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.
As it name implies, the Costa del Sol offers the best from Spain with a mixture of Mediterranean dishes for good measure as well. Some of the mouth-watering selections include Paella of course and plenty of tapas like Garlic Soup, Croquettes, shrimp, mussels and chorizo to name a few. The wine list has plenty of Iberian wines as well, from the Portuguese white Alvarinho to the famous grapes of Rioja and Cava as well as strong Sangria, you are surely going to find something to accompany your meal.
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.
Local food, seasonal ingredients and fresh produce fill the menu at The Firebox. Delicious French and contemporary American dishes are the highlights at this fantastic restaurant. The menu includes a charcuterie plate, moules frites, roasted duck, fresh seafood from the Atlantic and much more. Overall, the Firebox is a unique restaurant with a cool ambiance, handmade Amish furniture and it holds a farmer's market once a week which makes it even better.
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.