Fish & Chips (mostly fish) in Connecticut
Here in CT from Seattle. Will be visiting relatives near Old Saybrook a couple days. Looking for suggestions for great fish and chips, or fish in general along the coast anywhere from New Haven area east to Rhode Island. Thanks for all ideas.
While back east got to eat at two of the suggested places. Had lunch at Flanders Fish Market, the fish part of the fish and chips was good, lightly breaded and crisp, the fries horrible, the cole slaw good. My SO had grilled swordfish that was really good. Would go back if in the area. A couple nights later 4 of us eat at Johnny Ad's. All round basically not a good experience. The fish and chips were tasteless with the breading falling off the fish. I had the fish sandwich, and I agree with my teenage son who said it tasted like McDonalds fish burger (but at twice the price). He had the swordfish platter where the fish was good. At Johnny Ad's the fries were only okay, the cole slaw horrible, and the sodas watered down. Would never go back there. Thanks for the suggestions but I think I'll pass on fish and chips next time I go home to CT.
Bethwick - next time you're in CT, take the time to drive up to City Fish Market in Wethersfield, CT. They are primarily a fish market and they supply a lot of the local restaurants with fish, but they also have a take out window where they make fish and chips, and it's the best I've ever had - and I've had fish and chips up and down the east coast as well as over in London! Lightly breaded so the fish isn't overwhelmed by batter, and the fries are big thick crinkle cut steak fries! In fact, I'm going to have some fish and chips today over there! Sorry you had a bad experience at Johnny' Ad's - I've been there too, and thought it was overpriced and all around crummy.
Td61 has some very good suggestions. I've eaten at most of these places and you you will enjoy all of them. We lived on the CT shoreline for 15 years before recently moving back to the Midwest. For my money, the best seafood we had while in Connecticut was at Lenny's (not to be confused with Lenny and Joe's), which is in Branford. It is located on CT #146, which is listed in Yankee Magazine and as one of one of the most picturesque drives in New England. The highway runs along the coast, teasing you with views of Long Island Sound and tidal pools between Branford and the Guilford Green. The Guilford Green was also listed as the 2nd best Green in all of NE by Yankee Magazine. Another recommendation is to stop in Madison at the Madison Beach Hotel. The food at Wharf, the hotel's restaurant, is not bad, but like so many other places along the shorline. The real reason to stop here though is to sit on the covered deck overlooking LI Sound and have a drink and/or an appetizer. This is undobtedly one of the most beautiful spot along the CT coastline to see LI Sound and available to anyone for the cost of a drink. On a beautiful day the view of the coastline, with the rocks that extend out into the Sound, can be breathtaking. On bad days it still pretty good! Take Route #1 back to OS. I know you are looking for seafood, and I would be too, but this area (New Haven especially) is famous for Italian food. If you don't have the time to go into NH and have pizza at Sally's or Pepy's (the last three presidents have stood in line [during their college days] at one of these two places just to get in to have some of the best pizza in America] on Wooster Street, stop in Clinton at Saldamarco's for a hoagy. Unbelievablly good food, and not very expensive! Good luck, I envy you.
We had to bring a car to Old Saybrook for service just last week and based on our experience there, I would start with Johnny Ads on the Post Road (RT 1) right there in OS. We had the absolute best fried clams there! We have gone to Essex, MA
(Woodmans, the Clam Box and the Village) and Johnny Ads fried clams were over the top and a tank of gas cheaper. We had tunnel vision for the fried clams, but their menu is much broader and I would give it a try.
Starting at NewHaven and proceeding eastward here are some Fish&Chips standbys:
Lenny's Indian Head, Branford
USS ChowderPot III, Branford (Not my favorite, but NH Advocate likes it)
Lenny & Joes Fish Tail, Madison
Westbrook Lobster, Clinton-Westbrook line
Lenny & Joes Fish Tail, Westbrook
Bill's Seafood, Westbrook
Johnny Ad's, Old Saybrook
Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme
Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, New London (al fresco)
Abbott's Lobster, Noank
Skipper's Dock, Mystic
Sea Swirl, Mystic (Clam shack type)
Skipper's Dock, Stonington
(There are lots more, but either I haven't been there or don't recommend them)
I had good luck here... http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=651
Try this site as well... http://www.hollyeats.com/NewEngland.htm