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.
Curb your pizza cravings at Antonio's Pizza Restaurant, located on Main Street. Made from scratch recipes, a laid back ambiance and prompt service, make your dining experience at Antonio's delightful. With a slew of delicious toppings and scrumptious sauces, their pizzas are quite popular among the locals. You can also try a variety of other dishes like pastas, salads and desserts.
Catch your favorite local bands play live at The Hungry Tiger. The dive bar also offers some interesting food options like burgers and steaks.
Everyone who comes to Shady Glen recommends one dish: the "Bernice Original " cheeseburger. Most hamburger joints give you a burger with one, maybe two slices. Shady Glen offers up a delicious burger with four slices of cheese; cheese that overflows the griddle when cooking so that you are left with cheesy, gooey goodness on the burger and crispy, flavorful cheese all around the burger. Enjoy your burger with a side of crinkle-cut fries and a milkshake from the dairy's own unique flavors. All visitors to the Hartford area should try out the Shady Glen Dairy for some one-of-a-kind burgers and ice cream.
Established in 2002, Grady Tavern is a local hangout which offers a great selection of craft beers and wines. With people always indoors, the place is always upbeat and lively. Many bands perform live here and there is also a jukebox available, ensuring there is no silence and music is always playing. The owners and staff are friendly people and the food menu is diverse with many delicious options to choose from. The tavern is perfect for unwinding and enjoying a cozy ambiance.