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Apr 3, 2010 08:30 AM

Best Places in Connecticut to eat outdoors --> April 2010 version


We love to go to any outdoor seating restaurant venues with average to above average food of any type. I just was curious as to what would be the latest and greatest places that accomodate whether its the shore or inland we would go anywhere!

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks for reading


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  1. Cafe Grounded in Guilford, CT is very nice once they open the outside.

    Cafe Grounded
    20 Church St, Guilford, CT 06437

    1. You don't say where you are, but if you are near Westbrook, I have two suggestions. Edd's deli has a screened in gazebo overlooking a marsh often populated by shorebirds and kayakers and their food (typical family favorites) is always satisfying. Bill's Seafood, while not my favorite fish shop in the area, is quite adequate and has a pleasant porch overlooking a wetland with osprey nests. We also ate at an outdoor table at Pazzo (upscale Italian) last year, but they had a change of staff and I'm not sure if they are offering that this year, but you could ask.

      1. just enjoyed a great meal on the outdoor patio of Lucky Lou's in the center of old Wethersfield

        1. The Place -- Guilford. Not just seats outdoors, but also the kitchen! Everything. Open wood fired lobster, seafood, and chicken. BYOBSD -- booze, sides and deserts. Don't wear anything fancy cause you'll sit on tree stumps. And order the bbq'ed clams. Simply the tastiest I've had anywhere, The wood fired lobster is unique, sumptuous, and addictive. Doesn't need butter. Lobster Pound value.

          Drive up BPR and look for smoke. Don't know if they're open yet. .Go early in the season or the evening to beat the lines. And drop over to Bishop's Apple Orchards for the best Kettle Corn ever. And fruit in the fall.

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          1. re: louuuuu

            +1 on The Place. The jfoods used to call it Whitey's. Been there forever.


            1. re: jfood

              The bagelmans also still call it Whitey's

              see this link for history, etc.


              1. re: bagelman01

                thanks buddy. trying to get a group to go there in the near future.

            2. re: louuuuu

              AGREE re: The Place in Guilford. LOVE IT!!! Their Salmon is terrific!! Also try Bill's Seafood Shack in Clinton/Westbrook. Typical, "clam shack" fare but ambience is fun.