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.
Peppercorns Grill, brings to Hartford, Italian flavors straight from Rome. Peppercorns was established in 1989 by the Cialfis brothers: Dino and Sal, who learned this art from their uncle in Rome. Relish your pasta, rich in herbs and sauces, in the intimate settings of this space. The restaurant serves lunch till 3p and after that they begin serving dinner. Dine at this cozy restaurant and let your heart say Mama Mia!
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.
Located in the Marriott Hartford Downtown, enjoy upscale dining at VIVO Trattoria. This wonderful restaurant serves seasonal creative Mediterranean cuisine in a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere.
This trendy spot in downtown Hartford offers a wide array of burgers, cocktails, salads, sushi, tapas and much more. The eclectic menu has items from calamari to crackling pork shank and if you can't find anything on there, you're probably not that hungry. In fact, the entire menu is comprised of foods from around the world. The modern, hip ambiance also adds to the experience, with subdued lighting and aluminum/wood furnishings, it's a great place for lunch or dinner.
Nestled in the center of Downtown, Dish Bar & Grill offers patrons a delectable American fare integrated well with modern styling. The restaurant offers delectable preparations of salmon, tuna, steak ,chops, chicken, lamb and lobsters. Do choose from their 'favorites' section on the menu and you will not be disappointed. Those who prefer a gluten free meal, have a vast range of dishes to choose from. They offer a variety of sandwiches, salads and burgers for those who have a small appetite. Accompany your meal with a wonderful handcrafted cocktail. If you are lucky you may also have a live band entertaining you as you dine.