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Glastonbury - Essex - Newington - Manchester - Hartford - Clinton
Old Saybrook
- Old Lyme - Madison - Guilford


Glastonbury Top 10 Restaurants Bricco Trattoria - This place is always crowded. But that’s because its menu, which features simple yet artfully prepared Northern Italian — all served in an atmosphere warmed by wooden floors and brick-accented walls — is so authentic that it never ceases to impress. Try one of the dozen uniquely different artisan pizzas. The Orecchiette pasta tossed with broccoli, white beans, wild shrimp and pistachio pesto, pecorino Romano, and rosemary breadcrumbs is amazing. And seafood lovers will find the Fennel and Black Pepper Crusted Tuna beyond satisfying. Enjoy half-price bottles of wine on Mondays.
124 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury
860-659-0220

Max Amore - One of the earliest “Max” establishments, Amore does classic Italian with upscale imagination. Brick-oven stone pies are unfailingly popular for a quick bite, as are salads like the Bleed Bleu, featuring chili-dusted shrimp, mesclun greens, gorgonzola, radishes, and pickled celery, all drizzled with orange-chive vinaigrette. For dinner, plan to relax in one of the cozy, leather-backed booths while enjoying Teddy’s Sunday Gravy (the House Specialty), made with rigatoni, braised short rib, hot link sausage, meatballs, San Marano tomato Ragu, and Grana Padano. And don’t forget dessert. (They are all worthy.) A classically styled bar encourages patrons to linger a while, perhaps over a liqueur.
140 Glastonbury Blvd.,
The Shops at Somerset Square, Glastonbury
860-659-2819

Max Fish - Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6, so take a seat at the white marble bar or the often-crowded raw bar. Specials there go beyond the drinks, with dollar oysters and clams on the half shell. Dining in? Market price seafood comes just the way you like it — or choose a “From the Chef...” offering. The Sea Scallops a La Placha, prepared with Chiarra pasta zucchini, local tomatoes, fresh herbs, basil, pesto, and roasted pepper vinaigrette is awesome. Prefer a steak? Go ahead. Their beef never disappoints.
110 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury
860-652-3474

Spicy Green Bean - Imaginatively decorated — and equally creative in the kitchen, this little place takes pride in “exciting the palate.” Breakfast includes all the Benedicts, omelets, and hot-off-the-griddle greats you’d hope for. For lunch, order a Crab Burger topped with lettuce, tomato and Cajun mayo — or something called the God Ball, which is described as one BIG meatball on a fresh Kaiser, with sauce, cheese, and a bag of chips. For dinner, give the Rib Tips (tossed in an Asian glaze and served on Jasmine rice) a go. And if you’ve got a craving for something really special, order one of their amazing “Kooky Koncoctions.” They change all the time and are beyond tasty. Catering is available. BYOB. And make a note that the owner has opened another fun place called the Shad Shack at the Rocky Hill Ferry landing.
225 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury
860-657-3500

Char Koon - Best described as a tiny hideway, this Asian-fusion restaurant is a little gem. Cozy and mellow, it offers surprisingly good food at very affordable prices. The vegetables are always fresh, and the Thai soups nice and spicy. There are vegetarian plates, as well as unusual and flavorful noodle dishes, including an excellent Pad Thai. Traditional favorites are always a good bet, but their South East Asian specialties, like Babi Babi — a sautéed center pork loin with onion in wild black pepper sauce — is tempting. Enjoy a nice selection of good wines, all offered at reasonable prices.
882 Main St., Glastonbury,
860-657-3656

2hopewell - This charming country bistro — once a general store — serves contemporary American dishes with a decidedly creative flair. White tablecloth presentation can be enjoyed upstairs, along with a menu that changes with the seasons. The Stonington Bomster Scallops, prepared with a white chocolate and celery root purée, fennel, onion and bacon sauté, heirloom cherry tomatoes, arugula, and citrus is a delight — as is the Roasted Airline Chicken, with its piquant balsamic glaze, potato nest, grilled peach, cherry tomato, and pine-nut and spinach sauté. Downstairs, there’s a cool, low-ceiled bar room with good music and good folks. Just right for South Glastonbury.
2 Hopewell Rd., S. Glastonbury 860-633-9600

J Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks - Top-of-the-line mesquite-grilled steaks — their signature offering — have won this place a loyal following. Prime, aged cuts of Midwestern-raised Black Angus come with a choice of sides and extras, like the Poblano au gratin potatoes and the Chef’s Blend Wild Mushrooms with truffle butter. They do seafood, too — and equally well. The Maple Plank-Grilled Salmon is nearly as popular as the steak. And the Seared George’s Bank Sea Scallops, served with lobster risotto and champagne beurre blanc, are scrumptious. Its elegant décor make it a popular choice for business and birthday dinners alike.
185 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury
860-659-0409

Adriatik’s Family Restaurant and Pizzeria - Not too fancy, Adriatik’s is just the kind of place where there is never a wait, the portions are large, the prices are reasonable — and the food is great. Pasta dishes are a standout, with each made to your liking with whatever shape and sauce you prefer, then served with a salad and fresh-baked bread. The Penne Basciola, with sausage, fresh mushrooms, and spinach all tossed in a light tomato sauce topped with Parmesan is especially tasty. The Chicken Parmigiana is excellent. The beer and wine selection is small but nicely inexpensive.
30 Welles St., Station 35, Glastonbury
860-633-0599

Bollywood Grill - Authentic and rich, this is Indian cuisine at its best. Perfect for those nights when even the thought of your kitchen is exhausting. Choose from an excellent selection of vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood entrées, along with Tandoori and Bollywood specials. (Order the lamb samosas and chicken tikka — or ask the waiter for his favorite. You won’t be let down. And be sure to try the breads.) The atmosphere is tranquil. The staff, friendly. The house wine $5 a glass. And both take-out and delivery are available. What could be better? Nothing.
2333 Main St., Glastonbury
860-734-0001

The Diamond - This one-of-a-kind sports bar has long been a Glastonbury institution. Featuring plenty of big-screen TVs, a spacious horseshoe bar, and an unusually multi-faceted menu, featuring things like house-marinated steak-tip kabobs with a sweet chili dipping sauce — or a nice salmon dinner, with your choice of teriyaki, blackened, or grilled salmon accompanied by a side salad and mixed veggies. And they offer good comfort food, too. Fresh soups. Juicy burgers. Made-to-order sandwiches. Pub-style fish and chips. And one terrific classic-meatloaf dinner, complete with gravy, steak fries, veggies, a side salad, and cranberry. There are fifteen beers on tap, with plenty more available bottled.
195 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury
860-659-2002

Min Ghung Asian Bistro - This little treasure, nestled in a corner of the Glen Lochen Mall, managed to remain a well-kept secret among the Glastonbury crowd for a while. But the word is out — and small wonder. They offer fabulous sushi, sashimi, and other artfully prepared fresh-fish creations too good to miss. A modern, dressed-up dining area and neon-lit sake display provide unexpected ambiance. Eat in, take out, or order delivery within a 4-mile radius.
39 New London Tpke. #311, Glastonbury
860-659-2568

Ken’s Corner - This breakfast and brunch spot is a much-loved neighborhood landmark, with pancakes the name of the game — and the fresh raspberry and blueberry flapjacks loaded with berries grown just down the street. Even the potatoes that go into the home fries are local, making farm-to-table their signature style. And although the Southwest Breakfast Wrap may not be inspired by local farm produce, it gives you that down-home, honest-to-goodness, good-for-you feeling you need to start the day — like most of Ken’s food. Just be sure to bring your glasses (and a good appetite) because the menu is filled with popular standards, new creations, and seasonal specials you won’t want to miss.
30E Hebron Ave., Glastonbury
860-657-9811

Sakura Garden Japanese Steakhouse - Crave authentic Asian cuisine? Come here. There’s an expansive sushi bar area, with a menu both creative and fresh, and an extensive selection of maki, nigiri and elegant new-style sashimi. There’s a spacious hibachi room, where the chefs turn fresh cuts of meat and seafood into fine art in an elaborate tableside show that actually tastes more amazing than it looks. The cocktails are lovely to behold — and sip. There’s a nice wine list. And as expected, they offer an impressive assortment of sake.
120 Hebron Ave., Eric Town Square, Glastonbury,
860-430-5600

