Penny Lane: hearty, well-made meals at an unassuming pub

While fanfare is often reserved for the chic, here-today-gone-tomorrow restaurants that serve "transparent ravioli," "modernist foams," and "multi-sensory" air crisps, there's truly nothing better than a hearty, well-made meal at an unassuming, classic pub.

Reach new heights of flavor at Himalaya Cafe

Recent trips to Himalaya Café in Old Saybrook have taught me a few things: paneer is excellent when it’s grilled; falooda is a very interesting Indian dessert; and very, very nice and talented people are in charge of the place.

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Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Westerly's scenic B&B Dockside

Hard to the Pawcatuck River, B&B Dockside offers convivial lunch and breakfast and a damned nice view.

Go Fish gets even better with its new iteration

When I heard word recently that a brand-spanking, new and improved Go Fish had reopened following renovations, my reaction was similar to that of a friend after seeing a TV spot on the Dominoes Pizza rebranding of a few years back:"Doms got better? I thought Doms was always good."

Dining roundup: a look back at our critics' recent reviews

Karma Kitchen & Juicery 15 Holmes St., Mystic (860) 536-7233 Off the main drag and located in a bright and open space on Holmes Street in Mystic, Karma Kitchen & Juicery is a solid bet for the types of smoothies, cold pressed juices, and...

Ivy's Simply Homemade boasts wonderful take-home food options

Ivy's Simply Homemade, the gourmet food-to-go market in Waterford, is a convenient, reasonably priced place to get a stunning array of entrees, sandwiches and sides.

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Fagin's Useless Gadget List

A large, dead birch I was cutting down with a chain saw the other day had been leaning toward a clearing where I wanted it to fall, but I failed to notice a gnarly bittersweet vine that coiled around the upper branches. So instead of toppling...