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Fall Beckons with Clear Days and Fine Fare at Niantic’s Famous Main Street Grille

Well, here you are: a lovely day in downtown Niantic, next to the blue vistas of Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound, drinks on the table and fabulous appetizers and delicious meals to come. A great life, here by the beautiful sea as we enter the fall.

The Main Street Grille in Niantic enjoys its second year of classic water-views from its patio and deck at 252 Main Street, where loyal customers enjoy al fresco dining. Chef-owner Francis Grace, famed from Frank’s Gourmet Grille, introduces some new taste-tempters to complement his ever-popular comfort-favorites. The Main Street landmark remains a friendly place with fabulous food.
The classic sizzling steaks and chops are supplemented with a delectable menu of fresh seafoods and seasonal specials, plus pastas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Lunch-sized portions of BBQ pulled pork, reubens, and grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches go well with sides of fries or coleslaw for a tasty midday repast. Our dinner choices include our grilled boneless chicken breast, boneless rib eye steak topped with home garlic and herb butter, but just try the full-catch Fisherman’s Platter, replete with cod, Stonington scallops, and jumbo shrimp in your choice of servings: batter-dipped, lightly dusted deep-fried to a golden brown, or oven-roasted with lemon-herb butter: Beyond tasty!
Top-grade steaks abound: bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon is topped with house-made garlic and herb butter, and other oven-roasted specialties are stuffed pork chops, veal scallopini, shepherd’s pie with braised beef-tenderloin tips, and jumbo shrimp scampi. Chef Frank continues to offer his favorites like portabella mushroom torte, grilled mussels, veal Oscar, and picatta.
The weather’s still nice, so enjoy the patio and deck at the landmark where all the locals congregate to enjoy pleasant and relaxed dining, whether indoors at a cozy table or outside overlooking the water. It’s open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. Your reservation is welcome at 860.739.5300 or through the website at mainstreetgrilleniantic.com. Prepare for a treat!
860.739.5300
252 Main St. Niantic
mainstreetgrilleniantic.com

Main Street Grille

A crackling-warm fire in the new fireplace, settling down into new, comfy chairs, and a favorite lunch or dinner about to be served along with your usual sparking conversation…could there be more? Crisp, late winter days in Niantic next to the broad Bay and the reaches of Long Island Sound make a stay at the Main Street Grille a fine way to enjoy a getaway treat or a special event. Not a bad life, winter or summer!
Chef Frank Grace continues to transplant favorites from his former Gourmet Grille, and these are continuing to appear on the Main Street menu as pleasant surprises for your palate. Try some and make new friends for your taste buds!
Sizzling steaks and chops are complemented by a delectable menu of fresh seafoods and specials, plus pastas, soups and salads, and sandwiches. Lunch-sized portions of BBQ pulled pork, reubens, grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches go well with sides of fries or coleslaw for a midday repast…and dinner choices include the full-catch Fisherman’s Platter, replete with cod, Stonington scallops, and jumbo shrimp in your choice of servings: batter-dipped, lightly dusted deep fried to a golden brown, or oven-roasted with lemon-herb butter. Sublime! Beyond tasty!
Top-grade steaks abound: bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon is topped with house-made garlic and herb butter, and other oven-roasted specialties are stuffed pork chops, veal scallopini, shepherd’s pie with braised beef tips, and shrimp scampi. Chef Frank’s favorites include portabella mushroom torte, grilled mussels, veal Oscar, and picatta, as well as our grilled boneless chicken breast, and boneless rib eye steak topped with garlic and herb butter.
So put the Main Street Grille on your list for pleasant and relaxed dining indoors by a cozy table or—come spring—outside overlooking the water. It’s open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. Your reservation is welcome at 860.739.5300 or through the website at mainstreetgrille.com. If you haven’t seen us for a while, stop in and prepare for a treat!
860.739.5300

Restaurant Write-up: Kitchen Little

Kitchen Little: Not So Little Now!

The perennial shoreline favorite, Kitchen Little, is still making friends every day, says Manager Jimmy Woolley. Its present location at the Mystic River Marina at 36 Quarry Road offers double the seating, seven outside tables for warmer weather, and lots more elbow room than the delightful but very cozy former site on Route 27.

