34+ Places for Lobster Rolls in CT: 2018 Edition

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Summer is here and nothing embodies summer in New England like the lobster roll!  Whether you prefer yours hot or cold, with or without butter, classic or with a twist, Connecticut restaurants and seafood shacks are featuring them on their menus.  Here is a list of 34+ places where you can get some lobstahhhh!!

  1. Lobstercraft, Fairfield: LobsterCraft opened its retail doors a few months ago in Fairfield. Parked next to the shop is their truck, and a tented, casual seating area, reminiscent of those great roadside eateries along the coast of Maine.

  2. Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook: Lenny and Joe's serves buttered lobster in a grilled split top hotdog bun and with one side of your choosing, like onion rings.

  3. Knot Norms, Norwalk: n addition to the classic lobster roll, Knot Norms in Norwalk has rolls of all varieties! Join them for a Fried Chicken Roll, Roasted Oysters and a Crab Salad Roll, and more.

  4. Liv’s Shack, Old Saybrook: Liv’s Shack, located directly on the waterfront at the mouth of the Connecticut River, celebrates Summer in New England with hot buttered lobster rolls, fish tacos, hand-ground hamburgers and more.

Weenie Lynn's Hot Dog Food Truck: Killer Dogs & Sandwiches

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Stephanie Webster

After seven years in business, it feels like it's about time to celebrate one of the old school CT food trucks, Weenie Lynn's. Weenie's is a family-owned & operated hot dog and specialty sandwich truck that has been serving the local food scene since spring of 2011. The truck is based in Danbury CT, but they are more than happy to bring their delicious dogs (and five kids) all over the tri state area...and they do.  Weenie's serve two sizes of 100% All-Beef Hot Dogs (over 20 toppings & condiments), as well as Bratwurst, Kielbasa, and fresh-cut (never frozen) french fries, They also feature an ever growing menu of delicious sandwiches, many of them riffs off the classic grilled cheese.  

Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro Closes Its Doors: New Biz On The Way!

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Stephanie Webster

Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro will have its last service on Saturday July 21st 2018. After 10+ years of an amazing run, I’ve made the decision to close Caseus to pursue other projects and most importantly devote more time to raising my three young children and of course seeing my wife every now and then. Over the last decade, Caseus has served New Haven with passion, love, and true thoughtfulness. For me, personally, I am ready to see something new take its place and thrive. The foundation of what Caseus has been and always will be the community, our community, that we serve, the people who work to make us so exceptional and the deep respect for the ingredients we use. A new business, which will be unveiled in the next few weeks, will be a collaboration between two long-time Caseus employees, Chefs Alex and Craig and myself, and will maintain those same foundations with a commitment to be the best possible business for our exceptional city.

Nibble: CT Food Events For Week of July 15-22

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

The Fig Cooking School in Milford will help kids learn how to cook over summer break!  From Monday, July 16– Friday July 20, kids ages 9-17 can attend a “Summer Breeze” summer break workshop.  The week focuses on flavorful menus with seasonal ingredients and exploring the natural world to find the best elements.   

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes Cupcake Camp Session 2 takes place from July 16-19 in Oakville.  Each Session runs Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm and culminates in Cupcake War where campers compete and local celebrities come to judge.   

Caseus Fromagerie Bistro in New Haven is “Celebrating American Made Cheeses” on Tuesday July 17.  Join them from 6-7:30pm for a tasting of domestic cheeses.  It is $45 per person.   

Fairfield Cheese Company presents “American Pioneers: An Evening with Cypress Grove Creamery” on Tuesday July 17.  Cypress Grove, founded by Mary Keehn in the 1970s, was one of the first to explore the world of goat cheese. 

On Thursday July 19, “Wine & Dine” with Wine & Spirits Director Gretchen Thomas and Chef Dylan Hansen at Barcelona New Haven.

The Taste of Hartford's summer edition returns July 16 through July 29!  Restaurants throughout the city are featuring multi-course, prix-fixe menus.  Participating restaurants include Capital Grill, Porrin & Pina, Ted's Montana Grill, Trumbull Kitchen, Vivo, and more.

Tarry Lodge Debuts "Aperitivo" Happy Hour

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Andrew Dominick

Happy hours are one of life’s greatest pleasures. Bad day? Have a reduced-price wine, beer, or cocktail to take the edge off. Even worse day? Have more than one. Hungry? Happy hours usually offer a handful of delectable bites to be had on the cheap as an accompaniment to your glass of booze. I’m obviously a fan of the whole idea of happy hours—and I’m betting you are too—so I’m always on the lookout for new ones in the area. That’s when I came across Tarry Lodge Westport’s brand new Aperetivo Hour.

Introduced in May, Aperitivo Hour goes down Monday – Friday from 4 – 6 p.m. It features wine and cocktails for $10 each, and five snackable small plates for $5 per. 

Heibeck’s in Wilton: American Roadside Fare Since 1931

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Brett Levy

Escape to a different era where comfort food is locally sourced, you are served with compassion and a smile on a garden patio, and you can experience a country feel that makes our fast-paced world slow down just a bit. This cute date (BYO), family fun and good vibe spot is something special to CT that you simply shouldn’t miss.

Heibeck’s in Wilton opened in 1931 and has been family run for four generations. Back then, George Heibeck and Katherine Dhly Heibeck stayed up all night to hand churn over 100 of their original ice cream flavors to perfection, and then served the creamy goodness to their loyal customers daily. Though their ice cream is no longer produced on premises, the family prides itself upon the use of local food sources.  

