F&W Bucket List: Best Summer Restaurants

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The Place; Guilford, CT

Cross a camping trip with a clambake, and you've got something like this outdoor restaurant just off I-95. Staff roast lobsters, clams, corn and more in a roaring 18-foot fire pit: "Shrimp, steamers, everything," says Vaughn Knowles, co-owner with his brother Gary. Diners perch on tree stumps around red tabletops, and all order from the single menu nailed to wooden uprights. There's waiter service, but the atmosphere is pleasantly informal; bring your own wine or beer, and cash to pay the bill. Open late April through October. theplaceguilford.com

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