Sitting Duck Tavern - Stratford, CT
We have been to Sitting Duck twice. I had to write in with a picture of the recent Lobster Roll special I had. It was excellent. Sitting Duck is where the Lion's Den used to be in the northern most end of Paradise Green. www.sittingducktavern.com
It's affiliated with the SBC Restaurant Group. The first occasion we had to visit was a Tuesday night back in the Spring. The main low-level dining room was very quiet, so we opted to dine in the bar with some other patrons, plus the Yankee game was on, so my son was thrilled. I remember getting their Cider House pork chop on that first night and it was delicious and cooked expertly. We also shared an order of Bang Bang shrimp. I have had Bang Bang shrimp while on vacation in Florida. These were not as good only because the sauce rendered the tempura not as crispy; I would have rather had them resting on the sauce instead of tossed in it, so if you try it, you may opt for sauce-on-the-side. My son had their personal pizza which is on a cracker-type crust which he loved. And I believe my mother had one of their fish dishes. I remember on that night that the front was open in the bar to the al-fresco dining area outside and folks were smoking at the outdoor table (surprised that is allowed) and while they had a noisy vent that hangs above the door on, the smoke was leaking into the bar area, and that drives me nuts.
The second occasion, we sat in the lower dining area as it was busy and full with patrons. Again, we had server Patrick, who is so pleasant, fun and wanting to please as is all the help whom we have encountered there; both occasions, service was great. We split a Goat salad that was quite delicious--I am partial to their white balsamic dressing. It was light on fennel, but the quality of the goat cheese made up for it. My sister got the Ahi burger which she said was good but came to an area where it was chewy (almost grizzley) and inedible, but the majority that she was able to eat was good. I ordered the twin lobster roll off the special menu for $19. I have to say it was one of the best CT-style lobster rolls I have ever eaten. The quality of the bun was good, and it was toasted well and no sign of sogginess and heavy on the lobster. And the fries, which I could care less about, were delicious. And I love when they give you a nice pickle!
Separately, the second night we were there, I peaked in the bar to see if the front glass was open. This time, it was only partially open, but it was quite humid that night. So, not sure if they are keeping the smoke smell out, or A/C in or perhaps they fixed their noisy vent. There's an upstairs too above the dining area, but I never went up there, so don't know if that is a private party area or another dining room.
(Sorry; I rotated the picture before I saved it, but it still came in sideways!)
Most definitely an excellent addition to our town's dining and bar scene...but...they need to get a better draft beer selection than the Bud distributor dominated offerings they currently have flowing. How about some New England Brewing? And nano brewers like Relic and a few others? Enough with the out of state Berkshire Brewing stuff already. I want to walk in here and see Elm City Lager on tap! Or by years end...Two Roads Brewing Highway To Helles!
BTW, the food is excellent...and they did an excellent job gutting the former Lion's Den, Copper Tavern, etc.. to make this space a true breath of fresh air. Even though I was hoping Billy and Co. called this place Fupped Uck.