North Stonington, CT, is a lovely spot with lots of trendy boutiques and restaurants. The area also abounds in history and delightful places to visit.
Custys International Buffet
138 Norwich - Westerly Road
North Stonington, CT 06359
While Custys is synonymous with buffet, you can also eat a la carte here and get just what you want. The buffet is enormous and, since Custys prides itself on its seafood, contains lobster, shrimp, fish and other creatures from the ocean. In fact, the seafood buffet is 60 feet long. You will also find steaks and chops at a separate buffet that offers veggies and salads, too. And there is a separate dessert bar. The buffet is fairly expensive since there are a lot of big eaters who like to drop by, but the a la carte items are priced to please. The restaurant has been in business since 1963, although it has moved its location since then.
Tea Garden Chinese
391 Norwich-Westerly Road
North Stonington, CT
You can eat in or take out at this wonderful Chinese restaurant right in downtown North Stonington. While many of the dishes will be reminiscent of other Chinese restaurants, this one takes advantage of the proximity of the ocean and offers many seafood platters that intrigue the mind as well as the palate. For instance, the seafood fried noodles seems to be the perfect dish with lobster, scallops and shrimp mixed beautifully with noodles and veggies. Those with a passion for meat will be happy with the extra crispy duck that is a house specialty.
66 Water St.
A seafood restaurant dating from 1929, you will find that there are some non-fish items on the menu, such as steak and prime rib on Wednesdays. This restaurant in nearby Stonington is on the harbor and mainly caters to those who love the wonderful offerings from the sea, including lots of lobster. Not only does the lobster roll shine here, but there is a hot lobster sandwich with cheese and drawn butter to tempt even those who say they don’t like shellfish. And you can have your lobster without the shell if you'd like, which many diners say is a real extra. You can eat inside or out depending on the weather, and it's only a short ride from your North Stonington bed and breakfast.
Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant
30 Williams Ave
Mystic, CT 06355
If you want to venture to Mystic from your delightful North Stonington inn, you won't be disappointed in this seafarer's paradise. Nor will you want for fresh fish at Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant, where all seafood is hand-battered and cooked to order. While you could get a hamburger here, don't look for steaks or chops. The specials are whole belly clams, sea scallops and fresh cod fish. It also serves a lot of flavors of soft ice cream.