Paddle over to Abby’s Place: The views are free

If you like your meals with a side of stunning water views, consider a trip to Abby’s Place in Essex.

An abundance of appetizing offerings at Milagro Cafe

The menu at Milagro seems almost perfect for mid-June to early September. While many other Mexican restaurants have the instinct to pile up the serving sizes and smother on the cheese, Milagro takes a different approach, one that's a breath of fresh air (and ingredients).

Hand-crafted, authentic fare at Thai Sawasdee in Groton

We sampled a range of dishes — soups, salads, noodle and rice dishes including larb, lad nah and curry — and with a couple of exceptions, found them harmonious and delicious.

New London's On the Waterfront is a can't-lose night out

Gorgeous views of the Thames River and a confident grasp of Italian cuisine and seafood are a winning combination.

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.

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Summer traffic at the window feeder

I recently had the opportunity to observe my window feeder for an entire morning.

Rick’s List: Clickbait Edition

Lunatic scribe ponders the seduction and implications of clickbait.



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