A monthly look at what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene
Cafe Otis, Norwich
This new neighborhood cafe serves Mediterranean-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner items. There are also smoothies as well as a full bar featuring Connecticut beer and wine, and craft cocktails. Local, seasonal ingredients are the focus of the restaurant, which is located in a restored 19th-century building that was once the home of the Otis Library.
80 Broadway, 860-859-5366, cafeotis.com
Boost Bowls, Wallingford
The popcorn and soda at Holiday Cinemas in Wallingford are getting some company in the form of smoothies, juices, high-protein shakes and build-your-own fruit bowls offered at the new Boost Bowls location within the theater. Boost Bowls was started by Tatiana and Valdrin Mehmeti of Danbury, and this is its third location. Existing locations include a storefront in Bethel and another movie theater location at Riverview Cinemas in Southbury.
970 N. Colony Road, boost-juice.com
Brizo, Rocky Hill
This restaurant takes its name from the Greek goddess of fishermen and specializes in classic seafood cuisine. Signature dishes include seafood ceviche, as well as haddock étouffée, lobster pappardelle and a Connecticut-style lobster roll. Beyond seafood, the restaurant offers the tavern burger, topped with housemade pickles, and an all-natural chicken entrée.
945 Cromwell Ave., 860-436-6333, brizofish.com
Rebel Dog Coffee Co., Farmington
This artisan coffee shop opened its first location in Plainville in 2017. Now it has expanded to its second location in Farmington where it offers the same third wave coffee drinks it was celebrated for in Plainville. These include espresso, a variety of cold brew options and pour-overs. There is also an assortment of soups, salads and other breakfast and lunch items.
345 Colt Highway, 860-674-1810, rebeldogcoffeeco.com
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