Food & Drink
From the rich red Sunday gravy poured over home-made pasta to the delectable seafood dishes of its coastal regions, Italian cuisine offers something for everyone. No one goes away from the table at an Italian restaurant hungry, and whether it is simple family fare in a neighborhood ristorante or a fine dining experience in a more lavish setting, Connecticut has an abundance of restaurants that will satisfy anyone’s craving for Italian cooking.
Now that the warm weather is here to stay for the next few months, Connecticut residents will be spending more of their time outdoors, even while going out for dinner or drinks. A number of bars have cleaned and opened up their patios after they sat deserted over the long winter. These are the best ones to visit for enjoying cold beers and cool cocktails out in the sun.
There was a time not long ago when the words Connecticut and barbecue were rarely found in the same sentence. Times and tastes have changed, however, and the Nutmeg State is all the better for it. The smoke from smokers now rises thick over this corner of New England, and almost every community has a favorite barbecue joint, a place where the pork is pulled, the ribs are rubbed and the sauce is dripping.
Beer Gardens have been gaining in popularity in Connecticut as several bars, breweries and restaurants adding them to attract customers. These are some of the best in the state for spending a warm day under the sun enjoying a cold beer.
If you are a beef loving carnivore, one of the best things about living in Connecticut is the fact that there are so many ways burgers are made. From vertical broiling to steaming to unique cheeses, you can easily eat burgers for a week and never get the same thing twice.
There are few dishes more quintessentially southern than Chicken and Waffles – except in the Keystone State, where the Pennsylvania Dutch have a local version with pulled rather than fried chicken. Restaurants in Connecticut favor the southern style, but as the top spots for chicken and waffles listed below explain, each has done something unique to make that classic its own.
The grilled cheese sandwich is a simple concept that is surprisingly easy to get wrong. When made properly, however, there are few comfort foods more warm and satisfying and, well, comfort-inducing than the grilled cheese.
Bake up some delicious treats to show your Mom how much you love her this Mother’s Day. That’s the spirit that united Pauley Perrette, her two best friends, Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusky, when they decide to create a special place in honor of Pauley’s mother, Donna Bell, a lovely Southern gal with a big heart and a true love of Southern cooking.
Wednesday, April 15 has different meanings for different people. For some it means the end of overtime and working late doing everyone’s taxes. For others it equates to the joy of getting your tax return money and deciding what to do with your new cash. Celebrate tax returns and the end of tax day by splurging and treating yourself out for dinner and drinks.
That classic combo of bacon, lettuce and tomato is one of the simplest yet most satisfying sandwiches. There is no better time to enjoy it than April, which coincidentally is also National B.L.T. Month. Connecticut has many diners, delis and sandwich shops that make a great B.L.T.