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Olympia Tea Room still fresh after 100 years in Watch Hill

Then came the lobster, again mysteriously tender, this time delicately dressed in a hint of mayonnaise and a bit of fresh, crisp celery then piled high on a grilled croissant.

Enjoying a charmed experience at Zack's Bar & Grille

Zack's Bar & Grille in Stonington Borough feels just as much a time capsule as a place to stop in for a drink and bite to eat. Hidden alongside the Amtrak line and below the bridge that runs over it, it's the type of authentic haunt you have to know about already or go looking for.

New London's Ocean Pizza remains a reliable favorite

Ocean Pizza continues to resonate with regulars through a wide-ranging menu of pizza, sandwiches and grinders, Greek specialties, pasta and seafood.

A changing of the guard at Parade Pizza

The Captain may have departed, but the Parade continues at New London’s longtime pizza shop on Bank Street.

You'll be pleased if you go Back In Thyme

The moment you enter Back In Thyme Herb Farm & Kitchen in Hopkinton, R.I., you might be compelled to turn off that smart phone and go leave it in the car. You may even decide it's time to just go toss it into one of the nearby brooks off Route 3.

Groton's Koto Japanese Steak House offers an expansive, well-prepared menu

With a choice of hibachi "presentation" or private dining, Groton's Koto Japanese Steak House offers a wide variety of nicely prepared sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, noodle and "small dishes from the kitchen" options. And, yes: steak.

If it's dumplings you crave, head to Beijing in Westerly

Its sign features "Beijing" in very small letters, and "dumpling" spelled out in red, nearly 2-foot tall, capital letters. I guess if you're proud of your dumplings, you might as well shout about it.

Seek out the Black Seal for food and fellowship

Many towns in tourist-friendly areas like ours sport must-visit food destinations — old standbys that have been the place to enjoy true local color for as long as anyone can remember. The entire town of Essex is its own must-visit spot for its wealth of history, proximity to the...


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