Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Fish Stew at Connie and Ted's

By Lesley Balla  |  September 6, 2013

Yes, we know it's hot outside, and all anyone wants to eat are cold things: salads, fruit, lobster rolls. But the Portuguese fish stew at Connie & Ted's is one of those things you'll want to eat any day, whether it's a blazing hot summer afternoon or cool winter night. The stew is simplicity at its best - clams, mussels, big chucks of hake, linguica and potatoes in a spicy tomato broth. But this one is lighter, a bit more delicate, than stews we've had in New England, especially those from around New Bedford, MA. It's probably because this one is at the hand of Michael Cimarusti, one of the country's premiere seafood chefs, which means those clams, mussels and hake are some of the best and most perfectly prepared you'll find anywhere. The big parsley leaves and fennel flowers are a nice touch, if only for reminding us once again this isn't your ordinary clam shack.