I don't think I'm breaking any new ground here, but maybe this review will help for those who, like me, are new to Connecticut.
The Captain Daniel Packer Inne is located at 32 Water St in Mystic, CT. That's about 20 minutes from Foxwoods, which is notable because I have never had food of this quality at the casino in my many trips there. Their number is (860)536-3555.
Seating is in two areas, a downstair pub with live music and a fireplace and a fancier, but still not too fancy, upstairs. I sat upstairs.
Clam chowder was great. Thick, but not too thick and with a tasty little spiciness to it. Good chunks of clam, too. Yum.
Appetizers: (1) Seafood Crepe: Stuffed with sea scallops, mussels, and beautiful pieces of lobster. In a sweat creamy sauce. Just delicious and boy were the lobster pieces beautiful. (2) Brie Baked Oysters: Brie Baked Oysters: oysters on the half shell topped with melted Brie and seasoned panko crumbs. I didn't really taste the oysters much, which was a little bit of a letdown, but this dish was basically a great oyster mac-and-cheese. (3) Shrimp special that I didn't love but which was definitely good quality.
Salad: Complimentary with each entree. Lettuce, crumbled blue cheese, pistachios, dried cranberries and cucumbers with raspberry champagne and maple syrup vinaigrette. What a great little salad! For once, the blue cheese did not overpower the rest of the salad. Just an absolute winner.
Entrees: (1) I had the lemon pepper chicken, which I understood to be a house special of sorts. It's basically what it sounds like sauteed, breaded lemon peppper chicken. Two large breasts. With garlicky mashed potatoes. Another real winner. The lemon pepper flavor didn't over power the chicken and it was just cooked perfectly. (2) One of my dining companions had the duck, which he loved. (3) My other dining companion had the filet mignon in a Gorgonzola sauce. He didn't love it, but then again the other two of us pleaded with him not to order steak.
Friendly, competent service and decent wine by the glass.
Overall, a great side trip from Foxwoods. I recommend.
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