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Captain Scott's Lobster Dock: A New London Landmark

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.

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Toto: A Simple, Healthful Mediterranean Restaurant

We are not in Kansas. Toto is the former Osianna in Fairfield.

New owner Antonio Ninivaggi (nickname Toto, who worked at Tarantino in Westport for many years) has taken a measured approach to the change-over of the Mediterranean restaurant. After all, so much was working.

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Chicken Is King On Yardbird Food Truck

The "better burger" craze is still going strong in Connecticut, but Eric Stagl thinks it's time for chicken to have its turn in the spotlight.

"Everybody loves chicken," he says. "You can do so many different things with it. … And why not? Who doesn't love the yardbird?"

Stagl, a longtime Connecticut chef, recently introduced Yardbird & Co., his new food truck, to the streets of Hartford County.

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Memorial Day Dining Specials, Events In Connecticut

Restaurants and venues offering Memorial Day specials for the long weekend:

>>Saybrook Point Inn, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, features Memorial Day specials May 30 at its Fresh Salt restaurant: a New England clam bake (whole lobster, clams, mussels, red skin potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, linguica sausage and cheddar-jalapeño cornbread) for $39.95; roasted half-chicken with lemon oregano baste for $17.95;

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Summer's Food Truck Fests In Connecticut

Eat your way through Connecticut's mobile restaurant scene this summer. Food truck festivals are popping up all over the state, with events happening virtually every weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

>>Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, hosts an International Food Fest May 26 to 30, with global cuisine representing 50-plus countries.

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Bereket: Authentic, Rare Turkish Fare In Bridgeport

There are many Mediterranean restaurants in Fairfield County, but few Turkish ones. Bridgeport has two by the name of Bereket.

Bereket in Black Rock grew out of the Bereket on Main Street, a narrow hole-in-the-wall behind the Citgo gas station, which grew popular with food lovers looking for raw authenticity.

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