The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

July 19, 2016

2016 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll

best of the shoreline 2016

Best Restaurant

1. River Tavern, Chester

2. Cafe Routier, Westbrook

3. Bar Bouchée, Madison


Best New Restaurant

1. Wright’s Steakhouse, Centerbrook 

2. Moxie, Madison and Chow Food & Beverage Co., Clinton

3.  The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, Guilford 


Best Take-out (Dinner to-go food)

1. Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook 

2. Bradley & Wall Gourmet Foods, Madison

3. Mystic Market Gourmet Marketplace, Mystic and Old Saybrook 


Best Family-Friendly Dining

1. Pizza Works, Old Saybrook

2. Chip’s Pub III, Clinton

3. Lenny + Joe’s Fish Tale, Madison, Westbrook, and New Haven 


Best Coffee + Tea

1.  Ashlawn Farm Coffee, Old Saybrook

2. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, New Haven, Branford, and Madison

3. Cilantro Specialty Foods, Guilford and The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, Guilford 


Best Pizza

1. Otto Pizza, Chester

2. Pizza Works, Old Saybrook 

3. Grand Apizza, Clinton, Madison, and Guilford


Best Ethnic Food

 1. Som Siam East Thai Restaurant, Guilford, Old Saybrook, and Branford 

2.  Darbar India, Branford and The Spice Club, Niantic 

3.  Saigon City, Old Saybrook 


Best Ice Cream

1.  Ashley’s Ice Cream, Madison, Guilford, Branford, Hamden, and New Haven

2.  Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream Co., Salem

3. Scoops of Centerbrook, Centerbrook


Best Bread/Bakery

1. The Pursuit of Pastry, Old Saybrook

2. G Cafe Bakery, New Haven and Branford

3. Simon’s Marketplace, Chester and Westbrook and Dagmar’s Desserts, Old Saybrook 


Best Cake

1. Sugar Bakery, East Haven

2. The Pursuit of Pastry, Old Saybrook 

3. Take the Cake, Guilford 


Favorite Breakfast/Brunch

1. Cristy’s, Madison and Westbrook 

2. J.A.M.S.S, Old Saybrook 

3. The Tea Kettle, Old Saybrook


Favorite Caterer 

1. Coffee’s Country Market, Old Lyme 

2. The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, Guilford and Cloud Nine, Old Saybrook 

3. Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook 


Best Place for Cocktails

1. Moxie Bar and Restaurant, Madison

2. River Tavern, Chester

3. Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook 


Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant

1. G-Zen Restaurant, Branford

2. It’s Only Natural (ION), Middletown

3. Shoreline Diner & Restaurant, Guilford


Best Local Grocery Store

1. FoodWorks Natural Market, Guilford, Chesire, and Old Saybrook 

2. Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford 

3.  Adams Hometown Market, Deep River 


Best Gourmet / Cheese Shop

1. Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, Old Saybrook

2. The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook LLC, Centerbrook

3. Madison Cheese, Madison


Best Butcher

1. Adams Hometown Market, Deep River 

2. Robert’s Food Center, Madison

3. Walt’s Food Market, Old Saybrook


Best Farmer’s Market

1. Chester Sunday Farmer’s Market, Chester

2. The Lyme Farmer’s Market

3. Madison Farmer’s Market, Madison


Best Fish Store

 1. Atlantic Seafood, Old Saybrook

2. Star Fish, Guilford

3. Saybrook Seafood, Old Saybrook


Best Outdoor Dining

 1. The Blue Oar Restaurant, Haddam

2. Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook 

3. Bill’s Seafood, Westbrook


Best Health/Fitness Club

 1. Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook 

2. Squared Circle Studio, Deep River 

3. Funktion Fitness, Clinton


Favorite Yoga Studio/Teacher

1. The Yoga Shop, Old Saybrook 

2. Emrys Tetu

3. Ava Tyler and pradipikaYOGA


 Best Pilates Studio

1. Pura Vida, Old Saybrook 

2 Fitness on the Water-Westbrook The Pilates Studio

3. Pilates For Life, Essex 

Best Specialized Gym

 1. Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook 

2. Squared Circle Studio, Deep River 

