Restaurants in Southbury, CT

We’ve never actually seen a Southbury business district, but it’s a place we love driving through for a trio of Roadfood favorites., among them the least promising convenience store chicken shack called Patty’s Pantry. One bite of Patty’s crisp-crusted, succulent chicken puts all superficial prejudice aside and makes one realize that great fried chicken is not just a southern thing. Southbury also is home to the Laurel Diner, a lovely vintage hash house where sitting at the counter and watching the short-order cooks make corned beef hash is a mesmerizing experience. As for the hash itself, it’s among the best anywhere: a mix of brittle-crisp shreds of beef along with moist, brick-red filaments of beef whose pickly zest is perfectly balanced by soft pieces of potato. Finally, a favorite Roadfood destination is Denmo’s Snack and Dairy Bar. It’s an old-time drive-in with picnic-table seating and eat-in-the-rough service. (Place your order at the window, pay, and wait to pick up the meal when it’s ready.) Foot-long hot dogs are available with exclamatory hot relish, which is a central Connecticut passion. Denmo’s fried seafood is exemplary, as is a repertoire of made-from-scratch soups.

Southbury’s Most Famous Dishes

On a sunny picnic table, fried clams are piled high in a red-checked cardboard boat.

Fried Clams

Picked lobster meat is piled high in a long bun that has been butter-grilled on its sides ... Maine lobster roll

Lobster Roll

Kielbasa soup with tortellini & greens


A plate of silk-smooth broiled scallops in a puddle of lemon-caper butter


Southbury’s Best Restaurants

Pieces of fried chicken under a heat lamp
Patty’s Pantry


Warm picked lobster and melted butter in a toasted bun
Denmo’s Snack & Dairy Bar


Laurel Diner - Corned Beef Hash
Laurel Diner | Best Corned Beef Hash | Southbury, Connecticut


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Monster Hash

We’ve never met a cooked potato we didn’t like. Baked with butter, salt-boiled, fire-roasted, puréed with cream, au gratin, dauphinois, frittered, and french fried—all are surefire transformations of the homely...

Exterior view of Dave's showing gas pumps ... legendary chili dogs

Memorable Gas Station Food in America | Roadfood Bests

Fill Your Gas Tank and Your Stomach "Eat Here. Get Gas": It's a roadside jest as old as gas stations themselves. (Before gas stations, pioneering motorists bought gas in pharmacies.)...

Beautiful Vintage Diners

The term diner has come to mean almost any inexpensive cafe that serves breakfast. But true diners are an elite class of eatery. They are mid 20th century design...

Laurel Diner - Corned Beef Hash

Heavenly Corned Beef Hash

The only possible happy exclamation incited by corned beef hash spooned from a can is "Arf!" But freshly chopped and sizzled to a crisp, crowned with poached eggs eager...

On a sunny picnic table, fried clams are piled high in a red-checked cardboard boat.

Fried Clams | Whole Belly | New England Roadfood Bests

Few eats stir Yankee passions more intensely than fried clams. Most devoted clamophiles insist on whole belly clams (the big gooey ones), and while clam strips do tend to...


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