Readers' Choice Restaurant Awards 2010Where do our readers like to eat? Here are the winners in 27 different dining categories

Overall Excellence

Statewide Winner: Still River Café, Eastford

Statewide Runner-up: The Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

Fairfield County: Match, South Norwalk

Hartford County: Max Downtown, Hartford

Litchfield County: Good News Cafe, Woodbury

Middlesex County: The Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

New Haven County: Union League Café, New Haven

New London County: S&P Oyster Co., Mystic

Tolland County: Altnaveigh Inn, Mansfield

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

New Restaurant

Statewide Winner: The Mill at 2T, Tariffville

Statewide Runner-up: Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk

Fairfield County: Manolo, Westport

Hartford County: The Mill at 2T, Tariffville

Litchfield County: Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk

Middlesex County: Frankie & Gianni's, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: Heirloom, New Haven

New London County: Dog Watch Café, Stonington

Tolland County: Zest, Tolland

Windham County: Bella's Gourmet Market, Putnam

American

Statewide Winner: Good News Cafe, Woodbury

Statewide Runner-up: Firebox, Hartford

Fairfield County: Match, South Norwalk

Hartford County: Firebox, Hartford

Litchfield County: Good News Cafe, Woodbury

Middlesex County: Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

New Haven County: Zinc, New Haven

New London County: The Capt. Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic

Tolland County: Altnaveigh Inn, Storrs

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

French

Statewide Winner: Union League Café, New Haven

Statewide Runner-up: Cavey's, Manchester

Fairfield County: Ondine, Danbury

Hartford County: Cavey's, Manchester

Litchfield County: Winvian, Morris

Middlesex County: Brasserie Pip, Ivoryton

New Haven County: Union League Café, New Haven

Italian

Statewide Winner: Bricco, West Hartford

Statewide Runner-up: Carbone's, Hartford

Fairfield County: Roberto's, Monroe

Hartford County: Bricco, West Hartford

Litchfield County: The Venetian, Torrington

Middlesex County: Luigi's, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: La Tavola, Waterbury

New London County: Paul's Pasta, Groton

Tolland County: Angellino's, Mansfield

Windham County: Someplace Special, Putnam

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Asian

Statewide Winner: Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford

Statewide Runner-up: Forbidden City Bistro, Middletown

Fairfield County: Asian Bistro, Shelton

Hartford County: Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford

Litchfield County: Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Torrington

Middlesex County: Forbidden City Bistro, Middletown

New Haven County: Miya's Sushi, New Haven

New London County: Singapore's Grill, New London

Tolland County: Panda Palace, Vernon

Windham County: Thai Basil, Danielson

Mexican/Latin American

Statewide Winner: Cuckoo's Nest, Old Saybrook

Statewide Runner-up: Puerto Vallarta, Avon

Fairfield County: Rio Border Café, Norwalk

Hartford County: Puerto Vallarta, Avon

Litchfield County: Señor Pancho's, Litchfield

Middlesex County: Cuckoo's Nest, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: Su Casa, Branford

New London County: SolToro Tequila Grill, Uncasville

Tolland County: Coyote Flaco, Mansfield

Windham County: Casa Mariachi, Putnam

Indian

Statewide Winner: Coromandel Cuisine of India, Darien

Statewide Runner-up: Thali Regional Cuisine of India, New Haven

Fairfield County: Coromandel Cuisine of India, Darien

Hartford County: Ambassador of India, Glastonbury

Middlesex County: Haveli India, Middletown

New Haven County: Thali Regional Cuisine of India, New Haven

New London County: A Taste of India, Mystic

Tolland County: Utsav, Vernon

Continental

Statewide Winner: Apricots, Farmington

Statewide Runner-up: Flood Tide, Mystic

Fairfield County: Red Barn Restaurant, Westport

Hartford County: Apricots, Farmington

Litchfield County: Mayflower Inn, Washington

Middlesex County: Café Routier, Westbrook

New Haven County: Bespoke, New Haven

New London County: Flood Tide, Mystic

Tolland County: Altnaveigh Inn, Storrs

Windham County: 85 Main, Putnam

Seafood

Statewide Winner: Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford

Statewide Runner-up: Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, Westbrook

