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Osaka, East Lyme

It is never a wise idea to seek cheap sushi, but I believe if you seek good sushi and it turns out to be a deal, then it’s a winning situation.

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Old Lyme Inn

Were you feeling “meh” about the Old Lyme Inn? The top-to-toe reno aside, the dining room wasn’t pulling it’s weight. We all know how hard it is to get a restaurant right: food, service, menu, decor, ambiance. I for one, wouldn’t want that job. But the owners of the OLI, besides lovingly restoring our landmark Inn, want us to hang out there, too.

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Old Lyme Inn

We've been waiting oh, so patiently for the re-opening of The Old Lyme Inn, so we raced over on opening day, and were delighted to stroll in to a crisp and sunny version of its former, frayed self.

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only niantic

Only In Niantic

Niantic prides itself on being a bit quirky and there are some curiosities in town that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

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My Version of Cheers

Happy to report that they are now open for lunch on Friday through Sunday AND Holiday Tea returns on December 5th. The E List team gathers here for our annual holiday tea party and to ogle the over-the-top gingerbread houses.

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Restaurant Newsflash!

My favorite cafe, Ashlawn Farm, is opening a second location next to the train station in Old Saybrook. I am BEYOND excited, and you'll find me there, hiding behind my computer, regularly. Stop by this Saturday, November 16th for a soft opening.

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Krust

While I love it here, we lean fuddy duddy, not fashionable. If you, like me, yearn for a dose of youth, head straight to Krust in Middletown.

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Skip the Whole Megillah

I threatened my family with a restaurant meal this year, but they weren't having it. My daughter is just so, um, traditional. But if it's only a few of you, going out may be the answer.

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Take Out to Feed a Crowd

What could be simpler than inviting your nearest and dearest over and heating up a full-on feast, from bird to pie? Some of my favorite restaurants and take-out stops provide all the fixings.

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Cafe Flo

Big news at Cafe Flo this year: they've decamped from the Landscape Center Barn to the long swath of terrace smack on the banks of the Lieutenant River. You'll instantly understand how this view galvanized the Lyme Art Colony in the first place.

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The Black Sheep

You can’t help but feel at home in a good Irish pub. Thanks to Leo Roche, Irishman and owner of The Black Sheep (and The Harp and Hound in Mystic), you can experience an authentic Irish pub in downtown Niantic

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Cafe Flo

This is one of the best kept Shoreline secrets, and it shouldn’t be. On Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, head to the Florence Griswold Museum and enjoy lunch or a picnic prepared by Gourmet Galley.

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Cafe Sol

Tabatha and Brian, the earnest owners of Cafe Sol, are providing a clean antidote to the usual fried summer fare on the Shoreline.

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Fresh Salt

A waterfront restaurant with great food? It's not only about the perfect buttery lobster roll and creamy New England clam chowder at Saybrook Point Inn's new restaurant, Fresh Salt.

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