Connecticut March 08, 2016
These 7 Iconic Foods In Connecticut Will Have Your Mouth Watering
Connecticut definitely has iconic foods. I didn’t realize this myself until I decided to go to college in Iowa, where people just didn’t seem to know what I was talking about. But they also say pop instead of soda, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. Trying to find decent clams outside of New England is pretty much impossible, nobody knows what birch soda is, and the ice cream is nothing compared to Tulmeadow’s. If you’re new to Connecticut, I would definitely recommend you conquer this list. But make sure your taste buds are ready, because these really pack a flavor punch!
1. Steamed Cheeseburgers
A lot of folks outside the area have actually never had one of these, and they are prone to panic when you explain how there is no grilling involved. But whether it's Ted's or K LaMay's, Connecticut offers the best steamed burger on the market. Definitely worth a trip!
New Haven style thin crust, extra crispy with hot oil is the best to me. But others would disagree. What's most important is that you get the name right. You might hear locals say "pizza is what you eat everywhere else" if you forget the a in front. Head on over to Sally's to experience apizza the way it was meant to be made.
3. Yankee Fare
You know the saying "As American as apple pie?" It comes from the idea of America being agriculturally diverse and being able to survive because of the new recipes (like apple pie) that they created when they settled modern day United States. Well Connecticut, being home to the first cookbook, does yankee fare, or original colony food, better than anybody else. Yankee restaurants like G.W. Tavern in Washington Depot let you have Thanksgiving whenever you want.
4. Apple Cider Doughnuts
These sweet treats will drop your jaw if you're new to their rich cinnamon sugar flavor. I have never had an apple cider doughnut better than the ones they have in Connecticut, and was disappointed to discover some states don't offer them year-round! I've always enjoyed Bishop's in Guilford but you can't really go wrong. Every orchard will have their own recipe so if I were you I'd try them all.
5. Hot dogs
Nobody has hot dogs like nutmeggers. If you've never had a split hot dog, a two footer, or the famous sauce at Capitol Lunch then you haven't lived! Some people think fancy oversized hot dogs can only be found at baseball games, but in Connecticut you can get incredible hot dogs pretty cheap and pretty often.
I'm talking about a hot sandwich, loaded up, put between two semi-thick pieces of Italian and toasted until its crispy and golden. It should be a workout to eat this manmade miracle. If you say sub or hoagie I will assume you are referring to something entirely different. Like Subway. When I say grinder I'm talking about Nardelli's!
7. Warm Lobster Rolls
Yummy! Hot lobster on a roll with some excellent house fries will make your Friday night. This is "classic New England" and a definite must in Connecticut. Invented in Meriden, this is not to be confused with that cold lobster salad thing they do in other states. This is hot lobster, drizzled with butter and served in a toasted bun. It is the most laid back way to enjoy a lobster and it tastes great to boot!
Well, I definitely want to eat some of all these items now! Are there any other foods you think are iconic to the state of Connecticut? I’d love to know!