3. Barre at the Green, Guilford 


Best Personal Trainer

1. Kati Papoosha, Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook 

2. Joe Fay, Iron House Fitness, Old Saybrook 

3. Edie Spadacenta, E-Fitness, Guilford 


Best Women’s Clothing Store

1. Ella Where She Shops, Guilford 

2. Grace, Niantic 

3. Pearls & Plaid,  East Haddam


Best Men’s Clothing Store

1. Anchor & Compass, Deep River

2. Flutterby, Guilford

3. J. Alden Clothiers, Essex

Best Outdoors Store

1. Denali (Trailblazer), Old Saybrook 

2. Harris Outdoors, Old Saybrook

3. SoundRUNNER, Branford and Old Saybrook


Best Antique Shop

1. Treasures, Old Lyme

2. Chalk Mercantile, Old Saybrook

3. Clinton Antique Center, Clinton

Best Vintage Shop

1. Cinderella’s Attic, Guilford

2. Tova’s Vintage Shop, Old Saybrook

3. Fantasia Consignments, Old Saybrook


Best Jewelry 

1. Deep River Jewelry Design, Deep River

2. bellaPerlina, Madison 

3. Nyman Jewelers, Old Saybrook


Best Bookstore

1. R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

2. Breakwater Books, Guilford

3. Book Barn, Niantic
Best Gift Store

1. The Bowerbird, Old Lyme

2. Mix Design Store, Guilford

3. Creations, Madison 


Best Furniture

1. Saybrook Country Barn, Old Saybrook

2. Madison Furniture Barn, Westbrook

3. Treasures, Old Lyme 

Best Shoe Store

1. Clinton Bootery, Clinton

2. Shoetique, Branford

3. Clad In, Stonington 

Best Hardware Store

1. Page Hardware & Appliance Co., Guilford

2. Essex Hardware, Essex

3. Ace Hardware, Clinton


Best Florist

1. Mar Floral, Old Saybrook

2. Ashleigh’s Garden, Deep River

3. Madison Flower, Madison 


Best Wine

1. Madison Wine Shop

2. SeaSide Wine and Spirits, Old Saybrook

3. Coastal Wine and Spirits, Branford


Best Toy Store

1. Jordie’s Toy Shoppe, Guilford 

2. The Purple Bear, Guilford 

3. The Bowerbird, Old Lyme

Best Childrens’ Clothing

1. Just Hatched, Guilford 

2. The Red Balloon, Essex 

3. Celebrations, Deep River



Best Framer

1. Sachem Card & Party Shop, Guilford 

2. The Frameshop on Wall Street, Madison 

3. Art Emporium of Old Saybrook, Old Saybrook 

Best Hair Salon

1. Salon Pure, Old Lyme 

2. Timothy Pamment Salon, Madison 

3. Clippers Long Hill, Guilford 



Best Mani/Pedi

1. Cozy Nail & Spa, Old Saybrook 

2. Villa Nail Spa, Guilford 

3. Salon de Oasis, Madison, Guilford, and Branford 


Best Massage

1. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme 

2. The Spa of Essex, Essex 

3. Sanno, Saybrook Point in & Spa, Old Saybrook 


Best Facial

1. The Spa of Essex, Essex 

2. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme 

3. Essence Wellness, Old Saybrook 


Best Day Spa

1. The Spa of Essex, Essex 

2. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme 

3. Sanno, Saybrook Point in & Spa, Old Saybrook 


Best Med Spa

1. Clarity Medical Aesthetics, Guilford 

2. Yolo Laser Center & Med Spa, Guilford

3. South Cove Medical Aesthetics, Old Saybrook 


Best Brow Taming

1. Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar, Madison

2. Cozy Nail & Spa, Old Saybrook 

3. The Spa of Essex, Essex 

Best Art Gallery

1. Greene Art Gallery, Guilford

2. Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme 

3. Lori Warner Studio / Gallery, Chester


Best Theater

1. The Kate, Old Saybrook 

2. Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton 

3. Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam


Best Seamstress

1. Angie Lu Tailors, Madison

2. Lucy Tailor’s, Branford 

3. Colin’s Tux Shop, Old Saybrook 


Best Veterinarian 

1. Chester Veterinary Clinic 

2. Guilford Veterinary Hospital 

3. Clinton Veterinary Hospital

Best Car Repair 

1. All Pro Automotive, Old Lyme 

2. Hammonasset Service Station, Madison 

3. Cardone & Daughter Automotive, Inc., Old Saybrook 


Best Spot on the Shoreline 

1. Hammonasset State Park, Madison

2. Guilford Town Green, Guilford

3. Lavender Pond Farm, Killingworth 


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