Plan B Burger Bar - If Plan A involves dining out, then you can’t miss with Plan B, where burgers and bourbon, beer, or whatever is guaranteed to please. But don’t let “Burger Bar” fool you. The gourmet mélange at Plan B spans both coasts, from the New Englander, piled with fresh lobster, to the Baja, stacked with avocado, jalapeños, and jack cheese — to plenty in between, including Mac and Cheese Tots, which combines homemade Mac and Cheese with Buffalo Chicken and Crispy Tater Tots for comfort food perfection. And the drink menu is twice as long, with over 60 varieties of single-barrel, small-batch, and Kentucky straight bourbons; craft beers on tap with regular specials; and a two page list of bottles featuring over 50 varieties in order from “light to dark” (including “brews for two” and “mini kegs.”) Need help deciding? Suggestions come free.
120 Hebron Ave. #6, Glastonbury
860-430-9737

Rooftop 120 - Restaurants, like true love and great art, need a je ne sais quoi that sets them apart. And here, as you might guess from the name, that je ne sais quoi is the outdoor ambiance of the roof — where enjoying a cocktail while dining on something from their Nosh, Rooftop Bar, Happy Hour, or Dessert menus is about as good as it gets. With its great food, trendy design, and four-season patio, Rooftop 120 provides a joie de vivre others can’t match. And Tuesday evenings, bottles of wine are half off.
120 Hebron Ave., Eric Town Square, Glastonbury,
860-430-9989

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The Black Seal- True. It looks a little like an old ship that’s battled through rough seas. But without fail, this place serves up fine chowder and excellent fresh fish — as well as hearty salads and sandwiches — with the steady hand you’d expect from an experienced captain and a steady flow of jolly good cheer from a bar that’s home port for an interesting mix of boaters and their mates.
15 Main St., Essex, 860-767-0233

The Griswold Inn - “The Gris” is one of only a few New England restaurants of the old colonial genre that has been able to transcend time — staying in business (and in vogue) decades after most have shut their doors and become museums (or Chart Houses). The dimly lit tavern, with its good old-time music and the period dining room, bring you back to the days of river captains and deepwater schooners. The Hunt Breakfast is legendary.
36 Main St., Essex, 860-767-0330

Gelston House - Come by land, river, or sea: the stately Victorian Gelston House, set next to the Goodspeed Opera House and above the river in East Haddam village, is a must visit. The restaurant menus and all its dining spaces have been revived and polished up, bringing back the elegance and joie de vivre of its glory days, while adding a casual dining option outside. Why not postpone your stifling veggie-packed, gluten-free regime and enjoy the fabulous Filet Mignon or Prime Rib here tonight? Or the wonderful Mothers’ Day feast. This is a lovely spot!
8 Main St., East Haddam, 860-873-1411

Copper Beech Inn. - Once the haunt of Connecticut’s power brokers, the Copper Beech has undergone numerous transitions over the years. Recently reopened under new ownership, with a new look and a new menu created by master chef Gaspar Stantin, guests savor both the beautiful Oak Room tavern and superb entrees, such as pork belly topped with a cold poached egg hidden under a thatch of greens, local cod over a firm risotto mixed with fava beans and garden carrots, or maybe seared diver scallops swimming in a lush natural tomato broth spiced sotto voce. A lemon-infused strawberry shortcake with a dollop of home-crafted whipped cream is always good for dessert.
46 Main St., Ivoryton
860-767-0330

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Middletown restaurantsRuth’s Chris Steakhouse - In an era where steakhouses are not considered trendy, Ruth’s Chris continues to be incredibly popular, delivering its signature prime beef with no frills — just a confident aplomb that comes from years of being the best in this business. And that’s to say nothing of the perfectly marbled, perfectly cooked rib-eye, the tender Porterhouse for two, and the full-bodied New York Strip? (You’re getting the message, right?) There is something special going on with the beef here. And it’s not a trend. It’s a talent.
2513 Berlin Tpke., Newington
860-666-2202

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Middletown restaurantsON20 - During my short career in international finance, when largesse often meant something others couldn’t afford to eat, Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake” elicited a knowing chuckle from those of us who regularly dined at one of the many temples of haute cuisine in the cities that counted — like New York’s Four Seasons and Lutèce or Taillevent in Paris. Hartford has only one such place, and this is it. With hot new chef Jesse Powers, it’s dusted off some of its lingering corporate formality while, at the same time elevating the entire dining experience. It’s my kind of place. Off the dinner menu: Always the 8-course chef’s tasting offering. Go to the ON20 menus on their website, www.ontwenty.com. You’ll see what I’m talking about.
400 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
860-722-5161