Sandy Hook’s Nouveau Monde Wine Bar Has Paris-Bistro Feel

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Connecticut Magazine

Looking for French fare, with an exceptional wine list? Connecticut Magazine reviews Nouveau Monde Wine Bar in Sandy Hook, CT. 

At some point during your visit to Nouveau Monde Wine Bar, you will start to crave wine.

Maybe this craving will begin when you walk in and see the steampunk elegance of the main dining area, a space that feels equal parts bar, classic cafe, restaurant and offbeat library. Perhaps it will strike as you read the wine list itself, a thick document that goes on and on like a William Faulkner sentence punctuated by descriptions such as “spicy yet fruity, red wine drinkers’ rosé.” Maybe it will begin when your server asks, “What type of wine do you usually drink?” and you realize “IPAs” is not an acceptable response.

Or, at least, that’s what happened to me. 

This newfound appreciation of wine capped (or in this case, corked) a visit to the restaurant that, to put it in language a wine lover would understand, was a rich, full-bodied evening highlighted by notes of cellared ambiance, clean, bright food flavors that were anything but dry and a sweet, rich finish courtesy of a knockout dessert.

It's a Woman's World: Carissa Dellicicchi of The Stand Juice Company

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Jeanne Muchnick

Fairfield County is full of trailblazing women, particularly in the culinary world. Which is why, with 2018 being proclaimed the Year of the Woman, we felt compelled to honor the pioneers among us. 

Our series, “It’s A Woman’s World’ is devoted to Fairfield County female influencers who’ve forged their own paths, often in food-related fields long dominated by men.

How'd they do it? Read on. This week, our focus turns to Carissa Dellicicchi, owner of The Stand Juice Company. Have a suggestion on someone you’d like to see featured? Email steph@ctbites.com. 

Gluten, Grain or Dairy Free?   Pour Me Cafe in Danbury Has You Covered 

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Erika McQuade

You know how it goes.  When you have a food allergy or sensitivity, or if you eat vegan or paleo, and you want to go out to eat anywhere, it can at times be quite the task to find a place to accommodate for what you need and want.   Enter Pour Me in Danbury. I heard about them from a friend who also has food sensitivities and she called it a ‘healthy comfort food type place.’  So as someone who can’t have gluten or dairy, I was naturally intrigued.   It was so nice not to have to call ahead to see if they had options other than a salad! 

Andrea Gartner, the owner of Pour Me, opened the fine fast food cafe in downtown Danbury on a mission to revitalize downtown, and to provide food that gives people the fuel they need to “go out and do good in the world.”

Episode 7 - Food & Drink Podcast-Charter Oak Brewing (Scott Vallely)

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Ken Tuccio

For years Charter Oak Brewing has been trying to open up a physical brewery in Connecticut, but they've been met with roadblock after roadblock. They never quit though, and as a result they now have a gorgeous brewery in Danbury CT which is ready to pour beers for the public. Ken sits down with Scott Vallely, the founder of Charter Oak Brewing, to discuss the hurdles and challenges he faced to get to this point. Listen here 

Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield Welcomes New Executive Chef Zach Campion

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CTbites Team

Nearly 20 years ago, a neighborhood coffee shop was transformed into a charming New American restaurant. The concept was a simple one; a seasonal menu presented in a relaxed atmosphere; a concept that would grow with the town; and a restaurant where a chef’s creativity could shine. Owner Sal Bagliavio opened Bailey’s Backyard in October of 1999 and continues to make his culinary mark on the town of Ridgefield, CT.

Today, this seasoned restaurateur is joined by Executive Chef Zach Campion, a Johnson & Whales alumn with kitchen cred that includes; Local 121 in Providence, RI whose concept was tagged as “locally harvested food and drink”; the ground-breaking Metro Bis in Simsbury, CT under the direction of Chef Christopher Prosperi; and continued to hone his craft in the kitchen of ON20 restaurant, a Hartford, CT culinary institution.

Norwalk’s Catch of the Day Lasts All Summer Long (sponsored post)

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Inspired by New England waters and international flavor profiles, Norwalk Now celebrates summertime with vibrant seafood dishes befitting that of a thriving coastal community. From raw bar favorites laced with hot sauce to butter-vs-mayo lobster roll wars, Norwalk restaurants embrace the season with a variety of classic, innovative, and over-the-top seafood dishes that add to our summer enjoyment.  

Silvia Baldini & Alina Lawrence Launch "The Secret Ingredient Girls"

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Stephanie Webster

Silvia Baldini is a local CT chef, and a national expert and celebrity in the food and media industry. Alena Lawrence is of the few women Olive Oil experts in the US, and was the owner of Olivette, an award winning boutique and olive oil tasting room in CT. The two met several years ago and immediately discovered they shared the same passions: cooking, traveling and living a high-quality life to the fullest. Now, they have joined to create The Secret Ingredient Girls, a curated site that sells only ingredients that adhere to their discerning taste and expertise in the food industry. 

LobsterCraft Opens Lobster Shack in Fairfield CT

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Jessica Ryan

It’s just as you’d imagine a perfect lobster shack to be – small, somewhat quirky, a whole lotta fun and absolutely delicious. LobsterCraft opened its retail doors a few months ago in Fairfield, just off of the Post Road. You have to look for it. If you blink you’ll likely drive past the sandwich board sign, the first time you go. But once you find it you’ll never forget. 

Parked next to the shop is their truck, and a tented, casual seating area, reminiscent of those great roadside eateries along the coast of Maine. I think those are the truest gems – lobster rolls the way lobster rolls are meant to be. This is a paper plate and paper napkin eatery which only enhances the whole lobster roll experience.