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Herb's Cafe & Restaurant in Uncasville is only part of the fun

It's always a good idea to have breakfast or lunch at Herb's Country Deli & Restaurant in Uncasville. But our favorite time is late Sunday morning, when there are enthusiasts ahead of you requiring a wait of 15 or 20 minutes. Why is that good? It gives you time to wander next...

Grab your chopsticks, because soup’s on in Old Saybrook

As a town, Old Saybrook has several things going for it: rich history; a theater; beaches; and many, many great places to eat.  Still, Saybrook isn’t the first place I would've pointed to as a likely noodle-bar destination. New Haven? Sure. New London? It could happen. Well, I...

Recent reviews by The Day's food critics

The Café 3 Canal St., Westerly (401) 357-0300 Find their website at and search their name to find them on social media. The motto at The Café is “Where stars are treated like locals & locals are treated like stars,” and...

Enjoy pizza with a view at Niantic Boardwalk Pizzeria

It seems impossible, but thus far in 2022 I have yet to review a pizza place. I came close in February with a few visits to Surfridge brewery, which happens to offer wood-fired pizza, but fresh pies aren’t necessarily Surfridge’s main thing. Then I noticed Niantic Boardwalk...

Reviewer updates long history at Daniel Packer Inne

I can't rightly say I was "heavily recruited" by The Day although, in an era before Zoom and video interviews were the norm, the paper's honchos were sufficiently curious about my resume to fly me up here from Texas to talk about an open arts writer position. The "curious" part comes...

Dining reviews of Mystic venues over the past year

The Mystic food scene is the gift that keeps on giving. So many restaurants to choose from. So many different cuisines. Some more sophisticated and others casual. They are serving up ethnic fare like Mexican or Italian, comfort food like burgers, ribs and macaroni and cheese, and everything in...

The Café in downtown Westerly is a gem

What an embarrassment of riches — so many very good and different restaurants to choose from between Mystic and Westerly, and now, another great choice with the opening of The Café in downtown Westerly late last year. This eatery on Canal Street, connected to the newly...

What The Day's food critics reviewed over the past month

A look back at reviews of St. Bess Jerk Hub, brunch at Saybrook Point, and C.C. O'Brien's

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Hiking at Donald J. Trump State Park

The 436-acre public recreation area, laid out in two sections near the Taconic State Parkway, has attracted more controversy than visitors since the former president — then a prominent real estate mogul — donated it to New York in...

The dangers of threatening an Italian mother's family

This is an age-old tale. A tale about man (or in this case, a woman (and not any woman but a mother (and not any mother but an Italian mother))) versus nature. You see, when you threaten an Italian mother’s family, Inferno hath no Fury by...