Jimmy smiles, “My kitchen is now bigger than the whole other restaurant.” The perennial favorites still thrive and attract diners from all over to enjoy weekday breakfasts and lunches, or savor the weekend’s breakfast service. In addition to five different Benedicts, the Number 9—scrambled eggs with fresh baby spinach, fresh mushrooms, and gooey melted cream cheese, scrambled and then topped with American cheese and served with whole wheat toast–is very popular, especially with fresh lump crab added in. The Number 11, the Portuguese Fisherman, features scrambled eggs, chourico and linguica direct from Fall River, along with onions, peppers, and jalapeno cheese and spicy sauce, all with a Portuguese English muffin.  The Number 2 is another original; it places fluffy scrambled eggs atop a medley of homefries, sausage, mushrooms, and onions, smothered with melted cheese and served with white or wheat toast. Yum!

Jimmy points out that Kitchen Little serves a number of beers, wine, and mimosas, and that the full menu greets you at  www.kitchenlittle.org…or you can call 860.536.2122 to see what’s cookin’ on this very day. There are always blackboard specials and weekend treats, which you can see on Facebook. And while you’re there, take a look at a few of the Valentine Specials.  Hint: they’re great!

860.536.2122

Mystic Market Valentine’s Day Special Menu

Mystic Market Valentine’s Day Special Menu

Soup & Salads
Sherried Lobster Bisque, $6 Pint.
Market Salad
Fresh Greens, Goat Cheese, Toasted Spiced Walnuts & Dried Cranberries, $4 Per Person.
True Love Salad
For the Garlic Lovers
Crisp Romaine, Spicy Salami, Aged Provolone, Grilled Vegetables, Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes, Garlic Herb Dressing, $5 Per Person.

Entrees
Chateaubriand for Two
Seared & Oven Ready. Whipped Potatoes, Vegetable Bouquetiere and Wild Mushroom Sauce, $49.
Heart and Sole
Stuffed Sole with Artichoke Hearts and Scallops, Lemon Butter, Rice Pilaf, Julienne Vegetables
Wrapped in Papillote, $13.
Match Made In Heaven
Bacon Wrapped 4oz Filet and 2 Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp, $24

Desserts
6” Chambord Truffle Torte
Rich Flourless Chocolate Torte with White Chocolate Garnish, $18
Fresh Strawberry Tart for Two
Short dough crust, vanilla bean cream, fresh glazed strawberries, $12.
Linzer Tart for Two
Topped with Fresh Raspberries, $12.
4” White Chocolate Godiva Cheesecake
Perfect for you and your sweetheart, $14.
Long Stem Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
1/2 dozen Long Stem Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, $20.
Tiramisu for Two, $18.
Custom Heart Cake
Your own Personal Inscription for your Sweetheart on top! Vanilla or Chocolate, $15.

860.572.7992
860.536.1500

Kensington’s at the Spa at Norwich Inn

Kensington’s at The Spa at Norwich Inn will offer a three-course gourmet dinner on Valentine’s Day for an all-inclusive price of $59 per person. Diners can turn dinner into an overnight escape by adding a Valentine package that includes a discounted guestroom and spa services.

The Feb. 14th menu, which features entrees of Apple Cider Brined Pork Rib Chop, Pan-Seared Delmonico Steak, Stuffed Chicken Rissole or Simply Grilled Swordfish, will be prepared by the Spa’s new Executive Chef, Edward Enseault of Westerly.

“I believe in a sophisticated level of simplicity,” said Esneault, who knew about farm-to-table cuisine before it had a name, having spent extended time as a boy at his grandparents’ farm in Louisiana. “And the foundation of all cooking is based on upholding the integrity of the ingredients, which should be of the highest quality.”

Appetizers include Baby Spinach and Marinated Mushroom Salad, Lobster Bisque, Sherry and Crabmeat Cocktail and Trofie Pasta with Smoked Chicken, Roasted Tomatoes and Escarole.

The romantic dessert menu features Bananas Foster For Two, prepared tableside; Chocolate Soufflé, Baked Alaska For Two and Ginger-Lavender Crème Brûlée.

A special overnight guestroom rate of $69, plus tax and resort fee, is available to those who order the Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 14 only; spa services will be available to these overnight guests at a 25 per cent discount Feb. 14 and 15.

The Spa at Norwich Inn and its restaurant, Kensington’s, are located at 607 W. Thames Street, Norwich.

For further information, visit www.thespaatnorwichinn.com.

860.425.3630

Restaurant Write-up: Charlie’s Place

Charlie’s Place Restaurant & Lounge

Charlie Anastasiou has been a familiar face at Charlie’s Place in Niantic for the past seven years. He, his wife Penny and daughter Thea are hands-on every day to ensure their customers are enjoying great food and service.

