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July 26, 2021
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Shoreline Snack Shacks

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Here are a few of our favorite local summer snacks.


Kim’s She Shed, 29 Plum Bank Rd, Harvey’s Beach, Old Saybrook

Kim’s food truck, offering loads of beach treats, opened in 2020. Located at Harvey’s Beach in Old Saybrook (a favorite spot at low tide), you’ll find scrumptious lobster rolls (Market Price), Italian ice, Fried Dough with Marinara Sauce and Parmesan and lots more. There’s a parking fee for Harvey’s so let the attendant know you are coming for food at Kim’s and they will allow you in to the far side of the lot. It’s a busy spot but open daily 11:30 am- 6:30pm.


Cedar Lake Snack Shack, 218 West Main Street, Chester

During the summer months, Cedar Lake Town Beach is for Chester residents and guests only, but anyone can hit the Snack Shack for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the view like a local. Munch on tasty fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, fries and all sorts of candy, chips and ice cream on the deck at an umbrella-topped picnic table. Greg’s got hot lobster rolls this summer at only $19.50! This place meets all snack shack criteria: fry-o-lator, swinging screen doors, breeze off the water. 11-7 daily.



Simon’s Marketplace at Ballek’s Garden Center, 90 Maple Ave, East Haddam

Simon’s shipping container pop-up is back and they are sharing their baked treats, coffee, plus soups, salads, and sandwiches at Ballek’s. Saturdays 9-3 and Sundays 9-2

Visit Simon’s fb page here.

Photo by Simon’s Marketplace
Photo by Ballek’s


Liv’s Shack, 26 Bridge Street in Old Saybrook (also Pilot’s Point Marina – 63 Pilots Point Drive in Westbrook and Liv’s Dockside Grill)
Get in line and order up a hot buttered lobster roll, overstuffed with fresh-from-the-shell chunks, on a buttery, toasted bun. Don’t pass up the hand-cut truffle fries.
livs lobster shack
Shanks, 131 Grove Street, Clinton

Order your fried seafood platters or fish tacos from the folks inside the lobster boat (with a fully functional commercial kitchen), then head to the upstairs deck for a stunning view of Clinton Harbor and sailboats bobbing on their moorings. The fish tacos are a winner here, served either grilled or fried, but you won’t go wrong with any of the fried offerings. The New England style chowder is a tasty one, studded with clams and potatoes and not too gloppy. Paleo peeps will be happy with piles of greens topped with giant grilled shrimp. Kid friendly and BYOB.

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Flanders Crescent Beach Stand, 37 Bayview Ave, Niantic

Offering classic breakfasts, Ashlawn Farm Coffee and “New Wave Old School” selections (yes, avocado toast!), this is a serene and sweet spot for the first meal of the day, smack on the beach.

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Edd’s Place

New owner’s have updated the breakfast and lunch fixings at Edd’s Place, tucked into Westbrook’s marine district, with a water view. Edd’s is still the same relaxed nostalgic-style dining experience we’ve known over the years with fresh, exciting energy and new talent breathed into it. The menu is chock full of elevated breakfast and lunchtime classics, plus fresh-baked muffins, biscuits and cookies!

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