The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

June 22, 2011
Readers Poll / Winners

2011 Best of the Shoreline

Best Restaurant: 

1. Cafe Routier, Westbrook
2. River Tavern, Chester
3. Gabrielles, Centerbrook

Best Women’s Clothing:

1. Ella Where She Shops, Guilford
2. (3 way tie) Frock, Chester and Possessions, Branford and Swish, Guilford
3. (3 way tie) Arabella, Branford and Azul, Old Saybrook and Tracy Brent, Guilford

Best Gift Store:

1. Mix, Guilford
2. Bowerbird, Old Lyme
3. Flutterby, Guilford

Best Ethnic Restaurant:

1. Taste of China, Clinton
2. Darbar India, Branford
3. Som Siam, Guilford and Old Saybrook

Best Family Dining:

1. Chips’ Pub iii, Clinton
2. Lenny and Joes
3. (2 way tie) Penny Lane Pub, Old Saybrook and Luigis, Old Saybrook

Best Take Out:

1. Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook
2. Som Siam, Guilford and Old Saybrook
3. Zhangs, Old Saybrook

Best Outdoor Dining:

1. The Place, Guilford
2. Blue Oar, Haddam
3. Bill’s Seafood, Westbrook

Best Cafe:

1. Elizabeth’s Cafe, Madison
2. (2 way tie) Cilantro, Guilford and Paperback Cafe, Old Saybrook
3. Bar Bouchee, Madison

Best Pizza:

1. Red Tomato, Madison
2. Pizzaworks, Old Saybrook
3. Alforno, Old Saybrook

Best Ice Cream:

1. Ashley’s Ice Cream
2. Old Lyme Ice Cream, Old Lyme
3. Hallmark Drive-In, Old Lyme

Best Bakery:

1. 4 and Twenty Blackbirds Bakeshop, Guilford
2. Vanderbrooke Bakery, Old Saybrook
3. Dagmar’s Desserts, Old Saybrook

Best Breakfast/Brunch:

1. Christy’s, Westbrook
2. La Cuisine Cafe, Branford
3. Coffee Break, Clinton

Best Caterer:

1. La Cuisine Cafe, Branford
2. Elizabeth’s Cafe at Perfect Parties, Madison
3. Cloud Nine Catering, Old Saybrook

Best Cocktails:

1. Cafe Routier, Westbrook
2. (2 way tie) River Tavern, Chester and Griswold Inn, Essex
3. Aspen Restaurant and Bar, Old Saybrook

Best Gourmet Foods:

1. Fromage Fine Foods and Coffees, Old Saybrook
2. Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, Centerbrook
3. (2 way tie) Star Fish Market, Guilford and Bishops Orchard, Guilford

Best Men’s Clothing:

1. (2 way tie) J. Alden, Essex and Khaki and Black, Madison
2. Anchor and Compass, Deep River
3. North Cove Outfitters, Old Saybrook

Best Outdoor/Sporting Goods:

1. North Cove Outfitters, Old Saybrook
2. Trailblazer, Branford
3. soundRUNNER

Best Vintage Clothing:

1. Tova’s Vintage Shop, Old Saybrook
2. Cinderella’s Attic, Guilford
3. Fantasia, Old Saybrook

Best Lingerie:

1. Lulu’s Chichi Boutique, Guilford
2. Nordstrom, West Farms
3. Beneath the Gown, Clinton

Best Shoes:

1. Anna Mia’s, Madison
2. Trudy’s European Shoes, Guilford
3. The Clinton Bootery, Clinton

Best Kid’s Clothing:

1. Red Balloon, Essex
2. Just Hatched, Guilford
3. Poppies Boutique, Madison

Best Jewelry:

1. Deep River Design, Deep River
2. (2 way tie) Bella Perlina, Madison and Dina Varano, Chester

Best Fitness Center:

1. Shoreline Fitness
2. Planet Fitness
3. (2 way tie) IM=X, Guilford and In Shape, Branford

Best Yoga:

1. XO Yoga, Chester
2. (2 way tie) Ava Tyler Yoga, Guilford and Raven’s Wing Yoga, Branford

Best Pilates:

1. Shoreline Pilates
2. Pilates for Life, Essex
3. (2 way tie) Bodi N Motion, Guilford and IM=X Pilates, Guilford

Best Specialized Gym:

1. (3 way tie) IM=X Pilates, Guilford and Mad About Crossfit, Madison and Northeast Fitness Factory, Westbrook

Best Personal Trainer:

1. (2 way tie) Katie Papoosha and Lisa Connolly, both Shoreline Fitness
2. Rebecca Malozzi, Westbrook

Best Salon:

1. Essence Center for Beauty and Wellness, Old Saybrook
2. Timothy Pamment Salon, Madison
3. Echo, A Salon, Guilford

Best Day Spa:

1. Rituals Spa, Guilford
2. The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich
3. Spa of Essex, Essex

Best Nails:

1. Oasis Nails and Spa, Madison
2. (3 way tie) Cozy Nails and Spa, Old Saybrook and Elegance Nails, Old Saybrook and Rituals Spa, Guilford

Best Med Spa:

1. Yolo Med Spa, Guilford
2. Fuzion Medical Aesthetic Boutique, Branford
3. Shoreline Medical Spa, Old Lyme

Best Massage:

1. Rituals Spa, Guilford
2. Hands on Expressions Massage, Madison
3. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme

Best Facial:

1. Rituals Spa, Guilford
2. Essence Center for Beauty and Wellness, Old Saybrook
3. Spa of Essex, Essex

Best Antique Store:

1. (2 way tie) English Accents Antiques, Essex and Treasures, Old Lyme
2. Clinton Antique Center, Clinton

Best Furniture Store:

1. Saybrook Country Barn, Old Saybrook
2. Venetucci Home, Westbrook
3. Fairhaven, New Haven

Best Hardware Store:

Page Hardware & Appliance Co., Guilford
2. Essex Hardware, Essex
3. Laysville, Old Lyme

Best Florist:

1. Madison Flower Shop, Madison
2. White House Florist, Guilford
3. Flowers on the Green, Guilford

Best Toy Store:

1. Purple Bear, Guilford
2. Toys Ahoy, Essex
3. Deep River Toys, Deep River

Best Art Gallery:

1. Greene Art Gallery, Guilford
2. Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme
3. Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison

Best Museum:

1. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
2. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
3. Connecticut River Museum, Essex

Best Live Theater:

1. Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam
2. (2 way tie) Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton and The Kate, Old Saybrook

Best Cinema:

1. Madison Arts Cinema, Madison
2. Niantic Cinema, Niantic
3. Marquee Cinemas, Westbtook

Best Cleaners:

1. (2 way tie) Ideal Cleaners, Centerbrook and Unique Cleaners, Guilford
2. Lighthouse Cleaners, Old Saybrook

Best Seamstress:

1. Angie Lu Tailors, Madison
2. Lucy Tailors, Branford
3. Village Seamstress, Guilford

Best Vet:

1. Guilford Veterinary Hospital, Guilford
2. Saybrook Veterinary Hospital, Old Saybrook
3. Chester Veterinary Clinic, Chester

Best Kennel:

1. Larken’s Run, Durham
2. Silver Trails Animal Inn, Westbrook
3. Shoreline Pet Lodge, Branford

Best Groomer:

1. Pampered Pets, Old Saybrook
2. Aimees Hair of the Dog, Guilford
3. Dogs to Dragons, Killingworth

Best Furniture Refinishers:

1. Benchmark Furniture Repair, Westbrook
2. (2 way tie) Joshua Friedman & Company, New London and Another Look, Guilford

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