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Casual Dining in Connecticut

Casual dining, but with a regional touch, is found in all parts of Connecticut. Did you know that the hamburger was invited at Louis' Lunch in New Haven? That's right. That seaside city also is famous for its authentic Italian pizza, which you can find at Sally's Apizza and Frank Pepe's The Spot.
Other casual restaurants everywhere welcome families and people on the go. Take a sandwich break and plan family activities for your vacation.

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Irons Restaurant - Hilton Mystic - Mystic, CT - Photo Credit Don Miguel Photography
Hilton Mystic

20 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-572-0731

Delicious casual dining at the Hilton Mystic

Explore 19th century coastal life in scenic and historic Mystic, with this hotel as your home away from home. You won’t have to go far to enjoy great dining. Enjoy breakfast and a delicious evening menu at the lobby bar, or order from room service for the ultimate convenience. The IRONS restaurant, located on site, offers live entertainment, locally-sourced seafood, creative classics, and dishes to share all made with seasonal and local ingredients. Choose from over two dozen revolving craft beers on tap and a generous selection of premium wines and spirits with an evolving fascination with whiskey, bourbon and scotch.
Morgan's Restaurant - Interlaken Inn - Lakeville CT
Interlaken Inn

74 Interlaken Road (Route 112) Lakeville, CT, 06039 Phone: 860-435-9878 Toll-Free: 800-222-2909

Morgan’s Restaurant at Interlaken Inn

From the farm to your fork, Morgan’s Restaurant prides itself on its local focus. Enjoy seasonally-inspired cuisine and cocktails on the new outdoor deck at Morgan’s restaurant, with all new decor and deliciously fresh menu offerings. Casual but oh-so-elegant: That’s a perfect description of dining at Morgan’s restaurant at the Interlaken Inn, where farm-to-table is not just an expression but a passion. Menus feature local vegetables, grass-fed meat, cheese from area artisans and herbs from the inn’s own kitchen garden. That means at a given lunch or dinner you might be starting with roasted carrot and sunflower seed hummus, moving on to pork schnitzel, potato & ricotta gnocchi, or a luscious lamb burger before finishing with an exquisitely presented dessert. Morgan’s also features vegetarian and vegan options, like our farro bowl, fried artichokes, and cauliflower flatbread. Both the restaurant and bar offerings are seasonally inspired, and the atmosphere is the ultimate in comfort. Don’t forget to leave a little time for a walk to the lovely lake front.
Wethersfield Diner - Historic Wethersfield, CT
Historic Wethersfield

No problem pleasing your tastebuds when dining in this historic town

Restaurants in Wethersfield take the notion that variety is the spice of life seriously. Dining options in this historic town range from Italian eateries and Mexican cantinas to Chinese restaurants, organic food markets and diners. And don’t forget desert, from Italian ices and pastries to the frozen delights of a neighborhood creamery. Options include both familiar chain restaurants and unique local places. Whether you’re seeking fresh seafood, artfully presented sushi, mouth-watering pizza or the spicy curries of India, you can find it all in Wethersfield, amid charming historic homes and welcoming shops.
Half Shell Clams - Stonington Borough Merchants - Stonington, CT
Stonington Borough Connecticut

From fine dining to oyster bars and casual fare, this village has it all

The dining in Stonington Borough is as eclectic as the shopping in this charming seaside village – and just as satisfying. Start your day with a stack of blueberry pancakes at Noah’s Restaurant, grab lunch at the Yellow House Coffee and Tea Room and go for casual seaside dining at Dogwatch or the oyster bar and innovative cuisine at the Water Street Cafe. Or go for an authentic Mexican meal at the Milagro Cafe. Locals will tell you every restaurant is terrific. It just depends on what you feel like eating! And if you just want to “graze,” check out Saturday morning’s Farmers Market, on the Town Dock in the summer and in the Velvet Mill when the season turns colder.
Sunday Jazz Brunch - Old Lyme Inn - Old Lyme, CT
Old Lyme Inn

85 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Phone: 860-434-2600

Something for every diner to love at this historic inn’s restaurant

At the Old Lyme Inn, in the historic Art District of one of New England’s loveliest small towns, dining is special. Literally. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the chef creates a special, seasonal menu. It might feature short rib mac and cheese and seafood stew one night; on another night, a whole series of new dishes to treat your tastebuds. And Sunday Jazzy Brunch is not to be missed, with brunch items from chocolate chip pancakes to turkey and avocado BLTs. Desserts include house-made ice cream, Coke floats and Boston cream pie. Dine inside or outside on umbrellas on a picturesque patios. Finish your night with a custom-made cocktail while enjoying live music at the Side Door, a world-class jazz club.
Restaurant Porron - The Goodwin Hotel - Hartford, CT
Restaurant Porrón

at The Goodwin - One Haynes Street Hartford, CT, 06103 Phone: 860-246-1881

Spanish-Inspired Mees New England Tradition

When Chef Tyler Anderson does something he goes all in, and Restaurant Porrón is a testament to that. Anderson and his team execute incredible Spanish-inspired dishes, and further delight with a ham bar (that is now officially a thing), 60 wine offerings by the glass (plus oh so many bottles), and an atmosphere that is sure to make you stick around for hours (do it, it will totally be worth it).
What Restaurant Porrón offers is not just a meal, it's an experience.