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Here are summaries of recent dining reviews from The Day.

Amigos Taqueria y Tequila

2 Canal St., Westerly

amigosri.com (401) 315-5800

Come for the atmosphere, stay for the food! Or vice versa. Such is the double-your-pleasure reality of Amigos Taqueria y Tequila restaurant in Westerly. The abundance of indigenous art and décor — with a heavy dose of El Dia de los Muertos images and icons — lends a great deal of authenticity to your dining experience.

And the food, which explores both Tex-Mex favorites as well as more continental offerings from the country's interior and seacoasts, is amply presented and well prepared. Over two visits, I particularly appreciated a Grilled Red Snapper Tacos entrée ($21). It was actually supposed to be mahi mahi, but they'd sold out so would I mind a snapper substitution? Why, no! The fish was incredibly fresh and had that just-off-the-grill exterior char to accentuate a sprinkling of cumin. The fish contrasted nicely with a tart/sweet slaw.

My wife Eileen loved the Chayote Squash Salad ($10). The squash is a bit like a not-quite-ripe pear with a delicate sweetness. Grilled and julienned in the salad, it provided another layer of texture with the crispier julienned beets, rich avocado, and tart goat cheese and smoky tempeh. The contrast of taste and texture dazzled with each bite.

Also worth noting: The service was above and beyond in terms of friendliness and willingness to help.

Rick Koster

Sneekers Café

568 Poquonnock Road, Groton

(860) 445-1967

Website: sneekerscafe.com or on Facebook and Instagram 

I always hear from readers after every food review, sharing about their own experiences at whatever place I’ve written about. But the response after my review of Sneekers Café in Groton was nothing short of overwhelming. A lot of people like the place. And why not? The food is very good, the service is exceptional, and the prices are fair.

Sneekers is a bar with great food and a welcoming atmosphere. Appetizers include things like fried Brussels sprouts ($8), sweet potato fries ($4), wicked chicken ($9), and the absolute-must-order, gorgonzola garlic bread ($6.50). 

There are specials, and the regular menu offers something for everyone — from a spinach salad ($10), to a turkey BLT ($8.50), a beef and bean burrito ($12), lemon basil haddock ($16), to panko-encrusted sea scallops ($20.) The menu is eclectic.

A tag line on their website says it best: “Around the corner from anywhere in Groton — great food and live music — since 1984.”

The same owners have always run the place, and they are good business women and good citizens of the community. Next time you’re in Groton, pay a visit to Sneekers, or better yet, just make a plan and go there.

Ann Baldelli

Kokomo's Restaurant

88 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme

(860) 390-6403

kokomosrestaurant.com

The easiest way to get used to restaurant dining? Take it nice and slow on the beach in Old Lyme at Kokomo's restaurant. What was once Lenny's at the Beach got a full makeover at its hot-spot location at Sound View beach. It's all Miami whites, cabanas and outdoor seating on the sand (and under a very nice tent) right in front of Long Island Sound.

The menu is similar to its former version, with plenty of seafood dishes, pub grub, and sandwiches, but all of the above has gotten a welcome upgrade alongside new (pricier) additions (raw bar, anyone?). Among them, we recommend the wonderful, creamy, zesty Edamame Hummus ($8) on the Small Plates menu; the fresh, filling and delicious Caprese Salad ($15); and the Short Rib Ragu entrée ($24).

Not hungry? Kokomo's cocktail menu reflects its long and varied predecessor. The martini menu alone conjures up just the tropical vibe you might expect and it will certainly leave you with a certain song in your head as you cruise home.

Marisa Nadolny

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