A handy round-up of recent reviews by our Day food writers
Here are some highlights from recent Night & Day restaurant reviews.
The Fisherman at Long Point
937 Groton Long Point Road, Groton
(860) 536-1111, thefishermanrestaurant
Now that the days are long and the worst of COVID is behind us, it's a great time to visit The Fisherman at Long Point. The place has a fabulous patio overlooking the water and a menu designed to satisfy every taste and budget.
They offer all kinds of seafood from appetizers to entrees and daily specials. When we go back, we hope they've added the scallop special we enjoyed to their regular menu. The four jumbo scallops ringed with crispy bacon and served on lemon alfredo pappardelle was terrific.
But The Fisherman also gets gold stars for location and ample parking. And while the seafood options are plentiful, they also serve hamburgers, a strip steak, chicken piccata, and pastas. For lunch, there is lobster grilled cheese, a grilled ahi tuna burger, salads, and more.
Close to Noank and Groton Long Point, and overlooking Palmer Cove, The Fisherman is open year-round but a must in the summer season.
— Ann Baldelli
The Hangry Goose
11 Halls Road, Old Lyme (the same space as the former Dock 11 and Morning Glory Café)
An omelet was one of the first post-pandemic meals I set out to enjoy live and in person at a restaurant. There's nothing like a well-crafted omelet at any time, really, but even more so after months of uncertainty, worry, and takeout. The Hangry Goose in Old Lyme ushered me into this brave new world of indoor dining with a delicious Western omelet ($9.75; comes with home fries and toast) and very good coffee. (I felt like Agent Cooper at the Double R in Twin Peaks when he first sampled the house brew.)
Every ingredient stood out, from the fresh eggs to the diced ham and perfectly prepped peppers. When I sampled the house-made corned beef hash, I made a mental note to try it in omelet form ASAP. It is excellent and hereby recommended. Lunchtime dishes satisfied almost as much as breakfast, with the soup of the day, tomato bisque ($4.25), a standout for its enjoyable balance of tangy tomato and cream flavor.
And if you like to combine the best of breaky and lunch, I recommend the Brunch Burger ($11.75; comes with fries), which features an egg and bacon atop what was a satisfactory burger patty on a recent visit. It was very filling and very good. Comfort food is in order these days, and you will be taken care of well at the Hangry Goose.
— Marisa Nadolny
The Draft Choice
318 State St., New London
(860) 405-4015, draftchoicect.com
Located in the old Hi 5 spot on State Street, the Draft Choice is a great place focused on the craft beer experience with a simple but complementary menu to enhance the brews. The interior is a clean, relaxed sports bar-type layout; out back and down some stairs is a pretty wonderful beer patio.
Food highlights are the chips and salsa ($5), which sounds simple, but the Draft Choicers take the concept to sublime heights. Large, warm triangles of just-fried corn tortilla are more than sturdy enough to dip in a seductive, house-crafted blend of chipotles, tomatoes, jalapenos and other secrets. It's got just enough heat and a wonderful flavor.
Three veggie tacos set you back $7 and feature nicely charred zucchini, bell peppers, cilantro-lime slaw — and a pleasant exclamation point from Draft Choice Spicy Sauce — all nestled in flour.
And the back-to-basics hamburger and fries ($12, $13 with cheese) would make Hank Hill proud. The 7-ounce patty had a precise grill-crusted exterior with a juicy center. The plain, lightly toasted bun held fast against oozing cheese and fresh lettuce and tomato. The fries could have been hand cut and prepared by sainted Mom, whose fries also would charm Hank Hill.
— Rick Koster