The chefs at Smakosh Restaurant prepare an eclectic melange of Polish and American cuisines, from western omelets to homemade pierogis. In the morning, you can enjoy their classic American breakfast fare, including hefty omelets or waffles, or try one of the signature Polish dishes, such as whipped cheese-stuffed crepes topped with berries. After 11:30 a.m., you can dig into grilled kielbasa sausages, grilled cheeseburgers, and the latest soap operas if you bring in your own television.
Harp & Dragon's casual atmosphere sets the stage for classic pub eats alongside a full bar with 36 beers on tap. Hosts of sandwiches and burgers dive into friendly mouths and laps, such as the Harp & Dragon burger ($8.95), which piles a half-pound beef patty, sauteed mushrooms, melted Swiss, and leek sauce. Dive into rich, hearty bowls of irish stew ($11.95), or revel in the steadfast meat and dairy delights of a cheesesteak ($12.95). Savor traditional flavors in forms such as bangers and mash ($14.95), succulent irish sausage draped over a throne of garlic mashed potatoes swimming in shiraz onion gravy, or fish and chips ($14.95), named after misprinted instructions for ice fishermen.
Located steps from the state pier, Portuguese Fisherman has been reeling in noshers with the scents of Portuguese and American breakfast and lunch specials for more than a decade. The portuguese sweet-bread french toast starter is baked to perfection ($6.55), and the linguica, egg, and cheese sandwich ($5.45) distracts mouths from shouting epithets at passing squirrels. Overworked palates can sleep late and munch on midday entrees such as the kielbasa roll served with french fries ($7.65). American favorites include the tuna melt ($7.65) and chicken-salad sandwich ($7.10), as well as the Gobbler sandwich, which pays homage to competitive-eating pilgrims by uniting Thanksgiving fixings such as fresh turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and stuffing into one sandwich ($10.18).
Owner John Graham, an alumnus of notable Connecticut restaurants such as Constantine’s and Frank’s Gourmet Grille, opened The Hearsay Bar & Grille with his wife, Kellie. Located in New London, a town close to their hearts, the pair dishes up a menu of casual eats, from their signature lobster bisque to slabs of fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. An advocate for locally sourced spirits, The Hearsay is the first establishment in the area to serve Onyx Moonshine and Kra-ze Vodka, which, like Yale’s valedictorians, are produced in local fermentation tanks. Bartenders mix drinks with Grey Goose vodka and Johnnie Walker whiskey beneath the lambent glow of four widescreen TVs that entertain diners beside a rotating slate of disc-spinning DJs and acoustic crooners.
Pezzello Brothers Fruit & Produce, rife with fresh fruits, crisp vegetables, and a diverse selection of cheeses, cultivates a healthy spread of eats along with a familial staff of knowledgeable personnel. Juicy bits of banana ($.59/lb.), tomatoes ($.99/lb.), or native green and yellow squash ($.89/lb.) can garnish salads or act as a rapt audience during kitchen performances of Titus. Jumbo white eggs ($1.79/lb.) provide the ideal foundation for omelets and the edible suns of a solar system panorama; quarts of half-and-half ($1.89) add creamy strokes to cups of joe. Sandwich stackers can load hoagies and subs with the sharp pungency of several cheeses, including italian, provolone, and imported pecorino romano ($6.99/lb.). Slice a two-pound log of goat cheese ($15.99) into cracker-topping squares, or dig into a three-pound tub of mozzarella balls ($14.99) for bite-size appetizers or afternoon snacks.