It’s seafood season all year long at The Summer Shack (Mohegan Sun , 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, 860/862-9500, www.mohegansun.com/dining/summer_shack.html , 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Mon.–Wed. and Sun., 11:30 a.m.–1 a.m. Thu.–Sat., $13–24), the domain of New England star chef Jasper White. Designed after a classic colorful oceanside fish shanty, the restaurant offers far more than the usual shack fare: roasted lobster, for starters, plus specialties like corn and crab fritters, and grilled snapper.
Another Boston-based celebrity chef, Todd English, shows his chops at Todd English’s Tuscany (Mohegan Sun , 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, 888/226-7711, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thu.; 6 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $15–40), where the kitchen whips up dishes veering from the simple (gnocchi Bolognese) to the elevated (lamb porterhouse with blue cheese popover).
More hearty fare is on offer at Cedars Steak House (Foxwoods , 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd., Ledyard, 800/369-9663, 5–11 p.m. Sun.–Thu.; 5 p.m.–12 a.m. Fri.–Sat., $19–40), the leather booth–filled eatery that’s home to more rib eyes, filets, and chops than you can shake a steak knife at.
From dim sum to rice congee, the pan-Asian menu at Golden Dragon (Foxwoods , 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd., Ledyard, 800/369-9663, 11:30 a.m.–1 a.m. Sun.–Thu.; 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Tue.; 11:30 a.m.–3 a.m. Fri.–Sat., $7–15) is—if not exactly 100 percent authentic—fast, reasonably fresh, and tasty.