Ways to Dine Out While Staying In Last Updated: February 2021
During this trying time, many Connecticut restaurants that have shifted their offerings to accommodate safety – and have gone the extra mile to support the community and make in-home eating enjoyable.
Many restaurants in the state are now offering takeout or delivery, and we wanted to highlight a few that are offering particularly notable experiences. As the state’s situation quickly evolves, each restaurant’s offering may evolve just as quickly, so be sure to check with each spot before placing your order.
Fine Dining from Home
With the extraordinary circumstances of the times, many fine dining spots are now offering special takeout or delivery services.
Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam, another high-end farm-to-table restaurant will provide a takeout option they've named “al tavolo at home,” which allows customers to experience their fresh food in the comfort of their homes.
This award-winning restaurant is offering a daily selections of soups, salads, sandwiches, pies, lasagnas for takeout for their fine cuisine can be enjoyed at home.
This high-end spot known for its seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is offering takeout to bring their fine food right into your home.
A Meal & Activity
To spread a little hope during trying times, many Connecticut restaurants are creating unique offers to hopefully make dining in-home a household event. Below are a few places to check out. For more restaurants offering take-home meal-kits, click here.
For at-home food and drink, meal kit offerings are popping up across the state to make eating more than just eating – but an activity. Sayulita in South Glastonbury is not only open for take out, but also has take-home margarita mixes available to bring their famous drinks right to your kitchen.
Luna Pizza in West Hartford is offering take-home pizza kits to create your own pizza with the whole family while safely indoors.
Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill in New Haven is offering make-your-own taco and margarita kits that can be ordered in a variety of sizes and taken to-go.
Conspiracy Bar in Middletown is another spot to find a cocktail kit. This spot is offering a special to-go cocktail list featuring make-your-own kits that come with all the ingredients to make 1-2 specialty drinks at home.
Helping the Community
In addition to supplying food during challenging times, many restaurants are going above and beyond to help others and lighten the load many are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One restaurant that's going above and beyond for the community is Wooster Hollow Cafe in Ridgefield. To help those who have become unemployed due to COVID-19, they will serve free takeout breakfast and lunch to those who have lost their jobs. Breakfast will be one of their famous egg sandwiches with hot coffee and for lunch a delicious mushroom or noodle soup, a hard roll, and a can of soda will be served.
To create less stops for shoppers, Grass & Bone in Mystic is offering fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, and locally raised meats for preparation in your own kitchen in addition to ready-made meals.
Similarly, Apple Barrel at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield will be offering Meals-to-Go takeout options to make your food shopping experience a little easier.
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership has created a way to support its local restaurants. Their promotion, Spend & Win is giving away special prizes when you order from local restaurants. Participants can enter to win one of the gift cards by following these easy steps: 1. $25 or more at a Mansfield restaurant 2. Email a photo or screenshot of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, please include your name and phone number in your email 3. Enjoy your meal! The deadline to enter is through February, 2021. Winners will be announced after February 28, 2021.
Fill your fridge. Whether your store shelves are empty, or you feel more comfortable at home, we’re here to help with our weekly menus for pickup or delivery. We're taking care of your grocery shopping for all of the essentials, plus some of your Kitchen favorites. For Tuesday pick up or delivery, place your order by Sunday at 5 p.m. For Friday pick up or delivery, place your order by Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Breweries & Wineries
For those 21 and older, Connecticut’s breweries and wineries are finding ways to serve you safely during this time.
Favorite spots like Maugle Sierra Wines in Ledyard and Brignole Vineyards in Granby are offering grab-and-go wine pickup, while breweries such as Urban Lodge Brewing Company in Manchester and Brewery Legitimus in New Hartford are doing the same with beer orders. Problem Solved Brewery in East Windsor even has a drive-up beer-to-go window.
Many wineries and breweries are offering pickup for both drinks and food. Half Full Brewery in Stamford is offering curbside beer pick-up and food truck takeout on weekends, Elicit Brewing in Manchester has takeout and curbside pickup for crowlers and pizza, Kinsmen Brewing in Milldale has takeout for craft beers and pizza, and Chamard Vineyards in Clinton is offering takeout or curbside pickup for food and wine. Charter Oak Brewing in Danbury is also offering curbside pickup as well as hosting virtual Trivia Nights on their Facebook.
In Hartford, City Steam Brewery Café is also offering 20% off takeout and curbside pickup – and with every purchase of a beer growler and $50 in food, customers will receive an extra growler for only $1. For more at-home drinks, try these take-home libations throughout the state.