My hubby and I decided to get away for a weekend to celebrate our anniversary and both of our birthdays. I was able to find a great deal for three days in a quaint old B&B in Mystic, Connecticut, so off we went. We did all the usual tourist stuff, the seaport, the aquarium, downtown, and shopping galore…but since this blog is about food, guess what my focus is?? All the great food we ate over the course of the three days!!
So, the food portion of our trip started with a stop at Bagel Experience (Route 209 in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania) for some breakfast to go. Pumpernickel with Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese and lox for me, Egg with cream cheese and lox for Jim. Absolutely delicious as always… this place has the best bagels I’ve had outside of New York!!Crunchy on the outside, nice and soft on the inside. The lox is not too shabby either. Well worth a trip for!
When we got to Mystic, we first visited the seaport. On the way, a little up the road, we spotted what appeared to be a great little roadside place. While Jim was in the men’s room, I got talking to the older gentleman at the visitor’s desk about where to eat. I mentioned a little roadside place we spotted on the way into town. He declared “That’s the Seaview. If you don’t want fancy and don’t mind standing outside or sitting on a bench to eat, they have the best lobster roll in New England.” So we strolled through the seaport and back down the road to the Seaview Snack Bar (145 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut Website: http://seaviewsnackbar.com/index.htm) for lunch. Jim had the lobster roll, I had the whole clam roll. Excellent food, at a picnic table right on the water, I say this place is PERFECT! The rolls were outstanding!
Next we decided to walk around downtown. The hubby wanted to check out an ice cream shop someone at work told him about. So….after some shopping, we visited Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream (2-4 West Main Street, Mystic, Connecticut Website: http://mysticdrawbridgeicecream.com/default.aspx). Since I can’t eat ice cream, I had a Chocolate Mandarin Soy Latte. Absolutely delish!! What a fabulous flavor combination! I never knew that chocolate and orange could taste so well together! Jim had one scoop of Guinness and one scoop of Mystic Mud ice cream. He loved them both! They appeared to me to be the most creamy ice creams ever!
After spending most of the day outside, by the time we went to dinner, I was STARVING!! We decided to stroll next door to a Thai restaurant I found online when searching for restaurants to check out in the area. The woman at the front desk recommended it as well. Did I mention the name is Thai One On (56 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut Website www.letsthaioneon.com)???? How can you not love a place with that name? Warm, inviting atmosphere, welcoming and friendly staff, excellent food, and you have to love that name!! We started with drinks. We both ordered the Muay Thai. Who can resist a drink that has Thai tea in it? Not me! It includes Thai tea (my favorite), vanilla vodka, coconut rum and lemon juice. Very tasty, subtle drink.
Next, we both ordered soup. Tom Yum Ta-lay-tong for Jim and Tom Yum Goong for me. They were both absolutely delish!! They were both spicy, with lemongrass, tomato, onion, mushroom and kaffir lime leaf. The heat was perfectly balanced and not at all overpowering. Jim’s had mixed seafood, mine had shrimp. The flavors were amazing! We were looking forward to appetizers at this point!
For appetizers, we ordered fish cakes (hold the peanuts) and dumplings. I need to mention that they were extremely good about avoiding ingredients I am allergic too. Not all restaurants are accommodating but they went above and beyond which scores them extra points in my book! Both of these appetizers were outstanding!! The fish cakes were cooked perfectly, not even a little bit greasy. Before I even finished each bite of food, I was looking forward to the next bite. A fabulous sweet cucumber salad shared the plate. The dumplings were by far the best I have ever had. The filling was made up of ground chicken, shrimp, and water chestnuts. They were served with a sauce I couldn’t quite figure out. Similar to teriyaki, only better! My taste buds could not wait for my entree to arrive!
So, on to entrees. Jim ordered Shrimp love Scallops and I ordered seafood curry minus the crab (damn allergies). Jim’s had shrimp and scallops (obviously) with ginger, onion, scallion, pepper, baby corn and their specialty sauce. Absolutely divine!! My curry had scallops, shrimp, squid, peppers, peas, pineapple, basil and bamboo shoots in one of the best coconut curry sauces I have ever tasted. Spicy, but not too hot. I was definitely doing a happy dance, as were my taste buds.