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Middletown restaurants

Adams Mill Restaurant - Manchester may seem like a little out of the way, but it’s not. Not if Adam’s Mill is your destination. The cozy brick-lined interior and comfortable bar seats bring me back time and again for family gatherings, get-togethers with old friends, and oftentimes for a quiet glass of whiskey by myself. I especially like the Mac and Cheese. And the Crab Cake BLT is stunning. Give Sunday brunch a try at your earliest chance. And let them know when it’s your birthday. (They have specials.)
165 Adams St., Manchester
860-646-4039

Cavey’s - The toughest part about Cavey’s is deciding whether I’d rather eat comme les Francais, a roasted confit leg of duck downstairs in their French restaurant — or go upstairs for Italian, where I know I can savor a hearty plate of Penne della Nonna alla Bolognese or the Espillette Crusted Swordfish Puttanesca, with Kale and Spaghetti Squash Al Forno. Sometimes, it comes down to a flip of the coin. But heads or tails, I’m happy. It’s all good. And there’s a nice, tastefully selected wine list on both floors, too.
45 East Center St., Manchester
860-643-2751

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Shoreline restaurants

Clinton

Taste of China - Without a doubt, this is the finest genuine Chinese cuisine you’ll find on the shoreline. Our dinner date (a regular here) suggests the Cold Sliced Conch and Bang Bang Chicken — her favorite appetizers. And she notes that her friends regularly rave about the dumplings, as she adds, “And wouldn’t you know – they usually have at least five fish choices in addition to beef, pork, chicken and shellfish specials.” Chicken Fingers, Clams with a Black Bean Sauce, Squirrel Fish, and Salt and Pepper Scallops were adventurous (and wonderful). Dating sites always seem to fall short of your expectations. Taste of China exceeds them.
233 East Main St., Clinton
860-664-4454

954 Chapel St., New Haven
203-745-5872

Hanami Japanese Sushi
& Hibachi Steak House
- This is the star of the Shoreline when it comes to sushi. Regulars often order without even looking at the menu, either creating their own dish or heeding a tip from one of the savvy servers. They’re confident that they’ll get what they have come to expect — fresh, perfectly made, and beautifully plated. Today, we especially liked the Hanami Special Roll. Not surprisingly, at 2:45 on this dreary Tuesday afternoon in Clinton, the place is still humming.
114 E. Main St., Clinton
860-664-9268

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Old Saybrook

Liv’s Oyster Bar - Creative specials and an extensive variety of raw bar oysters and clams served up in this perfectly restored former movie house are some of the reasons why we love Liv’s. But more than that is the good-natured staff that makes us happy as a clam. For example, last Friday our server told a story of how, not long ago, a 40ish couple loved the Sashimi Yellow Fin Tuna Pizza appetizer so much that they decided to buy it for everybody at the bar. Anyone who didn’t love it could send it back. No one did. Figures.
166 Main St., Old Saybrook
860-395-5577

Nancy's Rosemary & Sage - This little gem is an original. Unexpected takes on simple calamari and complex Mediterranean, all prepared with a special touch, combine with a full bar, an extensive selection of reasonably priced wines, and Nancy and her attentive staff to make every visit a memorable one.
1080 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook
860-388-1166

Alforno - The lovely New Haven-style thin-crusted roasted veggie pizza and the house special Pan-Roasted Pacific Flounder Livornese (fresh tomato, green and black olives, fresh sliced garlic cloves, with sweet onion slivers and capers over fresh spinach) plus four fat chunks of just-made crusty Pane Toscano show why this well-loved brick-oven pizzeria that opened twenty years ago has become an obviously content and comfortably welcoming Trattoria — with nothing lost in the translation.
1654 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook
860-399-4166

Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa - Fresh Salt is a top contender for “where to be seen” along the coast, offering stunning water views, seasonal outdoor dining, an innovative approach to locally-sourced American cuisine, the day’s fresh catch, and a raw bar. If you’d joined us during our recent visit, when three weddings, a few large birthday parties, and a convention of Yale-New Haven specialists took place simultaneously without so much as a hiccup, you would agree that the precision of the SPI is absolutely surgical.
2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook
800-243-0212

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Branford

Lenny’s Indian Head Inn - If you want flavorful seafood bisque, clear broth clam chowder, and big portions of fresh fish dinners, head here. Their Tuesday lobster special is a bargain — and their bar is a classic. They serve small (8oz.) glasses of frosty draught beers, if you choose, which is smart, as there’s nothing worse than a warm, flat pint. The restaurant sits on a breezy saltwater marsh and now accepts plastic.
205 S. Montowese St., Branford
203-488-1500

