What is Western Connecticut’s restaurant scene like?

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The dining scene in Western Connecticut and the surrounding areas is eclectic and exciting, with a variety of dining experiences to choose from, including plenty of New American bistro fare. Community Table, which uses locally sourced ingredients, serves up fresh, seasonal delights in a farm-to-table experience and features a menu that changes daily.

Savor the classical, colonial charm of the area - and fine American dining - at Adrienne in New Milford, where you can cozy up to a fireplace or dine alfresco on the patio while savoring such dishes as crab-stuffed shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and pepper crusted, farm-raised venison. For the latest in New American cuisine, head over to Carole Peck’s Good News Café in Woodbury, which features many classic meals with a twist, like baked lobster macaroni drizzled with truffle oil, the antelope cheeseburger on toasted brioche roll and the open-faced BLT with mozzarella and falafel fries.

In New Preston, Oliva serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes like Moroccan eggplant, spinach and ricotta ravioli, and grilled garlic bruschetta. Savor everything from homemade ravioli of the day to hoisin-glazed beef short ribs at West Street Grill, On the Green in Litchfield, featuring fresh and eclectic modern American fare, as well as a French bistro menu.

If you seek fresh sushi and other Japanese fare, Norimaki in Washington Depot will satisfy your cravings. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes, overseen by executive chef Makoto Sekikawa, is the black cod in miso sauce; the vegetarian Goma Dufu - a.k.a. sesame tofu - is also a favorite.

All things combined, we think you’ll find the dining options in Western Connecticut surprisingly varied and fresh - not exactly what you’d expect outside a big city, but that’s what makes the Western Connecticut food scene distinct.

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