For desert, Jim had fried bananas. Of course, I had to sample a bite. The pastry was perfectly flaky, the bananas sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Again, delicious.
I really can not say enough about how much we enjoyed this place. The food and the staff were nothing short of fabulous!! This was by far the best Thai food I have ever had, anywhere! They adjusted for my food allergies without blinking an eye as well. Love this place!! Would go back to Mystic just to eat here!
For lunch Sunday we decided to check out Ten Clams (1 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, Connecticut) since we were in the same area doing some shopping. The concept is that everything on the menu costs less than ten clams (dollars). Can’t beat that! We started with clam fritters. We had decided to get in as much seafood as possible on this trip since it is a seaside town! These fritters were outstanding. Not greasy at all, and just the right clam to dough ratio.
For lunch Jim strayed from seafood and had a cheeseburger on a pretzel roll with fries and cole slaw. Didn’t try it, but by his account it was good. The pretzel roll was tasty and the burger was juicy and flavorful. I ordered the clam strip basket. Yes, clams again! The clams were very tasty and fried to perfection. Nice and crispy. Honestly, there was nothing special about the fries or the cole slaw. Waitress was super friendly and gave us some advice about things to do in the area.
Dinner Sunday led us to The Mystic Boathouse (8 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, Connecticut Website: http://www.themysticboathouse.com/). We found out about this place talking to the woman at the front desk, who sounded like her taste in restaurants was just as discriminating as ours. There was a Saint Patrick’s Day party going on in the bar, with an irish band, so right off the bat we were happy. The waitress was super friendly and informative, so we really enjoyed talking to her.
We started with a half-dozen of the Blue Point Oysters on the half shell from the raw bar. These came from Noank, a town not far up the road from the restaurant. Can I just say I typically DO NOT EAT oysters? I think they are slimy, nasty and gross! These looked so good, I decided to try one (with lots of cocktail sauce just in case). Absolutely loved them! Jim loves oysters to begin with, but did comment that these were the best he’s ever had. We ordered a second half-dozen!!
Next came the Prince Edward Island Mussels served with chorizo, shallots and cilantro. Cooked to perfection, with delicious flavors. We really enjoyed them, and we order mussels on a regular basis. These were definitely among the best. My only disappointment was that they were not local, considering where they are, surrounded by fishing communities.
For dinner, we both ordered the broiled cod with bomster scallop stuffing. The bomster scallops came from right up the road in Stonington, forgot to ask where the cod was from. From the first bite to the last this dish was superb. The stuffing was absolutely succulent and the scallops melted in your mouth. The cod flaked apart perfectly. There was silence at the table as we ate, it was that good. Actually there was some sound, me making content little happy food sounds as I enjoyed this!
Desert was a shared piece of chocolate Guinness cake with a Bailey’s frosting. Again, I was too full to really eat it, but forced (not really) a bite down. That bite was outstanding and I’m not even a Guinness fan. Jim enjoyed it as well! This is another restaurant I just can not say enough positive things about.
Our last meal was breakfast Monday morning at the Equinox Diner (253 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut Website: http://www.equinoxdiner.com/). A friend of Jim’s recommended this place, and I am glad they did! The server was friendly and took excellent care of us.
Jim ordered the California Benedict. This twist on eggs benedict was nothing short of fabulous! Muffin, avocado, bacon, perfectly poached eggs, with a hollandaise sauce over top, served with the best home fries I have ever had. The combination of the avocado, egg and hollandaise felt so smooth in your mouth…heaven in a bite.
I ordered the Malibu Omelette with a few changes. The menu version had avocado, artichoke, tomato and jack cheese. Since I am not allowed dairy, I substituted goat’s cheese (so far this doesn’t bother me). I also added some spinach. It was served with the same home fries and some whole grain toast. One word….fantastic! I finished everything on my plate, which is rare for breakfast time. Don’t let the diner in the name scare you off, this food is gourmet for sure!
All in all, I can not say enough about how pleased I am in regards to this culinary adventure. My biggest word of advice?? Talk to the locals, they know what’s good! My next word of advice…enjoy all the great food this town has to offer if you get the opportunity!