My GF and I had lunch at Skipper's Dock yesterday, and since we hadn't been there in several years we had forgotten how much we liked the place. One of my pet peeves about New England is how few waterside restaurants there seem to be, considering the immense expanse of shoreline available. Skipper's Dock is beautifully sited on a wharf in the Stonington harbor, with great water views on 3 sides of the dining room.
We started with soup - Lobster Bisque for my GF and French Onion for me. Both were excellent. I am a big fan of French Onion soup, but often find restaurant preparations too salty, probably from over-reliance on pre-packaged beef broth. This version was, if anything, undersalted, and the stock was so light that I am not sure they used beef broth at all, but instead may have made it with vegetabe broth. At any rate, the caramelized onions and melted cheese were the predominant flavors. My GF adores good lobster bisque, and she practically licked her bowl clean (after which she "helped" me finish my French Onion, which she normally doesn't much care for).
My GF followed her bisque with the Grilled Scallop and Baby Spinach Salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, roasted peppers, and radish sprouts. The three large scallops were tender and juicy, and the spinach salad was so abundant she couldn't finish all of the greens. This was served with either a large slice of toasted garlic and cheese coated french bread, or the biggest crouton I have ever seen.
As for me, I was drooling over the menu listing of fried oysters, but alas, oysters were not available, so I had to "make do" with the pan fried Maryland crab cakes with cajun remoulade and jicama slaw, although I was also sorely tempted by the toasted hot lobster sandwich with melted gruyere cheese (think patty melt with lobster). The crab cakes, two plump ones, were perfectly cooked, crisp and brown on the outside, moist and hot on the inside. The remoulade was appropriately spicy, and the tasty jicama slaw also included roasted red peppers and baby spinach.
We skipped dessert, and wanted only water to drink, so the bill for two soups and two entrees (the crab cakes are actually on the appetizer menu, but the portion was entirely sufficient to serve as a lunch entree) came to $42 and change, or $50 total with tip. Considering the quality of the food, the setting, and the friendly service, I would consider this to be a fairly priced establishment.
The brunch menu, by the way, looks wonderful. And it's apparently accompanied by live jazz.
A link to their web site is below.
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