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During the sweltering summer of 1984, former Philadelphia firefighter Bob Tumolo decided to open the first Rita's Water Ice, naming it after his wife. The specially formulated treat fueled Rita's growth, expanding the family-run business to more than 500 franchised locations nationwide. Despite the incredible expansion, each Rita's stays true to the company's origins by mixing their Italian ice according to Bob's original recipe. Their most famous dessert, the Gelati, features layers of his signature Italian ice between two giant dollops of custard, combining flavors such as mango with vanilla or introducing recently emigrated Swedish fish to vanilla or chocolate. Rita's also promotes community awareness with regular fundraisers for organizations such as Relay for Life.

378 Kelly Rd
Vernon,
CT
US

Each Wood-N-Tap restaurant’s kitchen serves a menu of casual American food that ranges from burgers and sandwiches to pasta, pizza, and entrees. The eatery partners with farms from New Jersey to Maine to cultivate 100% all-natural meats for their homegrown burgers, which feature tender hormone-, steroid-, and antibiotic-free meats such as Wagyu beef, bison, free-range turkey, and pork. Chefs grill entrees including swordfish and bourbon-marinated grilled sirloin, as well as signature items such as mac ‘n’ cheese pizza and Bar Bites sliders constructed with bison, Angus beef, turkey, or a baseball.

Wood-N-Tap blossomed from the fitting combination of its owners’ skills—Mike scouts the locations, Phil markets the brand, and Wil and Kenny manage the daily operations of the various locations. More than a decade ago, after forging a friendship as strong as oak and a partnership as strong as steel-reinforced oak, the crew opened the first Wood-N-Tap location in 2002—and they have expanded to seven locations and counting.

236 Hartford Tpke
Vernon,
CT
US

Housed in a transformed 1880’s paper mill, The Adams Mill bears the name of international paper extraordinaire Peter Adams. Today, the multilevel red-brick building is a spacious restaurant, pub, and banquet facility, inviting guests to dine on appetizers such as baked brie, crab cakes, or fried calamari amid those exposed-brick walls. Diners can move on to light entree salads—such as waldorf or cobb—or sample fish and chips, burgers, buffalo-chicken wraps, or other upscale pub classics. Other entrees include teriyaki chicken, 12-ounce new york sirloins, or baked shrimp stuffed with a meta filling of shrimp, scallop, and crabmeat. The restaurant also offers gluten-free selections such as steamed salmon and pan-seared chicken, as well as vegetarian options such as vegetable risotto and zucchini parmesan. And if you’re at Adams Mill during a big game, feel free to grab a seat at the bar, where there are several flat-screen TVs.

165 Adams St
Manchester,
CT
US

Part diner, part living room, R House Restaurant combines classic Americana with the comfort of home. Its black-and-white checkered floors run up to the dine-in counter and butt up against the base of the working stone fireplace, whose hearth hoists a sign that reads family.

The nearby tables groan under the weight of homestyle food, including stacked sandwiches, 11 types of hot dogs, and fried platters. R House also serves breakfast all day, topping waffles with sweet fruit compote or wrapping kielbasa sausage and swiss cheese in the fluffy folds of an omelet. When it’s warm out and there’s no threat of killer butterflies, the dishes are whisked outside to a seating area that is pet friendly.

520 Hartford Tpke
Vernon Rockville,
CT
US

Kneading fresh dough each day is the first step that Checkers Pizza's cooks take when preparing their savory pies. Next, they toss the dough by hand, creating a scrumptious bed for mozzarella cheese, housemade sauce, and an assortment of fresh vegetables and meats. The Checkers Challenger pizza, for example, is loaded with pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, onions, beef, and peppers. They also pile sausages and italian meats onto bread for grinders. The spot is known for quick, friendly service as well as satisfying eats.

803 Hartford Road
Manchester,
CT
US

Whether fresh or raw, the seafood at Asian Bistro comes tinged with Pan-Asian flavor. Opt for sushi rolls, such as the specialty volcano roll with spicy salmon, spicy tuna, and avocado, or take your fish fried or grilled with rice and veggies. A raw bar serves up fresh clams and oysters, and fish balls plumb the depths of noodle soups. Land-based dishes include spareribs and chicken, as well as smoothies and tea with optional flavored tapioca pearls.

194 Buckland Hills Drive
Manchester,
CT
US