Delicious Litchfield: Best Restaurant Awards Roll In

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At West Street Grill, Coconut Curry Shrimp with curry-ginger coconut sauce, zucchini, carrot and squash noodles, Shiitake mushroom, and black sesame seeds.
Connecticut Magazine‘s dining experts and readers sure love Litchfield restaurants!

The experts gave Overall Excellence awards to Arethusa al tavolo, Materia Ristorante, and Winvian Farm … and that’s just the beginning of the local honors.

All three were also honored in the Most Romantic category. Arethusa al tavolo also picked up Best Appetizers and Best Desserts awards, and joined Winvian in being honored for Best Wine Selection.

(Condé Nast Traveler also recently named Winvian of the 17 best wellness retreats in the world.)

At The Corner and West Street Grill were both given Best New American awards by the experts, who honored The Village Restaurant with a Best Traditional American award. That’s 3 hotspots right across from the Green in the town center being named the best of the best in Connecticut. (West Street Grill was also an Experts’ Pick for Best Lunch, and At the Corner was honored for Best Beer Selection.)

West Shore Seafood won a Best Seafood award from the experts. Meanwhile, Wood’s Pit BBQ in Bantam was named best BBQ in Litchfield County by the readers.

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A Meraki breakfast sandwich; source, Meraki Facebook page.
Meraki may be a tiny blink-and-miss-it spot just below Litchfield center, but the secret is certainly out that it’s a Connecticut hotspot for awesome breakfast sandwiches. Last October, Food & Wine included Meraki on its Best Breakfast in Every State list, and the Connecticut Magazine dining experts also celebrated Meraki as a breakfast haven.

Arethusa a mano in Bantam was also an Experts Pick for Best Breakfast. 

Meanwhile, Marketplace Tavern in the Old Lithfield Jail received Best Lunch and Best Overall Value awards (in conjuction with all the Marketplace locations).

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