Connecticut Summer Dining: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Lobster Rolls, Ice Cream and More

 
Make sure to pile on the sweet relish at Blackie's in Cheshire.

Make sure to pile on the sweet relish at Blackie's in Cheshire.

Jeff Kaufman

Here in Connecticut we are spoiled by an abundance of terrific, diverse and high-quality dining options. You can find great steakhouses, restaurants that serve seafood caught that day, Italian dishes like grandma used to make, authentic French bistros, Asian fusion restaurants, German beer gardens, noodle houses, tapas joints, sushi bars, kebab houses, gastropubs, vegetarian cafés . . . all that and so much more, plus dozens of ultra-hip foodie destinations featuring innovative chefs serving the most cutting-edge cuisine to be found anywhere. It truly is an embarrassment of culinary riches.

We celebrate one of our favorite aspects of the Connecticut dining scene: road food (to borrow a term from old friend Michael Stern of roadfood.com). Because no sacrifice is too much for you, dear reader, we trekked across the state to sample some of the best there is here—hamburgers, hot dogs, lobster rolls, sandwiches, ice cream and much more. We've organized them by region, figuring you're more likely to explore that way rather than by a specific dish.

Disclaimer: This list is by no means complete. Please feel free to visit us on Facebook or hit us up on Twitter to tell us about your favorite places we may have missed here. We look forward to adding them to our never-ending buffet!

Here's your guide you to some super eats and treats this season!

Litchfield Hills

Central North

Quiet Corner

Southwestern Coast

Central South

Shoreline East

 

Connecticut Summer Dining: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Lobster Rolls, Ice Cream and More

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