RED 36

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Good food is not hard to find in Mystic. In fact, the area is home to some of the best restaurants in Southeast Connecticut. Take Bravo Bravo, for example. A restaurant my husband and I always turn to in times of celebration. Their fresh and creative menu options mixed with a cool urban ambiance have kept us going back for years… they also happen to make the best dirty martini around! It makes perfect sense that when Bravo owners opened Red 36 just down the river, they created a foodie frenzy.

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Red 36 has a prime location right on the Mystic River, opposite the Daniel Packer Inn and diagonal to the Oyster Club, at the far end of the Seaport Marine shipyard. Whereas parking can be a challenge on the main drag, it’s a not an issue here (no parallel parking required)! As soon as you step inside you feel as if you have been transported somewhere (at least that’s how we felt as locals). Red 36 brings a fresh new vibe to the area, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. From their lineup of organic craft cocktails, to their deliciously interesting menu, the overall experience is young and hip. Their nautical decor evokes the maritime heritage of Mystic, while the open air dining space presents new views of some of the areas’ most familiar landmarks. Whether you’re sitting under roof or over water, life is good here.

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My advice: Go. Get there early and bring your friends. You may need to grab a drink while you wait for your table as R36 continues to grow in popularity. Be warned that your cocktail may take a few minutes to prepare. These bartenders know what they’re doing.. each one goes out looking like it’s ready for a photo shoot. As for the food, well, I’ll let you see for yourself…

 

C O C K T A I L S

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Summer Lemon Thyme (pictured left) / Flying Dutchmen (pictured right)

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Caprese

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Strawberry-Jalapeño Margarita

 

F O O D

Crispy Panko Fried Oysters: Cucumber Kim-Chee, Ginger Vinegar.

Crispy Panko Fried Oysters: Cucumber Kim-Chee, Ginger Vinegar.

The fried oysters were surprisingly light, refreshing and tangy kim-chee was a welcome addition.

Ahi-Tuna Kokuho Sticky Rice Salad: Avocado, Grapefruit, Thai Vegetables, Nuoc Cham.

Ahi-Tuna Kokuho Sticky Rice Salad: Avocado, Grapefruit, Thai Vegetables, Nuoc Cham.

The Ahi-Tuna was wonderful. The rice was just as it should have been – the perfect amount of sweet and sticky and the tuna melted in your mouth. The layer of avocado and grapefruit was refreshing. Overall it was the right size portion and the presentation, in the layered cake like manner, was beautiful.

 

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5 Spice Ahi-Tuna Burger: Seared Sliced, Avocado, Wasabi Cole Slaw, Crunchy Won –Tons, Cilantro Mayo, Soy Syrup.

The burger is clean and fresh… it hit the spot. (not sure if the brioche bun is a keeper)

 

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BLT + E Burger: Bacon, Butter Lettuce, Vine Ripened Tomato, Sunny Side Egg, Cheddar, Mayo.

If you haven’t had a burger topped with a creamy sunny side up egg, let this be your first.

 

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Paella Style Risotto: Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, Chorizo Sausage, Roasted Chicken, Peas, Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Creamy Saffron Risotto.

The risotto is just enough to curb a comfort food craving, this dish is exploding with perfectly cooked seafood and moist chicken.

 

Key Lime Pie in a jar.

Key Lime Pie in a jar.

Order two, one just isn’t enough.

 

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Cheers to waterfront dining,
KR

Red 36
860-536-3604 // 2 Washington Street, Mystic CT
www.red36ct.com

Happy Hour Tuesday thru Friday 4pm-6pm, $1 oysters/clams, $3 drafts

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