We all know that Summertime in the Northeast passes all too fast, but we sure know how to make the most of it and with our varied and pictaresque landscapes, coastlines, rolling hills and rivers, it is one of the most beautiful places to spend a summer. So, let us help you make the most of the summer you have left, before the frigid cold sets in again and we all go hybernate. Connecticut is home to a varied and gourmet food scene, but without all of the attitudes that can usually come with fine dining. We in Connecticut simply like to eat beautiful delicious food and have a good time while doing. So, here is a list of some of our favorites in the area. All of these restaurants are within 30 miles of Cheshire and we promise you, they are all worth it.
Yes, our winters can be brutal, that is why there are so many seasonal restaurants in the area, old favorites like Fish Tale, which has been in business since 1979 and now has restaurants in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven is a classic fish fry joint and best of all it's BYOB. So, bring whatever beverage you like to swill with your fish, but that's not all, the carousel is always a hit with the little ones, making Fish Tale an all around crowd pleaser for the whole family. OR if lobster is your thang, satisfy your seafood cravings at the Lobster Shack in Branford, and yes, it is true to its name, literally a shack in the parking lot of a Marina in Branford.
A favorite to many is the Max Chef-To-Farm Dinners. A really cool concept, now in it's seventh season, that hosts a series of themed alfresco dinners at a variety of locations throughout Connecticut. These meals obviously feature local favorites, seafood, barbecue, tomatos, vegan specialties and also does brunch at places like Rosedale Farm and Vinyard and Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Check out maxcheftofarm.com for more info.
Another fantastic farm dining experience is with our friends at BOULDER KNOLL, a non-profit community farm here in CHESHIRE, who hosts an annual Farm To Table Dinner. This year, on August 27 Chef Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro will construct a delicious experience using ingredients fresh from the farm. This event will also feature the delicious fermented beverages from Black Hog Brewing Company, drinks, and live music. You don't want to miss one. Check out Friends Of Boulder Knoll for more information.
These aren't the only casual farm dining experiences around Cheshire. If brunch is more your style, head to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, who offers weekend breakfasts featuring fresh hand picked fruit, local eggs and veggies, and a variety of local meats and cheese. All local, all day, the perfect way to fuel a day of apple picking on the farm.
If you like to spend your summer days sipping on local craft brew and chillin lazy in the sand then you'll want to head to what locals refer to as the "Hidden Beach", also known as the backyard at Eli Cannon's Tap Room. The yard is basically a sand coated patio, complete with lawn chairs and good vibes. A classic summer stop in Middletown's North End.
A fairly new Beer lover's Mecca is Stony Creek Brewery in Branford. Currently operating in it's first summer as a full service venue, Stony Creek has a large tasting room, outdoor decks with stunning water views and a space for Weddings, Parties and Special Events. The place is always hoppin, undoubtedly due to its jovial atmosphere, full bocce ball court, and custom cornhole boards. Oh, and there are fire pits. Sound like the coolest place on the list so far?...yeah, it's pretty great. Food trucks often park on site, but guests are also encouraged to bring their own food and takeout from local eateries and at just 23 miles from Cheshire, you'll definately want to check this place out.