The Lobster Bomb is reason enough to visit Ford's Lobsters, but factor in the rustic picnic tables you are sitting at, the view of boats coming and going, gulls screeching overhead, and the salty air, and you realize that this might just be the most perfect meal you ever ate.
Lyman Orchards has been a destination drive for as long as I can remember. It is a sprawling, picturesque fruit market with pretty views of the lake and picnic tables outside to sit and eat at. People come here to pick their own fruits in season...or if you are like me (rather lazy), you simply go inside Lyman and fill your shopping cart with wonderful produce ready to take home.
Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn is a picture perfect barn on a picture perfect road in beautiful Easton, CT. The choices vary with the season although you will always find plain apple, crumb topped Dutch apple and a rugged “country” apple. There is also raspberry, apple raspberry, apple cranberry, pumpkin, peach, and fruits of the forest to just name a few.
There is nothing the slightest bit fancy or “gourmet” about Patty’s, but the consistency of the excellent chicken and fries is not to be taken for granted. This is not a supermarket or a fast food chain; it is a small mom and pop place that is always crowded by locals who know all about it.
Sesame Seed Restaurant offers great Middle Eastern food, a variety of vegetarian options, and a four star lasagna. Inside, you'll find a laid-back, homespun vibe: a hodge podge of kitsch salt and pepper shakers, and an attic's worth of fun old stuff hung on the walls. It really is a one-of-a-kind place.
Hail the Super Duper Weenie! It is a firm-fleshed, locally-made frankfurter that is split and cooked on the grill until its outside gets a little crusty but the inside stays succulent. Whatever else you get, you must get French fries. These are beautiful, fresh cut twigs of potato.
Hamburgers are cooked on the hot, oily griddle as a round patty a little smaller than a baseball, then they are flattened out with a spatula. Despite getting squished, the hamburgers remain thick enough to be overwhelmingly juicy. Hot dogs are cooked on the same grill, and they’re plump and tasty ones, especially satisfying when bedded atop some of Harry’s chili sauce.
AM Eggstasy is the house motto; and the omelets are stupendous, as is a dish known as the S'medley, which is scrambled eggs combined with melted cheese atop a mound of fried potatoes, sausage, mushrooms, and onions. Lunch is not to be slighted. There are fine, big hamburgers, world-class fried clams, and superb Southern New England Style clam chowder.