Here's a look at some new restaurants that have recently opened around Connecticut.

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Howling Hot Chicken in Bridgeport brings the heat.

Howling Hot Chicken, Bridgeport

The new Nashville chicken joint comes from the restaurateurs behind the popular Milkcraft ice cream brand, with three locations and a fourth to open right next door to Howling in spring. Chicken tenders and sliders have a range of heat levels, starting with a no-spice version and progressing through “lite mild,” medium, hot, very hot and “reaper.” The most extreme level will require diners to sign a waiver. 4615 Main St., 203-540-5507,


The Cake, Batter and Roll bakery opened in December.

Cake, Batter & Roll, Middletown

Lindsey Chartrand’s new bakery started as a food truck slinging Liège waffles, and she moved into a brick-and-mortar space in December, baking a variety of sweet and savory treats. Among the favorites: cinnamon swirl bread, salted Nutella bars, coffee cakes, brownies, cupcakes, whoopie pies and plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. 124 College St., 860-788-6267,


Caribe opened its West Hartford location in late January.

Caribe, West Hartford

Almost two decades after opening Caribe in Hartford, the Pineda family debuted a second location in February, just over the town line in the former Prospect Café space. The new restaurant has a full bar and larger menu, with seafood and steak options in addition to specialties like mofongo and picadera (a sampling of Dominican street food.) 345 Prospect Ave., 860-904-9986,

The Devil’s Diet, New Haven

With handcrafted pastries and baked goods by day, and Spanish tapas with composed plated desserts by night, the new Devil’s Diet in New Haven is an ideal spot to break your own. The new dessert bar and restaurant, now open in the city’s Novella building, is the brainchild of Spanish-born pastry chef Alba Estenoz, who New Haven food lovers may know as the former pastry chef at Zinc. 1245 Chapel St. (entrance on Howe Street), 203-666-8898,


Pizza guy Matt Stanezak with The Lizzie round pie at Good Old Days Pizzeria & Cocktail Den, 19 Main St., Newtown.

Good Old Days, Newtown

Upstairs in the former Inn at Newtown building, restaurateurs Clark and Kate Neugold have launched the contemporary and upscale Marygold’s, with menu items like sirloin tartare, roasted halibut, and lobster macaroni and cheese. In the basement level, pizza pro Matt Stanczak is turning out creative pizzas and cocktails in a laid-back tavern atmosphere, with a menu of thin, crispy pies and thicker-crust “squares,” a hybrid of Sicilian and Detroit styles. 19 Main St., 203-491-2920,

Toro Taberna, West Hartford

A year after opening Toro Loco in Farmington, chef Tony Camilleri expanded his gluten-free Spanish tapas menu into a second location, the former Park & Oak restaurant in West Hartford. The new spot features Spanish cheese and charcuterie selections, pintxos of shrimp, iberico and chorizo; varieties on patatas bravas dressed with aiolis, pork belly and lump crab; fideos (soups) with meats, vegetables and seafood, and “picaduras” like potato croquettes, empanadillas and cauliflower hummus. 14 Oakwood Ave., 860-773-4003,

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