Nellie Green's, Branford, CT.
My DH and I went for lunch Saturday (minus kids). It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside. It was after 2pm, so it was quiet. four other tables outside and a sprinkling of patrons inside and at the bar. Our server Jason was incredible. So nice but not overbearing. We had such a great lunch there. Everything on the menu looked incredible, but the apps all looks so good, I couldn't decide. I ended up getting a bunch of apps. My husband got the calamari and the Nellie Green burger. Then, ended up adding in the shrimp cocktail. (Neither of us had breafkast). I had a cup of their NE clam chowder that was great (just needed some salt), steamed clams (not steamers)--they were clean and broth wsa good. And their fried artichoke hearts, which are a favorite of mine. Well, the calamari was one of the best fried plain calamari I've ever had and I loved the spicy sauce, like a remoulade but spicier. The sauce with teh artichokes was also heavenly--I think it was some kind of lime sauce. My husband enjoyed his huge shrimp and said the burger was delicious. All the burgers are served "New Haven" style meaning on toast, but not the thin stuff like in New Haven, more along the lines of Texas Toast. And incredible sweet potato fries. We don't drink but those around us were ordering all sorts of nice craft? beers. Jason told us they have entertainment on Thursday nights (I think), and a great two-for deal on Tuesdays(?) that includes a bottle of wine. He also said the bugs were starting in the evening but the owner was spraying and that helped. He also spoke about their good deal happy hours that included martini specials. It was very relaxing and there was no smell at all. It was a great meal. Pictures are below.
Next time I will try the Lobster Grilled Cheese! Worth a drive I thought. And definitely WAY off the beaten path.
I've only been there for lunch which was very good. Last time there I had a shrimp lettuce and tomato wrap, their take on a BLT and it was great. The shrimp were large and very fresh.My companion had a scallops over field greens salad and loved it. If lunch is any indicator I'd say go for it.