With a bonanza of the best breakfast choices in town, served from 7 to 12 daily and until 1 p.m. on Sunday, diners can choose from eight omelet platters prepared with three farm-fresh eggs, home fires and toast. Hot cakes, French toast, more egg dishes and a baker’s dozen of sides make any breakfast a banquet.

Chef Ramon Garcia features Seafood Newburg, Lobster Penne a la Vodka or Baby Back Ribs and other great dishes as daily specials, and there is always succulent Prime Rib on Saturday night.

Charlie’s full-service bar offers a good choice of draft and bottled beers, and a variety of wines to accompany a dazzling array of American, Greek and Italian favorites that always make lunch and dinner at Charlie’s a feast for the eye and the palate.

Charlie says starting in November he’ll be offering a Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday from 4-6 with half-priced appetizers, $2 drafts and $4 house wine. Come for drinks, stay for dinner.

This regional restaurant is recommended on TripAdvisor.com by customers who rave about it. The Anastasiou family and the well-trained staff look forward to making you a “regular.”

 

26 West Main Street
Rt. 156 – Niantic, CT
Open seven days
charliesplacerestaurant.com

860.739.2975

Restaurant Write-up: Fisherman

New Winter Menu
December 8, 2012

Ocean to table from day one!

One of the newer culinary trends is to identify the sources of the products that are served in many restaurants today. Our chef has built long term relationships over the years with some of the highest quality vendors available. We’ve always cared!

Arguably, the world’s finest scallops come from nearby Stonington; the Bomster family has been harvesting this consistently superior product for generations now. Stop in at the Stonington town dock and you can buy their scallops and see the boats that landed them at the same time!

We have sources in Point Judith Rhode Island and Northern Maine that are simply the best. Codfish or fluke? We can make a call and find out the name of the boat that landed it, where they fished and maybe even the captain’s name; how’s that for source?

For our meats we rely on custom cut butchers from the very top of the line vendors; this means proper, sanitary and safe food service for our customers with fantastic quality.

We love to do interesting and eclectic salads and accompaniments and our produce comes from a vendor that you will only see at the very best quality restaurants and local farms are supported.

We are here for you our guests with the freshest and the best!
www.fishermanrestaurant.com

See great pictures of what we do
on facebook at the Fisherman Restaurant of Noank

860.536.1717

Mystic Market: Thanksgiving 2012 Special Menu

Turkey Dinners for 2
White & Dark Meat Turkey; Sage & Vegetable Stuffing; Acorn Squash; Green Bean Casserole, Pan Gravy, Cranberry Sauce with Roasted Garlic Yukon Gold Mashers.

Bell & Evans Oven Ready, All Natural, Antibiotic & Hormone Free Turkeys.
Sizes: 12-14lb / 16-18lb / 20-22lb

Fresh Herb & Butter Roasted also available.

Create a Feast Option 1
Serves 12-16 or 8-10 with leftovers
Oven Roasted 16# Bell & Evan’s Turkey with Sage & Vegetable Stuffing, Pan Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Crème Fraiche.

Create a Feast Option 2
Serves 16-20 or 12-14 with leftovers
Oven Roasted 20# Bell & Evan’s Turkey with Sage & Vegetable Stuffing, Pan Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Crème Fraiche.

Start with the basics and customize with your choice of sides, salads & desserts for a personalized feast that the whole family will enjoy!

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Mystic Market East: 860.572.7992

Mystic Market West: 860.536.1500

Kensington’s at the Norwich Inn

Edward L. Esneault of Westerly is the new Executive Chef at Kensington’s restaurant at The Spa at Norwich Inn, one of the area’s best choices for fine dining and holiday celebrations.
“We invite the public to visit this fall to enjoy the new menu items created by Chef Ed, including locally sourced, farm-to-table selections and healthfully prepared dishes,” said John G. O’Shaughnessy, general manager of the property.
Esneault is also planning the Inn’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which has a large and loyal following. On the menu are traditional items included Roasted Tom Turkey with Giblet Pan Gravy, Herb-Crusted Prime Rib of Beef with Rosemary Au Jus, and Salmon En Croute. The new chef has added some Cajun and French notes, reflecting his birth and education in New Orleans.  They include a cheese display from Southern France with  lavender honey and fresh fruits. And the Inn’s traditional raw bar of shrimp cocktail, plus oysters and littleneck clams on the half-shell, will be accompanied by Remoulade sauce.
The dinner, which also includes soups and salads, rolls and breads, traditional vegetables, vegetarian offerings and elaborate desserts, plus a Kids’ Buffet, costs $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 6-12, plus applicable tax and gratuity. It will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Children five and under are free.

