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New Haven/Mystic trip (and points in between incl. E. Greenwich RI)

Joanie | Dec 3, 201306:21 AM

A quick review of our time in New Haven, Mystic and around CT. Started at Zip's Diner in Dayville and had good biscuits and gravy w/ eggs and an okay short stack of blueberry pancakes. We wanted a piece of pie at O'Rourke's in Middletown but they didn't have any so I just got an iced coffee at Nora's Cupcakes a few doors down, a neat looking place who should probably expand from cupcakes. After a stop at Sleeping Giant park, we drove to Wooster St. and decided to get in the short line at The Spot (3 kids were already in line at Sally's at 3:40 for 5PM opening). It took about 10 min to sit down and we split a small clam pie. I didn't realize til after that they don't put mozzarella on the pie which I think would add to it. We did appreciate the good crust and real clams but the Modern clam w/ bacon pizza wins in our small sample. Checked into the hotel and went right to 116 Crown for happy hour, glad we got those prices since cocktails are usually $14ish, ouch. Had a jack rose and something with sage and split tempura veggies (could have been crisper), all $5. Cool space. After regrouping and walking around town, we got a drink at the Anchor which is an amazing space but even tho it seems like it should have great cocktails (cool 50's room, waiters in vests), it's more a beer and a shot place. Dinner was splitting a mushroom swiss cheeseburger w/ fries (about $11) at Prime 16 who besides many burger options, have a million beers that they're happy to let you taste.

The next morning I was looking forward to the square donuts at Orangeside but the machine was broken, sigh. Did get an excellent maple scone and choc chip cookie at Atticus then after a stop at the lovely Yale Art Museum, we split a basic cheeseburger, fries and crunchy cole slaw at the Educated Burgher ($7.95). Gotta love how old school that place is. Got to Mystic around 3 and walked into town to look around and caught the boats heading to the beginning of their holiday boat parade. On the way back to the hotel, we went into Latitude which advertised a happy hour and specifically said Sat. but once we sat down, they said no. She did make me a nice pear martini and A. enjoyed his IPA. We split the crispy haddock tacos, those things were huge. Later on after the parade, we tried to go to Anthony J's but the bar was crowded so we went to Bravo Bravo and sat in the bar area. We should have just taken a regular table at one of those places, the bar at Bravo was obnoxiously packed and super loud. Waiter was very good and we enjoyed the crispy pork belly w/ polenta (altho the goat cheese in the dish didn't fit in) and decent carbonara. Donuts were on our mind so got them for dessert w/ a caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. The nightlife consisted of a stop at the pub of the Daniel Packer Inn which is a cute space w/ a fireplace but can't imagine dealing with the band/singer in there so we left. We also tried Voodoo Lounge but it was packed and I'm not sure they had any rock choices for karaoke (like I'd actually sing one).

Breakfast on Sun. was at Jigger's Diner in E. Greenwich, a place I'd heard about for years. Cute little diner squeezed in between buildings on Main St. We were able to grab 2 seats at the counter and had a nice waitress, altho she did forget to bring us the complimentary mini muffins but I rectified that. They're good little bites. I had a decent grilled cheese w/ bacon and their homemade chips. A. had the egg/Johnnycake special. Johnnycakes were mighty tasty. A cute place that I'm glad I finally got to.

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