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New England Traveler


Brodetto was originally a stew made from whatever catch Italian fishermen couldn’t sell. Next to such simple fare, the luscious brodetto served here ($22.95)—full of mussels, clams, shrimp, and fish in a fragrant tomato sauce over squidink pasta—is a cathedral beside a country chapel. It’s a rustic and hearty seafood

Craigie on Main

Best French EscapeThe menu isn’t strictly French–chef/owner Tony Maws is too creative to stick to moules-frites (mussels and french fries) every night–but the food is infused with French flavor, attention to technique, and love of perfect ingredients.

Franklin Cape Ann

With its late dinner hours (until midnight on weekends), comfort-food menu, and extensive beer list, Franklin captures Gloucester’s malt fiends. Nibble small plates (smoky skillet-roasted mussels, fish quesadilla, tuna tartare) or tuck into coconut-crusted catfish with vegetable slaw and mango sauce. BEST CASUAL BISTRO FARE.

Libby s Bistro & Saalt Pub

The Gorham streets are alive with ATVs, but traffic slows around the pretty block that shelters this super-hip bistro. Chef/owner Liz Jackson was a 2012 James Beard semifinalist, but she just wants to “cook good food for people.” French mussels, Turkish eggplant, and Faroe Island salmon are a small, lively

Litchfield Saltwater Grille

Weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00, the lounge menu is half price for simple, fresh choices such as Prince Edward Island mussels, Caesar salads, and wedge salads with steak, tuna, chicken, or shrimp for just $8. BEST HALF-PRICE HAPPY HOUR.

Long Grain

Do make reservations to score one of the few seats at this storefront restaurant where Bangkok-born Ravin Nakjaroen creates flavor-rich homestyle pan-Asian fare. Knockouts include mussels in spicy coconut–lemongrass broth, Maine crab-fried rice, and the house-made noodles with kimchi and pork belly. Don’t miss the coconut flan. Entrees: from $10.

Melaza Caribbean Bistro

Woodstock meets the islands. The Puerto Rico–born chef at this cheery little spot serves up empanadas, plantain chips, and entrees such as mussels in Cuban creole sauce, jerk mahi-mahi, and pork shank with guava glaze. Rum, naturally, rules the cocktail lineup. Outdoor seating is available. Entrees: from $17. Best Caribbean

Penny Lane Pub

Penny Lane Pub

English-style fare with light options (pear salad and gorgonzola!) and a neighborhood atmosphere.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012WINE AND ROSES:What used to be Joe’s Diner in a nondescript shingle-sided building has blossomed into Martin and Karen Cappiello’s Wine and Roses, an Old Saybrook surprise. Bold menu specialties have raised eyebrows here in

Popham Beach State Park

At the end of one of those fingers of land that dangles off the Maine coast into the Atlantic, Popham is hopelessly exposed to all the elements. There’s nothing manicured about this rare spit of sand sandwiched between rocky shores. Pieces of driftwood lie on the beach, backed by dwarf

Quito’s Restaurant & Bar

A trio of chowders … a heaping plate of scampi loaded with shrimp, littlenecks, lobster, mussels, or calamari … Fresh seafood meets Italian cooking’s flair for overabundance at this casual, boisterous, seasonal eatery. Whether you’re sittin’ on the dock overlooking the bay or inside by the fireplace on cool evenings,

Red Stripe

Your choice of 10 steamed-mussels dishes. The namesake has beer in the broth; others have wine, vermouth, Calvados, or coconut milk. Entrees: from $9.Your choice of 10 steamed-mussels dishes. The namesake has beer in the broth; others have wine, vermouth, Calvados, or coconut milk. Entrees: from $9.


The Mediterranean-inspired menu at Republic puts the emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients while catering to appetites of all sizes. Artfully crafted small plates such as mussels Proven al and spicy whipped feta are great for nibbling, while the grass-fed steak frites and falafel fried fish satisfy heartier cravings. With

Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel has the best ocean breezes on Block Island. And it is considered one of the Island’s most elegant historic landmarks. Sitting up on a 15-acre promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island foothills, the Hotel has a wraparound veranda where you can relax for hours with

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