The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline


Madison Beach Hotel

One of the hottest tables in town this summer is on the deck of the new Madison Beach Hotel. I wasn't able to snag one for dinner (call well ahead), but lunch of a buttery lobster roll with homemade potato chips with THIS view hit the spot.

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Our Favorite Lobster Rolls

When I moved to Connecticut from Massachusetts seventeen years ago, I fell hard for the most quintessential of summer eats: the hot, buttered lobster roll.

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Moxie Hour

Besides the facts that Moxie is one of the most perfectly branded restaurants on the Shoreline and the food is scrumptious, they’ve also got a fabulous spread for Happy Hour.

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Jia Mei Asian Kitchen

Madisonites will be thrilled to have the new Jia Mei Asian Kitchen in their midst, with a menu of locally sourced ingredients and fresh presentations of classic Chinese dishes.

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Lobster Landing

I wasn't intentionally on the quest to find the ultimate lobster roll, but it found me anyway. For years, I've heard Lobster Landing in Clinton makes the meanest roll on the Shoreline.

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Taco Pacifico

The food truck phenomenon is blossoming on the Shoreline and I, for one, am loving it. Greg Sharon, owner of Taco Pacifico, dishes up fresh tacos, enchiladas and burritos six days a week from his truck parked at Dino's.

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Bar Bouchee

Perfectly executed french bistro fare; a classic menu of trout meuniere in brown butter, roast chicken on a bed of pureed potatoes, steak frites, daube de boeuf; all stuff I'd happily chow every night of the week.

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Cohen’s Bagels

B.C. (Before Cohen's), finding a fresh, authentic bagel on the shoreline was...impossible. This New York couple knows from bagels!

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