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Think beyond beer and wine flights this year. These Connecticut restaurants have gotten creative with their samplings, offering tasting portions of iced coffee, pastas, flavored popcorn, Cajun soups and even lobster rolls.
Curious about LobsterCraft's unique lobster roll flavors? Try a flight. A three-slider sampler offers miniature versions of its classic Coastal roll, with hot butter, along with a Heat Wave (dressed in spicy pepper-infused butter) and a Dirty Maynard, served cold with seasoned mayonnaise and dressed with onion, celery and carrots.
TJ's Burritos, a coffee bar and burrito shop in East Granby, knows how to do flights. (Maybe it's the proximity to Bradley International Airport?)
Nearly every type of its craft beverages is available in a sampling of four, including seasonal coffees, cappuccinos and hot chocolates. Alcoholic flights include Bloody Marys, margaritas, espresso martinis, mimosas, Tito's vodka cocktails and assorted Gray Whale gin drinks, among others.
Can't choose between pastas like tagliatelle with Bolognese, cacio e pepe or garganelli? Try one of Bar Rosso's pasta flights, featuring tasting-size portions of three different types.
30 Spring St., 203-388-8640, @barrosso.
Fairfield Social's weekend brunch menu offers flights of three mini-mimosas, with your choice of three flavors: classic orange, mango, strawberry, blood orange, pineapple, peach or grapefruit.
Bonus: The brunch cocktail menu also offers "breakfast shots," like Fruity Pebble, Cocoa Puff and Cinnamon Toast Crunch with assorted liquors and cereal garnishes.
116 Post Road, 203-292-8866, @fairfieldsocial.
Steady Habits has its flight game down with drinks, offering tasting portions of local beer, wine and spirits. The sampling fun continues onto the food menu with a three-portion popcorn flight, featuring a choice of flavors like butter, salt and pepper, Old Bay, truffle cheese, Buffalo ranch, taco and kettle corn with marshmallows.
The menu also lists other specialty food flights, including three beef meatballs with individual sauces, three burger sliders with assorted toppings and a flight of three soups, served with crackers.
320 Howe Avenue, 203-538-5044, @steadyhabitsct.
At Roux Cajun Eatery in Simsbury, where co-owner Stephanie Civitillo is a Bayou State native and an LSU graduate, the menu offers a “Cajun sampler” with three cups of staples: chicken and sausage gumbo, Cajun jambalaya, and then customers' choice of crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, seafood gumbo, corn and shrimp soup, French onion soup, or red beans and rice.
10 Wilcox St., 860-217-9195, @rouxct.