For reservations, call: 860.425.3630

The Pavilion Restaurant

Fun, excitement, tasty dining? We have it all at The Pavilion Restaurant in nearby Ashaway.  Our food is delicious at affordable prices. Our menu has something for everyone, consisting of appetizers, sandwiches, big salads, fresh seafood, pasta specialties, babyback ribs, and the best burgers in town…or any town! Socially, the Pavilion offers a roomy sports bar and friendly bartenders to help you unwind and enjoy every competition season with two, 50-inch flat-screen HDTVs. If you’d prefer to relax in the dining room, we now have two more HDTVs to bring your favorite game’s excitement up close and personal. Our Chef, Silverio Martinez, takes great pride in making all-homemade dishes and sauces—like fresh marinara, tomato, and vodka sauces. Our specialty oil is served with complimentary ciabatta bread daily. Wind up your dinner by enjoying a homemade tiramisu, caramel flan, or another of our deliciously decadent desserts.
Here are just a few of the Pavilion events to look forward to: Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we have Trivia Nights! Get your team together and come on down! There’s drinks, specials, and great prizes and it’s always free to play. On Thursday nights each week we have drink specials, 25-cent wings, and live entertainment by a talented guitarist starting at 6:30 p.m. We have karaoke every Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. Come by and see some local talent show off their voices, and bring some friends for a fun time for all.
Be sure to book your weddings, birthdays, or any of your special occasions with us. We have a perfect view and beautiful setting, and we strive to always give our customers the best experience possible. Book your holiday parties with us.
No matter the season, there is always fun and entertainment at South County’s favorite, The Pavilion Restaurant! 401.377.9900.

Charlie’s Place Restaurant & Lounge

Charlie Anastasio has been a familiar face at Charlie’s Place in Niantic for the past seven years. He, his wife Penny and daughter Thea are hands-on every day to ensure their customers are enjoying great food and service.
With a bonanza of the best breakfast choices in town, served from 7 to 12 daily and until 1 p.m. on Sunday, diners can choose from eight omelet platters prepared with three farm-fresh eggs, home fires and toast. Hot cakes, French toast, more egg dishes and a baker’s dozen of sides make any breakfast a banquet.
Chef John Martunas features Seafood Newburg, Lobster Penne a la Vodka or Baby Back Ribs and other great dishes as daily specials, and there is always succulent Prime Rib on Saturday night.
Charlie’s full-service bar offers a good choice of draft and bottled beers, and a variety of wines to accompany a dazzling array of American, Greek and Italian favorites that always make lunch and dinner at Charlie’s a feast for the eye and the palate.
Charlie says starting in November he’ll be offering a Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday from 4-6 with half-priced appetizers, $2 drafts and $4 house wine. Come for drinks, stay for dinner.
This regional restaurant is recommended on TripAdvisor.com by customers who rave about it. The Anastasio family and the well-trained staff look forward to making you a “regular.”

26 West Main Street
Rt. 156 – Niantic, CT
860.739.2975
Open seven days
www.charliesplacerestaurant.com

The Fisherman Restaurant of Noank

Here’s What’s Cooking at…

The Fisherman Restaurant

of Noank

 

There is no more pristine setting than our location on beautiful Palmers’ Cove with direct views of Fishers Island Sound, a mere walk across the street and you find yourself on Esker Point Beach! Perfect for a walk and some time to explore after dinner, or simply relax and enjoy some peace and quiet time on our gorgeous two-tiered patio.

We feature the very best of fresh and flavorful – local Noank oysters from our backyard, legendary Stonington sea scallops, seafoods hand picked by trusted purveyors in Narragansett, Point Judith and Northern Maine and for non-seafood lovers we offer top quality meats and pastas, interesting and eclectic salad and vegetable options, as well as, options for individuals who have gluten allergies or other dietary needs.

We have the space to accommodate your group for any type of event, from a boardroom style set up for 10 to a large wedding or rehearsal dinner. Our track record is impeccable and we treat each event as if it were our own.

Only three miles away from the Mystic River Drawbridge at 937 Groton Long Point Road, and easy to reach from 95, The Fisherman can be your new secret favorite place.

 

Visit us at www.fishermanrestaurant.com or on Facebook The Fisherman Restaurant of Noank