Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
With wholesome, home-spun dishes prepared daily, Tabora Farm and Orchard cultivates a back-to-basics feel that extends beyond its 19th-century barn confines. Start the day with a sweet, delicate pastry, such as a pinwheel or a turnover ($1.29 each), still less indulgent than being spoon-fed oatmeal by a corgi butler. Pies come in 13 flavors, enveloping raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and strawberries inside doughy first-class packages ($11.99 each). Remind spoons to be patient when stocking freezers with homemade ice cream in classic and palate-bending palate flavors such as lavender, chocolate maple bacon, and rosemary lemon thyme ($2.99 for a scoop, $4.99 for a pint). Commune with your food source via an extensive schedule of U-pick options, including green beans, blueberries, cucumbers, apples, and more. Lunchtime browsers can avail themselves of farm-fresh meat roasted on-site and crowned with fresh bread, lettuce, and tomatoes in sandwich form ($6.50+), and Fresh-made mac 'n' cheese, pickles, and salads can round out or give self-improvement tips to any meal.
Nestled in the New Britain Village Shopping Center, Gourmet Wok unfurls a pan-Pacific spread of Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisine that spurns the use of MSG. Guests tote their own beverages to pair with a dinner menu of sumptuous dishes—try chef specialties such as the tangerine beef ($11.95), marinated and tickled over a high flame, or the sizzling subgum wor ba ($12.95), a slumber party of lobster, shrimp, chicken, beef, and veggies gossiping about the uninvited pork. Edamame appetizers ($3.75) make way for the mock chicken with chinese eggplant ($9.95), a seitan-based dish trained as a body double for chicken's grill-jumping stunts.