6 Picks For Taste of Mystic

September 7, 2011 10:27 AM

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By Vanessa Willoughby

Bring your appetite to the Taste of Mystic! Featuring over 30 restaurants, Historic Downtown Mystic will be the place to be on September 9 to 11 for an explosion of culinary delights. Last year’s goodies ranged from honey cilantro shrimp to pad Thai with chicken satay. Additionally, don’t miss live performances by musicians such as The Cartells, the Kevin Crandbell Band, High Times, Flowers and Kain, and Mind Body and Soul. Now established as a local staple of community entertainment and family fun, the Taste of Mystic is surely an event you won’t want to miss. Check out the list below to get a preview of some of the event’s participating restaurants.

Captain Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Pub
32 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-3555
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Built over 250 years ago, the Captain Daniel Packer Inne is a quaint restaurant and pub known for its exceptional, classic food and live music. During the summer season, DPI has fresh local seafood specials prepared daily. Try out some of their pub foods, which include: scrumptious calamari, plump grilled mussels, fish n chips, the juicy captain burger, or the always satisfying po’ boy. On the other hand, if you’ve got a more refined palate, test out samples from their dinner menu, which range from lamb chops to filet mignon. Patrons especially love DPI for their no-nonsense, straightforward menu.

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Mystic Pizza
56 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-3700
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

A favorite among locals and tourists, Mystic Pizza has been serving “a slice of heaven” since 1973. The restaurant was vaulted into the national public stratosphere upon the release of 1988’s Mystic Pizza, featuring the now cinematic superstar, Julia Roberts. Mystic Pizza was filmed on location in Mystic and neighboring towns. Now, locals and tourists alike flock to Mystic Pizza for their distinct pizza pies. Stop by Mystic Pizza’s booth and discover an essential part of the Mystic community identity.

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RiverWalk Restaurant
14 Holmes Street
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-5220
Hours: Weekdays, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Weekends, 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Proud to serve “real food for real people,” RiverWalk Restaurant features a fairly relaxed and casual atmosphere complete with outdoor seating and live music. The shrimp cocktail appetizer is counted as a popular favorite, while the spicy shrimp appetizer is equally heralded as a noteworthy. Naturally, RiverWalk offers the expected assortment of hefty burgers, chicken sandwiches, and pastas, but it’s the seafood selection that has gotten people really talking and consequently, taste buds watering.

The Portuguese Fisherman
405 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-4412
Hours: Open Daily 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

A family favorite, The Portuguese Fisherman may sport a weathered outside appearance, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Not only are prices extremely reasonable, but the food is satisfyingly sumptuous. Famous for breakfast and brunch, one of the main meal attractions seems to be the Portuguese Sweet-Bread French Toast.

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Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream
2 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-7978
Hours: Summer, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Winter, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

What’s there not to love about ice cream? With current temperatures causing the air to feel absolutely broiling, make sure you stop by the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream booth. Not only will you beat the heat, but you’ll be able to sample some of the store’s latest flavors and best concoctions. For the chocoholics out there, indulge in a scoop of the delicious Mystic Mud or Kahlua Mocha Fudge.

Savin Rock Roasting Company
9 Whitehall Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 415-9123
Hours: Dining Room, 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Bar, 1.am./2a.m.
Sunday, Kitchen closes at 9 p.m.

Located in the Ramada Mystic Hotel, Savin Rock Roasting Company has opened to notable fanfare. The restaurant prides itself on offering customers the “finest steaks, chops, seafood, pastas and old fashioned favorites.” True to its namesake, Savin Rock Roasting Company uses a special method of slow roasting that creates an especially unforgettable taste.

Vanessa Willoughby lives in Waterford. A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also blogs for the entertainment and music website, 411mania.com.

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