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Apr 4, 2014 09:02 AM

connie and ted or son of a gun

which do you guys prefer?

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  1. I prefer Son of a Gun. I can more consistently afford Connie & Ted's so I go there more. Also do not like the tight seating at Son of a Gun.

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    1. re: set0312

      They seem to be pretty similar price points to me. What am I missing?

      1. re: BacoMan

        One is traditional New England seafood and raw bar and the other one is not.

        1. re: wienermobile

          I think the answer here is obvious. Why or. Try both!

          1. re: wienermobile

            Right, but set3012 said one is more affordable than the other.

            I've been to both places. Meal seems to cost about the same at each place.

            So trying to figure out how one is more affordable than the other?

            1. re: BacoMan

              Similar unless u want lobster at ct.

              1. re: jessejames

                But Set3012 said that C&T was the more affordable option...So now I am even more confused.

              2. re: BacoMan

                Depends how much you order. For me they ran around the same price of about $50 per person.

        2. The menus are actually very different so it depends on what you want. For fried clams, lobster roll, chowder and clams and oysters on the half shell I'd go to Connie and Ted's. For everything else, I'd go to Son of a Gun.

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          1. re: whatsfordinner

            I like Connie & Ted's but Son of A Gun has one of a kind dishes that just blow me away.

          2. I'm a big fan of Connie & Teds - tons of different oysters, fresh catches of the day, 3 different chowders, etc. It's definitely more of a New England-style clamshack. Son of a Gun definitely has more of a Californian vibe to the atmosphere and menu - a lot of reinvention going on. The shrimp toast sandwich and lobster roll are overrated, in my opinion. But I'd say that Son of a Gun is definitely more of a destination restaurant and I do enjoy it.

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            1. re: jenniferpelota

              Did you mean overhyped as opposed to overrated? Or you actually think that the lobster roll and shrimp toast are bad dishes at SoaG?

              I really should return I suppose. Maybe they've gone downhill. I remember quite enjoying them when I went though.

              1. re: jenniferpelota

                Yes, I guess overhyped is a better word. But I found that the shrimp toast just wasn't shrimpy enough and the lobster was overcooked in the roll. They weren't bad, but they were more novel than delicious.

              2. I enjoy both a lot. Connie and Ted’s is very straight forward preparations, while Son of a Gun takes more risks. At Connie and Ted’s I really like the hot lobster roll (with butter), the clear Rhode Island chowder, and the Blondie dessert. At Son of a Gun, I am a big fan of the shrimp toast and the fried chicken sandwich. The one thing I noticed about Son of a Gun is that most of the dishes have a slight acidic “pop” to them, which I certainly appreciate. I don’t think you can go wrong either way.

                1. I agree with everyone here. I love C&T''s food I grew up with and crave after living here for 20 years and not being able to find decent versions of the fried clams, no one had ever HEARD of RI chowder & clam cakes, nor the CT style lobster roll, the hot one with butter. The food is very well prepared & consistent, and it brings back great memories for me.

                  I loved SoaG because of the inventive dishes and risks the chefs take. I think the fried chicken sandwich is one of the best in the city, and the linguine and clams with Uni is outrageously good, one of the best pastas in the city. When I went it did not get real crowded, and I appreciate that they serve lunch for those of us that don't get on that side of town at night very often.

                  Both places are very casual and delicious in their own ways. C&T's does offer a full bar and SoaG is beer & wine only, but they make their own shandies, and have a nice wine list.

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                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Sog does have booze. I like a dark and stormy there

                    1. re: jessejames

                      Oh okay, cool, my bad..... I guess when I went since I was alone I stuck to wine, because if I stuck to my handle, I would have had a very expensive cab ride home ;)

                      And I even sat at the bar, but for some reason, I never noticed e booze, just the shandies and wine list ;)

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Word. They have nice cocktails. Try the ham with hush puppies and maple butter?