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Sample la dolce vita at Caffe Marche

Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette made a much-celebrated stop at the James Pharmacy building in Old Saybrook in 1824. Picture his surprise if he were to wander in today and see the chic Italian coffee house now situated in it. The building’s latest incarnation as Caffe...

Hoof's is already a popular restaurant — for good reason

So how exactly does a restaurant that bills itself as serving authentic Italian cuisine get the name Hoof’s?

A trio of hits: Engine Room, Flanders Donut & Bake Shop, and Recovery Room

Engine Room 14 Holmes St., Mystic (860) 415-8117 You know the food is good when the place is always packed. That’s pretty much the case for Engine Room, the Mystic eatery that opened about four years ago and is one of a trio of downtown restaurants operated by Dan...

Review: Engine Room fires on all cylinders

We would encourage anyone who is curious to sit at the chef’s table and watch the staff maneuvering.

Flanders Bake Shop is more than a donut destination

Flanders Donut has garnered a faithful following that’s kept it open since 1972. That’s a lot of crullers.

Critics recall most recent reviews, from oysters to omelets

Dock 11 Cafe 11 Halls Road, Old Lyme (860) 434-0011 www.dock11cafe.com  For those times you want greasy spoon specialties without the grease, consider a trip to Dock 11 Café in Old Lyme. Situated in the same building...

New London's Thames Landing Oyster House is a keeper

Located in a prime but underutilized spot in downtown New London, the Thames Landing Oyster House is a fresh bright spot on our rejuvenating restaurant scene


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Ours is an age when absolutely nothing is left to the imagination. And whatever isn’t left to the imagination is nearing intellectual extinction. In the near future, I suspect, we’ll all watch and hear the real-time thoughts at the...

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