Fairfield County: Rowayton Seafood, Rowayton

Hartford County: Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford

Litchfield County: Carmen Anthony Fishhouse, Woodbury

Middlesex County: Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, Westbrook

New Haven County: Westbrook Lobster, Wallingford

New London County: Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme

Tolland County: Elmo's Dockside, Vernon

Windham County: 85 Main, Putnam

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Steak

Statewide Winner: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Newington  

Statewide Runner-up: Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Waterbury

Fairfield County: Morton's, Stamford

Hartford County: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Newington

Litchfield County: West Street Grill, Litchfield

Middlesex County: New Deal Steakhouse, Westbrook

New Haven County: Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Waterbury

New London County: Michael Jordan's Steak House, Uncasville

Tolland County: Chuck's Steak House & Margarita Grill, Mansfield

Windham County: Courthouse Bar and Grille, Putnam

Prime Rib

Statewide Winner: Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, New Haven

Statewide Runner-up: Hawthorne Inn, Berlin

Fairfield County: Morton's, Stamford

Hartford County: Hawthorne Inn, Berlin

Litchfield County: Bull's Bridge Inn, Kent

Middlesex County: Oliver's Taverne, Essex

New Haven County: Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, New Haven

New London County: Michael Jordan's Steak House, Uncasville  

Tolland County: Chuck's Steak House & Margarita Grill, Mansfield

Windham County: J.D. Cooper's, Putnam

Barbecue

Statewide Winner: The Cookhouse, New Milford

Statewide Runner-up: Little Mark's Big BBQ, Vernon

Fairfield County: Bobby Q's, Westport

Hartford County: Black-Eyed Sally's, Hartford

Litchfield County: The Cookhouse, New Milford

Middlesex County: Porky Pete's, Essex

New Haven County: The Place, Guilford

New London County: Big Bubba's BBQ, Uncasville

Tolland County: Little Mark's Big BBQ, Vernon

Windham: Buster's Rivers Edge, Thompson

Romantic

Statewide Winner: The Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

Statewide Runner-up: Union League Café, New Haven

Fairfield County: Cobbs Mill Inn, Weston

Hartford County: Cavey's, Manchester

Litchfield County: Winvian, Morris

Middlesex County: The Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

New Haven County: Union League Café, New Haven

New London County: Bee and Thistle Inn, Old Lyme

Tolland County: Altnaveigh Inn, Storrs

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

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Family

Statewide Winner: Pizza Works, Old Saybrook

Statewide Runner-up: Hank's, Brooklyn

Fairfield County: Roberto's, Monroe

Hartford County: Red Robin, Manchester

Litchfield County: Scarpelli's, Torrington

Middlesex County: Pizza Works, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, Madison

New London County: Mystic Pizza, Mystic

Tolland County: Rein's New York-Style Deli-Restaurant, Vernon

Windham County: Hank's Restaurant, Brooklyn

Brunch

Statewide Winner: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook

Statewide Runner-up: Terra Mar, Old Saybrook

Fairfield County: Red Barn Restaurant, Westport

Hartford County: The Mill on the River, South Windsor

Litchfield County: Longwood Country Inn, Woodbury

Middlesex County: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook

New Haven County: La Luna, Branford

New London County: Flood Tide, Mystic

Tolland County: Zest, Tolland

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

Appetizers

Statewide Winner: Match, South Norwalk

Statewide Runner-up: Barcelona Wine Bar, New Haven

Fairfield County: Match, South Norwalk

Hartford County: Trumbull Kitchen, Hartford

Litchfield County: Good News Cafe, Woodbury

Middlesex County: Lupo, Chester

New Haven County: Barcelona Wine Bar, New Haven

New London County: Azu, Mystic

Tolland County: Zest, Tolland

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

Lunch

Statewide Winner: West Street Grill, Litchfield

Statewide Runner-up: The Dressing Room, Westport

Fairfield County: The Dressing Room, Westport

Hartford County: Café on the Park, New Britain

Litchfield County: West Street Grill, Litchfield

Middlesex County: River Tavern, Chester
New Haven County: Claire's Corner Copia, New Haven

