For a great evening with the atmosphere of Mystic, try the Captain Daniel Packard (sp?) Inn.
The upstairs is decently priced dining while the downstairs is a fireplace bar ..depending on the age of your kid, fireplace bar is probably the most local and well-loved spot in Mystic. It’s on the West side of the river near Margaritaville…(Mex to avoid at all costs).
If you don’t have the fried clams at the Sea Swirl, you’ll be missing some of the best bellies in CT.
Kitchen Little is great for Breakfast.
Go Fish in the Olde Mystik Village Shopping Center by the aquarium is more pricey but a great, family-friendly more upscale location. Crab Cakes are well thought of and everybody will find something…even some limited Sushi rolls.
As to Lobster, Abbotts is OK but you’ll pay The Palm Restaurant prices for lobster to eat in the rough. If money is no object it’s fine.
Just a short drive away in downtown New London on the water is Captain Scott’s, Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock- 80 Hamilton St. (860)439-1741. The prices are much cheaper and the lobster is better.
Sea Swirl, Abbotts, Captain Scotts are all seasonal so call ahead to be certain they’re open.
While in Mystic, many people forget about the Nautilus, first nuclear submarine, museum located just 8 miles away in Groton…well worth the trip. You tour the sub with a self-guided audio system and there’s a small indoor museum as well.
At the intersection of I-95 and Route 12, the main turn for the Sub Base/Nautilus, is one of the few authentic barbecue spots in CT, Russell’s Ribs. Babybacks are ok for the South, good for the North, great for New England.
A transplanted CT Floridian…Kind of a New England Soda Cracker