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Heading to Mystic CT(staying in Groton) with 2 kids

apples Feb 16, 2012 06:53 AM

We are heading to Mystic with an 8 and 4 yr old...looking for dinner suggestions with the kids, . They are good eaters and well behaved, Also, any lunch ideas? We are coming from Westchester, NY so if there are any dont miss along the way places would love to hear thise as well.

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    Nickmerill Feb 16, 2012 08:26 AM

    S&P Oyster

    Mystic has a ton of good places in my opinion for the family. Coming from Westchester NY you'd probably want to avoid Mystic Pizza unless you're a huge fan of the film(which is played on a loop as it's a tourist destination) because the pizza is not New york worthy.

    I like AZUs which is in the center of the town. I like S&P Oyster Restaurant (never had the oysters or any seafood there though) which is right by the famed drawbridge and a nice place to eat outside in great weather. I've never eaten at Bravo Bravo but heard praise about it. I ate at Pizzetta's and wanted to like it but it's not that good ( in my opinion). I've eaten at a few other restaurants there and they were all okay, but Azus and S&P are standouts for me.

    In good weather my family likes to get ice cream from the Drawbridge Ice Cream shop where you can get sandwiches as well. But I think the ice cream there has gotten a little pricey but since there's no carvel or other ice cream chains in my area I don't know if it's the norm anymore.

    Hope this helps. Lots of solid places out there.

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      apples Feb 16, 2012 12:09 PM

      Thanks so much for the good info..QUestion., would you reccommend S&P Oyster House over Mystic Oyster Club?

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        Alica Feb 16, 2012 01:28 PM

        We have eaten at both. I liked the Oyster Club MUCH better that S&P Oyster as far as the food goes. It is a beautiful restaurant, small, more upscale than S&P Oyster. Maybe S&P would be more family friendly. S&P Oyster House does have a great bread pudding.

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        iramency Feb 16, 2012 01:38 PM

        I am curious if Mystic Pizza is the same owners as when the movie was being filmed.

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          sarment Feb 16, 2012 02:45 PM

          There is another, and I think better, ice cream shop in town, across the street and a few doors away from the river. Can't think of the name, but you can't miss it. In the summer they offer really, really great gelato.

          I agree with the others that the the Bravo/Azu/Olio group are wonderful!

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          coastalgypsy Feb 16, 2012 08:31 AM

          Near Old Mystick Village, I'd suggest Go Fish and across the street is Peking Tokyo (sushi/Asian).

          Nickmerrill suggests Azu and Bravo Bravo (which also have a sister restaurant in Groton called Olio) however, I they're not really places I'd take young children.... higher end fare and small quarters.

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            InderB Feb 16, 2012 08:31 AM

            Azu in downtown Mystic is upscale but fine for kids for lunch or an early dinner. Bravo Bravo also. Both are owed by the same restaurant group. Go on line and they have a contest where you can get a small discount off your meal. Just google one of the names and it will come up. There other restaurant Olio is on the way to Mystic. All 3 are great. After dinner take your kids for ice cream by the draw bridge. Enjoy

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              apples Feb 16, 2012 11:35 AM

              Thanks everyone!

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              Alica Feb 16, 2012 10:51 AM

              We also like Daniel Packer Inn. Azu and Bravo Bravo are both good. Peking Tokyo is very good. If you are near Mystic Aquarium in the Mystic village (where all of the stores are) there is a little sandwich shop, Brie Blue (I believe that is the name. They specialize in grilled cheese. I love it there for lunch. You can also buy nice cheesesand breads there and beautiful cupcakes. Just a thought for lunch!

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                coastalgypsy Feb 16, 2012 11:52 AM

                The cheese shop is called "Bleu Squid"...

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                  Alica Feb 16, 2012 01:28 PM

                  Thank you, I was sort of unsure of the name!!

