Utilizing all the 21st Century resources at my disposal, (well, at least all the ones I have figured out how to use so far) I queried the twitteratti to obtain restaurant recommendations for my recent trip to New England.
Responses received were logged and subsequently googled: Mystic Pizza (no-brainer but received poor feedback from reviews), Margarita’s (a chain, oh no!), a place too far out of my way, and Paul’s Pasta Shop.
Paul and Dorothy Fidrych make their own pasta. You can buy uncooked pasta in a variety of shapes, you can order take-out, or you can dine in the home-turned-restaurant or even on the deck overlooking the Thames River and New London, CT on the other side.
I discovered Noah’s via pre-trip internet research.
Rachel Ray visited Noah’s and a couple places in Mystic on “$40 a Day”. They also received a positive review from the New York Times, albeit years ago. On the way to New England, we began listening to “Garlic and Sapphires” on audiobook – an account written by a former NY Times critic, Ruth Reichl, about her life as a critic in disguise. Therefore, the Times review meant a lot to me and it’s no secret that I am a huge Rachel fan.
Noah’s is located in Stonington, a nearby town east of Mystic. In fact, Stonington was the setting for much of the Mystic Pizza filming.
Just as I exit our great state for another road trip, I will post the culinary happenings of my final full day in Connecticut.
We certainly went out with a “bang” by choosing the historic Daniel Packer Inne.
Founded in 1754, this Inn was home to sea Captain Daniel Packer and his guests awaiting passage across Mystic River while traveling between New York and Boston. As the wide, dark wooden floor boards creak when you are led to your table, you can almost feel the history in this structure.
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Tagged Daniel Packer, Dinner, Inne, Maugle Sierra, Mystic CT, New England, pub, restaurant, Review
Outside of Flood Tide, photo from their website
One of our evenings in Mystic, Connecticut found us at an Inn on a hillside overlooking Mystic Harbor and the Amtrak station. The Inn at Mystic offers a beautiful view and the Flood Tide restaurant.
We were seated at a prime table in front of a bank of windows. Even though it was dark oustide, you could see twinkling lights and reflections of the lights in the water.
The restaurant’s website states they use local seafood, organic, local fruits and vegetables and meats and shellfish which are free from hormones and antibiotics whenever possible.
Still on the clam chowder bender, I knew Ron would be sampling Flood Tide’s “award-winning” concoction. They must have chowder contests all year around in the Mystic area because every restaurant we patronize claims to hold a chowder title of some sort. Well, except Rice Spice Noodles! No clam chowder on that menu- which is where I enjoyed lunch earlier this day.
Posted in 3 Forks, Dinner, Review
Tagged clam chowder, Dinner, Mystic CT, New England, pizza, Quahog, restaurant, Review, salmon
Drunken Vegetable Soup
Given the rainy forecast for tomorrow, today I decide to wander around the streets of Mystic, shopping and snapping photographs.
The outing begins at noon with a meal at Rice Spice Noodles, a contemporary Thai restaurant just outside the Main Street shopping area.
Sparse inside and out, it evokes a minimalist calmness. The “screen” door is covered in a dark gray fabric which surprised my fingertips when I grasped it. The open dining room is full of small black tables, each one adorned with a single brightly-colored gerbera daisy in a small vase.
Walking up and down West Main Street in historic Mystic, Connecticut was making us even hungrier. I haven’t yet made it to the grocery store for snacks and drinks to keep in our room, so we did not eat any sort of breakfast.
There are several restaurants in the historic section and my tourist map pointed out many of them and I announced them to Ron, as if I was a professional tour guide, as we drove around looking for public parking. I also noted that I will have to come back to historic Mystic for some serious shopping while Ron is in his classes this week – there is an array of intriguing specialty shops.
One of many storefronts in the historic buildings that lined the street, Azu Restaurant caught our eye. It looked like it would be small, quaint, and charmingly old inside. Looks can be deceiving.
Today we are meeting friends that moved to the Philly suburbs from Charleston, WV. The designated location is Chef Alan’s American Bistro in Reading. I tried my best to talk everyone into Indian food, but no-go. (I have already found an Indian place in Mystic, on-line, so even if I have to go alone…I will have nan this week!)
Chef Alan’s list two Reading locations on the website, but it looks suspiciously like a chain. Ron is criticizing me as soon as we sit down at the large booth. “Why did you bring me to a place with a palm tree when we are in New England?” he whined. “I want to eat clam chowder.” I explained to him that we were not yet in New England, we were in Pennsylvania and that several places were not open for lunch on Saturdays. Oh yeah, and I asked him to shut up and eat.
Our friends were impresssed by the variety of the menu – salads, sandwiches (inlcuding an impressive array of burgers), pasta, and chicken. They both ordered cobb salads. Large cobb salads.
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Tagged bar, Beer, Burgers, Chef Alan's American Bistro, Dinner, Drake's Cakes, Funny Bones, George Washington Bridge, Jamm's Restaurant and Bar, Lunch, Mystic CT, New England, New Jersey Turnpike, Reading PA, Review, traveling, Yuengling