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Connecticut Restaurants

I'll never scratch the surface of great places in Connecticut, a state very well covered by Roadfood.com.

HERE'S A LINK TO ALL OF THE ROADFOOD OFFERINGS. Some overlap, although I do a have a few of my own.

Enjoy.

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AROUND CT:

Latino Expo

The 17th Hartford Latino Expo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIDGEPORT/FAIRFIELD

SUPER DUPER WEINIE

Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield, Connecticut

Not so many years ago this was a roadside hot dog cart.  They grew into a viable restaurant.  They do up a dog as good as anyplace I know of ... A super variety from Chicago to New York style.

306 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 334-3647
Get directions

www.superduperweenie.com

CAPTAIN'S COVE

Captain's Cove, Bridgeport, Connecticut

This is a place that grew from nothing over the last 25 years or so.

Tremendous on-the-dock seafood downstairs and a nice open airy bar upstairs ... all overlooking a marina.

Nothing fancy, but satisfying.

 

1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 335-1433
Get directions

 

www.captainscoveseaport.com

 

HUNGARIAN MEAT MARKET AND DELI

Hungarian Meat Market and Deli, Fairfield, Connecticut

A nice, clean, basic Hungarian meat market.

A great place to stop and pick up some goulash to go.

Plenty of other meal fixin's too.

I can't seem to find their address on the web. They are on Route 1, east of the circle.

 

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ASH CREEK SALOON

Ash Creek Saloon, Fairfield, Connecticut

Here's a boisterous place with a lively bar.

I've never ordered anything but the ribs there ... they smoke them someplace else, but somehow they turn out excellent.

Note the two Guinnesses to denote a very good pour.

 

2895 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 333-2733
Get directions

 

www.ashcreeksaloon.com

 

Guinness Guinness

BRIDGEPORT/FAIRFIELD HONORABLE MENTION:

Pepe's Apizza (See New Haven)

 

WHERE TO STAY IN BRIDGEPORT/FAIRFIELD:

Best Western Black Rock ... Beware: The Fairfield Inn in Fairfield is not affiliated with the Marriott chain.

Be careful, although Bridgeport now boasts an occasional nice spot like Captain's Cove, downtown and other sections can be scary places.

 

 

EAST CANAAN

FREUND'S FARM MARKET

Freund's, East Canaan

Lots of homemade goodness. Fresh farm stand goods and a nice garden center in north eastern, Connecticut.

 

324 Norfolk Road, East Canaan, CT 06024
(860) 824-0650
Get directions

 

www.freundsfarmmarket.com

 

 

HARTFORD

FRANKLIN GIANT GRINDER

 

Delightful and filling grinders with plenty of quality ingredients.

A nice South-end institution.

464 Franklin Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 296-6574
Get directions

 

FIRST AND LAST TAVERN

 

Excellent wood fired pizza. Tremendous shells and sauce.

The original which is the first in Hartford and the last in Wethersfield has been around for years.

They are becoming a chain ... so I am ready to be disappointed sooner or later.

939 Maple Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 956-6000
Get directions

 

ww.firstandlasttavern.com ... Check the site for other locations.

 

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HAMDEN

GLENWOOD DRIVE IN

Glenwood, Hamden

Tremendous, foot long char broiled hot dog. Good fries and onion rings.

Also a tremendous hot lobster roll.

 

2538 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 281-0604
Get directions

 

www.glenwooddrivein.com

DI SORBO'S BAKERY

Desorbo's Bakery, Hamden

These folks have made a living for generations cooking spinach into Italian bread ... for a good reason ... it is excellent.  They do pepperoni and broccoli bread too!  Stock up, they travel and freeze very well!  Plan to eat at least one in the car.

 

1448 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 288-6505
Get directions

HAMDEN HONORABLE MENTION:

Eli's Brick Oven Pizza ... When they took over for a beloved institution, Bimontes, I expected the worst. Happily they put in a brick oven, brought some family knowledge from Wooster Street and even kept my old favorite, The Bimonte Special, and somehow it even tastes better than I remember.

 

 

MANCHESTER

SHADY GLEN

 

The only thing to order here is the SG cheeseburger with four slices of cheese that spills over onto the grill to crisp up to a heavenly treat.

There are two of them ... within blocks.

 

840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT

(860) 649-4245

 

360 Middle Turnpike West, Manchester, CT

(860) 643-0511

 

Get directions

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Frank Pepe (See New Haven)

 

 

MERIDEN

TED'S STEAMED CHEESBURGERS

Ted's, Meriden

One of two stellar steamed cheeseburger places in central, Connecticut.

(Soft drinks only, I think. Monday - Saturday 11AM - 10PM.)

