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Where must I eat (preferably locally produced and/or organic) in CT and RI?

Hello Southern New England ‘Hounds – I have a trip planned the end of June to visit relatives who live just outside of Albany. Along with visiting, my main focus is to do some road trips to chow. My destination is not so much a specific city but good food. Driving and dinning are two of my favorite things, great people and great food, it doesn’t get much better. I need recommendations for spots with character and preferably locally produced and/or organic food. I would like to hit some chow spots in Connecticut and Rhode Island. As I read the board, I no doubt have to find out what this Apizza is all about and it appears ice cream will be included in the journey as well. Jfood if you are out there I follow you religiously on the MSP board. For a reference point I practically live at Brassa. Any help is much appreciated!

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  1. Go to New Haven for some pies, for sure. The best is Modern Apizza, at State Street and Humphrey Street. Order a white pie with mozz, fresh tomato, artichoke hearts, and basil -- heavenly. BAR, on Crown Street near College Street, runs a good second best. Don't miss out on a white pie with mozz, mashed potatoes, and bacon. Seriously. Many a local will tell you these are better than what you get on Wooster Street, and they'd be right.

    Caseus is a *fantastic* neighborhood corner bistro type place in New Haven, on Trumbull Street and Whitney Avenue. They're also a cheese shop, and a lot of their wares are incorporated into the menu. They do a lot with local, seasonal ingredients as well. The perfect restaurant, to my mind: casual atmosphere, friendly folks, and absolutely superb food. You can't have a bad time there, or a bad meal. Don't miss it.

    If you hit Providence, Sewaddee Thai Restaurant, on Hope St. near John St., is fantastic -- not much to look at, but wonderful authentic Thai.

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    1. re: MCU

      MCU -
      I love Thai food - that might be my reason to visit Providence.
      Thanks so much!!

      1. re: Td61

        I took a peek at their menu - mouth started to water.
        I've read about it in the past.
        I will add it to my list.

      2. Carole Peck's Good News Cafe (Woodbury, CT) is all about locally produced, organic food. And it tastes good, too. A little pricey, but I find it to be well worth it.

        If you're headed for the coast at all, fresh lobster (or clams, or any fresh seafood) is a must-eat; but since I've been inlander for quite a while, I'll leave the specifics to the experts.

        And for ice cream, I find Ferris Acres in Newtown to be a go-to place. They use their own cows' milk, make some interesting flavors, and it's just darn good stuff.

        Good News Cafe
        694 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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        1. re: harrie

          seriously, how can i pass up an ice cream shop that is on sugar street?

        2. Hey ST and thanks for the compliment. Heading to MSP as he types.

          In Fairfield County, lower west side of the state there are some places that jfood is friends with the owners and cannot post so others will chime in. For locavoring, there are not as many as in MSP, but some restaurants that use local grown items include Schoolhouse in Wilton and jfood will second the other poster's input of Carole Peck's Good News Cafe, although not in FFD CTY. Ice Cream is tough, if you are looking for an Izzy's equal. There is a place in Oxford, think it is called Mike's (jfood's MIL buys it for him all the time) and jfood tried Sunny Daes in Westport the other night and it was very good. Gellatissimo in New Canaan is outstanding.

          Finding food like Brassa, Alma, BLG, Meritage is more difficult out here. Mind you there are great restaurants, and if you give a different genre many Hounds can help as well.

          Sunny Daes
          808 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

          Izzy's Restaurant
          72 Spring St, New Bedford, MA 02740

          Meritage Restaurant
          5454 Post Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818

          Good News Cafe
          694 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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          1. re: jfood

            i want to eat at good news cafe now! especially after looking at the menu.
            thanks for the input - much appreciated
            i will be going to mertiage after i return to msp so it's all good.

            1. re: sweet thang

              jfood went to Harvest Supper in New Canaan last night. Majot positive recommendation as well.

              You need to try Victory 44 back in MSP

              Harvest Supper
              15 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840

              1. re: jfood

                been to V44 months ago. loved the food. some service/cleanliness issues that i had difficulty dealing with. i will give them another try - it's realatively close -so i HAVE to give them another try.

          2. +1 for Good News Cafe. This is our favorite place for celebrations. Very fresh, very creative, and decent sized portions.

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            1. re: junescook

              In the Connecticut River Valley, The River Tavern :


              They use locally sourced, seasonal food. Never had a bad meal.

              River Tavern
              23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412

              1. re: dennisl

                i've added it to my list. it's going to be a challenge to narrow it down
                i will report back

              1. re: Sean

                very interesting looking.
                have you ever stayed at the castle hill in?
                i hope to make it to newport

                1. re: sweet thang

                  Ihave not stayed at the Inn though I have toured the whole building and grounds and it is impeccable. I have eaten at the restaurant, incredible food and service

                  1. re: sweet thang

                    We just stayed at Castle Hill the past 2 nights...we were in one of the Harbor Houses...small, but very very nice. We ate dinner and were very pleasantly surprised, the food was delicious, service was good, views can't be beat. They also include breakfast if you stay there...I had poached eggs over lobster hash...yum!!!