Ways to Dine Out While Staying In Last Updated 7/20
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.
Award-winning farm-to-table restaurant Jesup Hall in Westport will now be offering curbside pickup or delivery so people can taste their fine cuisine safely from their homes.
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 and delivery 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.
Another spot to pick up a meal kit is Pizza Post in Fairfield. This restaurant is offering a make-your-own pizza kit, which includes two small doughs, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
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 help those on the front lines, Toro Azteca Mexican Cantina in Manchester is offering 40% off takeout for first responders, nurses and doctors if they show ID. This same discount is applied for delivery to these personnel at hospitals and stations.
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 takeout and temporarily carrying a selection of meat in order to make your food shopping experience a little easier.
To accommodate both food needs and other necessities, The Essex in Centerbrook not only has curbside pickup, but is providing toilet paper and bleach with each order. The restaurant is also offering individualized assistance to the elderly and those struggling with children’s lunches due to school closures. They suggest calling the restaurant and asking to speak directly to Colt regarding this assistance.
Another Connecticut restaurant reaching out to the community during this time is The Griswold Inn in Essex, which is not only offering takeout including wine bar selections but also will donate $10 to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens for every order of $50 or more placed before April 19.
Junzi Kitchen launched "Share a Meal" with Healthcare Worker program, and have partnered with hospitals to provide food for healthcare workers. Every $10 that customers donate directly goes toward a free meal for healthcare workers.
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership has created a way to support its local restaurants. Their promotion, Spend & Win is giving away $25 gift cards to local restaurants to increase orders. Participants can enter to win one of the gift cards by following these easy steps: 1. Spend $10 or more at a Mansfield restaurant 2. Email a photo or screenshot of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Gift Card Giveaway – please include your name and phone number in your email 3. Enjoy your meal! The deadline to enter is Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Winners will be announced after Thursday, May 21, 2020.
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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 curbside pickup 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.
To help make takeout more affordable, special discounts and deals are being offered by many popular wineries and breweries in Connecticut. These Guys Brewing in Norwich is offering 20% off growler fills with any takeout order. Connecticut Valley Brewing Company in South Windsor is offering curbside delivery and 10% off gift cards, as well as selling their roasted coffee online. 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. Hog River Brewing Company, which is also in Hartford also has curbside pickup available, and in the spirit of hope for the future, is giving away “free drink” chips with every order to be used when the brewery re-opens. In Colchester, Priam Vineyards is offering curbside pickup as well as $10 shipping on 3, 6, and 12 bottle orders.
And finally, for those missing the community aspect of wineries and breweries, Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford is offering a Virtual Tasting Room which includes community posts and live streamed concerts.
In light of economic sensitivities during this time, many Connecticut restaurants are offering more than just safe takeout or delivery – they’re offering special discounts to make ordering-in more affordable.
Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook are both offering a 20% discount on takeout orders.
Terrain Garden Cafe in Westport is offering curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash, as well as 30% off your entire bill with the use of the code TERRAIN.
Another Connecticut hot spot, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, which has multiple locations across the state is pitching in by offering a $0.00 delivery fee through Uber Eats as well as free delivery on every bulk delivery order over $100.