Aspen carries on a tradition of excellence

You know a restaurant is going to be memorable when you can’t decide what you’re NOT going to order off the menus.

Recapping recent dining reviews from Day critics

Smokey O'Grady's 306 Flanders Road, East Lyme (860) 739-7084 Among other things, Smokey O'Grady's reminded me of one of those important rules for life: don’t judge a book by its cover. One could easily by-pass the nondescript building on Flanders Road or write it off as...

Hot Rod Cafe in New London dazzles on many fronts

The Hot Rod Cafe in downtown New London is one of the most popular go-to spots in town. There are plenty of reasons why.

A new name and continued culinary excellence at Mezza

The name The Pita Spot hardly captured the totality of the experience at the Lebanese restaurant on Route 1 in Mystic: grilled calamari over couscous ($20), eggplant, chickpea and slivered onion mousaka over rice ($15), grilled 'Lala' chicken served with garlic spread, pickles and pita bread...

Wings are king at Smokey O’Grady’s

As summer approaches, burgers, fries, hot dogs and their fancier pub food cousins are appearing at my dinner table more times than I care to admit. Apparently, there’s something about the weather shift that fuels a craving for all things smoked, fried and fun, with the added bonus of not...

A handy round-up of Day critics' recent dining reviews

84 Tavern on Canal in downtown Westerly is a notable experience for several reasons: prompt, attentive and friendly service; a cool but not pretentiously so atmosphere; and a menu that's got a lot to offer at any meal. For Sunday brunch, you can go to the extremes of sweet and savory —...

New chapter for Norm's: Venerable Groton diner under new ownership

With a fresh, clean look, a new ownership group at Norm's Diner in Groton ushers in a new era in comfortabloe, casual dining

84 Tavern on Canal is the whole package

Christopher Champagne, executive chef and owner of 84 Tavern on Canal in downtown Westerly, is certainly a man who knows his way around a kitchen and has learned more than a thing or two about ingredient pairing.

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The perfect paddle: Kayaking around Fishers Island

Having kayaked over the years on virtually all major rivers and in sections of every state in the Northeast I’ve elevated several waterways to five-star status, including The St. John River, Rangeley Lakes and Muscongus Bay in Maine; Lake...