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Looking for Seafood Between New Haven and Rhode Island!

thegreenfish Jul 8, 2011 10:46 AM

Hi All!

I live in Providence and my Granny will be visiting family in Woodmont, CT next Friday. We'd love to fing a place somewhere in the middle where we could get some great New England seafood. About 5 years ago we went ot a superb outdoor BYOB lobster place, but neither of us can remember the name! At least she can blame her age, I have no excuse. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Price is not a big issue--thanks Gran--we just want something delicious!


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    plien69 RE: thegreenfish Jul 8, 2011 01:51 PM

    Was the outdoor lobster place called The Place in Guilford?

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      bagelman01 RE: plien69 Jul 10, 2011 03:05 PM

      The Place is NOT a lobster place> While they may have grilled lobsters and shrimp, they are a CLAM Place


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        Bkeats RE: bagelman01 Jul 11, 2011 08:08 AM

        ?????? The Place in Guilford has clams on the menu but I don't think of it as a clam place at all. Its an outdoor giant fire trench place that cooks eveything they can from the sea over an open flame. Huge pots of boiling water are there to steam lobsters. I like to start with the grilled clams and then have a lobster with grilled corn. Bring your own wine and salads.

        Here's the menu which has lobsters and clams and lots of other things.

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          bagelman01 RE: Bkeats Jul 11, 2011 02:23 PM

          have eaten at the place and its predecessor Whitey's since I was a young child. Great clams and corn, so so lobster and fair to middlin shrimp.

          Much better lobster can be had elsewhere

          www.weloveclams.com awarded The Place the best non-fried clams on earth award.

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            Bkeats RE: bagelman01 Jul 12, 2011 09:13 AM

            Best non-fried clams on earth? They're good, but I think that's a bit of hyperbole. With the variety of non-fried ways clams are served around earth, I think they need to increase the sample size.

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              bagelman01 RE: Bkeats Jul 13, 2011 09:46 AM

              I would suggest you send that suggestion to the website, I don't write for it or give the award.

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              robinsilver RE: bagelman01 Jul 18, 2011 03:54 PM

              We started going there about 30 years ago, and go back every once in a while when we are travelling through the area. It is our 'destination' restaurant on certain trips, like this coming Friday night. Hope it is a good as we remember.

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        I love Jersey RE: thegreenfish Jul 8, 2011 02:09 PM

        Bills Seafood in Westbrook CT. outside, casual.no frills, no fuss, great seafood.
        Another choice is Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook, wonderful! Not formal but not casual.

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

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          linguist RE: I love Jersey Jul 10, 2011 08:04 AM

          Bill's is very popular, and a pleasant spot (depending on where you are and what the weather's like), but I really don't think their food is very good. Lennie and Joe's in Westbrook is better, IMO, although a screened porch area is all there is for outside. Lenny's Indian Head in Branford is better than any of the others mentioned here (again IMO), although there are places with better lobster rolls (Lobster Landing and the place at the marina in Branford).

        2. DonShirer RE: thegreenfish Jul 9, 2011 03:52 PM

          Jersey rocks! In addition to his very good recs you might consider Lenny's Indian Head in Branford, Lenny and Joes Fish Tale in Westbrook (similar to Bill's but no outdoor deck-also in Madison), and the Seahorse in Noank (Groton).

          Another outdoor lobster venue might be Abbott's Lobster in the rough in Noank, but I prefer The Place despite its funky seating. Lobster landing in Clinton will provide excellent lobster rolls outdoors, but is not a sit down restaurant.

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

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            awm922 RE: thegreenfish Jul 10, 2011 03:18 AM

            I second The Place, Bill's Seafood and Abbott's. Not a fan of Lenny and Joe's. There's the Clam Castle in Madison, The Beachhead in East Haven, The Sandpiper in East Haven, Branford River Lobster Co., plus dozens more. Most places are casual, with outside seating. If you plan to eat along the water, especially an inlet, it's good to check the tides and make sure it's not going to be low tide during your visit. It's not very appetizing.

            Clam Castle
            1324 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

            Bill's Seafood Restaurant
            , Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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              kattyeyes RE: awm922 Jul 10, 2011 08:29 AM

              I'm not a big seafood person, but for what I do eat and enjoy--a fried scallop roll--Lenny and Joe's knocks the block offa Bill's. L&J's coleslaw is also a big fave of mine. The screened in dining area at Westbrook L&J's is really pleasant on a day like today, too...now I kinda feel like heading that way for a scallop roll. Hmmmm.

              I do enjoy the outdoor seating at Bill's--and the swans. :) There must be other dishes at Bill's that outshine L&J's--I can only speak for the scallop roll. Hey, who makes good clams casino down the shore while we're chattin' up seafood?

              1st pic = Bill's scallop roll
              2nd pic = Lenny & Joe's scallop roll--with aforementioned stellar slaw!
              3rd pic = can't beat the view at Bill's, however!

              ETA: On behalf of my lobster-lovin' mom, I heartily third DonShirer and linguist's recommendation of Lobster Landing for a lobster roll (it's her fave; L&J's is runner-up). And second I ♥ Jersey's vote for Liv's as well.

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                I love Jersey RE: kattyeyes Jul 15, 2011 12:51 PM

                oh how i would love to head to any of these places right now!! But I'm land locked in Tennessee. Boo!

              2. re: awm922
                Asumnuthin RE: awm922 Jul 11, 2011 10:31 AM

                I am personally a big fan of Abbott's, but that might be more tradition than anything I admit

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