Waterfront Dining

Gelston House

by admin on November 16, 2011

I have never been a fan of buffets but that all changed the first time I went to the Thanksgiving buffet, last year at the Gelston House  I have always enjoyed meals in the Gelstons beautiful dining room, overlooking the Connecticut River, the friendly staff and the delicious food. Lots of folks go to the Gelston for dinner, then walk next door, for a show at the Goodspeed Opera House  From what I hear the Gelstons Sunday brunch is also well worth a visit. Hope you enjoy your visit as much as our group did, one of our friends decided the pumpkin soup was so good, he had his fourth bowl as desert

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The Mansion Clam House

by admin on November 9, 2011

Mansion Clam House                                                                                                                                                                                   541 Riverside Ave… Westport, Ct

The Mansion Clam House is located on the Saugatuck River just north of the Saugatuck draw bridge, which is the northern section of Westport harbor. We have been going to the Mansion for many years and are always amazed how good the food is year after year. We have especially enjoyed the friendly staff and that old time fish house atmosphere and the little New England seaport feel of Saugatuck village. The testimonials below pretty much say it all.

Testimonials;

Checked this place out on a whim after searching Yelp for “Clams” in Westport CT. WOW, what a great surprise the BEST fried calamari EVER. We also had steamer clams (amazing) and twin lobster special (super sweet “chick” lobsters). Absolutely amazing, fresh, super simple seafood. Our party also, had one of each type of clam “chowdah” Manhattan, New England and Rhode Island, a bit too much thyme, but excellent. Totally recommended, this is a place for seafood in an old fashion new england style tavern.

Clam House is our favoriteWestportrestaurant, especially after a day on the beach. We eat here regularly enjoying fresh seafood, pasta, steak or chicken as well as delicious steamers and mussels. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. There is even outdoor dining in the summer. The staff is always welcoming, friendly and efficient. We often bring friends and relatives to the Mansion for celebrations. Everyone loves it. If you want a great restaurant, delicious meals and a menu to satisfy everyone in your party, Mansion Clam House is the perfect choice.

We came upon this lovely place on an impromptu outing; something just drew us in, but I felt like we were taking refuge in a coastal clam house beloved by the locals. I ordered the bouillabaise – was a tremendous bowl with all manner of seafood in it – in a tomato soup – everything tasted fresh. The rolls arrived at the table warm and fresh baked. If you are inWestport, please give this little place a try. I also had theRhode Islandclam chowder for the first time – a clear brothed version of the New England andManhattan. Tasted like it had Herbes d’Provence in it – very flavorful.

My friends and I had a yummy lunch here recently. They chose oysters for an appetizer and I had fried calamari. They raved about the oysters which were simply perfect in every way – fresh, cold and served attractively. My calamari was very good too. We had salads for our main course topped with large pieces of delicious lobster meat. The desserts were very substantial – my friends had cheese cake and key lime pie. I controlled myself and did not partake. The Mansion Clam House has been inWestportfor a long time and it’s a favorite among local diners. The environment is nautical as it is situated on theSaugatuckRiver. The staff is very friendly and capable and overall we were very happy with the experience and plan to return for another luncheon soon. It gets very busy during the summertime so reservations are a must. -RosaP

 

 

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Lake Zoar Drive-in

by admin on October 20, 2011

Lake Zoar Drive-in

14 Roosevelt Drive (Rt-34)

Stevenson (Monroe) Ct   203-8137

 

When you are in the mood for a burger or dog then you might want to take a ride to the Lake Zoar Drive-in on the southern tip of Lake Zoar. You can come by boat or by car and its well worth the trip. Connecticut Magazine readers voted it into best of Connecticut and Roadfood.com has been singing its praises for a number of years. You can enjoy your meal outside on one of the picnic tables, which have a pretty view of the lake and the Stevenson dam. The drive-in is especially fun on car cruise evenings each Tuesday night during the summer and Thursday evening truck and bike night. Oh before I forget, the thick shakes are just great, made with scoped ice cream and milk…yum!

 

Brian Corson

 

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The Hopkins Inn

by admin on October 18, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember my first visit to the Hopkins Inn very well. It was the summer of 1966, and several friends and I had gone to Lime Rock for the races and thought it a good idea to swing by Lake Waramaug and try the Hopkins Inn for dinner. The day itself at been one of those with perfect summer weather, but the evening on the lake was a truly special blessing—with the sun setting, 70 degree weather, a short cruise around the lake in my new Corvette, so that we arrived at the Hopkins Inn just in time to be seated out on the patio.

As wonderful as that evening was, many more special times with my wife, daughter and friends are fondly remembered. The food has always been very good, the service most enjoyable and the view and atmosphere make the Hopkins Inn a truly unique place. As I reflect a bit more, I realize that it is one of those rare restaurants that has gotten better over the years (seriously!). The building and grounds are lovingly cared for and have a most pleasant combination of charm, character and refined elegance without being over-the-top flashy. The food has evolved from a solid American Inn fare to a more expanded and sophisticated European style.

If you’re planning a trip, you may want to consider spending a day or two at the Inn, the rooms are lovely, the walk around the lake is beautiful (especially during fall) and the  winery next door is well worth a visit! Hope you enjoy the Hopkins Inn!

-Brian Corson

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