Took a scenic drive to Mystic via Rt. 16 and 12 on Sat. and luckily ran into some decent foliage in Mass. Saw Jumbo Donuts in Uxbridge and split a plain which was fine. The donuts are huge but look very Dunkin like. Then breakfast at Zip's Diner in Dayville, CT where my friend and I both had scrambled eggs with biscuits and sausage gravy ($4.25). He'd never had it and I had to get it too cuz I have so few chances and love the stuff. It was very good and peppery. It's a beautiful clean diner, the waitress was super friendly, good way to start the day. Took 395 to New London and wandered around there a little. Got a peanut butter cookie and iced coffee at Mugz on Bank St. which looks out over the water and the Amtrak station. It would be a great place in the summertime on their back deck. New London was pretty cute altho totally lacking in ethnic eateries as far as I could tell.
Mystic still had quite a few tourists, the main drag kind of makes me think of a tame Provincetown and had some good cafes and restaurants. We were torn between dinner at Anthony J's and Bravo Bravo, the latter getting recommendations from David the helpful poster and the used record store guy, who said he'd pick AJ's second. He also recommended the Sea Dragon further out which looked okay but we decided to stay in town and when BB's had a 45 min wait, went to AJ's. The atmosphere there was much cozier than BB's, they had an interesting martini menu (we had apple and a cosmo) and we split three amazing appetizers. Oysters cooked with bacon and mozzarella, a wonderful roasted onion stuffed with goat cheese on greens w/ some veggies and balsamic dressing and spicy shrimp w/ polenta. All very good, the only bummer was that there were only 3 shrimp. Cannoli and apple/cranberry/raisin w/ gingerbread crisp were our desserts. With another beer, it came to $57 after tax. We think we made the right choice.
Went to silly Old Mystic Village and got a mediocre pastry from the bakery which was one of the few things open at 11 on Sun.. Still weren't hungry after the flea market for the little seafood shack on Rt. 27 that looked good, so we took Rt. 1 to Westerly RI then to Watch Hill which was pretty quiet. But got the last lobster roll of the season at the St. Claire Annex sandwich shop which was really good, esp. that buttered and grilled hot dog bun. The fries were done in old oil tho. Hopped on 95 back to Boston to end our nice little New England trip.
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