Mystic is ‘the best summer dining destination’, according to Bloomberg

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More national media are acknowledging Mystic’s booming foodie scene, with Bloomberg recently naming the seaside village as “The best gastronomic destination of the summer.”

Author Kat Odell wrote that Mystic offers “some of the best seafood in the country, along with heritage items, exquisite breads, superb miso-flavored coffee and, yes, pizza.”

Odell’s writing features mystical personalities such as Shipbuilder’s Daughter at the Whalers Inn, which showcases seafood from the New England coast, and 85th Day Food Community’s oyster club and its new nautical-themed cocktail bar, Port of call.

A sampling of small plates at Port of Call at Mystic, all inspired by global port cities.

A sampling of small plates at Port of Call at Mystic, all inspired by global port cities.

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Chef David Standridge of Shipwright’s Daughter said he’s seen an increase in people from out of town coming to eat at Mystic, especially former regulars from the Hamptons and Newport, RI. “They feel there’s an authenticity here in Mystic that’s very appealing,” he told Bloomberg.


“We believe this little corner of the world is one of America’s most exciting and diverse food communities,” Renée Touponce, executive chef of the Oyster Club and Port of Call, told Bloomberg.

Odell also highlighted Bakery and Pizza Nana, which has “gained national acclaim for its phenomenal thin-crust pizzas, tangy sourdough breads with the rich, dark flavor of fresh grains ground on site, and featherweight donuts”. She noted chef James Wayman’s “brilliant way with the koji” – a mold used to make sake, miso and soy sauce – which is used in “everything from brown butter chocolate chip cookies to bread. of rye porridge”.

Nana's Bakery & Pizza in Mystic.

Nana’s Bakery & Pizza in Mystic.

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Adam and Ebbie Young also earned a mention for their Subdued pastry shop – “a French bakery and cafe with a perpetual queue snaking outside its door” – and Young Buns Donuts“a classic donut shop whose best seller is a vanilla cake coated in sweet and salty brown sugar butter crunch.”

Other national publications have recently taken notice of Mystic, with Esquire magazine naming Port of Call one of “America’s Best Bars” in June and the New York Post calling Mystic the “world class gastronomic destination” in March.

In November, Esquire also named Nana’s Bakery & Pizza one of its “Best New Restaurants in America” ​​and Conde Nast Traveler named the village one of “America’s Seven Small Towns That Are Culinary Destinations.” secrets”.

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