Dockside Dining: SoNo Seaport Seafood, Norwalk, CT

The name may be a tongue twister, but the food is a tongue pleaser. Yes, the SoNo Seaport Seafood Restaurant is a dock-and-dine establishment of the old-fashioned kind, hard on the gritty Norwalk Harbor waterfront. The venerable (since 1984) eatery and fish market offers 6 slips for boaters in midsized craft, although larger vessels can dock at the nearby Norwalk Visitor’s Dock (for a fee) and either walk to the restaurant or take their dinghy over. Just let the faux lighthouse point the way!

SoNo Seaport offers indoor and outdoor “family-style” dining under covered picnic tables, and serves the typical seafood fare, ranging from boiled lobster dinners to delectable fried clams. General manager Jack Cutrone makes sure to keep the ever-popular whole-bellies on the menu, even though they can be expensive. Other popular items include fresh local oysters, shrimp, calamari, steamers, chowder, lobster rolls, king crab legs, fish & chips, hamburgers, sandwiches and more. Entrée prices range from $17 to $25. A great kid- and boater-friendly place!