Connecticut January 29, 2019
6 Connecticut Restaurant Chains The Rest Of The Country Absolutely Needs
The next time you’re looking for a meal on the go, give up the McDonald’s and Domino’s for something local. Connecticut has restaurant chains that do it so much better. Whether you’re looking for a tasty burger or a cheesy slice, these eateries serve up the local flavor with a ton of state pride.
1. Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe
Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe has been serving up sandwiches stacked high with all of your favorite ingredients since 1922. Enjoy hot or cold grinders as well as a delicious selection of wraps and salads. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available too! Visit one of the 14 locations scattered across central and western Connecticut.
2. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
The original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana got its start in 1925 in the city of New Haven. Dive into a signature clam pizza that's been cooked to a perfect crisp in their coal-fired oven. The tomato pies are legendary from this old-school joint. Pepe's now has seven locations spread across the Nutmeg State so even more diners can enjoy the renowned pies. Pepe's has also crossed the state line with one location in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York each, but their heart and soul will always be in Connecticut.
Duchess is a quick-service restaurant that began pleasing diners in 1956. While you can enjoy burgers and fries at this longstanding chain, they also offer a huge variety of other choices to make a great meal from breakfast through dinner. Duchess can be found at 14 locations across the state.
4. Donut Crazy
If you have a passion for donuts, then Donut Crazy is where you need to be. This newer arrival on the dining scene has six delicious locations. Enjoy the most over-the-top donut creations with fresh and unique flavor combinations at these trendy spots. Be careful though, these donuts are addictive!
5. Chip's Family Restaurant
With six locations across Connecticut, Chip's Family Restaurant is known for its fresh made food and family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you're seeking the perfect pancake or some satisfying Shepherd's pie, Chip's will take care of your cravings.
6. Colony Grill
In 1935, Colony Grill opened as an Irish pub. Its hot oil bar pie became so popular that the owners eliminated all the other menu items. Thin crust pizza with the signature hot oil topping has become a crave-worthy dish in the Nutmeg State. Visit one of four locations to sample this state delicacy.
Which other local restaurant chains do you love? Share your favorite picks in the comments section below. For Connecticut eateries that offer a wacky dining experience, check out these
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