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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.

970 North Colony Road
Wallingford,
CT
US

Although The Hitchin' Post Tavern is nestled in New England, cowboys and cowgirls flock to the southwestern bar and grill to feast on a menu of American favorites with a south-of-the-border twist. When they’re not eating, guests can dance while bands play rock classics and modern hits. During themed nights, such as the Hoedown, partygoers dressed in their finest cowboy hats and overalls can imbibe dozens of beers on tap, in a bottle or can, or loaded with other extras at the full bar. The bar also pours wine, shots, and martinis, such as the espresso and the Sugar Cookie, which can take the place of after-dinner coffee and dessert.

980 New Haven Rd
Durham,
CT
US

The Outer Space is a fitting setting for an old-school sailor. Its interior features a dark wood bar, a vintage-looking couch, and a ship's steering wheel hanging on one wall. On top of that, the bar hosts live music seven nights a week. Of course, The Outer Space is an extra fitting spot for a sailor thanks to its extensive beer menu, which runs the gamut from pilsners and stouts to ciders. See a calendar of The Outer Space's live events here.

295 Treadwell Street
Hamden,
CT
US

The deep swell of rolling balls and cacophony of falling pins punctuate conversations at family-friendly Amity Bowl. After retrieving shoes and selecting spherical pin-bashing implements, pairs of guests will assume command of a lacquered lane for ten frames of relaxed collaboration or energetic competition. Partake in traditionally lit pin-thrashing, or revel in the dim splendor of cosmic bowling, which, like most leisure and every incident of smearing toothpaste in a friend's hair, occurs during the weekend. Two frosty cups of bubbly beverages may help reinvigorate wearied bowlers during the seventh-frame stretch. As an automated mouth at the lane’s end continues restocking its hourglass-shaped teeth, bowlers may also visit the snack bar to sink their own teeth into classic bowling-alley munchies.

30 Selden St
Woodbridge,
CT
US

Cuisine Type: Farm-to-table tapas
Established: 2013
Reservations: Recommended
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Diver scallops with market vegetables
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with Albert Greenwood, Owner

Tell us a little about your restaurant. Oak Haven Table & Bar is a tapas-style gastropub that specializes in beer, wine, and bourbon. It is nestled in historic grotto neighborhood of New Haven. The caf? opens as a trendy gastropub and transforms into a vibrant bar at night. As our name suggests, we are a fusion caf? that sells delicious wines, craft beers, and spirits that complement a farm-to-table food menu. We support local farms, vineyards, microbreweries, and distributors whenever possible and want to be a sanctuary for the cultured consumer. Walk in and see the warming wood accents, rustic edison fixtures, the abstract furniture, that all seamlessly flows together to create a feng shui ambiance that makes everyone inside feel comfy.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu? Our mission is to sell fresh and unique food and drinks. Our product must meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and seasonality while combining both modern-creative and classical styles of cooking. Oak Haven Table & Bar always keeps its concept fresh, exciting, and on the cutting edge of the hospitality industry. Lastly, we give back to the New Haven community to improve the quality of life for everyone in our neighborhood.

932 State St.
New Haven,
CT
US

Zafra refers to the term harvesting sugarcane, which is one of the main ingredients in rum. And Zafra Cuban Restaurant knows rum, stocking its shelves with more than 300 different types of the liquor. Guests can drink rum mixed into mojitos and martinis, or sip the libation straight. While the rum selection is impressive, Zafra is also known for its cuisine, nabbing top honors from the OpenTable Diners? Choice award for Cuban food. Chefs tuck mango chicken into housemade empanadas and serve ceviche inside a coconut shell. Cuban entrees include guava-glazed salmon and grilled flank steak slathered in a chimichurri sauce. Another Cuban tradition occurs every Sunday night, when high-energy beats fill the restaurant and guests can spin and dip their way through salsa routines and games of tag.

259 Orange St
New Haven,
CT
US