The Best Things to Eat in Connecticut


What is Missed

Having recently moved south from Connecticut after living and eating there for 40+ years, I am loving shrimp and grits, local peaches, and, of course, barbecue; but there are dishes I am sad to have left behind. Here are the five restaurants and, their one of a kind dishes, that can’t be found anywhere but Connecticut.

  • Clams are what you should order at Sea Swirl. Our favorite dishes are the “Fried Clam Plate” that comes with clams, fries, slaw and tartar sauce, and the “Clam Strip Roll” which is made with whole bellied clams.
  • Dressed with onions, chili and cheese, the dogs served at Kamp Dog are one of a kind. Their weenies are cooked till they are crisp enough to pop when bitten into before being placed in a buttered and grilled Yankee bun.
  • The Lunch Box brings an unusual creativity to their burgers. The “Military Burger, for example, received the “Most Creative” award in the towns annual burger battle. However, the classic steamed cheeseburger is what I miss most.
  • The pizza served at Zuppardi’s Apizza is among the best we have ever had. Weather you order the fresh tomato pizza, a sausage pie, sausages are made in house, or one of the two clam pizzas, you cannot go wrong.
  • Dr. Mike’s serves the richest ice cream we have ever had. If you could somehow make ice cream out of solely a Hershey chocolate bar, it may not even be as rich as Dr. Mike’s chocolate ice cream.

Sea Swirl

A former Carvel stand on Route One east of Mystic, Connecticut, Sea Swirl serves some of the best fried clams on the New England shore.


Kamp Dog

Making the best hot dogs in southeastern Connecticut, Kamp Dog also serves wicked-good breakfasts. Hand-cut French fries round out a wonderful menu.



The Lunchbox is a best source of Meriden, Connecticut's unique steamed cheeseburger, which is extremely juicy with tangy molten cheese on a sturdy bun.


Zuppardi’s Apizza

New Haven, Connecticut pizza is great. Zuppardi's of West Haven may be even better: the best white clam pizza on earth. House-made sausage, too.


Dr. Mike’s

Small-batch, artisan ice cream at its finest has made Dr. Mike's of Bethel, Connecticut, one of the very best places in the USA for a sweet tooth to visit.