Mystic Country Clam Shacks & Food Stands Last Updated 9/17

A New England foodie tradition at its finest, these seasonal clam shacks and food stands make spring and summer worth waiting for. Get ready to eat your way from coast to country in eastern Connecticut.

(Opening days may change due to weather. Please check with eatery before visiting.)
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Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, New London

Named after Captain Thomas Scott, a captain that once used his own body to plug a hole of a sinking ferryboat, this shack is literally a hidden gem. Captain Scott's boasts an award-winning lobster roll, but drive too fast and you may miss the turn for this New London summer must. Now open.

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Harry's Place, Colchester

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Harry’s has been a favorite summer stop serving up their famous hamburgers (and hotdogs, too) for over 90 years. (Cash only, but has ATM on property.) Now open.

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Fred's Shanty, New London

Serving the coast since 1972, Fred’s (as the locals call it) is located along the Thames River. The menu features seaside favorites such as lobster rolls and fried clams. Now open.

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Hank's Dairy Bar, Plainfield

A blast from the past in the ever-changing restaurant world, Hank’s Dairy Bar is a family-owned food stand that has become an icon in northeast Connecticut with its nostalgic neon ice cream sign. (Cash only.) Now open.

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Snak Shak, Moosup

A take-out sandwich shop and so much more. This roadside snack shack lives up to its name with everything from sandwiches, burgers (like the “Moosup Monster”) and hot dogs to root beer floats and fried Twinkies. Now open.

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Sea View Snack Bar, Mystic

This family-owned business has been serving the Mystic area since 1976, Sea View offers waterfront dining with a gorgeous view of the Mystic River. Those looking for a sweet treat can go next door to their sister stand, Twisters, for soft serve ice cream. Now open.

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Sea Swirl of Mystic, Mystic

Known for their seafood, chowder and ice cream, Sea Swirl offers a casual clam-shack atmosphere on the flood tide of the Mystic River. This shack is so well-known that it was even visited by Rachael Ray's $40 A Day on the Food Network Channel. Now open.

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Deary Bros. Mike's Stand, Putnam

Established in 1937, this family-owned food shack originally started out as an ice cream stand selling five and ten cent cones. The Putnam landmark still offers more than 45 flavors of ice cream but also serves up fresh seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, clams cakes, chowder and more. Now open.

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Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank

Known for their lobster rolls the size of fists in an untraditional bun (just look at it!), Abbott's has been a summer shack favorite since 1947. Now open.

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Costello's Clam Shack, Noank

A stone's throw away from Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, you'll find the lobster haven's sister restaurant which is aptly named Costello's. This shack also serves seafood, but focuses on fried New England favorites. Now open.

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Ford's Lobster

This one is a bit of a cheat since it's not seasonal. Open year-round, Ford's is famous for their lobster bomb, a foodie beast (bread bowl stuffed with lobster drenched in lobster bisque) so incredible that whole articles are dedicated to it. Those who grew up in the 80s will also recognize Ford's from its cameo in the Julia Roberts film Mystic Pizza.