7 Neighborhood Restaurants In Connecticut With Food So Good You’ll Be Back For Seconds
What makes a great neighborhood restaurant? More than simply a place to eat, a neighborhood restaurant is a feeling. There’s a palpable sense of pride in ownership. You’ll probably even spot the owner greeting a few regulars. Neighborhood restaurants aren’t just “in” a given neighborhood, they’re part of the fabric of the neighborhood.
Of course, the neighborhood won’t keep coming back if the food isn’t any good. The food at these neighborhood restaurants is so amazing, out-of-towners will be tempted to check out the local real estate as soon as the check is paid.
1. Firebox, Hartford
How much can one restaurant REALLY do for a neighborhood? At Firebox, the answer is "plenty." The restaurant's profits support Billings Forge Community Works, a driving force for community in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood. Billings Forge's programs include a farmers market, job training, cooking classes, and a community garden. As an added bonus, Firebox's locally-sourced food is amazing.
539 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06101
2. City Point Kitchen, New Haven
As a relative newcomer to New Haven's City Point neighborhood, City Point Kitchen already has a great reputation in the neighborhood. It's owned, staffed, and patronized by local people who absolutely love City Point's unique character. The food is fresh, because most of it comes from local farms and fishermen.
98 S Water St., New Haven, CT 06519
3. Famous Greek Kitchen, Greenwich
To satisfy a Mediterranean fix, look no further than Famous Greek Kitchen. The soft-baked pita bread, comfortable atmosphere, and friendly staff keep the locals coming back.
10 N Water St., Greenwich, CT 06830
4. Luc's Cafe, Ridgefield
For rustic French food and a setting that will make you wonder if you've been transported from Ridgefield to Marseilles, head to Luc's. Neighbors love the live music and outdoor seating with strung lights.
3 Big Shop Ln., Ridgefield, CT 06877
5. Heirloom Food Company, Danielson
Heirloom Food Company doesn't just serve up fresh, delicious, and healthy food to its neighbors in Danielson. The restaurant goes above and beyond to get involved in the local community. They're always present at the farmers' markets, they come up with creative float ideas for town parades, and they shut down Main Street for a yoga class.
630 N Main St., Danielson, CT 06239
6. At The Barn, Granby
With a creative menu, an inspiring space, and the friendliest owner under the sun, At The Barn keeps Granby residents coming back night after night. The chef regularly collaborates with local farms, so the name At The Barn fits the hot spot perfectly.
17 E Granby Rd., Granby, CT 06035
7. Sweet Pea's Restaurant, Riverton
Tucked away in the quiet Litchfield Hills, the homelike atmosphere at Sweet Pea's is perfectly complemented by an adventurous yet unpretentious menu. While the locals are lucky to have such a great spot in the neighborhood, they miss out on the beautiful drive there. Seriously, driving through the hills to get to Sweet Pea's is nearly as enjoyable as the meal itself.
6 Riverton Rd., Riverton, CT 06065
These are just a few of the great locally-owned restaurants that make Connecticut residents feel at home. What’s your favorite spot? Have you been to any of the places on this list? Share in the comments!
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