lobster roll

The lobster roll at Boca Oyster Bar, Bridgeport. 

A monthly look at what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene

The Regal Beagle, New Haven 

In March this bar and restaurant moved into the space formerly occupied by the beloved Anna Liffey’s. It offers a variety of bar-food favorites like nachos, Irish nachos and giant soft pretzels. The establishment also hosts a variety of events including happy hour 4-6 p.m. during the week and musical bingo on Wednesday nights. 

17 Whitney Ave., 203-752-9899, regalbeaglenewhaven.com

Boca Oyster Bar, Bridgeport 

This showstopping restaurant anchors a new coastal neighborhood at Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor. As the name implies, the menu is seafood-focused with specialties like fried shrimp with hand-cut fried potatoes and cabbage slaw, the Boca lobster roll featuring fresh-picked Maine lobster on a brioche roll and Steelpointe clams casino flatbread. There are also burgers, steaks and other non-seafood items. 

10 E. Main St., Bridgeport, 203-612-4848, bocaoysterbar.com 

Mystic Cheese Co., Groton 

First launched as a specialty cheese supplier in 2013, Mystic Cheese Co.’s grilled cheese bar and tasting room opened in Groton a couple of months back. In addition to delectable grilled cheese, visitors can enjoy cheese and charcuterie boards as well as craft beer, cider and wine. The space is next door to Beer’d Brewing Co.’s second location, which was not open as of this writing. When the brewery opens, there are plans for Mystic Cheese to provide food. 

225 Leonard Drive, 860-326-5019, mysticcheese.co

Know of a new Connecticut restaurant? Email Erik Ofgang at eofgang@connecticutmag.com.

The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University