A monthly look at what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene.
Fiddleheads Cafe, Hartford
Open for breakfast and lunch, Fiddleheads offers American food with a “whimsical twist” for breakfast. For lunch, the highlights include artisanal burgers and pizzas, with sides like hand-cut potato chips and fries. Regardless of the specific menu item, the emphasis is on freshly prepared products.
533 Farmington Ave., Hartford, 860-822-0022, facebook.com/FiddleheadsCafeHartford
Iishin Ramen Bar, West Haven
This new ramen bar is serious about this popular cuisine from Japan. According to its owners, special care is taken to make sure the broth has a traditional taste and the ramen noodles are the right consistency. Other special touches include using ingredients like Berkshire pork, which was first raised in England but has become popular in Japan, where it is known as kurobuta, for its tenderness.
291 Captain Thomas Blvd., 203-691-1882, iishinramenbar.com
It is hard not to be intrigued by a restaurant described in press materials as a “Chinese noodle house meets dim sum restaurant meets tapas bar.” The kitchen is run by chef Peter How, who won a gold medal at the 2016 Taiwan World Championship while competing against 172 international chefs including Michelin star winners. Menu items include a variety of dumplings as well as specialties like Peking duck, all made with natural and organic ingredients.
55 Lewis St., 203-861-1988, lulu2u.com
Texas de Brazil, Farmington
At Connecticut’s first location of this popular Brazilian restaurant chain, visitors who pay $44.99 get access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. The highlight of the meal are various meats carried around by servers on skillets. The bar also features Brazilian cocktails including several versions of the ever-popular caipirinha.
91 Westfarms Mall, Ste. H-108, 860-744-2300, texasdebrazil.com/locations/hartford
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