Nothing makes me smile quite like the seafood season in New England, quality time with my sister and BYOB restaurants – where you’ll always see me with Poema Cava my favorite sparkling wine to pair with seafood!
With summer weather here, and as we continue into Stage 2 of coronavirus guidelines, my favorite outdoor BYOB restaurants are finally opening back up. Not only are visiting these restaurants a great way to support small businesses but they’re also a perfect way to enjoy the company of your friends while social distancing. With guidelines constantly changing I do recommend clicking on the links for each restaurant below – to check out their availability along with if they’re seating outdoors that day or if you need to make a reservation in advance. Now without further ado, I’ve gone ahead and listed 7 BYOB Restaurants In Connecticut Worth Visiting.
Ford’s Lobster Restaurant – Noank, CT | With a full lunch and dinner menu featuring lobster dishes, you can bring summer to your plate year-round (they’re only closed in February). Try the Lobster BLT! If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on a boat, you can dock right on the property. Plus, if you’re dining outdoors Ford’s allows you to bring your pet!
Blue Oar Restaurant – Haddam, CT | Park or dock for some music, delicious food, and river breeze! With classics like New England Clam Chowder, burgers, and seafood tacos on the menu – there’s something for everyone. Plus, they offer over 20 homemade desserts but don’t forget to bring cash – as they are cash only!
Pachanga Empanadas Argentinas – West Hartford, CT | This Argentine restaurant uses local Connecticut fruits and veggies for their authentic dishes. Diners can choose from a menu of sweet, savory, or fried empanadas filled with veggies, meats, fruits, or cheeses. Unique salads are menu staples too! Currently, they are offering only take-out and curbside pickup.
River Street Restaurant – Milford, CT | If you’re craving homemade Italian food River Street offers authentic pizza, pasta, eggplant, chicken, and veal dishes. They also offer gluten-free options! They accept cash only payments and are currently offering only take-out and curbside pickup.
The Firestone – Manchester, CT | This Art Studio and Cafe is worth a visit! The studio is home to pottery painting, classes, and glass fusing; while the cafe offers a full menu of coffee and tea, build-your-own toast (think avocado and hummus!) and salads with farro, kale, and green goddess dressing.
littleBUDDAH – Stamford, CT | This small, stylish spot offers popular authentic Thai cuisine with no corking fee. Visitors can pick from a long list of noodle bowls, curries, and rice bowls. littleBUDDAH’s menu is filled with many vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options too! Currently offering take-out and delivery.
Heibeck’s Stand – Wilton, CT | This seasonal restaurant is home to classic burgers and dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, shrimp po’ boys, and all-natural ice cream. Plus, they make their own sauces! Open with limited hours.