Posts Tagged“restaurant”

The Pantry

The Pantry in Washington Depot lands firmly in the “Litchfield County institution” category. Celebrating 40 years in business, there couldn’t be a more warm and welcoming place to get a bite to eat. The Pantry is a sandwich shop with distinction. Soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and salads that will satisfy all the taste buds! We imagine that everyone in the Depot stops in at one point throughout the week, plus many, many more on the weekends. An above average sandwich shop that is worth the drive!

Owners Michael and Nancy Ackerman are almost always on hand to greet their customers with a smile and a laugh, alongside store manager Zoe Velush-Rogers. Hospitality is what it’s all about here, like a warm hug from a favorite aunt and uncle. Have a browse through what we sampled, plus we chat with Michael and Nancy about their unique community meeting spot!

Restaurant: Tavern off the Green, Litchfield

When you are hankering for: Contemporary American with influences from all ethnicities

Occasion: We were headed north to the Warner Theater to do a feature on MOMIX and needed to fuel up for the night ahead! Tavern off the Green was conveniently located on Route 202, en route to Torrington.

Restaurant: Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant, 53 Main Street, Kent, Connecticut

When you are hankering for: New American, eclectic, seasonal, comforting food. A restaurant steeped in history (family run and owned since 1973) serving up some classic favorites plus specialties that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else around here. When you want to sit by the fire and have the best Caesar salad or filet au poivre made for you tableside. Also, for those who like to choose from an extensive wine list (28 pages and they have made the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence every year since 1992). The Fife ‘n Drum is a beloved Kent institution. The ambiance feels like a hug from a loved one – it’s so darn cozy. The perfect place to go after an afternoon of shopping in Kent on a cold, frosty day! We loved every moment of our 20-course meal…

Kingsley Tavern

Restaurant: Kingsley Tavern, Kent

When you are hankering for: “Creative, fresh food from local farms, and a great selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails in a friendly, casual setting.”

Occasion: Comfort eating season is upon us…we knew Kingsley Tavern would be just the ticket!

Jam Food Shop

Do NOT look at JAM’s Instagram account if you are hungry. Ok do, but make sure you know you’ll be going there soon! JAM Food shop, found within Sharon Farm Market, makes photogenic food, not to mention really delicious food. We decided that while we were up in Sharon checking out Kokoro, we’d put a visit to JAM firmly on our schedule. We’ve been drooling over their Insta long enough.

John’s Café

Restaurant: John’s Cafe, Woodbury

When you are hankering for: A “bistro-style dining experience featuring fresh, innovative New American dishes that often resonate a Mediterranean flair.”

Today’s occasion: We were both hungry. It was our first outing since Lora got married. We were celebrating carbs being back on the table. 

Bottle Stop Wine and The Hopkins Inn collaborating to put on a special food and wine event was the perfect pairing. The evening affair would include four courses and dessert made by talented Chef Franz Reiter of The Hopkins Inn, with a different wine for each course picked out by Bottle Stop Wine and Spirit.

When invited to attend and report back to our readers – we were happy to oblige…

The Gooseboro Drive-In restaurant in Bantam, selling classic roadside fare (ice cream cones, burgers and dogs, fried pickles…), is one of those places that is quintessentially Litchfield County. We could do a tour of all the great “blast from a better past” longstanding drive-ins we have in the area. Hmm, good idea. Thanks, readers – perhaps we will just have to tour them all!

Do you want an out-of-the-ordinary eating experience? A taste bud adventure? Community Table in Washington will deliver on this, along with their mission – to keep everything as local and as seasonable as possible. Naturally, ingredients are almost all locally sourced and even foraged in some cases, by Executive Chef Marcell Davidsen. They also do their own salting, smoking, pickling, drying, and curing.

Keeping it local from the start (6 years ago) Community Table was designed and built by a local architect and builder. A couple of the amazing tables inside were handcrafted by local woodworkers with local wood (including one huge black walnut community table). Kent Falls Brewing and Litchfield Distillery are available at the bar. Pre-tty cool.

After our fun morning in the kitchen and bar making dessert and Palomas – recipes here – we sat with the team for a little chit chat time.

We spent a morning with the talented team at Community Table restaurant in Washington: Executive Chef Marcell Davidsen, Chef de Patisserie Matthew Neele, and Jamie Monahan, Mixologist/Bartender. We asked them to share with us (and you) a couple of their current favorite recipes. 

Enjoy our quick “how-to” videos – and written directions below (let us know if you make either one)! Tomorrow – we gab with the team, so check back…