How to Eat Your Way Through Mystic Country Last Updated: June 2021
When you think of food in Mystic Country, the first thing that comes to mind is probably seafood. There’s a good reason for that, locals here indeed enjoy some of the finest delicacies fresh from the briny waters of Long Island Sound. But seafood is just the start of all the good things to eat. No matter if you dine by the water or in the countryside, the local restaurants of Mystic Country are sure to please.
And be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change due to COVID-19.
Dine on the Water
With miles of coastline to spare, it makes sense that any eating tour should include a spot where the water laps against the rocky shore. Eating at a restaurant in one of its seaside towns like Mystic, Stonington, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford is a must-do when visiting the area. Along with brilliant dishes served by well-known chefs, you are greeted by the brilliant views of the water when you dine. A summer dinner on the waterfront provides a cool breeze and sunsets paint a piece of art on the Long Island Sound right in front of your eyes! Whether you are having a more traditional seafood meal at places like Abbott’s Lobster or Costello’s Clam Shack both located in Noank or having a classy meal at Red 36, S&P Oyster Co. or Oyster Club all located in Mystic, your brilliant meal comes with a side of scenic ocean views. If you prefer a riverside view check out the Hangry Goose in Old Lyme. Or, in Coventry eat out on the large patio overlooking Coventry Lake at Lakeview Restaurant located in Coventry.
Relax on the Vineyard and Top Up at the Brewery
From the rolling green hills of the Quiet Corner to the lapping oceanfront of the shoreline, Mystic Country is filled with vineyards and breweries serving unique blends and brews and you are sure to find your next favorite sip. For a peaceful night with a loved one, friends, or family, enjoy a tasting and walk around one some of the area’s vineyards like Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, Taylor Brooke Winery in Woodstock, Maugle Sierra Vineyards in Ledyard, or Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston.
For a more social scene, stop by local breweries like Willimantic Brewing Company in Willimantic and Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton and sample their special brews. Other noteworthy breweries include Epicure Brewing in Norwich and Beer’d Brewing Company in Stonington.
The Quiet Corner is a great place to escape to for rest and relaxation. Enjoy the quiet and relaxing ambiance of the countryside and the fresh food of the area at one of the numerous restaurants in the area. A dinner experience in the Quiet Corner allows you to break free of the crowds and take in the views of the country. There are endless restaurants to choose from such as The Inn at Woodstock Hill at the breathtaking country inn in Woodstock, and Sharpe Hill Vineyard in the rolling hills of Pomfret. All of these locations allow one to experience the somber atmosphere of the Quiet Corner of Mystic Country.
Eating Fresh and Locally
No matter where you are in Mystic Country or what your dietary needs are, you are bound to find your next favorite food spot. The downtowns of most Mystic Country towns are filled with an abundant variety of restaurants that cater to specific tastes, dietary restrictions, and your preferred ambiance. Most of these restaurants are locally owned and operated and many of them source their produce and meat from local farms and butcher shops as well. For a great full-circle eating experience, check out restaurants like Grass & Bone in Mystic that serve local produce and meat from their own farm, Stone Acres Farm. At the Harp on Church in Willimantic, Chef Matt grows his own produce and uses local farmers and vendors providing fresh, delicious meals.