New England is an excellent place to be if you like to eat. We get the rewards of being so close to the water, having plenty of farms, being steeped in tradition, and having a great crop of chefs who are pushing culinary boundaries, too. And, now, we get our own list from GoLocal!
They put together a list of some of the best places in New England that you’ll need to hit up if you want some great food. Their technique in finding the towns was very unique: they looked at ratings, James Beard awards, Diamonds from AAA, Stars from Mobil/Forbes, and other awards from national papers, magazines, and press. In addition, they look at what the local food scene was like, which included culinary programs, culinary schools, cooking classes, farmers’ markets, and food and wine events.
After crunching the numbers and doing their research, they created a list of the New England’s 25 Best Food Towns for awesome food. We’ll focus on the five place in Connecticut that made the list, highlighting what they liked the most. Unfortunately, Boston came in at #1. At least they can be #1 at something…ouch. Sorry Red Sox fans.
#21 Ridgefield, CT
They cite The Stonehenge Inn’s Restaurant as their main inspiration for keeping 4 AAA Diamonds and receiving other critical acclaim. Also cited is the great food and cooking classes at Bernard’s Restaurant and Sarahs’s Wine Bar in an historic inn, and they also offer terrific cooking classes.
#19 Ledyard, CT
GoLocal says that Foxwoods has made a huge impact on the culinary flare here. From Paragon getting 4 Diamonds six years in a row to Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak which has earned 4 Diamonds, too. They also say that a major reason for them hitting #19 is their focus on food and wine events which include a month called Extraordinary Eats.
#18 Old Saybrook, CT
#16 Greenwich, CT
Two restaurants are cited here as major movers: both Rebeccas and Thomas Henkelmann. The other major factor is the awesome Greenwich Food & Wine Festival that seems to get bigger and better every year.
#11 Morris, CT
For the rest of the list, make sure you check out the original post.