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any must try special food from hudson valley and/or connecticut???

looking to try any special regional food from hudson valley and/or connecticut.. thanks so much!!

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  1. Are you looking for the particular food or the restaurants they serve it in??

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    1. re: GIOny

      particular food for example in maryland, you must try crab cakes

    2. Tally one vote for New Haven Pizza. I don't even want to begin to get into the eternal "Who's Better" fight that rages on, but if you go to any of the major players you'll get the idea. Be prepared to stand in line and wait awhile, but I think it's worth it. It's all part of the experience.

      This thread explains all: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/394240

      1. It depends on what part of CT you'll be in. If you're in SE - there's some great fried seafood places. New Haven has tons of great food, pizza included.

        overall I think our best "special food" is anything non chain. Friends from oos ask what my fav restuarant is, and I get into "this indian place down the street..." before I realize they just want me to say Chili's so we can talk about their love of boneless hot wings :)

        1. I would say at this time of year, apple pie or any apple dessert made on site from local apples is a good choice.

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          1. re: 2busymom

            Definitely apples. I had a lovely Black Twig apple tonight (got from the greenmarket farmer from upstate). I'd never had one before. It's was lovely and tart and crisp.

            Oh, and the apples with some amazing goat cheese from Coach Farm (in Pine Plains).

          2. Cider donuts. Many HV orchards have them and make them fresh - they are a special treat but must be warm and just cooked.

            1. Thank you for some great ideas!

              1. I have seen on menus out ot the area serve "Husdon Valley foie gras" and assorted "Hudson Valley cheeses".

                1. The Hudson Valley has 11 Farmstead Artisinal Cheesemakers. Sheep, Goats, Cows, Organic, Biodynamic and most of them amazing! 42 wineries as well. Foi Gras, Orchards, Dairy, veggie growers, Currants, duck farms, etc. etc. It is emerging as a gastroenomic distination. The CIA is a big part of that movement as these great chefs are staying in the area or heading to NYC and are militantly loyal to there Hudson Valley Farmers.