2021 Best of Reader’s Choice

It’s no surprise that Mystic, CT has won so many awards in the past for its tourist activities, apparel stores, restaurants and attractions. A look at our beautiful area will paint a picture of all there is to see and do in the area. This past week The Day’s 2021 Best of Reader’s Choice Award Winners were announced and so many of our favorite Mystic destinations were chosen.


Olde Mistick Village has been in business for 50 years, and it is no surprise to anyone that this wonderful shopping destination won 13 awards this year in the Best of Awards. Starting off with the Best Place to Take a Visitor, Olde Mistick Village! Coming in second place for best place to take a visitor, Mystic Aquarium, which also won First place for Best Area Attraction and Second place for Best Family Outing.

Restaurant Winners

Pink Basil is a casual restaurant located in Olde Mistick Village. They won Best Asian Cuisine and Best Thai Cuisine as they serve an array of Asian cuisine. Their menu offers a wide variety of classic Thai, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese food, and the most exquisite selection of sushi. The portions are very generous, the service is great and the food is absolutely delicious! Pink Basil has brought the best of Thai and Asian food to Mystic and has everyone raving about it. They also offer an outdoor, shaded patio perfect for the warm weather and a great place to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

Jealous Monk, a beer garden located in Olde Mistick Village, won both Best Bar or Lounge and Third place for Best Brunch. Featuring an indoor and outdoor patio with heated globes so you can always enjoy being outside with friends and family. Looking for a place to grab a drink and a bite to eat? This place is a one-of-a-kind experience that you must try out.

Mystic’s best steak house, Steak Loft, has done it again by winning 4 awards from the Best of Awards. This family-friendly steakhouse has been open since 1973 for chops, ribs, roast, a salad bar and more. Some nights you will also find live music! This amazing restaurant in Olde Mistick Village has won:

  •  #1 Best Steak,
  •  #3 Best Salad,
  • #3 Best Burger, and
  •  #3 Best Chowder

Another restaurant that took home an award in Olde Mistick Village is Go Fish. They are a colorful, family-friendly seafood restaurant that includes a sushi bar. This year they have won:

  • #2 Best Sushi
  • #3 Best Oysters

If you are a foodie and are looking for other restaurants around town to try out, check out some others that also got awards!

Shopping Winners

Two apparel stores in Olde Mistick Village won awards for shopping this year!

  • The Eyeglass Lass, an optical boutique specializing in unique and fashion forward styles, won second for eyewear shopping.
  •  Kelley’s Place, which is a running sneaker store, won first in footwear shopping.

If you love to shop till you drop, some stores that also won awards in Mystic are:

Come stop by Mystic, Ct to try some of the award winning shops and restaurants. While you’re here, check out the awesome tourism activities this town offers! Congratulations to all of the amazing winners!