Lunch between Mystic and Old Saybrook?
I am trying to find a place for a weekday lunch somewhere between Mystic and Old Saybrook CT. Family here visiting in the Hartford area. Trying to meet up with other family members from Southern RI at a point about half way for both. We'd like to find a place for a good meal where we can sit and visit for a while. Someplace near or overlooking the water would be a bonus - but not necessary.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
In Old Saybrook itself, there are a plethora of places. The "Back Porch" at 142 Ferry Rd. has a view of a CT river marina. Fresh Salt (at the Saybrook Point Inn) is where the river meets the sound. Lots of water views. Penny Lane Pub or Aspen Restaurant are both in town but have good food, and there are lots of other candidates like Al Forno and Som Siam East.
The Seahorse in Groton is noted for its seafood, as is the Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme. New London and Mystic both have several candidates, but I haven't eaten there in several years so I won't make any specific recommendation.
Stonington is just past Mystic, but has many fine restaurants. I can suggest Noah's, Water Street Cafe, or Milagro, and there are several other well-recommended ones that I have not visited.
In Old Lyme, if it is a nice day, you might consider eating outside at the Hallmark DriveIn at 113 Shore Rd.(Rte.156). Their burgers are just ok, but they have good lobster rolls and make their own ice cream. Abbot's Lobster in the Rough in Noank is also a well-known al fresco location.
I second Abbott's in Noank. They are open on Friday, Sat and Sunday now. Then opens every day after Memorial Day. It's very good steamed seafood,The specialty is lobster. Very casual. Outdoors on the water in like a picnic atmosphere or indoors. No waitstaff to chase you away. You can stay as long as you want.
if you like lobster, but not the mess, the hot lobster sandwiches are delicious. Just south of Mystic.
Abbott's in Noank is not particularly good food, but is a nice spot to sit around by the water, particularly on a day that there's a lot of boat traffic. If you want real food (as opposed to a mediocre lobster roll and bag of chips), go to Ford's Lobsters, also in Noank. Also good is Captain Scott's in New London, picnic tables next to a marina--it's clam shack type food but well done. A much better lobster roll than Abbott's. Also, please note that Kitchen Little in Mystic has moved, gotten a little trickier to find.