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                juicemann2 Feb 16, 2012 12:55 PM


                Right in Groton on water not fancy but good and great bread

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                  Alica Feb 16, 2012 01:29 PM

                  Always a great choice!

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                    candaceb Feb 16, 2012 05:26 PM

                    I was going to recommend Paul's too. It's a great choice for dining with kids - either lunch or dinner - and less than 10 minutes from Mystic.
                    As an update to info upthread - as of last weekend, the Drawbridge ice cream shop had a sign in the window saying they are closed until the sun is shining again (or something to that effect). We ended up at the place across the street and the ice cream was dreadful - very icy and you could tell it was stale and had been sitting there for a while. I had their special spicy hot cocoa and that was good.

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                      sarment Feb 16, 2012 05:48 PM

                      Well, I hope you get to try the gelato in the summer!

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                  KROB Feb 16, 2012 01:12 PM

                  The Oyster Club is a little expensive for little ones.
                  You get what you pay for, but I'm not sure the menu would suit an child.
                  Their menu is on line so you can judge for yourself. I like Bravo Bravo, Go Fish, and Peking . Toyko. Riverwalk is nice and casual. The cupcakes at the Bleu Squid are to die for!

                  1. sarment Feb 16, 2012 06:32 PM

                    I'm guessing with kids this age you're heading to the Aquarium. Lunch is delicious and reasonable there at Penguins Cafe. Make sure you ask what Chris, the February Employee of the Month, has for soup of the day, or if there is a special dish of the day. You'll have a great time and meal.

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                      Alica Feb 17, 2012 06:28 AM

                      In Stonington, very close to Mystic, there is The Dog Watch Cafe. The atmosphere is casual, upbeat, food is very good, on a marina. That would be good for you and perfect for kids.

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                        Nickmerill Feb 17, 2012 08:55 AM

                        All good choices... let us know where you went ( feedback).

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                          jsat Feb 17, 2012 12:15 PM

                          We just had lunch at the Oyster Club with our 4 year old son Saturday. He has a pretty good palate and had the soup and an oyster and they made him a grilled cheese. The food is fantastic but limited so if your children are not adventurous I would go elsewhere. Azu and Go Fish are great choices.

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                            apples Feb 25, 2012 09:18 AM

                            Thank you so much everyone...you definitely steered us in the right direction! We had lunch at the Dog Watch Cafe , great seat by the water. Loved the atmosphere and our food and service were good. We had dinner at S&P oyster house, another good spot. We had a great table and the food was very good. Service was a little slow but they were nice and we had the bread pudding an pot de crime both which were excellent. Lunch the next day we hit Latitude 41 The kids ate for free,a nice perk but otherwise I could have skipped that meal We tried the cupcakes at Bleu Squid. They looked amazing, but we were very disappointed not sure if it's because they weren't fresh, or they just have the fridge too highbut the icing was so hard, you needed to really bite into it. The cake seemed moist but again, they were so cold it made me think they were not fresh.
                            On our ride home stopped for pizza atModern in New Haven. It was incredible!!!!

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                              Alica Feb 25, 2012 11:48 AM

                              Oh Sorry the cupcakes weren't good! They always look good and I love their sandwiches. We were not a fan of Latitude 41 but glad you liked Dog Watch!

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                                mysticshopgirl Feb 24, 2014 04:54 PM

                                If you go back to Mystic, you HAVE to go to Lis Bakery in downtown Mystic on Holmes St. They have the most amazing cupcakes.

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                              sarment Feb 20, 2012 10:27 AM

                              The Bouillabaisse at the Dog Watch is one of my favorite meals. From the very beginning Dog Watch was a hit- great food, great atmosphere and great service.

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                                Alica Feb 20, 2012 01:27 PM

                                Have you had the tuna tempura? We go there often and especially love that!

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                                  sarment Feb 20, 2012 02:50 PM

                                  I keep intending to, and keep ordering the tartar and calamari. One of these days!

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