Summer is coming to a close and my family wanted to take in one last weekend of scenic water views and yummy seafood.
Being a foodie and hearing all the news about lobsters being offered at record low prices, it was a no-brainer. So we decided to drive up the coast of Connecticut and sample some seafood.
As I planned this trip, it amazed me to realize how close everything is to Fairfield County and yet how rarely we think of it.
Using a Connecticut guide book, I charted out some key spots to hit. We decided to start the drive on I-95 all the way up to Noank. I made some notes of towns to see and places to eat.
This guidebook raves about Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale restaurant in Westbrook. They have the largest fried clams. Largest, you say?!!! Gotta try ‘em. The restaurant was easy to find and it was hopping with activity. Tons of people were eating-in and many choosing take-out. We were seated immediately, and we asked for the fried clams straight away – with a side of fried zucchini (also a must try). The guide book was not kidding! These clams were HUGE! We commented about it in front of our server and she told us that the clams were actually medium-size that day! Seriously?!!!!
The light and fresh batter was perfect for these clams. Lightly seasoned with a gentle crunch, it managed to accentuate the juicy goodness of clams rather than overpowering them. Fish Tale restaurant takes pride in their batter – for a good reason. Another thing they take pride in is their low prices….and we agree.
Our next stop was Old Saybrook. What a picturesque town brimming with water views, sandy beaches, and seafood restaurants. Walking around this town really makes you feel like you have been transported back in time. James Gallery & Soda Fountain is renowned for its ice cream. So that was our next stop. Quaint old historic building houses this ice cream shop as well as a Mediterranean deli/restaurant.
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