The Black Seal is a local favorite located in the heart of Essex Village. The casual environment is always warm and welcoming. Choose a table in the quieter dining room or the pub, a great spot to socialize and enjoy the local comaraderie.
The Black Seal offers guests a diverse selection of updated American classics. The menu offers seafood, chicken, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and salads. The cozy atmosphere is reminiscent of the nautical history of Essex.
Next Time you're in the area, stop in...we'd love to see you!
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Chester left East Lyme right after high school to seek his fortune in the Marine Corps. After active duty he moved to Kansas City and quickly fell in love with the local cuisine.
After stops in St. Louis, Omaha and Chicago, he returned home to Connecticut to open Chester’s Barbecue. The original store was 300 SF, eight seats and one tiny smoker. Within six months he was sleeping in the store to keep up with the demand.
Barbecue varies by region so we try to cover the gambit from Texas beef brisket to mid-Atlantic pulled pork. We even added corned beef with mustard sauce after some customer prodding on St. Paddy’s Day.
We hope you enjoy our barbecue as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are a family owned business and want to make it right.
God Bless - The Dugas Family
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A country inn and renowned award-winning restaurant in Essex Connecticut, located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley and along the Long Island Sound shoreline. This fine Ivoryton, CT bed and breakfast luxury inn is close to charming historic towns, shops, attractions and many outdoor activities. While enjoying this romantic getaway, you will appreciate easy access to the coastal towns of Mystic and the Essex area.
Perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary, romantic weekend getaway, or relaxing vacation, The Copper Beech Inn offers peacefully luxurious accommodations and pampering service. Located in an area designated one of the 40 "Last Great Places" by The Nature Conservancy, the Inn is just a two-hour drive from either New York City or Boston. Seasonal packages are also available.
The restaurant features snug, distinctive dining rooms and summer outdoor dining, complemented by wine from the over 2,500-bottle award-winning wine cellar (Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" for 2010).
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At Dattilo Fine Italian, the food is fresh, creative and bold, presenting flavors reminiscent of old world Italy. The rich, authentic menu, is complemented by an abundant wine list and service that is seamless and attentive, all on the water at Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook. Pasta Bar every Friday Night starting at 5:30. Consistent winner of the Best Brunch award from the readers of Connecticut Magazine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with nightly entertainment Thursday thru Saturday. Check out watersedgeresortandspa.com for tonight's entertainment schedule.
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Enjoy a 2 1/2-hour excursion through the Connecticut River Valley, named one of the "top 40 last great places" by The Nature Conservancy, aboard a restored 1920's train pulled by a coal-fired, steam locomotive. Passengers transfer to a multi-deck riverboat in Deep River for an hour's ride to East Haddam and back, then train back to Essex.
Narration's on train and boat tell of the history, flora and fauna of the area. Bar service is offered on the optional open car and a parlor car. Snacks and drinks are also available on the boat.
For a special treat, ride the
Essex Clipper Dinner Train.
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From the moment you arrive at Saybrook Point Inn and Fresh Salt there's no mistaking our mission: to surround you with all of the gracious amenities and services that are the hallmark of a true world class hotel. Fresh Salt prides itself by offering local farm food and the freshest seafood. Seasonal outdoor dining with magnificent water views.
Where the Connecticut river meets Long Island Sound, panoramic views capture the essence of coastal Connecticut and the heart of New England in the historic town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
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Madison Address: 1301 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT
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Westbrook Address: 84 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, CT
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When visiting, order the most popular seafood dinner, the Fish Tale Platter!, a fried combination of fresh Cod, Gulf Shrimp, fresh Sea Scallops, and whole Maryland Clams or Clam Strips. Start with Lenny & Joe’s own homemade Clam Chowder,prepared daily from fresh whole Quahog Clams. It’s a clear-broth chowder with a touch of milk added for sweetness.
Other favorites include the Hot Buttered Lobster Roll that has won many awards and accolades, made from 100% lobster meat. The fried clams have been voted the best in Connecticut, and recently the Dish to represent Connecticut in U.S.A. Today and 50 Great Plates of America!
Always bring the kids to Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale for the great children’s menu!
Born as a wholesale pasta factory, Pasta Vita has matured into Connecticut's leading Gourmet-To-Go retail operation. After a 30-year successful career with IBM, Rich Cersosimo, President of Pasta Vita, knows the importance of quality and customer satisfaction. His partner Luis Castanho, "Chef Lou," a distinguished chef and graduate of the Culinary Institiute of America, prides himself on producing meals using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
Every day in our store, we feature over 100 freshly prepared entrees, vegetable dishes, salads, sauces, soups, breads and desserts. All of our items are prepared fresh daily for you to take home and enjoy. Our entrees can be frozen to be enjoyed at a later date. We also feature over 25 varieties of our famous specialty-striped ravioli, made with all-natural ingredients. We offer our party planning service for large groups and special events.
Together, with our competent staff, we are committed to bringing you the best chef-crafted meals, fresh from our kitchen... to yours.
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Come and Discover our Award Winning Taste! Authenticity is the reason Som Siam is loved by local foodies. In fact, regulars who have traveled to Thailand often say that the food is exactly as it is when they have eaten in that country. And it's not just the food. Som Siam represents Thai culture and atmosphere through the service and decorations, transporting customers to another culture in every sense possible. Detail and authenticity pay to the most typical dishes, such as Pad Thai and curries. Perhaps surprising to some, the food is not always extremely spicy, as authentic Thai food depends on a perfect balance of seasoning and spices. Undoubtedly, whatever you pick, Som Siam will deliver with the friendly service, authentic decor and delicious food that regular customers will come back for more.
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Address: 51 Main St., Essex, CT
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