Best Restaurants 2013: Experts' Picks

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

 

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BEST SEAFOOD:
Max Fish, Glastonbury
Oyster Club, Mystic
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Rowayton
Waterhouse Oyster Bar & Bistro, Branford
The Whelk, Westport 
HONORABLE MENTION:
Ibiza, New Haven
Max Oyster Bar, West Hartford
Elm Street Oyster House, Greenwich
Carmen Anthony Fishhouse, Wethersfield
S&P Oyster Co., Mystic
Jasper White's Summer Shack, Uncasville

PHOTO BY JULIE BIDWELL

THE WHELK, WESTPORT: "These restaurants--The Whelk and Oyster Club--buy local, sustainable fish, and that's very important to me. Of course, the chefs at these restaurants also know how to cook fish perfectly." -Elizabeth Keyser

 

BEST PUB:
The Cask Republic, New Haven
The Ginger Man, South Norwalk
LIttle Pub, Ridgefield
White Horse Country Pub, Marbledale
Willimantic Brewing Co., Willimantic
HONORABLE MENTION:
The Corner Pug, West HartfordTigin, Stamford;  Delaney's Tap Room, New Haven;
 The Half Door, Hartford; Harp & Dragon, Norwich; Republic, Bloomfield
THE HARP & DRAGON, NORWICH: "The Harp & Dragon is a deservedly popular watering hole with a huge beer list, excellent pub grub and an atmosphere you could whack with a shillelagh." - Joan Gordon, restaurant reviewer, The Bulletin, Norwich

 

BEST STEAK:
The Capital Grille, Stamford
Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Waterbury and New Haven
Craftsteak, Mashantucket
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, West Hartford
Joseph's Steakhouse, Bridgeport
HONORABLE MENTION:
Octagon, GrotonDavid Burke Prime, Mashantucket;  
Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, UncasvilleGabriele's Italian Steakhouse, Greenwich; 
Morton's Steakhouse, Hartford; Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Newington
CARMEN ANTHONY'S, WATERBURY & NEW HAVEN: "The classic New York City steak house lives on. Clubby, expensive. Big booths, lavish cuts of meat. Only wish it was still legal to smoke a fat cigar while sipping cognac after the meal." - Todd Lyon

 

BEST BARBECUE:
Bobby Q's, Westport
The Cookhouse, New Milford
Hilltop BBQ Steakhouse, Moodus
Jeff's Cuisine, Norwalk
Pit Stop BBQ, New Britain
HONORABLE MENTION:
Smoke & Bones, DerbyChester's BBQ, Groton;  Black-eyed Sally's, Hartford;
 Big Bubba's BBQ, Uncasville; Dinosaur BBQ, Stamford
BOBBY Q'S, WESTPORT: "Bob LeRose has put Connecticut barbecue on the map with Bobby Q's and Bar Q [in Stamford]." - Amy Kundrat

 

BEST PRIME RIB:
Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Waterbury & New Haven
David Burke Prime, Mashantucket
Griswold Inn, Essex
Hawthorne Inn, Berlin
White Horse Country Pub, Marbledale
HONORABLE MENTION:
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, West Hartford
Rooster Tail Inn, Warren
Sans Souci, Meriden

DAVID BURKE PRIME, MASHANTUCKET: "There's a reason the prime rib leads off the menu at David Burke Prime. It's the best I've ever had." - Charles Monagan

PHOTO BY JULIE BIDWELL

 

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