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Creative Cooking, Westbrook

At Creative Cooking chef Manahotra creates his own spice blends, subtle interplays of sweet, sharp, hot and hotter sensations, different for each sauce, meat, fish or combination.

November 2010
Matthew's Restaurant, Farmington

Matthew's Restaurant, Farmington

Matthew’s is spacious, well-appointed, modern but by no stretch of the imagination cutting-edge. The menu is . . . hey, way cool.

November 2010

Match, South Norwalk

Restaurants succeed for a variety of reasons—a celebrity connection, a terrific location, the appeal of a food fad or marketing gimmick, all of which may lose their appeal tomorrow. On the other hand, a restaurant whose fortunes are inextricably tied to the know-how of a brilliant chef can change its name, look or location (or stay put and change little) and still stay ahead of the game, top toque in town. Follow that chef.

October 2010
The Suburban, Branford

The Suburban, Branford

Restaurants succeed for a variety of reasons—a celebrity connection, a terrific location, the appeal of a food fad or marketing gimmick, all of which may lose their appeal tomorrow. On the other hand, a restaurant whose fortunes are inextricably tied to the know-how of a brilliant chef can change its name, look or location (or stay put and change little) and still stay ahead of the game, top toque in town. Follow that chef.

October 2010
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk

A hit with fans and foodies who have come from afar to catch what’s hot on the stage and cool in the bistro.

September 2010
Restaurant L & E, Chester

Restaurant L & E, Chester

Dinner and a show? Here's a trendy French bistro in Chester near the Norma Terris Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House.

September 2010

Assaggio, Stratford

Assaggio, on the Housatonic River with a harbor view, is as lavishly shipshape and dedicated to la dolce vita as an Italian playboy’s megabuck yacht. Welcome aboard, cara, a seat at the bar, perhaps? Where you can admire the boats and we can admire you?

August 2010
Sal e Pepe, Newtown

Sal e Pepe, Newtown

Italian is our comfort food, and it’s comforting to have a nice little Italian restaurant more or less in our back yard. But some are better than others, and while great Italian restaurants abound in New Haven, Hartford and Stamford, it’s newsworthy to find a wonderful (dare I say gourmet?) Italian restaurant in a town less abundantly endowed.

August 2010

Chaplin's, New London

I pricked up my ears when a friend phoned recently to tell me about Chaplin’s. It’s a storefront and looks like one. The interior is neat and clean but a bit spare. There’s an open kitchen in the back but it’s half hidden by the bar, which juts into the room and makes the restaurant at first glance seem smaller than it is. In short, it doesn’t look like much, but don’t judge a restaurant by its decor.

June 2010
The Mansion at Bald Hill, South Woodstock

The Mansion at Bald Hill, South Woodstock

The Mansion at Bald Hill is the genuine article—a four-story, 21-room private residence on a 91-acre spread known as “the hill.” It was built in 1892 by Roxanna Wentworth Bowen, heiress to the Pullman train fortune. She used it as her summerhouse. In recent years it has served a number of purposes, most recently as a B&B. Now, under new management, it has added a full-scale restaurant. Dinner in a mansion? Who could resist? Not me.

June 2010
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