Dishes To Try Before You Die

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


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40. White mashed-potato pizza at BAR, New Haven. Unusual and delicious, all the elements come together here: the crust, the cheese, the potatoes, the garlic, the bacon. This dish has found its way to prominence even in pizza-saturated New Haven.

41. Lithuanian coffee cake at Claire's CornerCopia, New Haven. Just really good coffee cake whose ingredients include, among other things, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger and raisins.

42. Lapin rôti campagnarde at Restaurant du Village, Chester. At one of Connecticut's most notable country French restaurants, dine memorably and well on this country-style roast rabbit in a whole-grain mustard, tarragon and white wine sauce.

43. Vietnamese chicken at Zinc, New Haven. This dish has been on Zinc's menu from Day One, and with good reason. It's a chicken breast with lemon-pepper dipping sauce, black Thai rice and an Asian vegetable sauté.

44. Backhendl with lingonberries at Hopkins Inn, New Preston. As you dig into this fried-chicken-cutlet dish while gazing out at Lake Waramaug and the surrounding hills, you may, for a moment, think you're overlooking a lake in Austria. You're not, but it's a nice thought.

45. Chateaubriand at the Golden Lamb Buttery, Brooklyn. A 45-year Saturday evening tradition in eastern Connecticut and truly a one-of-a-kind night out. Cocktails in the barn or on the deck can be extended to include a hayride around the 1,000-acre farm. Live music accompanies dinner. Guests are encouraged to linger as long as they like.

46. Creole shrimp at Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret. This is really all about the experience of dining outdoors in a charming space looking out on a Connecticut vineyard. The shrimp are marinated in a hot sauce and then wood-grilled, served with lemon thyme rice and fresh mango chutney. A bottle of Sharpe Hill's Ballet of Angels makes a nice accompaniment.

47. Roasted littleneck clams at The Place, Guilford. The littlenecks at this classic outdoor grillery are roasted over wood, split open, splashed with hot sauce and then put back on the fire until the sauce and clam juice meld perfectly. Enjoy them with the roasted-in-its-husk corn on the cob.

48. Two soups in one bowl at Rebeccas, Greenwich. A striking presentation of delicious, luxurious soups-in warm weather it's yellow and red gazpacho sharing the bowl; in cold weather, it's butternut and acorn squash with roasted chestnuts.

49. Penne peppered vodka at La Tavola Ristorante, Waterbury. Sometimes a well-known favorite perfectly prepared can be just what you most want and need. Penne with vodka sauce, combining fresh pasta, plum tomatoes, prosciutto, cream and Grana Padano cheese, gets a memorable treatment from La Tavola's wondrous kitchen.

50. Steak au poivre and the prix fixe dinner at Le Petit Café, Branford. One final French fling, this time for the whole meal rather than just one dish. Since 1997, chef Ip at Le Petit has offered a changing prix fixe menu in this charming little spot. The steak,  with its luscious brandy-black peppercorn sauce, is a very good way to go.

Dishes To Try Before You Die

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