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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.

  • Weathered Seaside Charm At Clinton's Lobster Landing

    Weathered Seaside Charm At Clinton's Lobster Landing

    Lobster Landing's 100-year-old, weathered shack at the end of Clinton's Commerce Street is storybook-adorable, right down to the delightfully askew letter on its red-and-white sign. As co-owner Enea Bacci explains it, he and his wife, Cathie, arrived at work one morning about a decade ago to find...

  • 70 Years Of New England Charm At Abbott's Lobster In The Rough

    70 Years Of New England Charm At Abbott's Lobster In The Rough

    Before every season at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, a countdown clock on its website ticks away the weeks, days, hours and minutes to the first Friday in May. When that opening day rolls around, the first customers at the window have often camped out overnight in the parking lot. For decades,...

  • Collins Creamery: Ice Cream Worth The Trip To 'Nowhereville'

    Collins Creamery: Ice Cream Worth The Trip To 'Nowhereville'

    Enfield's Collins Powder Hill Farm has been around for generations, at one point transitioning from chickens and egg production to dairy operations. In the 1990s, owner Jack Collins approached his son-in-law, Tony Bellafronte, about adding an ice cream shop to the property. "I laughed; I really...

  • Madison's Clam Castle: A Route 1 Attraction For Six Decades

    Madison's Clam Castle: A Route 1 Attraction For Six Decades

    Madison's Clam Castle has been a Route 1 attraction for about six decades, welcoming smiling, sunblock-streaked guests before and after trips to nearby Hammonasset Beach. Three seasons ago, the roadside clam shack received a bit of a makeover, thanks to three brothers. Chris, Patrick and David...

  • Captain Scott's Lobster Dock: A New London Landmark

    Captain Scott's Lobster Dock: A New London Landmark

     At the height of summer, the line at Captain Scott's Lobster Dock begins before the 11 a.m. opening hour, and quickly stretches well past a pavilion along the waterfront property. The New London destination, owned by former lobsterman Tom Eshenfelder and his sister Susan Tierney, is a local landmark...

  • Shad Row's Seafood Shack: A Charming Beach Vibe On The Riverfront

    Shad Row's Seafood Shack: A Charming Beach Vibe On The Riverfront

    The riverfront restaurant, overlooking Rocky Hill's Ferry Landing, is prime real estate. So when Kathy Denisiewicz found out the former Mitchell's on the River space was available, she reached out to her niece, Jenna Cavalieri, who was home in Connecticut after spending time working in San Francisco....

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