G-Zen - Long recognized as one of Connecticut’s finest vegetarian chefs, Mark Shadle has cranked up his mastery of green foods’ sustainability and married it with a blissful embrace of Buddhism. The result is that the flock of fans that filled his acclaimed Middletown creation called It’s Only Natural has followed him to his new one in Branford. His wonderful array of both vegan and vegetarian offerings will please even the most discerning.
2 East Main St., Branford
203-208-0443

Parthenon Diner - While it offers the best of the diner tradition, this place is a thoroughly modern version with lots of pizzazz — and portions you never saw in those little old boxcars.
374 East Main St., Branford
203-481-0333

809 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook
860-395-5111

Assaggio “A Taste” - This is a spiffy white tablecloth kind of spot, where an intimate dinner can slowly become a romantic interlude as the lights are dimmed, the candles are lit, and conversations become hushed and intimate. A creative presentation of contemporary Northern Italian fare in a beautiful dining room makes this a special experience. Their signature dish, the Chilean sea bass with risotto, is a winner.
168 Montowese St., Branford
203-483-5426

Donovan’s Reef - This Branford landmark is located in the old Yale Lock Company, and features a menu rangeing from standard burgers to dressed-up fish, pasta, and meat dishes. You can sit down and be casual at the bar, or you can sit at a candlelit table with a nice bottle of wine. Rock bands and big-screen pro football bring loyal fans on weekends.
1212 Main St., Branford
203-488-5573

Nellie Green’s - She’s nearly hidden, down behind some roughed up buildings at the marina. And inside and out, she’s a very plain Jane. But Exec Chef and Partner Jason only smiles. “That’s her charm,” says he. And he’s right. We had Rockport Lobster Cavatelli, a lovely dish of homemade pasta swimming in natural sauce with big chunks of hand pulled lobster, lusty peeled organic tomatoes, crunchy zucchini, basil, and fresh garlic slices. They also have breakfast and lunch here. Simple she may be. But once you’ve found Nellie Green’s, she’s hard to resist.
50 Maple St., Branford
203-483-8400

Home - Small businesses always take on the personality of the owner, and this place is no different. Co-owner Jared is genuinely hospitable, with a warm spirit that carries through to the wait staff, kitchen crew, and even the customers — all of whom seem to be smiling. And the food is just as lovely with its modern American/Italian fusion. The Chef’s Salad, featuring a delightful homemade balsamic and blood orange dressing, was a hit for me — and the bulging medium-rare burgers, accompanied by a pile of snappy fries, made my sidekicks happy. Have a Thimble Islands Ale on us!
1114 Main St., Branford
203-483-5896

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Old Lyme

The Chestnut Grille at the Bee & Thistle Inn - A gem in Old Lyme, the Chestnut Grille welcomes you with a classic barroom and a variety of quiet, tasteful dining spaces that overlook the beautiful gardens, as well as the river beyond. The cuisine will impress even the most fastidious of critics, as Chef Kristofer Rowe’s award-winning menu blends fresh and local ingredients into such offerings as Coriander Spiced Monkfish with grilled fennel and asparagus, Slow-Roasted Duck Breast, New England Clam Cakes, and numerous specials that rotate regularly with the changing of seasons. They’ve got an extensive wine list — and creative cocktails too.
100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, 860-434-1667

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Madison

Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale - Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale is a true Shoreline legend that turns out a big comfort-seafood menu that’s drawn crowds of loyal followers, hooked for years. The lobster roll is king, but scrod, fried scallops and the salt potatoes are right up there in the hierarchy. Eat in or take out and picnic. Lenny and Joe’s is fast, fresh and never flounders.
1301 Boston Post Rd., Madison
860-245-7289
86 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook
860-669-0767

501 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven
203-691-6619

Zhang’s - Zhang’s already has a remarkable following, making it one of the hottest restaurants in Madison — especially on the weekends. Beautifully prepared Chinese dishes like the Jumbo Shrimp with a white Marnier sauce and Crispy Orange Beef. Japanese specialties like Donburi, Udon and sushi. Or try a combination of Chinese and Japanese favorites and you won’t ever be disappointed.
44 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-245-3300
455 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook
860-388-3999

