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Good Seafood Spots along the I-95 Corridor in CT

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Hello all! I am surprising my boyfriend on a trip to the DeutscheBank Golf Championship in MA this weekend and we will be traveling from Jersey City, NJ to Norton, MA.

I am looking for a solid seafood place off I-95 - that won't get me too far off course but will deliver some deliciousness to our travels!

Thanks for your help!!

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  1. Try Westfair Fish & Chips in Westport CT - just a couple of minutes off 95 on Post Road.

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    Westfair Fish & Chips
    1781 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

    1. Lenny & Joe's in Madison, it is on the Post Rd off of the Hammonasset (sp?) Beach exit.
      They are mostly fried/steamed but have expanded in broiled fish as well, though I have never tried that

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      Lenny & Joe's
      Westbrook, CT, Westbrook, CT

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      1. re: mmalmad

        We ate at Lenny and Joe's tonight (hadn't been there in about 6 months) Had both fried sea scallops and fried whole belly clams and onion rings.

        The scallops were extremed sweet, juicy and fresh. The clams were of nice size, both were golden brown, BUT both were OVERLY greasy (much more grease than our many past experiences over the years. Daughter would not eat the clams because of the grease, so we drove across the street n and daughter had the whole belly clams at Clam Castle I tasted both and the Clam Castle were far better than Lenny and Joe's tonight. Better texture, nice and golden brown and not very greasy.

        The onion rings at Lenny and Joe's were delicious, but limp.

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        Clam Castle
        1324 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

        1. re: bagelman01

          Stopped by Lenny & Joes in Westbrook today. It's been about 5 years since I was there last. They have a nice $11.50 luncheon special for two fried sea foods, potato & slaw with a $1 upcharge for sea scallops or whole bellies. Excellent slaw, good portions of seafood which were served quickly and hot, but mediocre in quality. Both were better than what I typically find in RI, but the clams were far from what I've had at Harry's in Colchester and more recently at Glenwood Drive In in Hamden. It'll probably be another 4-5 years before I return.

          1. re: Clams047

            I ate at Glenwood Thursday, and was quite happy as usual (50+ years). Our family has written off Lenny and Joes (in all locations) permanently. Basically, we now view them as a tourist trap.

            1. re: bagelman01

              I don't know if I have completely written them(L&J) off, but I will say I feel a bit like what i imagine a crackhead feels like, chasing the elusive first high I got from eating their fried sea scallops. That first meal there, years ago, is still what I remember as the best fried scallops I ever had. Many meals there later have not even been comparable.

      2. For a fantastic lobster roll stop in Clinton at the Lobster Landing,

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        Lobster Landing
        152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

        1. Can't go wrong with any of the 3 previous suggestions, although I heard that Lobster Landing got hit pretty bad from Irene- i literally JUST got power back a few minutes ago myself(after 5 days!)

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          Lobster Landing
          152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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          1. re: JenJeninCT

            Yeah, much of Clinton is still without power. Lenny &J oes also has a Westbrook restaurant which I prefer to the Madison one. Lenny's Indian Head in Branford (different Lenny) is a little further from I95, but also good. LIv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook is a full (dinner only) restaurant besides the Oyster bar. The Seahorse in Noank is also a little off the Interstate but worth it. Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme is very close to I95. Some Chowhounders think its quality has tapered off lately, but I hadn't noticed any change when I was there last year.

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            Flanders Fish Market
            22 Chesterfield Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333

            1. re: DonShirer

              In fact DW and I were driving by East Lyme around noonish and stopped in at Flanders Fish for lunch. She had the Rhode Island (brothy) chowder and I had the Boston (creamy) variety and we both thought they were excellent, even world class! (So we bought some to take home, too.)

          2. Don't forget the Clam Castle in Madison. across the stree from Leny & Joe's, it has a honky tonk feel, but great fried food. Don't go a summer without going at least once.

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            Clam Castle
            1324 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443