New London County: Boom, Old Lyme

Tolland County: Rein's New  York-Style Deli-Restaurant, Vernon

Windham County: Vanilla Bean Café, Pomfret

Desserts

Statewide Winner: Grants, West Hartford

Statewide Runner-up: Still River Café, Eastford

Fairfield County: Chocopologie, South Norwalk

Hartford County: Grants, West Hartford

Litchfield County: Good News Cafe, Woodbury

Middlesex County: Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

New Haven County: Union League Café, New Haven

New London County: Mangetout, New London

Tolland Count: Altnaveigh Inn, Storrs

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

Outdoor Dining

Statewide Winner: S&P Oyster Co., Mystic

Statewide Runner-up: Bill's Seafood, Westbrook

Fairfield County: Splash, Westport

Hartford County: Elbow Room, West Hartford

Litchfield County: The Hopkins Inn, New Preston

Middlesex County: Bill's Seafood, Westbrook

New Haven County: The Place, Guilford

New London County: S&P Oyster Co., Mystic

Tolland County: Zest, Tolland      

Windham County: 85 Main, Putnam

Service

Statewide Winner: Union League Café, New Haven

Statewide Runner-up: Max Downtown, Hartford

Fairfield County: Match South Norwalk     

Hartford County: Max Downtown Hartford

Litchfield County: The Village, Litchfield

Middlesex County: The Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton

New Haven County: Union League: Café, New Haven

New London County: S&P Oyster Co., Mystic

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

Restaurant Bar

Statewide Winner: The Village, Litchfield

Statewide Runner-up: 85 Main, Putnam

Fairfield County: Barcelona, South Norwalk

Hartford County: Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford

Litchfield County: The Village, Litchfield

Middlesex County: River Tavern, Chester

New Haven County: USS Chowder Pot, Branford

New London County: Dog Watch Café, Stonington     

Tolland County: Wood-n-Tap, Vernon

Windham County: 85 Main, Putnam

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Hotel Dining

Statewide Winner: Heirloom, New Haven

Statewide Runner-up: Octagon, Groton

Fairfield County: L'Escale, Greenwich

Hartford County: Vivo, Hartford Marriott Downtown

Litchfield County: Mayflower Inn, Washington

Middlesex County: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook

New Haven County: Heirloom, New Haven

New London County: Octagon, Groton

Tolland County: Altnaveigh Inn, Storrs

Windham County: The Inn at Woodstock Hill, Woodstock

Value

Statewide Winner: Foster's, New Haven

Statewide Runner-up: Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury

Fairfield County: Vincent's Italian Restaurant, Shelton

Hartford County: Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury

Litchfield County: Charcoal Chef, Woodbury

Middlesex County: Cuckoo's Nest, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: Foster's, New Haven

New London County: Paul's Pasta, Groton

Tolland County: Rein's New York-Style Deli-Restaurant, Vernon

Windham County: Hank's Restaurant, Brooklyn

Vegetarian

Statewide Winner: Claire's Corner Copia, New Haven

Statewide Runner-up: It's Only Natural, Middletown

Fairfield County: The Lime, Norwalk

Hartford County: Tapas, West Hartford

Litchfield County: Oliva, New Preston

Middlesex County: It's Only Natural, Middletown

New Haven County: Claire's Corner Copia, New Haven

New London County: Kensington's at the Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich

Tolland County: Zest, Tolland

Windham County: The Vanilla Bean Café, Pomfret

Sushi

Statewide Winner: Miya's Sushi, New Haven

Statewide Runner-Up: Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford

Fairfield County: Sakura, Westport

Hartford County: Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford

Litchfield County: Fuji, Torrington

Middlesex County: Zhang's, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: Miya's Sushi, New Haven

New London County: Singapore's Grill & Sushi Bar, New London

Tolland County: Asian Bistro, Mansfield

Windham County: 85 Main, Putnam

Hidden Gem

Statewide Winner: Still River Café, Eastford

Statewide Runner-Up: Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk

Fairfield County: Bloodroot, Fairfield

Hartford County: The Mill at 2T, Tariffville

Litchfield County: Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk

Middlesex County: Sal's Pizza & Pasta, Old Saybrook

New Haven County: Foster's, New Haven

New London County: Somewhere in Time, Mystic

Tolland County: Zest, Tolland

Windham County: Still River Café, Eastford

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This article appeared in the January 2010 issue of Connecticut Magazine

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