The Febuary 2013 issue of Connecticut Magazine will feature the Experts' Picks of the Best Restaurants and among the honorees are local favorites including Hilltop BBQ in Moodus, The Gelston House in East Haddam and The Blue Oar in Haddam.
From Connecticut Magazine's website:
Late last year, we sent out ballots to a group of 89 dining-out experts we’d put together from among reviewers, food writers and editors, cookbook authors, bloggers, and other avid diners we know to have a wide knowledge of Connecticut restaurants. We asked them to name their favorite restaurants in 25 dining categories. They responded—hungrily—and we are happy to present the results of their votes. The Top 5 finishers in each category are listed in alphabetical order and are all entitled to call themselves “Best” on our behalf. The accompanying comments come from the panelists. The runners-up—excellent, all—are included for you to perhaps try out and assess yourselves. Many other worthy establishments received votes, too, but not enough to be included. One thing is clear, however: The dining-out firmament in Connecticut is as rich as ever.
Here are the categories our local hot spots were featured in:
Bobby Q's, Westport
The Cookhouse, New Milford
Hilltop BBQ Steakhouse, Moodus
Jeff's Cuisine, Norwalk
Pit Stop BBQ, New Britain
BEST OUTDOOR DINING:
Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook
Hopkins Inn, New Preston
L'Orcio, New Haven
The Fireside Tavern at Sharpe Hill, Pomfret
Blue Oar, Haddam; Rooftop 120, Glastonbury; Gelston House, East Haddam; Sage, New Haven; Abbot's Lobster in the Rough, Noank