniffle, still missing Three Fish (the restaurant that used to be there)

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