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MrBigTime Nov 27, 2006 10:00 PM

Hi - will be in the Groton/New London Area several nights a week over the next couple of months. Any suggestions on local restaurants? I like seafood, but any hole in the wall will do, as I tend to stay away from chains.

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  1. HungryChris RE: MrBigTime Nov 28, 2006 12:48 PM

    Here are just a few places to visit:

    This is a great neighborhood cafe that offers a pretty good selection of food.

    Paul's Pasta
    Oddly enough, their pasta and sauce is their weakest link. Their salads are the best in the area.

    Seahorse (Marsh rd, Noank)
    This is a great little place that offers everything from oysters on the half shell to some pretty outlandish dishes. Start by eating in the bar to get the real feel of the place.

    Captain Danial Packer Inn
    This place is in the Groton side of Mystic along the Mystic river.
    Once again, start in the tavern downstairs. Have a cold Double Diamond, some bread with roasted garlic and a few oysters (you may have to ask for them, but ask.

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      cheesey RE: MrBigTime Nov 28, 2006 06:40 PM

      Noah's in Stonington Borough - about 10 mins from Groton - great food - especially seafood. Also Water Street Cafe just down the street have excellent food.

      Zavala's in New London - good mexican food

      Tony D's in New London - good old school Italian

      Hanifan's in New London - traditional Irish pub with very good burgers and such.

      Haven't been to Olio's in Groton for a while but enjoyed it very much about a year ago.

      Big splurge - Octogon at the Mystic Marriott which is actually in Groton - great steak place - alongthe lines of The Palm or Arnie Morton.


      1. MrBigTime RE: MrBigTime Nov 29, 2006 01:48 AM

        Excellent. Thanks for the tips. I look forward to some good eats in the near future.

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          Gratin RE: MrBigTime Nov 29, 2006 06:38 PM

          If you feel like Indian try Mirch Massala on Route 184 in Groton for good ingredients well prepared.

          1. MrBigTime RE: MrBigTime Dec 5, 2006 12:06 AM

            Just ate at the Seahorse. Didn't have the fastest service, but that may be due to the fact that I was the only one not sitting at the bar (it was full). The food, however, was delicious. Now to move on down the list ...

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              DrTomG RE: MrBigTime Dec 6, 2006 02:22 PM

              I also recently ate at the SeaHorse in the bar area. Was on a weeknight and the bar was booming. My table had the fried oysters and the calamari fra diavolo - and they both were outstanding.

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                HungryChris RE: DrTomG Dec 7, 2006 02:41 AM

                As a matter of fact, Doc, the calamari fra diavolo is my absolute favorite there. My only complaint is that it is a dish that cries out for a crust of bread and they have not offered that with lunch so far. I just can't understand that at all. It may be different at dinner, however.

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                  chowmensch RE: HungryChris Mar 3, 2008 11:14 AM

                  I love Seahorse as well and my favorite is the fettucine with seafood in a light alfredo sauce. Big chunks of lobster and scallops over spinach fettucine. They do include crusty bread at dinner to soak up the delcious sauce. I would also agree with previous posters about Tony D's in New London and Octagon at the Marriott in Groton. Cafe 57 in New London has an amazing prime rib on Friday and Saturdays. Also, in Old Lyme, Boom is terrific. Now, if I could just find a good bagel in Greater New London my life would be complete.

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                    chowmensch RE: chowmensch Mar 4, 2008 09:11 AM

                    One more New London recommendation: Singapore Grill and Sushi Bar....excellent...

            2. MrBigTime RE: MrBigTime Dec 11, 2006 11:38 PM

              Ate at Hannafin's tonight. The menu was rather short, but quite tasty. Healthy sized portions for a decent price. Would reccomend it to others.

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                brooksideways RE: MrBigTime Mar 2, 2008 07:35 PM

                I love Olio in groton, also ditto on Daniel Packer
                Depends on if im going to the casino or the coast

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                Noank Native RE: MrBigTime Mar 5, 2008 10:17 AM

                Bravo Bravo, Azu & Olio are all owned by the same people, and all have very good food. Also I second Capt Daniel Packer Inn, it's especially nice if you can get a table downstairs in the bar, very cozy atmosphere and good food. I would not recommend Octagon, the last time I went (admitted quite a while ago), I found the atmosphere to be really pretentious and stuffy. RE: Mitch Masala, I'm not sure if they are open, I'd check. I think that Northern India in New London has much better Indian food. Hope you have a good visit!

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                  Alica RE: Noank Native Mar 5, 2008 01:26 PM

                  Northern India has wonderful food! Has anyone been to Lucca's Wine Bar & Grill?

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                    Noank Native RE: Alica Mar 7, 2008 04:32 PM

                    Yes, my husband and I went to Lucca's a month or so ago. We weren't there for a meal, just a glass of wine and something to nibble on. My impression was that it has great potential, but they are just starting out and are not there yet. I want them to succeed--it would be such a great addition to Bank Street. They need a little push or a little pizzaz or some spark! However, we were there on a Saturday afternoon--it may already have that at night. After all this is New London, not Manhattan, we can't expect too much buzz on a Saturday afternoon in the winter! We'll go back again.

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                    karlssoni RE: Noank Native Mar 6, 2008 02:31 PM

                    The mention of MM reminded me that I needed to try it, so I went there for lunch yesterday. Their sign says they are open six days a week, though I failed to notice which. Nice buffet with good variety, which they told me varies from day to day. Dinner is from menu.

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                    luv2eatct RE: MrBigTime Mar 6, 2008 09:35 AM

                    I'll second noahs in stonington and right up the street is Water St. Cafe which my wife and I enjoyed very much.

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