With its focus on European and Asian cuisine, Bistro Eighty Ates furthers the Eighty Ates group's mission to bring the experience of dining in a big city to a more intimate, small-town level. The menu assembles a menagerie of Italian-style chicken entrees, hearty steaks, and exotic seafood such as chilean sea bass and swordfish. To help patrons wash down these eclectic plates, a full bar serves international wines and colorful martinis.
Stewarded by three generations of the Morse family, the Colonial Restaurant & Pub continues more than 60 years of tongue-delighting tradition with a seafood and steak-heavy menu curated by executive chef Adam Dowd. Painted clapboard siding and stone accents conceal a pub with a spacious wooden bar more handsome than Cary Grant's side part and an elegant dining room where white-draped tables lounge by a fireplace situated beneath wrought-iron chandeliers. Dinners tempt taste buds with Italian-style pastas and chophouse steaks and fish, and lunch retells stories of bygone eats, with homestyle recipes including meatloaf and mac ‘n’ cheese sharing space with burgers and overstuffed sandwiches. Chefs cater outside events, and the restaurant's Sky Room plays host to showers, banquets, and luncheons celebrating the retirement of ’80s slang terms such as “gnarly” and “onomatopoeia.”
Isador's Organics stocks only the freshest ingredients from local farmers and artisan food producers to help health-conscious eaters fill stomachs healthfully. Before searching through shelf after shelf of USDA-certified organic products, shoppers can fuel up on delectable deli offerings.
In 1938, "The Long Island Expressway"—a vicious hurricane—plowed through John Hoenig's property in Thompson, Connecticut. His farm was destroyed, but when he decided to rebuild, he didn't rebuild the farm. Instead, he began clearing his land for the area's first 5/8-mile, high-banked racetrack. As soon as it opened, it was heralded as "the Indianapolis of the East." It was a destination for racecar drivers across the country.
In the more than 70 years since then, the track has blossomed into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Today, it's one of the country's oldest tracks, besides that one high-banked crop circle from 1910. It plays host to three iconic racing events, including the World Series of Speedway Racing, and its modernized 5/8-mile oval now shares its space with a 1.7-mile road course. Even more exciting, neither track is just for pros. Civilians can try out the speedster lifestyle during driving school, or as part of the Driver's Club, which offers 30 days of members-only access to the track each year.
Situated inside Mohegan Bowl, All Star Pub invites patrons to kick up their feet after a few rounds of bowling to indulge in appetizers, burgers, and beer. Draft and bottled brews wet whistles in time for hand-tossed taco pizzas to appear draped in pico de gallo and housemade tortilla chips. Shareable appetizers such as spicy jalapeño bottle caps preheat maws before diners chow down on half-pound burgers, stacked pastrami grinders, and salads tossed with grilled chicken. Before venturing back to the lanes or to the arcade, patrons can dig into chocolate-fudge brownies or a Candle-Pin Strike—fried balls of dough served with ice cream and drizzled with raspberry sauce.
Del Rio Mexican Restaurant’s chefs strew spicy meats and salsas across tortilla canvases to conjure burritos, enchiladas, and other south-of-the-border masterpieces. Spoons dive for clams, scallops, mussels, and shrimp in the zarzuela’s bubbling ocean of tomatillo sauce, and knives slam like tiny bats against poblano peppers filled with a piñata-like assortment of meats and veggies. Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas from across the menu team up on combination plates, whose spices meet their match with cool sips of fruit-flavored Mexican soda.