There are plenty of fancy fine dining establishments scattered across Connecticut, but there’s just something about junk food that satisfies a craving in a way no escargot could ever do.
When it comes to pizza, burgers and sweet snacks, some of Connecticut’s restaurants have taken indulgence (or over-indulgence) to a whole new level. Strap on your bib, cancel your gym membership and hit the road to sample these can’t-miss Connecticut treats.
Deputy Dog (Woody’s Hot Dogs, Hartford)
This iconic Connecticut specialty is topped with pulled pork, lots of cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce.
Hot Lobster Roll (Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Noank)
The lobster roll is a state staple and no one does it better than Abbott’s. With massive chunks of fresh New Egland lobster and tons of melted butter, it’s no wonder people count down the days until this seasonal favorite opens back up!
Cannoli (Russo’s Bakery, Enfield)
Russo’s brings this traditional Italian favorite to new levels with tons of flavors, toppings and fillings. You’ll want to try every one of their wild and delicious creations.
Steamed Cheeseburger (Ted’s Restaurant, Meriden)
Another Connecticut tradition, the steamed cheeseburger is made by placing the fresh meat and the huge wad of cheese in separate trays that are then fed into steaming drawers where they are heated to tender, gooey perfection.
Guanciale Pizza (Tarry Lodge, New Haven)
This local favorite is known for its wild pizza creations and charred bubbles of dough. They even have a “breakfast pizza” with shaved black truffles, sunny side up egg, and pork guanciale.
Grinders (Franklin Giant Sandwich Shop, Hartford)
The grinder is a New England staple and several Connecticut eateries have competed for the title of number one. Franklin Giant Sandwich Shop makes monstrous inches-thick subs with stacks of fresh meat, cheese and veggies on delicious, fresh bread.
Apple Cider Donuts (Flatbread Company, Canton)
All donuts are delicious, but the apple cider donuts at the Flatbread Company are to die for! They are no longer just a seasonal fall treat – you can now enjoy these addictive pastries all year round!
We have always looked forward to the beginning of fall when the day came that we could tell our customers that the Griffin Farmstead apple cider donuts were back. Sadly, we will never have that day come again because WE GOT US SOME DONUTS ALL YEAR LONG! Grown, pressed, and fried in East Granby, warmed up in our wood fired oven and accompanied with house made maple whipped cream and caramel sauce and J. Fosters ice cream. BECAUSE DONUTS!
Bagels (Bagel King, Bridgeport)
Being that it borders New York, Connecticut has some pretty delicious traditional bagel shops. Bagel King in Bridgeport bakes tons of varieties fresh daily and creates several of their own signature cream cheeses.
Frites and Aioli (Cafe Routier, Westbrook)
Handcut fries covered in a secret aoli topping, you’ll want to make these your main course instead of your side dish.
Dipped Ice Cream Cone (Sunny Daes Ice Cream, Stamford)
Homemade ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt overflowing from a homemade, candy or nut-encrusted cone and dipped in one of several fresh toppings like caramel, chocolate and strawberry. Indulgent and delicious to say the least!