Mystic Not Pizza
Yes, I’m a slacker. Here it is over a week since our return from a weekend in Mystic, CT and I haven’t blogged about it yet. Meanwhile my sister has already blogged it twice. Ah, the enthusiasm of fresh new bloggers! Gotta love it!
Anyway, we did manage to have some good eats on the southern shores of New England, including a Connecticut specialty I had never tried:
It’s the hot lobster roll! Served not with mayo or other salad-like fixings, but with hot butter. Now, if I’m going to eat a plain lobster, I usually forego the butter and eat it plain. But this was actually quite nice – the toasted roll makes a nice foil for the extra richness of the butter. I tried it a place called Ten Clams where nothing on the menu is more than 10 bucks, so at $9.95, this was a bargain.
Another southern New England specialty is the clam fritter. My sister decided to try them and even posed with them, a la Jennifer Myszkowski!
Unfortunately, her happy pose is in opposition to her reaction to the fritters. There wasn’t much clam in them and after Renae and I tried them we all concurred – they tasted like unsweetened clam flavored doughnuts.
The food posing fun continued that evening at Mohegan Sun when we dined at SolToro Tequila Grill.
Renae had fish tacos and I am pretty sure Karen had filet mignon tacos. This time the food pose smiles are deserved – we all enjoyed our meals! I also had tacos but mine were crispy duck – different and delicious! But I think my favorite part was my drink – a raspberry mojito! It had fresh muddled raspberries along with the mint and rum and was delicious and refreshing.
The next day we had lunch at the RiverWalk Restaurant. It was just okay – I tried more lobster – this time a lobster BLT. Unfortunately, there was way too much mayonnaise and it became a sloppy mess as I ate. The bacon made it seem better though!
Our favorite meal of the trip though was definitely Saturday night at the Dog Watch Cafe in Stonington.
After a lovely drink outside on the dock, we were seated in the lively dining room and we enjoyed smoked chicken bruschetta for a starter, of which we made quick work!
Renae and Karen both enjoyed the pizza salad for their entrees, which looked great and all…
…blah, blah, blah. But, people – mine was the shining star!! A-number-one, king of the hill, top of the heap… I give you:
World’s best fried oysters!! Holy hell!! Such deliciousness and delight – perfectly lightly breaded and fried, tender, sweet and incredibly inhale-able.
So, that’s our quick culinary tour of southeastern Connecticut. Someday I’ll be back, and I will have those oysters again!