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casual restaurants along I-84 & I-95 through CT & RI

In June, we'll be making an out and back trip from Cleveland, OH to Kingston, RI through NY state, then dropping down to I-84 & I-95 to make our way through CT. Are there any notable casual restaurants not too far from the highway along that stretch? Menu can be pretty much anything (ice cream, coffee/beverages, pizza, local cuisine, diner, etc). We're just looking for unique stops along the way (and kid-friendly, but doesn't necessarily need to have a kids' menu specifically). What's the fun of traveling if fast food chains are your only option?

Also, if anyone has suggestions for great casual (non-chain) lunch or dinner places in Kingston, RI or Narragansett, RI, I'm all ears. Where to get high quality seafood? Way better than just average burgers/sandwiches? Doughnuts other than the Dunkin variety?

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  1. I'm not sure of your route, but if you come through New London, CT you could go to Captain Scott's Lobster Dock. It's in an odd out of the way spot, but has great lobster rolls and seafood. You sit outside at picnic tables by a marina. The food is much better than Abbott's in Noank (10 min down the road) which is a big tourist destination in our area. Abbott's is much more scenic--you drive through beautiful Noank and sit on a lawn by the water, but the food isn't as good. I guess it depends on which you care more about. Both places would be good for kids.

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    Captain Scott's Lobster Dock
    80 Hamilton St, New London, CT 06320

    1. If you come back on I-95, consider getting off at exit 65 in Westbrook. There are two nice family friendly restaurants you might consider. Edd's Place on Rt. 1 is a casual deli-restaurant with gazebo and outdoor seating overlooking a wetland (look for egrets or ospreys), and Lenny and Joes' Fish Tale a little further down the road has great seafood (try the lobster roll) with indoor and screen room seating. You can pop back onto I-95 (at exit 64) from the road next to L&J's.

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      Fish Tale Restaurant
      86 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook, CT 06498

      1. The Place in Guilford, CT on Rt. 1. It's an outdoor clambake where your food is cooked over an open fire.

        The Clam Castle in Madison, CT on Rt. 1.Small roadside place with great fried seafood, burgers, hot dogs, fries and onion rings.

        Frank Pepe's in New Haven, CT on Wooster St. World Famous thin crust pizza. Famous for a White Clam Pizza

        Louis' Lunch in New Haven, CT. Claims to be the first place in the US to serve the hamburger. Served on toast in unique upright cookers.

        Chick's Drive-In, West Haven, CT. Old fashioned drive in right across from the beach. Garage doors open to lots of counter for ordering split griddled hot dogs, burgers, seafood, fries and onion rings. Sit outside or inside.

        Bill's Seafood on the Westbrook, Clinton, CT line on Rt. 1. Foot long hot lobster rolls, great seafood, burgers, dogs, etc. Sit outside on the inlet and listen to the cars go over the "singing" bridge.

        Abbott's in the Rough in Noank, CT. Steamed lobsters, clams, hot lobster sandwich. Outdoor seating on the water. Very casual atmosphere. Kids can feed the fish on the patio. Great ice cream from a local dairy.

        Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT. Made famous by the movie with Julia Roberts. Good pizza. Great part of town to walk around and get an ice cream.

        That's a start. Hope it helps.

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        Louis' Lunch
        263 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511

        Clam Castle
        1324 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

        Bill's Seafood Restaurant
        , Old Saybrook, CT 06475

        Mystic Pizza
        56 W Main St, Mystic, CT 06355

        1. Once in Narragansett, you have to hit Crazy Burger. Kid-friendly and fun.

          1. So 1-84 http://www.bluecolonydiner.com/
            http://www.richfarmicecream.com/
            http://www.blackieshotdogs.com/
            I-684 to Meriden
            http://www.klamayssteamedcheeseburger... (regional specialty-great cheese
            )I-91 to New Haven
            http://www.pepespizzeria.com/ world's best pizza-try a white clam
            I-95 to shoreline places above

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            1. re: brookerme

              Great call on Rich Farm. Their ice cream is so very good.