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It's August, and before we know it, it's going to be all sweaters and pumpkin spice, followed by snow. Make the most of the remaining summer weeks with these seasonal Connecticut food experiences, including seafood shacks, ice cream and rooftop bars.
Connecticut is home to some top-notch creameries, from quaint pastoral settings featuring traditional flavors to more avant-garde shops with trendy, experimental tastes. Here’s a look at 30 picks for top spots in the state.
This summer also brought the news of the Choco Taco's demise, but these Connecticut ice cream shops make their own.
Sure, you can get lobster rolls year-round in Connecticut. But many Nutmeggers associate the sandwich with warm, sunny temperatures and outdoor seating, preferably with a water view.
Looking for something different than a traditional lobster roll? How about lobster nachos, or pizza?
Feeling like some fried clams, shrimp and chowder? Nothing says summer in New England like seafood. And there's no better place to get a taste of coastal New England than at an authentic seafood shack.
In Connecticut, no-frills seafood shacks line the coast from Fairfield County all the way up to the Rhode Island state border, serving up seasonal favorites in paper baskets. Here's a look at some of them.
If you find yourself craving a hot dog this summer, you're in a good spot. Connecticut loves its hot dogs, with several renowned destinations for franks. Here's a sampling of casual joints around the state.
It may have been "a bold man who first ate an oyster," as the quote goes, but Connecticut diners love these fruits of the sea, whether they're served raw on the half shell, grilled or fried. We've rounded up a dozen oyster bars around the state, where the bivalve is a star.
Mobile raw bars have also been popping up at breweries, wineries and other gathering spaces in Connecticut this summer, offering freshly-shucked oysters, clams and shrimp cocktail.
Connecticut Magazine contributors scoured the state to find the 25 coolest and tastiest cocktails out there, made by some of Connecticut's most creative and innovative mixologists. Several of them feature summery flavors, so check them out before bars switch up their drink menus.
Enjoy dining and drinking in the sun — or under the stars — at these Connecticut rooftop bars before it gets too chilly.
Connecticut Magazine's guide to the state's outdoor dining features "the best waterfront wonders, hidden gardens, rocking roof decks, urban oases and more open-air delights the state has to offer." Be sure to enjoy these spots in all their outdoor glory before the season turns.
Mystic is becoming one of the hottest dining destinations in the country, according to national publications like the New York Times, Bloomberg and Esquire. But here in Connecticut, we knew that already.
Here's an insider's guide to a weekend in the seaside village, with suggestions for food and drink at every meal, fun attractions and places to stay overnight.
When you think of the Connecticut shoreline, you probably conjure images of sunny sandy beaches, boats sailing languidly on the Long Island Sound and buttery chunks of bright red lobster meat atop toasted rolls.
You wouldn’t be wrong. But this stretch of waterfront towns and cities along I-95, from Branford up to the Rhode Island border, offers much more beyond those summer delights. Our guide encompasses options for meals, outdoor activities, indoor attractions and lodging.
Summer is prime time for food trucks, and here's where you can find great mobile eats in Connecticut.
Sample everything from tostadas and cocteles de camarones to tikka masala and hot dogs from the iconic row of food trucks at New Haven's Long Wharf.
Visit the new WestSide Square food truck park in Hartford, with up to four trucks per night, or check out the steadily growing GastroPark in West Hartford, which has become a destination spot with multiple trucks and an inside kitchen, on-site bakery, coffee shop and bar.
At the five-acre Talcott Mountain Collective in Simsbury, you can choose your own adventure. Grab a beer at the bar, with your choice of 20 local, regional and international brews. Snack on a giant Bavarian pretzel, or order Spanish tapas and fried chicken sandwiches from a Connecticut food truck. Gather your friends for a game of cornhole or disc golf, or just take in the views of Talcott Mountain and the iconic Heublein Tower.
It's not too late to score a table at a farm dinner in Connecticut. The state's farmers and chefs collaborate for special dinners during the summer and fall, dreaming up multi-course menus with whatever's fresh and in season. Several of these events continue through September.