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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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Hampton Inn Shelton CT Dining Area - Hampton Inns New England
Hampton Inns of New England

Hotels’ piping hot breakfasts a great way to begin your exploration vacation

There’s so much to explore when you stay at one of the seven Connecticut inns that are part of Hampton Inn Hotels of New England. And how better to start your getaway adventures than with a piping hot breakfast? Complimentary hot breakfasts with options from eggs and waffles to fruit and pastries are just one of the many amenities at Hampton inns. All of the hotels also have free wifi, spacious rooms, flexible booking options with free changes and cancellations and great service. Many also have business centers, indoor pools and fitness centers and shuttles to nearby transportation hubs, shopping areas and other attractions. Those attractions range from casinos a short drive from the Groton and Springfield/South Enfield inns to beaches and lakes in Danbury and Milford.
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.
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.
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.
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.