Friday, March 14, 2008

Connecticut Must Eats

After hearing friends bitch and moan so much about the lack of things to do in Connecticut, I was a bit surprised to find out via Chowhound about a number of must-eats that are unique to Connecticut. I think Foodjim's post does a pretty damn good job summarizing and recommending, but here's the low down:

Hot Dogs
One Chow poster says that while NY has some good dogs, it lacks the variety of NJ and Connecticut! This was certainly news to me.

Most mentioned:
Blackie's
2200 Waterbury Rd Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 699-1819

Rawley's
1886 Post Rd Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 259-9023

Super-Duper-Weenie
I-95, Exit 24, Fairfield CT (Directions)
www.superduperweenie.com
Also praised are:
Rosco's Big Dogs
Millsie's
...and more

Hamburgers
Louis Lunch in New Haven claims to have invented the hamburger as it's eaten today. While it is arguable as to whether this is accurate, apparently it's still worth a visit.
Louis Lunch
263 Crown St New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 562-5507 louislunch.com (wikipedia)

Teds Cheeseburgers serves steamed cheeseburgers, which while unique are possibly only worthwhile if you're in the area.

Pizza
New Haven Pizza is apparently well-regarded. I'm still not exactly clear on what makes it different from say NY pizza, but as FoodieJim points out, there are the "Big Three":
Frank Pepe's
157 Wooster St New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 865-5762

Sally's
237 Wooster St New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 624-5271

Modern
874 State St New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 776-5306

Seafood
Like much of the rest of New England, Connecticut's shoreline implies that there are good places for seafood, in this case: Fried Whole Belly Clams and Lobster.

Fried Whole Belly Clams
Sea Swirl
30 Williams Ave Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-3452

Lenny's Indian Head Inn
205 S Montowese St Branford, CT 06405
(203) 488-1500

(NYTimes article on Fried Clams)

Lobster
Abbott's
117 Pearl St Groton, CT 06340
(860) 536-7719
($Burgers / Hot Dogs, $Connecticut, $New England, $Recommended)

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