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Eat well and watch the world go by at the Pattaconk

Not only does Downtown Chester offer some of the region’s best people watching, come evening time, Main Street takes on a block party vibe.

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.


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Catch up with the catbirds

Although dozens of migrating species are arriving here each day, only a few can actually be enticed to our feeders.

Rick’s List: Fred’s Shanty Parking Edition

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Fifth Harmony — July 30 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. May 27: $39

Charlie Puth, Nick Fradiani, Nelly, more — June 19 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; $35, $55

George Benson — July 21 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. May 27; $59

A.J. Croce — July 22 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $25-$28

Joe Walsh — July 23 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale now; $45-$75

Blink-182 — Sept. 2 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale now; $18-$68