In the 1950's, there were a handful of inns operating on Lake Pocotopaug?Connecticut's largest natural lake. Today, just one of those structures remains. In 2003, Paul Angelico bought it, renovated it, and established it as a brand-new restaurant serving all-American food.?
Inside Angelico's Lake House, guests gather for lunch and dinner to feast on pasta, seafood, steaks, and burgers surrounded by a picturesque East Hampton setting. During warmer months, when the days are longer and water balloons fall from the sky instead of snow, the Lake House also opens its tiki bar, where adults can kick back with cold beverages while listening to live music.
Whenever possible, the chefs at Pejamajo Café craft their signature crepes from sustainable ingredients—ranging from meats to eggs to flour—culled from local suppliers. They offer a variety of French-style crepes, including sweet crepes such as Nutella and banana as well as savory crepes such as the unique crepesadilla with Vermont cheddar and salsa. Both pair well with the café’s own line of signature-blended coffee. Each Pejamajo location also houses pastry chefs who spend each day transforming globs of dough into fresh cookies, scones, and edible swords for sword-swallowing apprentices. Pejamajo’s relaxed atmosphere, original coffees, and daily baked pastries have become its signature, and led to an appearance on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.
Local produce, meat, and fish are the sources of the extra freshness sealed, as if by Ziploc, in each Sel de la Terre dish. Chef Louis has built the regularly changing menu around Vermont-raised pig, defining dishes such as coriander-spiced pork with pommes Robuchon, Swiss chard, and baby turnips ($29); braised bacon served with air-dried chicken and a coddled hen egg ($26); and charcuterie terrine cut from the cheek ($3). Freshly hauled Moon Shoal oysters (a half dozen, raw, $14) make for a perfect meal-opener, as does the Cape Cod bluefish pate ($3). Toasted coriander-spiced pork mingles with pommes Robuchon, Swiss chard, baby turnips, and carrots ($29), while the house potato gnocchi features homemade ricotta and mushrooms gathered from New England woods ($19).
Not to be confused with fusion cuisine, chef Chris Chung’s fare is distinctly Japanese and distinctly French. Hand-cut sashimi shares the menu with classic French dishes such as lamb stew. Both sides of the menu have at least one thing in common: fresh ingredients sourced from small, local farms.
The aromas of bacon frying in skillets and cinnamon swirl bread baking in ovens, waft from the kitchen all day long at Jimmy's Dog House Restaurant. Diners take seats in their newly expanded dining room to dig into American food for breakfast and lunch, including Western omelets with ham and cheese and their signature 8-inch hot dogs crowned with bacon and cheese.