Singled out for having the state's best clam chowder in Connecticut magazine's Best of Connecticut feature, Close Harbour hooks customers with a menu anchored in mouth-watering seafood. Start with crab-and-parmesan-stuffed mushrooms ($7) or pull out your scrimshaw spoon for New England, Manhattan, or Rhode Island clam chowder ($4/cup). Filet of sole stuffed with lump blue-crab meat ($18) reconciles the sea's two most notorious enemies, and swordfish cipolla parries a seasoned swordfish steak with a heaping helping of caramelized onions ($17). Resist flatware hegemony by getting your hands on a toasted roll topped with butter-sautéed lobster (market price), or give in to the powerful lettuce lobby with a pan-seared sea-scallop salad ($14). Any fish in the joint can also be baked, grilled, broiled, fried, or seared and plated with stir-fried veggies for $15.
K. LaMay's Steamed Cheeseburgers charms taste buds with trademark patties, which have garnered a Best Burger ranking from the Record-Journal in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in addition to hearty press coverage. Slices of sharp cheddar cheese migrate from Wisconsin to roost atop beef slabs fresh from the steamers, creating single ($4.50) or double ($6.50) steamed cheeseburgers engineered by vapor king Kevin LaMay and his jovial staff. Diners can veer jaws and dexterous elbows away from the joint's namesake to nosh on a steak sandwich ($4.99) or a dozen chicken nuggets ($3) and repose their meaty treats on crispy beds of fries or onion rings ($2.50). Patrons can prompt bubbly abdominal sensations with sips of locally made Foxon Park sodas ($1.50), which perch in a cooler alongside hunks of the signature cheese available for purchase.
Tabaq Masala Restaurant and Banquet Hall whisks diners away on a pan-Asian sojourn through Indian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi cuisines. In the 100% halal kitchen, chefs spice dishes with fresh chili, pan-fry whole pomfret, and crisp roti flatbread within the clay confines of a tandoori oven. The dining room walls reflect the kitchen’s cultural mélange with a mix of Indian and Chinese artwork, and a private prayer room facilitates diners' devotions. The red carpeting in a spacious banquet hall gives large group celebrations a glamorous atmosphere without smuggling in paparazzi inside chafing dishes.
That New Place Restaurant's experienced chefs craft an afternoon menu brimming with made-from-scratch soups and sandwiches. Send fork excavators navigating through the crisp drifts of several refreshing salads including a caesar ($5.25–$8.25) or a triple combo, which showcases tuna, egg, and chicken ($10.95) attempting to capsize each other's leafy rafts. A variety of breads, freshly baked and delivered daily by storks, include rye, marble, and cranberry, and house savory sandwiches such as crab salad ($7.75) and corned beef ($6.75). Quarter-pound hamburgers ($4.25) slide in nicely next to a pile of sweet-potato fries ($3.75), and a black-bean chipotle burger ($5.25) provides herbaceous eats. Culinary compounders can also craft a soup-and-sandwich combo ($6+), which simultaneously satisfies crunching and slurping cravings.
Primo Pizza smothers hunger with thick-crust, Italian-style pizza pies handmade from fresh ingredients. Cooks roll out dough on site daily, setting the stage for a large 16-inch pie, upon which a special blend of spices and whole peeled tomatoes play a savory sauce enveloped in a romance with creamy, fresh-cut, whole-milk mozzarella. Choose up to five toppings from Primo Pizza’s 30 options, which include old standards, such as sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms, and new specialties, such as steak, calabresa, corn, clams, and anti-cheese. This Groupon is good for dine-in, carry-out, or teleported orders only.
The culinary artisans at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main rein in ravenous appetites with a hearty menu of traditional Italian-American meat, pasta, and seafood dishes. Diners can prime palates with appetizers such as fried cheddar mushrooms ($7.99) topped by a tangy horseradish sauce and a stylish pillbox hat. Sandwich selections include the pastrami bomb, sporting sweet and hot peppers, melted swiss cheese, and russian dressing ($8.99). In the shrimp pfnaush ($19.99), meanwhile, sauteed shrimp rest in atop savory angel hair pasta pillows embroidered with fresh basil, plum tomatoes, spinach, and homespun adages. Diners can quell carnivorous cravings with the new york strip au poivre, a boneless sirloin steak adorned with brandy sauce, peppercorns, and mushrooms ($25.99), or opt for the chicken gorgonzola ($17.99), surrounded by artichokes, roasted peppers, garlic asparagus, and gorgonzola cheese atop penne. Diners can enjoy Gaetano's lively nightlife from its exposed brick tavern, family-friendly dining room, or anti-gravity chamber.