Located on the University of Connecticut's campus, visitors and students alike can enjoy the University's own ice cream parlor. The ice cream is made and served by students of the animal science school and feature unique flavors such as Husky Tracks (vanilla ice cream with a fudge swirl and peanut butter cups), the Salted Caramel Crunch and the decadent Cake Batter. Everything is made on-campus so it is fresh, tasty and refreshing on a hot day. You can also find half gallons of UConn ice cream sold in supermarkets throughout Connecticut.
One of the area's best restaurants, Black-eyed Sally's BBQ & Blues has barbecue, catfish, grits, fried chicken and plenty of other Southern favorites, all accompanied by live music. Open for lunch and dinner, this is one of the most popular eateries in the downtown area and a great place to "Pig-Out" (a dinner special that includes ribs, pulled pork and Andouille sausage). Be sure to get here early because it gets busy on weekends and game days!
Max Downtown is consistently rated by locals as one of the best restaurants in the state. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu is comprised of primarily American dishes such as Maryland Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Pan Seared Scallops and top quality steaks to name a few. Guests also receive massive portions during lunch and the wine list is just as spectacular as the one served at dinner. This is the perfect spot for a romantic date night or for a business lunch.
Experience New Orleans while you're in Springfield at Chef Wayne's Big Mamou. Dine on delicious and authentic Cajun dishes, like the Shrimp-n-Sausage Jambalya and New Orleans Red Beans. Of course, there is a great selection of hot sauces to accompany any meal. Don't forget dessert with options like Sweet Potato Pie and Deep Dish Bourbon Pecan Pie.
This restaurant's name says it all--Booze, Blues and BBQ. Theodores' was given a Keeping the Blues Alive award and named the Best Blues Club in the Country in 2004 by the Blues Foundation, so you know this is the place to come for some real, authentic Blues. But that's not all you'll find here! Make sure not to miss out on the menu, featuring everything from individual pizzas, to Gumbo, and of course, lots of amazing Barbecue. And don't skip the drinks either, try the World's Greatest Margarita or Bayou Punch. Theodores' is just a little taste of the Deep South in New England.
The Federal A Restaurant & Bar, located in one of Agawam's historic buildings, was opened to the public by Ralph Santaniello and his co-partner executive chef Michael Presnal in the year 2002. The menu features American dishes blended with French and Italian flavors, lending it a contemporary European twist. The restaurant's interiors are an extension of the menu's heterogeneity, as the modern decor is seamlessly blended with the vintage architecture. The Skillet Seared Salmon, the Burnt Tangerine Glazed Cod, and the Fork & Knife Braised Shortribs are some of the must-haves here. Give dinner a sweet finish with a slice of Tiramisu or the exquisite Chocolate Pistachio Semigreddo.
The Kitchen Café is actually a lot of things-a cafe, a catering house and an institute for learning how to cook. What's more, all the ingredients and raw materials are homegrown, sourced from the local farmers' market, and then processed in the kitchen everyday anew. That being said, the ambience takes it a notch up with the classy decor of the two-floors high dining area. The food is nourishing, wholesome and fresh, so you can totally try The Kitchen Café for a gastronomy that's tad different from routine.
Salute means 'health' or 'cheers' (depending on the context) in Italian and here at this downtown restaurant, diners can say cheers over a glass of wine and a plate of delicious Italian cuisine. Great dinner options include Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Chicken Gnocchi and Pasta a la Vodka as well as a full wine list that features wine from around Italy. In addition to dinner service, Salute also has a wonderful happy hour and an impressive selection of lunch dishes.
Tequilas, tacos and tostadas are just a few items that comprise an appetizing Mexican food dinner here at Agave. Add the fact that waiters make your guacamole at the table, and it becomes one of the bests spots to try in Hartford's downtown district. It's located on the corner of Allyn and Ann Uccello Streets, right across the way from the XL Center, which makes it ultra-convenient before or after events.
Head to El Sarape Restaurante if you are craving for some authentic Mexican delicacies. This cozy restaurant is known for serving traditional Mexican recipes that are sure to entice your palate and leave you wanting for more. Committed to serve the best, El Sarape makes everything fresh from the fine quality ingredients. Established for more than three decades, El Sarape Restaurante offers a cozy ambiance complemented with warm hospitality, just right for dining with your family and friends.