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Kitchen Little

36 Quarry Road, Mystic, CT - (860) 536-2122
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/13/2012 8:23:00 AM
Kitchen Little isn't little anymore. Now located at the Mystic River Marina in a spacious place overlooking docked boats, it is no longer an extremely cute 400-square-foot diner. It has become a picturesque restaurant with a panoramic view. It also has expanded its repertoire to include not only the famous breakfast and lunch, but an evening bistro bill of fare with $20 entrees.

We haven't yet gone for supper, but a recent breakfast was reassurance that all is well. The menu has all the familiar items, including the wonderful S'medley, which is scrambled eggs combined with melted cheese, fried potatoes, sausage, mushrooms, and onions. The S'medley was named to honor Susan Davis, the woman who first transformed the original little building that had once been a private home, then a rug shop, then a greasy spoon, into Kitchen Little back in the late 1970s.

Another highlight from the breakfast menu is The Portuguese Fisherman, which is scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, onions, and jalapeno cheese with a Portuguese English muffin. If you're watching your cholesterol, you can have an omelet made with just one yolk and three whites, filled with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and carrots, with health nut toast on the side.

Lunch is not to be slighted. There are fine, big hamburgers, world-class fried clams, and superb Southern New England Style clam chowder. It is the clear-broth variety, steel-gray and briny, loaded with tender nuggets of clam -- a great winter-warm-up meal.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Omelet
Herbed eggs
S'medley
pancakes
Hot Lobster Roll
Corned beef hash
California Benedict
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California Benedict is visual evidence of Kitchen Little's motto, 'AM Eggstasy!' It is just the sort of fresh, sunny dish that starts the day off right.
"California Benedict is visual evidence of Kitchen Little's motto, 'AM Eggstasy!' It is just the sort of fresh, sunny dish that starts the day off right."
Michael Stern





The S'medley: scrambled eggs mixed with cheese atop fried potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and sausage. This one was offered with a choice of hot or sweet sausage.
"The S'medley: scrambled eggs mixed with cheese atop fried potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and sausage. This one was offered with a choice of hot or sweet sausage."
Michael Stern


The beginning stages of omelet #9, filled with cream cheese, fresh spinach leaves, and mushrooms
"The beginning stages of omelet #9, filled with cream cheese, fresh spinach leaves, and mushrooms"
Michael Stern


A top-split hot dog roll, nicely toasted (on the grill) on the outside, filled with tender hot buttered lobster meat on the inside. Hard to find these days, well worth the trip.
"A top-split hot dog roll, nicely toasted (on the grill) on the outside, filled with tender hot buttered lobster meat on the inside. Hard to find these days, well worth the trip."
Tim Degraye


Rightly famous for its way with eggs, Kitchen Little is no slouch in the egg-companion category. This sizzled-crisp corned beef hash is a meal unto itself.
"Rightly famous for its way with eggs, Kitchen Little is no slouch in the egg-companion category. This sizzled-crisp corned beef hash is a meal unto itself."
Michael Stern


Western omelet in the making.
"Western omelet in the making."
Michael Stern


Two eggs scrambled with cheese cost $3.95 and are perfectly simple and simply perfect. For a dollar extra, the kitchen tosses in a handful of fresh herbs. A swell addition. The accompanying English muffin is not actually English, but is secured from a Portuguese bakery in Fall River, the same city Kitchen Little gets its chourico sausage.
"Two eggs scrambled with cheese cost $3.95 and are perfectly simple and simply perfect. For a dollar extra, the kitchen tosses in a handful of fresh herbs. A swell addition. The accompanying English muffin is not actually English, but is secured from a Portuguese bakery in Fall River, the same city Kitchen Little gets its chourico sausage."
Michael Stern


Instead of the old diner counter, this row of tables against the window provides single eaters a nice place to perch.
"Instead of the old diner counter, this row of tables against the window provides single eaters a nice place to perch."
Michael Stern


Seated in the airy dining room, you can hear a bit of clatter from the kitchen, but you no longer can see the bustle.
"Seated in the airy dining room, you can hear a bit of clatter from the kitchen, but you no longer can see the bustle."
Michael Stern


Souvenir mugs are emblazoned with the question, 'Is there life before coffee?'
"Souvenir mugs are emblazoned with the question, 'Is there life before coffee?'"
Michael Stern


The Mystic River Marina is a good 10 minute drive from I-95, but if you are looking for a unique Connecticut dining experience, it's well worth the detour.
"The Mystic River Marina is a good 10 minute drive from I-95, but if you are looking for a unique Connecticut dining experience, it's well worth the detour."
Michael Stern


The old Kitchen Little, now gone.
"The old Kitchen Little, now gone."
Michael Stern



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