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“Cozy spot, great food”
Review of Muddy Waters Cafe

Muddy Waters Cafe
Ranked #2 of 144 Restaurants in New London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Connecticut
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Cozy spot, great food”
Reviewed February 8, 2008

Muddy Waters is a real find, a warm and homey cafe within walking distance of the train station and the ferries in downtown New London. It is open for coffee and pastry from early morning until late afternoon, and the kitchen serves a limited menu of really good, simple, generous sandwiches and hot food until 3 p.m. most days.

The place has real character. There's a busy and convivial front room, and a back room more suited to lounging, with a jumble of worn but comfortable furniture, a grand piano, a fireplace, and walls filled with historic photos and newspaper clippings. Large glass doors open from the back room onto a terrace with several tables that overlook the harbor. Depending on the hour, there can be an interesting mix of people: business folk, academics from one of the nearby colleges, students, tourists, and people who just wander in off the streets.

This is probably not everyone's cup of tea. The historic building is simple and a little shabby inside. But if you are into simple pleasures, the only thing more satisfying than settling in with a book (or your laptop) on a blustery winter day is to lounge on the sunny deck in summer, watching the trains, the ferries, and the occasional freighter or submarine pass by. It is also a great place to meet someone for a quiet working lunch or coffee. I live half an hour away, and I come here whenever I can.

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“Try the Love Salad - an...”
Reviewed January 12, 2008

Try the Love Salad - an old Hughie's favorite. Also, they have a nice deck on the back overlooking the river and occassional entertainment.

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“Great Coffee House”
Reviewed September 17, 2007

I believe this place is now called Muddy Waters Cafe, but no matter the name, it is a great place to get good coffee, breakfast sandwichs and lunch. The prices are very affordable (bagel sandwichs with eggs, etc are $3.50) and the food is good. I would recommend getting the brewed coffee as opposed to the lattes. Great ambiance with antique furniture, old pictures, etc. Outside deck looking at the Thames, but it is almost always full. One of my favorite places in the New London/Groton area...

Just so you know... if using your debit card, must have a minumum total of $10. There is an ATM inside.

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