45 Hayward Ave.
Colchester, CT 06415
Nu-Nu’s is a year-round Italian restaurant with indoor seating and one of the few to openly advertise as a BYOB place. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beer or wine, and Nu-Nu’s will supply the glasses – albeit at a corkage fee of $2 per glass. There are traditional pasta dishes and specialties of the house such as double-breasted Sicilian chicken, top round veal cutlet and a children’s menu to choose from. Regulars, however, keep coming back for pastas topped with one of the two house sauces: Nu-Nu’s Marinara or Nu-Nu’s Sunday Sauce. The first is made with plum tomatoes and basil, the second with veal and pork. Come in and try them both.
Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock
80 Hamilton St.
New London, CT 06320
Dining outdoors by the water is one of the great pleasures of visiting or living by the Connecticut shore. Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London is a seasonal restaurant that serves up fresh, classic, local seafood in a family-friendly, casual setting – and at prices most people can afford. Clams, scallops, oysters, fish and, of course, lobsters are available on their own or in combo dinners, and the “Captain” even has “Create-a-Combo” option. The fish fritters, by the way, are not to be missed. The restaurant, which is open from April to October, is now in its 18th year, is family owned and operated and is named for a famous local seafaring hero. Diners thus get a little history with their seafood – but the only way they will get a good stiff drink is if they bring their own.
30 Williams Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
Seasonal clam shacks used to sprout up all of the time on the Connecticut shore, and the Sea Swirl is one of the best-loved heirs to that old tradition. Best known for its chowders – including a Rhode Island broth style – and other staple New England seafood dishes, the Sea Swirl is not fancy. Most of the food is breaded and fried and served up in disposable containers. Diners stand in line outside of the glass-enclosed building, order at a window and take their meals to nearby picnic tables. There are sandwiches, rolls, side orders, complete dinners and even ice cream – but to have anything stronger than a soda, customers have to bring their own.
214 Route 12
Groton, CT 06340
Chili, gumbo, pulled pork and jerk chicken can all be hot and spicy, especially if they are made by Pierre Boutros, chef and owner of the Bayou Smokehouse in Groton. This BYOB BBQ place serves up a variety of smokehouse styles, including Caribbean as well as traditional Southern cooking. Whether diners chose the Cajun taco salad, brisket, Carolina-style chicken or baked shrimp mac and cheese, they will not be disappointed. As the name indicates, however, there is a lot of New Orleans flavor in the menu, including Creole cooking.
3 Guys Flippin Pies
1098 Main St.
Watertown, CT 06795
The flavored crust at 3 Guys is a big draw at this Watertown pizza parlor. For just 50 cents a flavor, customers can have sesame, oregano, basil, garlic, parmesan or any combination of those added to the crust. This unique twist on the traditional build-your-own pizza has served 3 Guys very well. This spot, of course, also offers all of the usual toppings and make Sicilian deep dish as well as specialty and gourmet pizzas and calzones, as well as old world style “stuffed bread” – which is the grandfather of all pizzas. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy it in true Italian fashion at 3 Guys.
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