Chicken wings are not just from Buffalo — as any who frequent the top watering holes in Connecticut will attest. Connecticut has a lot of places that make wings, and here are just five of the best.
Every home should be unique, and for those who are tired of or bored by merchandise carried by the big-box and catalog stores, the smaller, unique boutique décor shops are a welcome relief. Connecticut has many such havens of individual taste for those seeking to decorate and furnish their home in style. Here are just five of the top such stores in the Nutmeg State.
There is more to a really good music store than just a rack of guitars and a pile of amplifiers. A true music shop is a haven, a place where musical dreams soar and where talent is recognized, encouraged and supported. Connecticut has no shortage of such places, run and staffed by people for whom music is not merely a business, but an art and a passion.
Fried chicken is perhaps even more American than apple pie. Although affiliated with Kentucky colonels and southern cooks, Connecticut Yankees have taken fried chicken to heart. Almost every town and city in the Nutmeg State has a favorite and often famous chicken shack. Some are modern countrified barbecue restaurants, while others are little tiny holes in the wall that have been tucked away in the same old neighborhoods for decades.
Not so long ago, every city and large town had their own brewery. Unfortunately, most closed, unable to compete with the mass-production operations of the big name beer companies. This generation of beer-drinkers, however, has rediscovered the art and joys of brewing beer in smaller batches. Connecticut has many microbreweries where making beer is a labor of love.
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.
The artistic heart of Connecticut beats in the center of the state’s capital city. Hartford is home to the nation’s oldest continually operating art museum, as well as one of the country’s most modern and advanced museums of science. The city itself is built around a great park, itself both a display of nature’s art and home to massive sculptures.
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.
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.
After a long, cold, dreary winter, people and especially families in Connecticut long to enjoy the warm breezes and bright sun of Spring. Every weekend in Spring there are festivals and fairs and other outdoor entertainments to tempt Nutmeggers out of doors.