The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

July 10, 2015
Readers Poll / Winners

2015 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll

We asked, you voted! Here are the winners of the 2015 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll.



  1. River Tavern, Chester
  2. Cafe Routier, Westbrook
  3. Whitfields on the Guilford Green, Guilford


Food To-Go

  1. Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook
  2. Bradley and Wall, Madison
  3. Pasta Avest & Pizzeria, Guilford


Family Friendly Dining

  1. Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook and Madison
  2. Red House, Deep River
  3. Chip’s Pub, Clinton


Outdoor Dining

  1. Blue Oar, Haddam
  2. Bill’s Seafood, Westbrook
  3. Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook


Coffee/Tea Cafe

  1. Ashlawn Farm Coffee, Lyme and Old Saybrook
  2. Cilantro Coffee, Guilford
  3. Willoughby’s Coffee and Tea, Madison and Branford and New Haven



  1. Otto Pizza, Chester
  2. Bufalina, Guilford
  3. PizzaWorks, Old Saybrook


Ethnic Food

  1. Som Siam, Old Saybrook
  2. Dar Bar, Branford
  3. Tissas Le Souk du Maroc, Old Saybrook


Ice Cream

  1. Ashley’s, Madison and Guilford and Branford
  2. Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe & Cafe, Old Lyme
  3. Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream, Salem



  1. Simon’s Marketplace, Chester
  2. G Cafe, Branford and New Haven
  3. Hen and Heifer, Guilford


Cake/Cupcake Bakery

  1. Sugar Bakery, East Haven
  2. TIE: Dagmar Desserts, Old Saybrook + Take the Cake, Guilford
  3. The Pursuit of Pastry, Old Saybrook



  1. Cristy’s, Westbrook and Madison
  2. JAMSS, Old Saybrook
  3. Hidden Kitchen, Guilford



  1. Cloud Nine Catering, Old Saybrook
  2. Coffee’s Country Market and Catering, Old Lyme
  3. Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook



  1. River Tavern, Chester
  2. Moxie, Madison
  3. Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook



  1. G-Zen, Branford
  2. Shoreline Diner, Guilford
  3. It’s Only Natural, Middletown


Grocery Store

  1. Foodworks, Guilford and Old Saybrook
  2. Bishops Orchard, Guilford
  3. Adams Supermarket, Deep River


Gourmet or Cheese Shop

  1. Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, Old Saybrook
  2. The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, Centerbrook
  3. Foxglove & Madison Cheese, Madison



  1. Cliff’s Quality Meats, Essex
  2. Forte’s Gourmet Market, Guilford
  3. Walt’s Food Market, Old Saybrook


Farmers Market

  1. Chester Farmers Market, Chester
  2. Lyme Farmers Market at Ashlawn Farm, Lyme
  3. Madison Farmers Market


Health/Fitness Club

  1. Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook
  2. Shoreline Health & Fitness, Clinton and Old Saybrook
  3. Squared Circle Studio, Deep River


Yoga Studio (or teacher)

  1. Ava Tyler (teacher)
  2. The Yoga Shop, Old Saybrook
  3. Root Yoga Studio, Old Lyme


Pilates Studio

  1. Pilates for Life, Essex
  2. Shoreline Health & Fitness, Clinton and Old Saybrook
  3. Athena’s Fitness Synergy, Guilford


Specialized or Boutique Gym

  1. Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook
  2. Squared Circle, Deep River
  3. E~fitness Personal Training, Guilford


Personal Trainer

  1. Kati Papoosha, Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook
  2. Edie Spadacenta, E-Fitness, Guilford
  3. Danielle Graham, Synergy Health & Fitness, Guilford


Women’s Clothing

  1. Ella Where She Shops, Guilford
  2. Flutterby, Guilford
  3. Tracy Brent, Guilford


Men’s Clothing

  1. Anchor & Compass, Deep River
  2. Flutterby, Guilford
  3. J. Alden Clothiers, Essex


Outdoor Outfitter/Sporting Goods

  1. Trailblazer, Branford
  2. Harris Outdoors, Old Saybrook
  3. SoundRUNNER, Branford and Old Saybrook



  1. Chalk Mercantile, Old Saybrook
  2. Treasures, Old Lyme
  3. Maximus Antiques, Old Saybrook


Vintage or Consignment Clothing

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



  1. Deep River Jewelry Design, Deep River
  2. Dina Varano Gallery, Chester
  3. Nyman Jewelers, Old Saybrook



  1. R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison
  2. Breakwater Books, Guilford
  3. Book Barn, Niantic


Gift Store

  1. The Bowerbird, Old Lyme
  2. Mix Design Store, Guilford
  3. Flutterby, Guilford



  1. Saybrook Country Barn, Old Saybrook
  2. Chalk Mercantile, Old Saybrook
  3. Madison Furniture Barn, Westbrook


Shoe Store

  1. Trudy’s European Shoes & Accessories, Guilford
  2. Clinton Bootery, Clinton
  3. Shoetique, Branford



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



  1. Mar Floral, Old Saybrook
  2. Ashleigh’s Garden, Deep River
  3. White House Florist, Guilford


Wine Shop

  1. Coastal Wine & Spirits, Branford
  2. Seaside Wine & Spirits, Old Saybrook
  3. Frank’s Package Store, Guilford


Toy Store

  1. Deep River Toy Co.,  Deep River
  2. Jordie’s Toy Shoppe, Guilford
  3. The Purple Bear, Guilford


Children’s Clothing

  1. Just Hatched, Guilford
  2. The Red Balloon, Essex
  3. Celebrations, Deep River


Hair Salon

  1. Salon Pure, Old Lyme
  2. Clippers Long Hill, Guilford
  3. Essence, Old Saybrook



  1. Cozy Nail & Spa, Old Saybrook
  2. Villa Nail Spa, Guilford
  3. Oasis Nail & Spa, Branford, Guilford, and Madison



  1. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme
  2.  The Spa of Essex, Essex
  3. Sanno Spa, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook



  1. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme
  2. The Spa of Essex, Essex
  3. Essence, Old Saybrook


Day Spa

  1. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme
  2. The Spa of Essex, Essex
  3. Sanno Spa, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook


Med Spa

  1. Clarity Medical Aesthetics, Guilford
  2. FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique, Branford
  3. Yolo Laser Center & Med Spa, Guilford



  1. Greene Art Gallery, Guilford
  2. Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme
  3. Lori Warner Studio/Gallery, Chester


Live Theatre or Music Venue

  1. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook
  2. Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam
  3. The Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton



  1. Lucy’s Tailors, Branford
  2. Angie Lu Tailors, Madison
  3. Colin’s Tux Shop, Old Saybrook


Favorite Spot

  1. Hammonassett State Park, Madison
  2. Guilford Green, Guilford
  3. Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford


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