Elizabeth’s Café - It’s no secret that Elizabeth’s knows a thing or two about gourmet cooking. They know how to make a good drink, too: colorful peach and pomegranate martinis and grapefruit Cosmos, their specialties, get whisked past our table to eager patrons. It’s a little, country-style place but the elegance of the food itself defies expectations. Last week, the Rigatoni a la Vodka with chunks of fresh Maine lobster, the Pan-Seared New Brunswick Salmon with a white wine-cream sauce and four shared desserts, all handmade by master pastry chef Nina Maynard, left us breathless.
885 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-245-0250

Friends & Company - Friends, as its name suggests, is a family’s favorite restaurant that turns out comfort food by the boatload — homemade soups to homemade breads, excellent salads and dressings, pasta and sandwiches as well as full entrées, salmon, chicken and all kinds of fresh veggies.
11 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-245-0462

Café Allegre - Their lobster bisque is silky smooth, swimming with a fresh catch. Salads are tip-top and the bar is a spirited spot to hang out. It’s hard not to love Chef Silvio’s legendary red sauce, too.
725 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-245-7773

Old Schoolhouse Deli - The Old Schoolhouse Deli serves up gourmet sandwiches, their creations or what you’re craving. Grilled specials, wraps, salads and hot lunch specials. Roast beef, cooked daily, or Boar’s Head sandwiches on fresh-daily NY bread tingle your taste buds and quiet your restless stomach. On Tuesday, we get the Veggie Supreme Wrap and add avocado. Or, on Wednesday, we get the hefty Roast Beef Hero, no Swiss. The prices and the staff are both pleasant.
268 Boston Post Rd., Madison
203-245-3354

Bar Bouchée - Styled after neighborhood bistros in Lyon, France, called bouchons, the emphasis here is on French comfort food and casual conviviality. As they arrive, guests often say at least a few French words or phrases to the maitre’d. A lot of “nice to see you” kisses are passed around. The whole room, once a neighborhood bakery, has been restyled with many of its fittings coming directly from France. On the patio tonight, ladies slowly sip champagne. The Madison Ave. is the drink special. Our Duck Leg Confit, with just-roasted potato galette on top, sits on diced apple. The chilled Soup du Jour is carrot with a delicate brush stroke of fresh chives, tarragon and cilantro. Our delicate red wine pairs perfectly. This is an absolutely lovely little spot.
8 Scotland Ave., Madison
203-318-8004

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Guilford

Maritime Grille - Come here for fresh, New England fare cooked to your liking. Grilled, broiled, baked or seared, you’re sure to find a favorite. Enjoy fresh seafood, prime cuts of steak, crisp green salads, and a raw bar. Grab a seat on the patio during the summer months — or unwind in the cozy lounge after dark to the music of the area’s finest acoustic musicians.
2548 Boston Post Rd., Guilford
203-453-0774

Som Siam - Despite its somewhat inconspicuous location off Guilford Green, this place stops you in your tracks with the hard yellow clapboards that cover its mini-saltbox shape. People who know great Thai food have, over the years, beaten a path to this citadel of award-winning Thai cuisine. Indeed, the loyal following raves about the fresh veggie and seafood-combo stir-fried specials, the signature sticky rice and the “to live for” mango dessert. And guess what. It’s got a take-out window.
63R Whitfield St., Guilford
203-458-0228
45 Mill Rock Rd. East, Old Saybrook
860-388-5400

1209 Main St., Branford
203-208-4204

The Place - Their roadside sign promotes it as “An Unusual Restaurant” — and that it is. You’re invited to “Put your rump on a stump” that will be your chair at one of the big, round picnic tables near the huge cinder block grill. As evening falls, strings of bulbs suspended on poles light up. So much for the ambience. But with their real specialty fresh clams on the half shell with butter and cocktail sauce grilled over an open fire, who cares. We like having the smoky roasted lobster rather than the boiled. And don’t miss out on the roasted corn and the steamed shrimp in a foil packet. BYOB and BYOF (fries). But not your credit card.
901 Boston Post Rd., Guilford
860-453-9276

Quattro’s - If you’re a mature adult with taste for exceptional tapas and a good time bar where you can linger awhile, Quattro’s is just what you want. Last Thursday, the lobster stuffed artichokes, the pinchos, and the sprightly server couldn’t have been better. If you get a chance, peek through the kitchen door windows where you can catch a glimpse of the four slammin’ chefs, skillets flying, as they turn out their tasty, small plate creations with fury.
16 Water St., Guilford
203-453-6575

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