Dishes To Try Before You Die

Grab a fork, it's time to explore Connecticut's most notable dishes.


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26. Dover sole at Thomas Henkelmann, Greenwich. The four-star menu changes from time to time, but Dover sole seems to be something delicious you can always count on. Not long ago, it was poached and filled with saffron mousse and accompanied by lobster medallions in Champagne sauce. More recently, it was Dover sole and sea scallops with fresh pea purée, red wine, shallots and lobster sauce.

27. Apple, walnut and cranberry pancakes at Patty's Restaurant, Litchfield. This is one of those places where it's very hard to choose what to have for breakfast from the extensive menu (not to mention the specials), but when in doubt, go with the pancakes.

28. The garlic bread at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville. This is no ordinary garlic bread, oh no, no, no-not even close. This toasty, creamy, transcendent appetizer is made with a Maytag bleu cheese fondue that might make you forget all about the main course.

29. Confit de canard at Union League Café, New Haven. In the mood for French? Don't miss this classic appetizer featuring boneless duck leg confit, crisp potato galette, Granny Smith apple, walnuts and a watercress salad.

30. Orecchiette Juventine at Trattoria Finalmente, Westport. There's lots of great pasta in Connecticut, but this one's a must: fresh orecchiette sautéed with artichoke hearts, fresh plum tomatoes, prosciutto, wild mushrooms, black truffle paste with garlic and extra virgin olive oil finished with shaved Parmiggiano Reggiano.

31. A steamed cheeseburger at Ted's, Meriden. This is a central Connecticut specialty that everyone needs to try at least once. The beef and cheese are steamed in little metal boxes and served on a bulkie roll. At Ted's, the process is on view in its purest form.

32. Amaretto shrimp at Kensington's, The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich. Even though you're at a spa (and a great one), you'll feel like you're splurging on this heavenly appetizer featuring crispy shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy almond emulsion, with walnut crumbs and microgreens. 

33. The Hudson Valley foie gras trio at Bernard's, Ridgefield. This lavish appetizer includes foie gras smoked with apple ginger chutney, sautéed with apple cider reduction and  "torchon" style with Concord grape gelée.

34. The fried-flounder sandwich at Cove Fish Market, Stonington. Simplicity itself, as a fresh piece of flounder is lightly battered, fried and served on a hot-dog roll.

35. Caneton roti sauce bigarade for two at La Bretagne, Stamford. Crispy duck with orange sauce, but far from the sickly sweet sauce you may remember. This is the best way to immerse yourself in La Bretagne's classic French cuisine and atmosphere.

36. Ceviches at Sabor and Bespoke, New Haven. At last look, this meant citrus-cured shrimp and scallops with onion, chipotle, cilantro and tomato, but while the ingredients change, the quality and pizzazz of Arturo Franco-Camacho's ceviches never do.

37. Mesquite-grilled Montana buffalo rib-eye steak at Palomino, Greenwich. A terrific dish at one of the state's best new restaurants. This steak is served with a potato, onion and cheese gratin.

38. Avocado Salad . . . Deconstructed at Shrine, MGM Grand, Mashantucket. This marvelously unique and creative concoction includes avocado, spicy mayo, two types of crab, tobiko (flying fish roe) and lemon.

39. Dagwood Burger at Sycamore Drive-In, Bethel. A big burger with all the trimmings served in the unbeatable atmosphere of a must-visit drive-in from another era. Go on a scheduled Cruise Night for the full effect. Try the homemade root beer, too.

Dishes To Try Before You Die

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