 

1046 Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 237-6660
Get directions

 

www.steamedcheeseburger.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDDLETOWN

O' ROURKE'S STEAMED CHEESBURGERS

 

One of the very few steamed cheeseburger places special to central Connecticut.

When this place burned down, the community chipped in to rebuild it.

 

728 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-6101
Get directions

www.orourkesdiner.com

 

HONORABLE MENTION

First and Last Tavern (See Hartford)

 

 

NEW HAVEN

FRANK PEPE APIZZA

Frank Pepe Apizza, New Haven

 

This is the center of the universe for fans of good, rustic pizza.

Many people who have not had a good authentic pizza will take a look at a Pepe's pie and wonder if it is burned.

The truth is this is the perfect pizza. I feel bad for people who have had so much Pizza Hut, or Little Ceaser's that they can't appreciate perfection.

Try a white clam pizza too.

 

157 Wooster Street

New Haven, CT

(203) 865-5762

 

www.pepespizzeria.com

SALLY'S APIZZA

 

Arch enemy of Pepe's.

Both have loyal fans. I like them both, leaning just a little towards Pepe's.

237 Wooster Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 624-5271
Get directions

 

www.pizzatherapy.com

LIBBY'S ITALIAN PASTRY SHOP

Libby's, New Haven

Don't have dessert with your meal on Wooster Street.

Head to Libby's for gelato and good Italian pastries.

139 Wooster Street, New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 772-0380

 

TRES SCALINI

 

Superb white tablecloth Italian dining.

100 Wooster Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 777-3373
Get directions

 

www.trescalinirestaurant.com

LOUIS LUNCH

 

This, they say, is the origin of the hamburger as we know it.

Nice fresh ground beef, cooked in a sideways cooking contraption served on Pepperidge Farm toast. Available with onion, cheese and tomato. Nothing else ... i.e. no catchup ... don't even ask.

Where did the hamburger develop: THE HISTORY OF THE HAMBURGER

263 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 562-5507
Get directions

 

www.louislunch.com

BAR

 

Excellent wood fired pizza in a club setting.

Nice place for a relaxing drink and some good pie.

 

254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 495-1111
Get directions

 

www.barnightclub.com

NEW HAVEN HONORABLE MENTION:

Modern Apizza ... Very popular. Very good. It is just when I am in the area, I opt for Pepe's, Sally's or Eli's in Hamden.

No reason to avoid Modern.

 

 

NORWALK

LETIZIA'S PIZZA

Letizinia's Pizza, Norwalk

Here is a treasure just on the outskirts of pizza-rich southern Connecticut.

I've only had the Garbage Pizza and it was one of the best I've ever had ... I recall it is pretty much take out only ... AND VERY WELL WORTH THE TRIP!

Just up the road past the DMV.

 

666 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 847-6022
Get directions

 

PENZY'S SPICES

Penzy's Spices, Norwalk

This is one of the earlier outposts for Penzy's catalog operation.

Stores are popping up all over the place ... but as this was my first, it remains in the listing.

 

 

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WINDSOR LOCKS

THE SKYLINE RESTAURANT

Skyline Restaurant, Windsor Locks, CT

Just about the closest restaurant to the airport.

Excellent Italian food, plus a pretty comprehensive menu that should find something for everyone.

A nice lively, friendly bar.

Be sure to get the salad bar buffet with lunch ... that's the only way you get to sample their more than viable pizza.

On Thursday and Fridays the do a food layout for Happy Hour that could easily make a meal.

 

106 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 623-9296
Get directions

Guinness

SECOND PEQUANNOCK GRINDER SHOP

Second Poquonock Giant Grider Shop, Windsor Locks

 

Go past the pasta, fried chicken and pizza dishes and order up an, aptly named Giant Grinder.

Get it to go. You'll never finish it. I get four meals out of one. I usually get an Italian cold cut grinder with peppers.

Half the magic here is the perfect bread the use.

 

75 Old County Road

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

(860) 623-9435

Get directions

 

 

WESTPORT

PRETTY MUCH ONLY HONORABLE MENTIONS HERE

Gold's Deli ... for almost NYC quality bagels and almost NYC quality meats. Make your own analogy about the service.

Fortuna's Deli ... is more of an American deli combination cafeteria. You can put together a decent meal.

S&S Dugout ... for a good "flattop"breakfast ... their fried mashed potatoes are a nice change of pace from home fires or hash browns.

There are far too many "exclusive" places popping up -- and not surprisingly dying out all the time. Head up to Fairfield/Bridgeport for some far better eating options.

 

NO PLACE TO STAY IN WESTPORT

It has gotten so there is no place to stay in Westport ... The Westport Inn has doubled in price over the last few years with no noticeable increase in quality.

I stay in Fairfield now adays ... There are even more good places to eat out that way these days.

UNRELATED: Mitchell's is one of the best men's clothing stores you will find anyplace.

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