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Now, if there is food that tastes better than that which is served outside, it’s local food that’s served outdoors, and southeastern Connecticut offers a dizzying array of delicious-food destinations. From gourmet cheese shops to farmers markets to chefprepared meals to go, this region makes it easy to impress your fellow picnickers.
Strapped for time? Stop in at Good to Go in Groton, Ivy’s Simply Homemade in Waterford, Pasta Vita in Old Saybrook, or Best of Everything Country Gourmet in Niantic and choose from any number of picnic-ready prepared salads, soups, stuffed breads and baked goods. Most grocery stores also offer prepared fresh foods, so check out the day’s spread at the deli and produce areas at places like Fiddleheads Food Co-op in New London andMcQuade’s Marketplace inMystic and Westerly if you need a dish in a hurry. Big Y’s rotisserie chicken can be sliced up for a more formal dinner picnic, or formthe basis for some tasty sandwiches— and they have locations inMystic, Old Lyme and Groton.
On cheese duty? You’ve got options. Fromage, on Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, and The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook stock dozens of cheeses from around the