Zagat released the results of the 2011/12 Connecticut Restaurants Survey today. The Survey covers 902 restaurants reviewed by 4,146 local diners. Highlights are as follows:
CT Winners: Le Petit Cafe in Branford (Top Food) with a near-perfect 29 for Food on Zagat's 30-point scale; PolytechnicON20 in Hartford (Top Decor & Service); Frank Pepe Pizzeria (Most Popular).
Top Newcomer: Boathouse at Saugatuck in Westport, serving "fabulous, fresh" "locavore" New American cuisine
Other Noteworthy Newcomers: Bar Bouchee – Madison, The Brasserie – Fairfield, Cafe d'Azur – Darien, Fez –Stamford, Gabriele's – Greenwich, Millstone Cafe – Kent, Red Lulu – So. Norwalk, Sails – Norwalk and Tappo –Stamford.
And a few other interesting facts:
The Average Cost of a meal remained flat at $37.73 – just a two cent rise from $37.71 in 2009.
Main Complaints: Service (63%), Noise (19%), Food (9%) and Prices (5%).
Favorite Cuisines: Italian (33%), American (15%), French (15%) and Japanese (10%).
Mobile Manners: 71% say it is "rude" to text, tweet, call or e-mail at the table.
Green: 61% of surveyors say locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised food is important.
Cash-Only: 45% say they avoid "cash-only" restaurants.
Battle of the Sexes: 25% think male diners are treated better; only 5% say females are favored.