Best Restaurants 2013: Experts' Picks

Our dining experts pick their favorite places to dine out in 26 categories.

 

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BEST ITALIAN:
Carbone's, Hartford
Liana's Trattoria, Fairfield
L'Orcio, New Haven
Paci, Fairfield
La Tavola, Waterbury
HONORABLE MENTION:
Basta, New Haven
Da Pietro's, Westport
Sal e Pepe, Newtown
Alforno, Old Saybrook
Cavey's, Manchester
Columbus Park, Stamford
Salute, Hartford
CARBONE'S, HARTFORD: "Carbone's consistently delivers delicious, authentic Italian food. There's none of those heavy, saucy, cheesy products that many people think of as Italian food." - Cathy Ross, Associate Editor, Connecticut Magazine

PHOTO BY JULIE BIDWELL

 

BEST AMERICAN:
Good News Cafe, Woodbury
Max Downtown, Hartford
Rebeccas, Greenwich
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton
West Street Grill, Litchfield
HONORABLE MENTION:
Community Table, WashingtonZinc, New HavenDressing Room, Westport;
Match, South NorwalkDavid Burke Prime, Mashantucket
Old Lyme Inn, Old LymeHeirloom, New Haven
WEST STREET GRILL, LITCHFIELD: "For nearly 25 years, West Street Grill has been a Litchfield County star -- creative menu, attentive service and a celebrity vibe." - Charles Monagan, Editor, Connecticut Magazine

 

BEST FRENCH:
Bernard's, Ridgefield
Luc's Café & Restaurant, Ridgefield
Ondine, Danbury
Thomas Henkelmann, Greenwich
Union League Café, New Haven
HONORABLE MENTION:
Cavey's, ManchesterBrasserie Pip, IvorytonBar Boucheé, Madison;
Le Petit Café, BranfordLa Bretagne, Stamford;  Boulevard 18, New Canaan
BERNARD'S, RIDGEFIELD: "It's impossible to imagine Ridgefield without this charming French restaurant, and its equally charismatic owners-chefs Bernard and Sarah Bouissou. It skews from formal dining with contemporary French food and classic touches to relaxed (at Sarah's Wine Bar upstairs)." - Amy Kundrat, Executive Editor, CTbites.com

 

BEST MEXICAN/LATIN:
Besito, West Hartford
Brasitas, Norwalk
Ibiza, New Haven
Oaxaca Kitchen, New Haven & Westport
Tacuba, Branford
HONORABLE MENTION:
Bistro Latino, GreenwichValencia Luncheria, NorwalkBistro Basque, Milford;
Ola, OrangeCora Cora, West Hartford;  Milagro, Stonington
TACUBA, BRANFORD: "Tacuba's beach-shack decor is artful and it's a fun place to be. Love the spears of tropical fruit dusted in cayenne." - Elizabeth Keyser, food writer and journalist

 

BEST INDIAN:
Coromandel, Darien
Kolam, Newtown
Navaratna, Stamford
Swagat, West Haven
Thali, New Haven, Ridgefield & New Canaan
HONORABLE MENTION:
Tawa, StamfordTaste of India, West Hartford
Zaroka, New Haven;  Mirch Masala, Groton
THALI, NEW HAVEN, RIDGEFIELD & NEW CANAAN: "Prasad Chirnomula is a rock star of cuisine. He has a remarkable palate, whether creating traditional dishes, riffs on street food, re-creating his mother's dishes, or fusing flavors for innovative Indian concepts." -Faith Middleton, WNPR host

 

BEST ASIAN:
Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford
Miso, New Haven
Shiki Hana Japanese Bistro, Fairfield
Shrine, Mashantucket
Tengda, Westport and other locations
HONORABLE MENTION:
Great Taste, New Britain
Kudeta, New Haven
Miya's, New Haven
Pho Saigon, Bridgeport
Matsu, Westport
Wasabi, Orange

PHOTO: ©2013, CHUCK DORRIS, EDINING.US

MISO, NEW HAVEN: "Friends once invited us to eat at the sushi bar at Miso and it continues to set the bar by which I judge sushi in Connecticut." - Amy Kundrat

 

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