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Sep 14, 2010 01:47 PM

Essex Ct Recs

We will be in the area around dinner on Thursday night, anything that we should not miss? SO is vegetarian,so there does need be a good veggie choice. I would prefer seafood but am flexible.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. My recs in the vicinity would be:
    The Copper Beech Inn (French-oriented, big $$, but the less expensive Brassirie Pip is at the same location),
    Gabrielle's in Centerbrook is not far -
    The Griswold Inn right in Essex is a perennial favorite with many -
    or go a little north to the River Tavern -
    My vegan son always assures me that any decent restaurant will accommodate a vegetarian. I have seen him get some amazing food! Its sort of a challenge to the kitchen, and they generally don't disappoint. You might want to warn them, though.

    River Tavern
    23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412

    Copper Beech Inn
    46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

    Griswold Inn
    36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426

    1. Having been at Gabrielles and Brasserie Pip recently, I can echo the recommendation for both of them. River Tavern, which makes a big deal about using local products, is also a good choice. All either have vegetarian entrees, or you can mix and match from their small plates and appetizers. Cafe Routier in nearby Westbrook is also a top choice.

      Brasserie Pip
      46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

      River Tavern
      23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412