You’re planning to visit Stonington Borough for a day, a long weekend or…forever! It’s not uncommon that tourists turn into residents. Maybe it’s the charm. Maybe it’s the quality of life. Maybe it’s the food.
Our restaurants source from local farms and local waters, serving the freshest, most delicious fare; seafood abounds, farm-raised meat, organic produce, dairy and heavenly baked goods. We’re sharing what we think are the top dishes from our favorite restaurants. But don’t take our word for it…find out for yourself!
Grilled Seafood Medley
Located on the waterfront, Breakwater at Stonington Harbor features seafood, specialty cocktails and stunning sunsets. One of our favorite dishes is the Grilled Seafood Medley — grilled Faroe Island salmon, Stonington sea scallops, calamari and shrimp with a citrus butter, served with coconut-scallion rice. Breakwater also does a fantastic Sunday Brunch from 11 am - 2 pm. Think lobster frittatas and shrimp and grits.
New Beet Salad with Burrata Cheese
The Dog Watch Café has a great selection of greens (the chopped kale and lobster salads are standouts), but our favorite has to be the new beet salad with burrata cheese. It’s earthy, a little salty, perfectly creamy and tangy all at the same time.
After an extensive renovation, Milagro Café is open and serving up lunch and dinner. Cochinita Pibil is their signature dish — a marinated, slow-roasted pork wrapped in a banana leaf and topped with pickled red onions. It comes with rice, black beans and warm corn tortillas on the side.
Milagro Café Cocktail of Choice: The Margarita
DO NOT miss the margaritas at Milagro Café. What’s so special you ask? They make the mix in-house, which is now bottled and available to purchase.
Broiled Stonington Day Boat Scallops
Noah's Restaurant has been serving these gems for almost 40 years. They’re straight off-the-docks from 5 blocks away, fished by those who work and live in our community, sourced from our waters, fresh — never frozen. Simply dusted with house-made bread crumbs, a drizzle of clarified butter and broiled to perfection, they’re served with jasmine rice and the vegetable of the day.
Noah’s Restaurant Cocktail of Choice: Honeycomb Manhattan
Ol Grandad Bourbon, Barenjager honey liquor, black walnut bitters, house candied orange = the perfect winter day chill / attitude adjuster!
Sweet Potato Tartes
There’s nothing better than sweet potatoes picked at the farmer’s market, sliced into ribbons, arranged like flowers, dusted with thyme, baked in a buttery paté brisée crust and served hot, fresh from the oven. It’s obvious there’s so much love and care baked into each and every one. But then again, all of the food at The Coq &CO. is so aesthetically pleasing and well prepared you almost don’t want to eat it. But you should!
With entrées like Local Fluke Tempura, Stonington Red Shrimp Pho and Duck and Scallops on the menu, you may have a hard time choosing a dish at Water Street Café. Take one bite of their Portugese Stew made with clams, octopus, eel, kale, potato and crostini in a red wine sauce and you’ll never second guess yourself again!
Water Street Café Cocktail of Choice: The Q Martini
Belvedere Vodka, fresh lemon juice and a splash of cranberry juice.