When finding a place to eat out, it’s easy to go to one of your local favorites. Take the challenge of trying something new at one of Connecticut’s best new restaurants around the state. Some of the best restaurants offer a variety of menu items from American cuisine to Vietnamese favorites. Come hungry and you’ll be guaranteed to leave with a full stomach.

Pho Ethan
1145 N. Colony Rd.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 793-7124

Welcome to the world of pho, a vietnamese dish that is music to your taste buds. It is a noodle soup with the option of beef, seafood, tofu and other additions to make it the perfect dish for lunch or dinner. Pho Ethan is the newest Vietnamese restaurant set up on the Wallingford Meriden line. It also serves hot pot, rice dishes, sandwiches, appetizers and boba tea. It is open daily for dining in or take out.

Walrus & Carpenter
2895 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 333-2733

This spot might be new to the neighborhood, but it is already loved. Walrus & Carpenter was voted one of the 2014 Best Barbecue in Connecticut by CT Magazine along with Best New Restaurant. This restaurant puts a southern charm in preparing your favorite dishes. Choose from the dinner, lunch or brunch menu. Small dishes equate appetizers and large plates is this restaurant’s version of a full plate. Choose from southern favorite side dishes including grits, cornbread and baked beans. Kids are welcome and can choose from a kids menu. Walrus & Carpenter is a family owned business accessible by varius modes of transportation.

323 Main St.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 222-0323

You’ll feel at home with the comfort of 323’s atmosphere and food. Its menu serves American favorites such as steaks, salads, burgers, wings, entrees, flatbreads, sandwiches and even a raw bar. Formal and casual seating is available. 323 brings customers in with its specials such as happy hour, Taco Tuesday and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Football lovers will find a permanent seat in front of the large screen TV to catch the game.

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The Spread
70 N. Main St.
South Norwalk, CT 06885
(203) 939-1111

Food lovers have met their match at The Spread. This past year, The Spread has made its home in SoNo. Despite only having its first year in business, it has been awarded Best of Gold Coast Connecticut 2014 for Best New and Best American Restaurant. The menu is filled with American favorites ranging from seafood, pork, chicken, fish tacos, salad and a burger. Small and large size plates are also featured. Calling ahead for reservations is recommended to guarantee a table.

Sign Of The Whale
6 Harbor Point Rd.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 883-8282

Sign Of The Whale is brand new to the neighborhood in Stamford. This summer it set up along a waterfront property with 10,000 square feet. This restaurant and bar has already become popular with its lunch, dinner and buzzing nightlife. It is one of a kind in Stamford with a 5,000-square-foot rooftop beer garden. You won’t leave hungry. Choose from menu items including starters, salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and larger dishes.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.