Every Sunday, the culinary commanders at The Mansfield General Store line the shop’s wooden clapboard walls with classic brunch dishes. French toast serves as a crispy pedestal for scrambled eggs and bacon, which patrons can garnish with syrup and butter slung from dainty cut-glass dishes. Strawberry rivulets cut channels through fluffy pancake stacks and cornbread. Additionally, health-conscious diners can concoct a wholesome fruit, yogurt, and granola parfait. For dessert, forks pierce a crackly crust before sinking into the apple crisp’s gooey center.
From their outpost near the academic halls of the University of Connecticut, the chefs at Sgt. Pepperoni spin hand-tossed pizzas in the style of New York’s great pizzerias. Friends split a 16-inch cheese pizza, baked on handmade dough and blanketed with mozzarella cheese and house-made sauce. Divvy up eight breadsticks splashed with savory sauce from a cup of marinara sauce, or use them as swords to duel for the last slice of pizza. Sgt. Pepperoni’s sentries stay on watch for rumbling stomachs until at least 2 a.m. every night, quenching appetites brought on by late-night study sessions or hunger strikes in protest of Daylight Savings Time.
The chefs at Smakosh Restaurant prepare an eclectic melange of Polish and American cuisines, from western omelets to homemade pierogis. In the morning, you can enjoy their classic American breakfast fare, including hefty omelets or waffles, or try one of the signature Polish dishes, such as whipped cheese-stuffed crepes topped with berries. After 11:30 a.m., you can dig into grilled kielbasa sausages, grilled cheeseburgers, and the latest soap operas if you bring in your own television.
Helmed by accredited nursery professional and certified landscape and garden consultant Jessica Carroll, Jessica's Garden caters to plant-happy patrons with a seasonal selection of greenery. Import a plot of fragrant lavender blossoms ($5.99), or spruce up quicksand traps with the desert-dwelling Red Beauty succulent ($3.99).