Coastal Connecticut restaurants dish up cuisine to please any palate.
Here's a smattering of some of the region's notable places to nosh.
You haven't really been to the shore unless you've cracked open a lobster or slurped up some chowder. These seafood restaurants in southern Connecticut make great family dining destinations.
In most of New England, a lobster roll is a lobster-salad sandwich made with mayonnaise. Connecticut, however, is deliciously different. Here, the same dish is a roll — sometimes toasted — stuffed with chunks of succulent lobster meat bathed in rich, sweet melted butter.
Abbott's Lobster in the Rough
117 Pearl Street, Noank
Sure, it's a bit touristy, but Abbott's is a perennial favorite where you can feast on lobster, steamers, and other seafood delights indoors or outdoors at picnic tables right at the ocean's edge from May through mid-October. Diners are allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
548 Boston Post Road (Route 1), Westbrook
Watch the boats go by as you dine outdoors at a picnic table overlooking the Patchogue River, or head inside, where Bill's New England- and Rhode Island-style chowders will warm your soul all winter long. Kids fussy about seafood? Burgers, dogs, spaghetti, and grilled cheese are options, too.
46 Southfield Avenue, Stamford
Snuggle up to a bowl of hot chowder by the fireplace in the winter or sit outside and watch the world sail by in the summer.
Jasper White's Summer Shack
Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville
Whatever the weather, it's always a summer day by the sea at the Mohegan Sun outpost of celebrity chef Jasper White's casual seafood eatery, where you may have a tough time deciding whether you want your lobster steamed, pan-roasted, wood-grilled, chilled, or stuffed and baked.
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Louis' Lunch (261–263 Crown Street, New Haven, 203-562-5507,
And for something straight out of a movie scene, grab a bite at Mystic Pizza (56 West Main Street, Mystic, 860-536-3700,
Want to gather the family for Sunday brunch? Three restaurants noted for their all-you-can-eat spreads are Norwalk's Silvermine Tavern (194 Perry Avenue, 203-847-4558,
Hungry at midnight? You'll find round-the-clock dining at southeastern Connecticut's two casinos: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Both offer expansive buffets and dozens of other enticing options from casual cafés and food courts to elegant steakhouses and New England seafood restaurants.
For an elegant dinner without the kids, consider Jean-Louis (61 Lewis Street, Greenwich, 203-622-8450,
For something truly extraordinary the whole family can enjoy, make reservations at Randall's Ordinary (Route 2, North Stonington, 860-599-4540,