Food & Drink

Summer's Sweet Spots

This summer we’re telling the stories behind Connecticut’s beloved seasonal restaurants — the destinations that open for an all-too-brief time period in fair weather. These are the small lobster shacks with the buttery rolls you crave in January when you’re shoveling snow, the ice cream stands that throw open their windows with the first warm breeze, the beach-town eateries where the salt of fried whole belly clams and onion rings is enhanced by ocean air.  Find the series throughout the summer at ctnow.com/summersweetspots.

  • Kloter's Ice Cream Barn: Sweet Success After Tragedy

    Kloter's Ice Cream Barn: Sweet Success After Tragedy

    Employees could only stand by and watch, stunned, as a massive fire tore through the main store of Ellington's Kloter Farms on the morning of June 29, 2011. Although no one was injured, the family-owned business, known for its furniture, sheds, gazebos and other outdoor structures, suffered millions...

  • We-Li-Kit: Premium Ice Cream In The Quiet Corner

    We-Li-Kit: Premium Ice Cream In The Quiet Corner

    It's difficult to top the beautiful rural allure of Connecticut's Quiet Corner, particularly when those winding country roads lead to ice cream. In its 26 years of business, We-Li-Kit, situated on Route 97 in the Abington section of Pomfret, has become a go-to summertime stop in northeastern Connecticut....

  • Lobster (With A View) Is What They Do: The Lobster Shack In Branford

    Lobster (With A View) Is What They Do: The Lobster Shack In Branford

    A customer unwittingly named Arlene Crismale's lobster business. The man was standing in line in a Branford parking lot, talking on the phone while waiting for a hot buttered lobster roll from her food trailer. "I'm at the shack," he told the person on the other end. "When he came up to the window,...

  • Shanks: A Seaside Twist On The Food-Truck Craze

    Shanks: A Seaside Twist On The Food-Truck Craze

    It's not your imagination. That unmistakable aroma of freshly fried seafood at Clinton's Harborside Marina really is coming from a old Bruno & Stillman lobster boat. Welcome to Shanks, which adds a seaside twist on the food truck craze. While planning a new food service option at Harborside, marina...

  • Ice Cream: The Open Secret To Tulmeadow Farm's Sweet Success

    Ice Cream: The Open Secret To Tulmeadow Farm's Sweet Success

    Tulmeadow Farm is older than the nation, its origins dating back to 1768. The farm has raised chickens and dairy cows and sold firewood, sweet corn and greenhouse vegetables during its tenure, but its sweetest offering has been its most successful. In 1994, the farm store in pastoral West Simsbury...

  • At First Sign Of Spring, It's Time To Head To Harry's Place

    At First Sign Of Spring, It's Time To Head To Harry's Place

    No matter what the calendar says, Colchester locals know spring has arrived the second Harry's Place opens its shutters for the season. This year, Harry's turned on the grills on March 8, thanks to a mild winter and a stretch of particularly nice days in the forecast. Guests immediately flocked...

  • Ford's Lobster: From Hot Dog Cart To Upscale Seafood On The Waterfront

    Ford's Lobster: From Hot Dog Cart To Upscale Seafood On The Waterfront

    Ford's Lobster at Noank's Haring Marine can trace its roots back less than a decade to a simple hot dog cart. When Kristian Nyman bought the business in the Noank section of Groton in 2005, it was a marina and fuel dock, and he also sold lobsters at retail. He continued that for a few years, but...

  • Clams, Corn And Lobster: This Must Be The Place In Guilford

    Clams, Corn And Lobster: This Must Be The Place In Guilford

    The smoke usually begins swirling above the trees on Boston Post Road in late April, signifying the start of the season at one of Connecticut's most distinctive summertime stops. This must be The Place. Guilford's seasonal outdoor clambake, where lobsters, clams and corn are licked by flames fired...

  • The Blue Oar: A Caribbean-Style Hideaway In Haddam

    The Blue Oar: A Caribbean-Style Hideaway In Haddam

    The Blue Oar in Haddam is in its 20th season, but if some dedicated regulars had their way, the relaxed restaurant along the Connecticut River would remain their little secret. "Everyone still thinks, even though we're busy, that it's their own little private place, because we're so hidden," says...

  • Fried Clams, Ice Cream, Roadside Nostalgia At Mystic's Sea Swirl

    Fried Clams, Ice Cream, Roadside Nostalgia At Mystic's Sea Swirl

    Mystic's Sea Swirl started life as a roadside Carvel ice cream shop, but for decades the tiny glass-box building at the junction of Routes 1 and 27 has been home to one of the region's most popular summertime stops for fried clams, burgers and ice cream. In 2011, owners David and Kathleen Blaney,...

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