An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Apr 11, 2014
02:18 PMThe Connecticut Table
A Burgers, Clams, Frozen Custard Connecticut Adventure; Ferry Ride and Antiques Too
OK, it's finally, truly spring (we'll just ignore those annoying but now tiny piles of snow that linger in yards and woods at higher elevations in northern parts of the state.)
Time to hit the road in search of Connecticut adventures, and any such trips have to be rewarded with good food—couture cuisine in some cases, but this isn't one of those.
This is a suggestion for an adventure that includes communing with some prime Connecticut attractions, and to embellish that we're linking to a couple of our "roadfood" stories from a part of the state that invites discovery, Eastern Connecticut. Once we describe the casual but deliciously classic American fare that beckons, we'll offer a few tips for an intinerary to build around the bites. (Right, a burger and fries at Harry's Place; photo by Michael Stern of Roadfood.com.)
Recently we announced the seasonal opening of a classic roadside place for burgers, hot dogs, fried clams and more, Harry's Place in Colchester:
Starting Monday, another cult-favorite spot in the same town will open for the season. It's Scotties, and its singular specialty is frozen custard. We last checked in with Scotties as it was wrapping up last season:
The flavors for the beginning of the new season at Scotties were recently announced:
Cookies & Cream Vanilla and Oreo Cookie chunks
Decadent Kahlua Kahlua base w/decadent dark choc flakes
Cherry Cheesecake Cheesecake base with cherry swirls and graham cracker
Butter Caramel Crunch Butter Carmel base/crunchy graham bits
Cappuccino Delight light cappuccino base/dark chocolate flakes
Fat Elvis banana base/PB swirl/choc flakes
Brownie Explosion chocolate base and brownie chunks
Peanut Butter Kiss peanut butter base/kissed with Reese's Peanut Butter chunks
Colchester, for many in Connecticut, isn't—or doesn't seem—close by, but there's plenty in the extended neighborhood to make a day trip worthwhile.
Maybe the biggest drawing card that most Connecticut residents have never tried is a modest but dramatic part of getting there:
If you chart a route that involves taking the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry on the way to or from Colchester, you'll be near Chester and East Haddam, each a mini destination of its own. You're also in the vicinity of Gillette Castle and not too far from Essex Steam Train or a cultural attraction such as the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.
In Colchester itself, the place to go is Nathan Liverant and Son, Antiques and Fine Art. The other amenities in town, including additional casual food like wood-fired brick-oven pizza, can be found on the website of the Colchester Business Associaton.
For a sense of where Colchester is situation see the map below. Beyond that, explore and enjoy!