Looking for a relaxing and pleasant way to spent a picturesque summer Friday evening, then you should consider a Surf and Turf Experience on “Maritime Cruise and Cuisine”out of Norwalk, Connecticut. The Norwalk Seaport Association, Mama’s Boy restaurant and the Norwalk Parking Authority have partnered together to offer this experience every Friday night in July and August. For the third year participants enjoy a cruise around the Norwalk Islands then wonder up the street to Mama’s Boy for dinner. The Maritime Garage offers convenient, safe parking for your vehicle at just $2 for the night.
The sunset cruise takes place on the Norwalk Seaport Association’s “CJ Toth” ferry. The cruise leaves from the Sheffield Island Dock (located on the corner of Water St and Washington Street) at 6:00 pm and returns at approximately 8:00 pm.
The Cruise and Cuisine package is priced at $57 per person (not including tax and gratuity) plus the reduced cost of $2 for parking at the Maritime Garage. Cruise and Cuisine Fridays run through August 29th.
For information and reservations, please call the Norwalk Seaport Association at 203-838-9444 or you can buy tickets online at www.seaport.org.
Be sure to bring your favorite beverage and snack to munch on during the cruise. Wine and beer is totally acceptable to bring. Want to share? Bring some extra cups!
While on the cruise you will stop at three light houses that are within the Norwalk Island area: Pecks Ledge Light, Greens Ledge Light, and Sheffield Island Light. The captain and his first mate share stories of the area and a some local history too so it’s an educational journey at the same time. Look closely and you may be able to spot Osprey peeking out from their nests along the way.
The sunset cruise takes about 2 hours. As you head back to the dock, breathe in the sea breeze and let the beautiful sunset fill you with awe.
After returning to the dock, you then take a leisurely 3 to 4 minute walk up North Water Street to enjoy the cuisine portion of the night at Mama’s Boy Restaurant. Mama’s Boy “Southern Table & Refuge” offers a gourmet twist on Southern food. The cuisine portion entails a three-course meal, chosen from a special menu that could change. When we visited, the choices were:
- Deviled Eggs with house-smoked Tasso and pickled okra
- Fried Chicken Skins with jalapeno-pepper honey
- Watermelon and Arugula salad with goat cheese and house vinaigrette
- Steamed Mussels with andouille sausage and fresh herbs
- Shrimp and Grits with white shrimp, Fall’s Mill grits, and house-smoked Tasso, spring onion, and pimento cream gravy
- Bourbon Brick Chicken, a char grilled half chicken with duck fat potatoes and bourbon jus
- Mama’s Boy Burger, local grass fed beef burger on a brioche bun accompanied by house-smoked bacon, pimento cheese, fried Vidalia onion, and pickles with rosemary fries on the side
- The Little Yardbird, marinated country fried game hen with cornbread waffle, braised collard greens, Brookside Farms maple syrup, and habanero jelly
- slice of Red Velvet Cake
- Coconut sorbet
A little bit about the people who organized the Cruise and Cuisine package:
The Norwalk Seaport Association (NSA) is dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The NSA owns and maintains Sheffield Island Lighthouse and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands. It offers a wide array of special events and community projects including lighthouse tours, boat cruises and The Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival in September.
Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge offers southern cooking presented with high style. The restaurant is adjacent to the Maritime Garage, 11 North Water Street in South Norwalk and has a down-to-earth, southern atmosphere with wood from an old water tower in South Carolina, blues music, and grits on the menu.
The Norwalk Parking Authority is a financially self-sustaining organization responsible for the operation and maintenance of the municipal parking system in Norwalk. It is not financed by taxpayer dollars. The Authority is committed to making Norwalk a better place to live, work and visit by collaborating with community organizations while providing exceptional customer service to parking customers.