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Oct 9, 2013
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Connecticut's Best Restaurant? The Spread? Bernard's? Goodfellas? Vote Before Readers' Choice Wraps Up

Connecticut's Best Restaurant? The Spread? Bernard's? Goodfellas? Vote Before Readers' Choice Wraps Up

Crab cakes from the website of The Spread in SoNo, currently one of the top contenders for Best Overall restaurant in our Readers' Choice voting.

We just took a “taste test” on our Readers’ Choice: Best Restaurants 2014 online voting—and the judgment is “bravo, delicious, four stars.”

Not for us but for all of you.

Voting has been really vigorous over the past few weeks, with hundreds and hundreds of carefully considered responses being submitted, many of them accompanied by effusive, detailed comments—all of which adds up to a “bravo” for all of us in Connecticut, for living in a state blessed with so many amazing restaurants and dining options.

In advance of voting closing Monday, Oct. 14, we thought we’d offer a snapshot of the Best Overall voting, as a way of inspiring those who haven’t yet participated to get online and help sway the outcome, in that category and in all of the others.

Among the top vote-getting restaurants for Best Overall, or places voters were especially passionate about, are the following:

The Whelk in Westport, which had one fan say, “I am a major foodie and work  in NYC. I have a hard time finding a restaurant that I enjoy more anywhere in CT and often even in NYC. … Every dish on the menu is excellent."

Caseus Bistro in New Haven. “This restaurants blows my mind every single time,” one voter wrote. “I always walk out happy and full with a smile on my face.”

Millwrights in Simsbury, praised roundly for excellent food and every other aspect.

Barcelona Wine Bar, which was singled out for its broad wine selection, food, small plates and more.

Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield, which also scored votes for Best New Restaurant and Best Asian.

Westbrook Lobster, which obviously has lots of devoted fans, and can even claim responsibility for at least one happy marriage: “My husband  and  I went  here on our  first  date  after we met, and this restaurant is where my husband  first told me that he was  falling in love with me.”

Carmen Anthony’s Fishhouse in Woodbury, which received praise for all aspects.

Goodfellas in New Haven, called perfect from the moment of walking in to the moment of walking out by one voter.

Bernard’s of Ridgfield and Sarah’s Wine Bar, summed up succinctly by one frequent guest: “Excellent food - beautiful atmosphere - wonderful owners!”

The Spread in SoNo: “This new restaurant is awesome, great ambience, great food, and great staff.  I can’t say enough.  I vote number one for overall best restaurant and definitely number one for best new restaurant!"

The Cellar Door Bistro in Ridgefield, whose fare and cozy atmosphere has lots of fans.

And those are just some of the voters’ favorites in Best Overall.

Help influence the outcome by voting between now and Monday evening.

If you need some inspiration our Best of Connecticut 2013, also available as an iPad app, offers a fairly comprehensive “menu” to guide people toward the state’s top options for eating well.

Once voting closes next Monday, we’ll tally the winners and present your selections online by early December—leaving plenty of time for you to enjoy what the winners have to offer as part of holiday outings—and we’ll also publish the feature in our January magazine.

And note that we’ve some changes since the last time we presented the Readers’ Choice feature in January 2012:

  • We’re encouraging you to offer comments about your favorites, along with your vote, and some of those comments will be published to give everyone the right “flavor” about why the winners win.
  • We’ve added some new categories since last time, including Best Gourmet Burgers, Best Wine Selection, Best Roadfood, Best Food Truck, Best Middle Eastern.
  • We’ve divided a category into Best Mexican and Best Latin American to better reflect the diversity of specific cuisines.
  • And we’re asking you to suggest any important categories we have overlooked (with the caveat that such staples as pizza and coffee were covered extensively in the recent Best of Connecticut 2013).

Thanks for participating, and good luck to all of your favorites.


Connecticut's Best Restaurant? The Spread? Bernard's? Goodfellas? Vote Before Readers' Choice Wraps Up

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