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Will be staying in Old Saybrook. It is our first break from the kids so I need great restaurants (Do not have to be $$$$) We plan on visiting Mystic on Sun. otherwise we will be in Old Saybrook. I am a foodie (former chef) and my hubby loves to sit and have cocktails. We are open to anything but would really like to find places that are unique to the area.

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  1. If you mean this Sunday 8/15 in Mystic be prepared for crowds. The art festival is this weekend and can wreak havoc as far as having dinner in Mystic. Take the extra 10 minutes down the road to check out Stonington. There are quite a few options for dinner and drinks that can make for a great Sunday :)

      1. Agree on Cafe Routier (Westbrook) and Elizabeth's (AKA Perfect Parties) in Madison. You must add the Copper Beech Inn, Essex (Their dining room is very good, the Brasserie Pip is excellent); Liv's Oyster Bar and Som Siam East (both in Old Saybrook). A search on this board for Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Old Lyme, Mystic, Stonington, Groton and Noank will turn up many more.

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        Liv's Oyster Bar
        166 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

        Brasserie Pip
        46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

        Copper Beech Inn
        46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

        1. Thank you for the tips, we aren't going until mid-Sept so we will avoid the crowds. I am looking forward to the trip!

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          1. re: momcooks42

            Agree with Routier and Liv's also.

            I like the wine bar at The Griswold Inn in Essex. Also, Abbot's in Noank (near Mystic) is one our favorite summer spots for the classic New England lobster by the water experience.

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            Griswold Inn
            36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426

          2. Up rt 154 in Chester, try Lupo. Nice selection of small plates and interesting drinks. http://luporestaurant.com. We love sitting at the bar, usually an interesting crowd there. A couple of weeks ago we had Morrocean Spiced Garbanzo Fritters(falafel on steriods :) ), a bruschetta with goat cheese, a warm eggplant bruschetta, a scallop gratin dish and a special, salmon with artichoke hearts in a warm lemon vinagrette. The plum crumble for dessert was fabulous, one of the few times I regreted making my husband share dessert. I could have devoured the whole thing myself.