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A look back over recent reviews by Day dining critics

They include Noble Smokehouse

An eatery you can sink your teeth into

Of you’re looking for a home-run sandwich, grinder or wrap, you will find excellent options at Hartford Giant Grinder (HGG) in Niantic, which recently set up a second store in Westbrook.

McQuade's in Mystic provides tasty options in a COVID world

For those hunkered down against the new strain of virus, McQuade's in Mystic provides tasty take-out options.

Noble Smokehouse and the sweet smell of success

As soon as we entered, we were intoxicated by the rich, sweet smell of smoke from the cookers out back where the magic happens.

The Day’s critics: Best restaurants we reviewed in 2021

Via Emilia 24 West Main St., Mystic (860) 415-4840 This gem of an Italian restaurant had the misfortune of opening in March of 2020 just four days before Connecticut's governor forced eateries to close because of COVID. But, hallelujah, it survived, and its growing legion of...

Say bonjour to Cocotte in Old Saybrook

The food is fabulous — and wait until you see the pastry case.

The Spice Palette broadens the boundaries of Indian cuisine

At the new Spice Palette restaurant in New London, chef Lijoy Varghese wonderfully explores the vast horizon of the Indian subcontinent.

How's the buzz about Bank & Bridge Brewing in Mystic?

On our second visit, the food was terrific, the service excellent, and the music just right.

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Trailblazing at the Sheets Forest in North Stonington

The three-mile, figure-eight route meanders through the heart of the Green Falls Rift Valley, a hilly, rocky swath crisscrossed by streams, and dotted with vernal pools and beaver ponds just west of the Rhode Island border.

When you just love 'soupy'

It’s a new year, so I have to come clean.