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May 11, 2009 08:43 AM

Please help!! Need a good place to eat near New London ferry

A friend and I are going to a funeral on Long Island tomorrow and will be taking the New London ferry - can anyone recommend a place where we can eat on our way home? We'll be traveling from New London to Providence - neither of us like fast food (with the exception of good pizza!!). Other than fast food and seafood, we are open to anything. Thanks!

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  1. Best bet is to stop at Mystic- about 10 minutes up (north/east) on the highway. It's a bit touristy, but we usually stop at the Steak Loft, right next to the Aquarium. It's right off 95. I usually come from the other direction- when you get off the ramp, you can see it right at the end of the exit ramp.

    1. Tony D's on New London is an excellent old school Italian "red sauce" restaurant.

      1. I really like Bangkok City/Little Tokyo (two restaurants--Thai and sushi--under one roof) in New London, but that seems to be an unpopular opinion on this board. Nonetheless, I've been enjoying their tom ka gai, pad prik sod and panang since the early 90s and still make it a point to go when we're in the area.

        Or, if you want a bit of a change of pace after your day (my sympathies--I'm off to a wake in a couple of hours myself), right off 95 as you're heading home is Tastings in Mystic. It's a wine bar, but not overly "fancy," and the food is very good. Here's a link to reviews of Tastings:

        4 Hendel Dr, Stonington, CT 06378

        Bangkok City Thai Cuisine
        123 State St, New London, CT 06320

        Little Tokyo Japanese
        131 State St, New London, CT 06320

        1. Whenever I go to New London, I try to grab a bite or a beer at the Dutch Tavern on Green Street - it's a few blocks up from the ferry terminal.

          Dutch's is a down and dirty place - famous because Eugene O'Neil used to drink there - and the food is good in a homemade kind of way. There's usually some kind of roast on the menu, and I've had an excellent burger and soup there too. Sailors and other locals hang out there.

          Taverns just serve beer and wine, FYI. It's easy to walk right past this place - you walk in and feel like you're in another time.