These hidden restaurants aren’t hiding in the traditional sense. In fact, they’re pretty easy to find if you know where you’re looking, but these awesome locales are too often overlooked. We implore you to leave the overhyped magazine picks behind this weekend and enjoy the flavors of these underrated hot spots. When it comes to hidden restaurants, these are among the best, and a must try for long time residents and visitors alike! Check them out:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Staropolska Restaurant
252 Broad Street, New Britain, CT 06053
Have a craving for something unique? Try some Polish comfort food! You'll love the authentic plates (made from old family recipes ) at this small town restaurant.
2. Melilli Caffe & Grill
264 Main St, Portland, CT 06480
This is probably the most laid back establishment in the state. This Italian bakery and eatery has a little bit of everything, making it an ideal place to grab lunch with friends.
3. Paul's Pasta Shop
223 Thames Street, Groton, CT 06340
This waterfront restaurant is a dream come true for pasta lovers. The family owned joint makes their own pasta, serving up daily homemade perfection.
4. Rustic Cafe
516 Boston Post Road, East Lyme, CT 06333
The tasty plates at this gastropub are complimented by the amazing drink selection. It's the perfect place to celebrate the weekend with friends, which is why locals love it.
5. Monet's Table
167 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland, CT 06084
A true hidden gem, this breakfast/brunch restaurant serves up bold flavors and some pretty decadent breakfast items. It's one of those places you can't visit just once.
6. Bridge Street Live
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT 06019
This is more than just a restaurant. In addition to serving delicious food, this place also serves up incredible musical and comedic talents. So if you want dinner and a show, this is definitely the place!
7. Victoria Station Cafe
91 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260
Looking for a new lunch spot? This place fits the bill perfectly! This cozy cafe has light lunch items and desserts to die for. And it's all made fresh every day!
1070 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
The wood fired pizza at this restaurant is made from ingredients so fresh this is practically a farm to table restaurant. If you ever doubted this state's superior pizza making skills, this place will reassure you.
9. The Pantry
5 Titus Road, Washington, CT 06794
This gourmet eatery and shop makes some of the best sandwiches on the planet, which you can pair with one of their fabulous soups. The country store vibe here is very welcoming.
10. Viron Rondo Osteria
1721 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410
If you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in an Italian home, this place is a pretty good idea. The warm, lively atmosphere coupled with traditional menu items and a large wine selection will transport you straight to the Italian countryside.
Another Polish-American gem, this Connecticut restaurant will delight you with their stuffed crepes. Anyone with a sweet tooth should rush over to this place immediately!
12. Grill 37
37 Putnam Road, Pomfret Center, Connecticut 06258
It's easy to confuse this remote restaurant with a house, but inside is a cozy dining area you won't soon forget. If you're looking for a more intimate dining option, this place comes highly recommended.