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Sep 4, 2011 12:22 PM

Fried Oysters in Ct.

Where are great fried oysters in ct.?

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  1. I haven't had really great fried oysters since I left FL, but decent ones are available at Westfair Fish and Chips in Westport, Stowe's in West Haven and Lenny and Joe's in Madison.

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    1. re: JenJeninCT

      We were at Lenny and Joe;s in Madison tonight for dinner. NO FRIED OYSTERS, not out, they just plain don't have them on the menu. Manager told me that they don't have enough demand and too many would be trashed.

      1. re: bagelman01

        bagelman1- it is possible that I gave the wrong one- only 1 of them has them- the one farthest from Milford, if that helps.

        Sorry for any confusion!!

        1. re: JenJeninCT

          The Lenny & Joe's location farthest from Milford is Westbrook. My mom has eaten and LOVED their fried oysters for years. :)

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

          1. re: kattyeyes

            I've had and enjoyed them in Westbrook. Yesterday we were only going as far east as Clinto, and my MIL wanted whole belly clams at L&J, wife and I settled fro the scallops.

    2. Fried oysters are my favorite. What I find intesting is that they vary with the season. At times you get nice, sweet, small ones, and at other times you get great big ones. (i prefer the smaller.)

      That said, I always order the FOs at Lenny's in Branford and they're good and dependable. Recently I had some huge ones at Crabby Al's in Thomaston that were tasty; they had a nice, flavorful light breading, plus I had enough left over for lunch the next day. Last spring I had some at Salmon Run in Lee, MA that were small and spectacularly good.

      Where I have gotten them and found them dry and overcooked: The Curtis House in Woodbury, and Max Oyster in W. Hartford.

      Curtis House
      506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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      1. re: junescook

        Couldn't agree with you more about the Curtis House, home of the early bird for the blue haired set. Ordinary food, with little flavor. I find Max Oyster in West Hartford to be inconsistent and often over fries seafood. They however, do a great job on steamers,

        Curtis House
        506 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

      2. Fried oysters are not really a New England seafood restaurant thing. I've had some great ones at local Japanese restaurants, though.

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        1. re: MommaJ

          Thats what I was thinking. CT folks are into clams.

          1. re: AdamD

            I like the fried oysters at Liv's in Old Saybrook (and I am not an oyster fan.)

          2. re: MommaJ

            Sorry MommaJ, I don't agree with you, oysters are a New England seafood restaurant thing, BUT oysters are not as popular as they were a century ago. Great New England fortunes were made from the oyster business. The Fair Haven section of New Haven was founded on the Oyster business and there still is a small oyster fleet based there. The Oyster River is a boundary between West Haven and Milford on Long Island Sound. Both Milford and Norwalk CT have great oyster festivals each year where fried and raw oysters (and other preparations may be found).
            Even a lowly dive as Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport has fried oysters on the menu.
            In West Haven/Savin Rock, Jimmie's yes, Turks no, Stowe's yes, I don't know about Chick's as I haven't eaten there in 3 years.
            Delicious fried oysters at the Stonebridge in Milford, and I could go on and on and on.

            Stonebridge Restaurant
            50 Daniel Street, Milford, CT 06460

            Merritt Canteen
            4355 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06606

            1. re: bagelman01

              I envy you those choices, bagelman. I miss the seafood. Is there still a Savin Rock??

              1. re: mucho gordo

                Savin Rock as you knew it no longer exists. There are only 3 of the old time hot dog/seafood p[laces left. Jimmies (on the old Surf Club Property), Turks across the street from the rock itself>>Neither of which have outside dining. and Chick's close to the New Haven end of the West Haven shore, no table service and outdoor tables.

                No Peter Frank's, no carousel, no Roller coaster, no gambling, no fun in Savin Rock anymore.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  <sigh> It's just a memory now. Jake's Hot Dogs was my favorite because I was dating his daughter. I remember it was across the street from the fun house.

          3. I also love fried oysters, and the best I have had in CT are at the Sea Swirl on Rte 1 in Mystic. I usually get the so-called "Side Order", which is a small carton, along with an order of their excellent onion rings as an accompaniment. Take-out only. Open seasonally - their last day this year is September 18th.


            1. City Fish in Wethersfield. They are always fresh sweet large and delicious.