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6 Best Foods to Try in Connecticut

Connecticut is home to countless mouth-watering restaurants, as well as famous food creations that help put the state on the map. Connecticut cuisine is characterized by its extensive use of seafood from our seaports and fishing industry, as well as dairy from our inland farmlands. Freshly sourced ingredients, together with a little New England ingenuity, combine to make a meal that is unique to the Nutmeg State. 

White Clam Pizza

Frank Pepe Pizzeria is known for its Napoletana’s white clam pizza which has been served since 1925 on New Haven’s historic Wooster Street. If you’re in the area, grabbing a slice of the white clam pizza will offer you a taste of the region and its history that now draws long lines of eager customers. The white clam pizza has inspired many but has no competition; topped with Romano cheese, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and clams, the slice combines a chewy center with charred crust for a delightful bite. Experience an authentic Connecticut slice that combines the state’s love for seafood with a delicious pizza pie. 

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a classic treat throughout the Nutmeg State. While most popular during the Autumn months, pumpkin pie never disappoints. Head on over to Michele’s Pies for a delectable variety of fruit, nut and cream pies, and the famous Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Each sweet bite is brimming with tradition from locally sourced ingredients within the state. 

The Lobster Roll

No trip to New England would be complete without some fresh seafood by the shore. But what many people don’t know is that the Lobster Roll was invented right here in Connecticut at a restaurant named Perry’s in Milford, back in 1929! Hot and buttered lobster rolls are a must-try for anyone visiting our state. This version is often called “Connecticut style” lobster roll as opposed to the lobster salad roll often served in other New England destinations, which comes with mayo and celery.

Steamed Cheeseburgers

Forget the greasy charred burgers! This central Connecticut specialty is something that everyone needs to try at least once. The steamed cheeseburger is believed to have been invented at a restaurant called Jack’s Lunch in Middletown, Connecticut. 

The hamburger is topped with cheese and steamed in little stainless-steel boxes before being served on a roll. The end result is a moist, juicy burger that can be topped with any toppings of your choice. Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden is the most famous eatery that serves steamed cheeseburgers. They also operate food trucks that serve these delicious cheeseburgers all around the Hartford area. 


Treat yourself to a cinnamon-sugar-coated doughnut at Stamford breakfast and lunch spot which has been serving their patrons for more than 50 years. Their doughnuts are revered throughout the region for their moist interior and a subtle outer crust. If you decide to stop at the Stamford breakfast and lunch spot, you’ll enjoy a view of the Holts Ice Pond, but don’t hesitate to take a box of doughnuts for the road. 

The New Englander

While in New England, grab a New Englander as you explore Fairfield! The New Englander is a hot dog split, grilled, and topped with sauerkraut, bacon, white onions, mustard and relish. This dog finds its roots in Super Duper Weenie, a local favorite since 1992, that sources fresh ingredients and makes toppings in-house. Super Duper Weenie has a marvelous selection of hot dogs and toppings to try inspired by states throughout the nation, but we recommend beginning your journey with The New Englander. 

Tour Connecticut’s Food While Visiting Delamar 

For a getaway you will truly savor, visit one of our Connecticut Delamar locations, each home to an award-winning restaurant. Artisan Southport offers a New England-style farm-fresh dining experience in a beautiful courtyard. Be sure to try out our Warm Lobster Rolls made with fresh tarragon, chives and clarified butter! L’escale, our Mediterranean–inspired restaurant, has a waterfront view right on the harbor in Greenwich. And Artisan West Hartford, boasts a stunning garden and outdoor patio.

Location is key when visiting Connecticut. With three distinct hotels throughout the state, Delamar provides the ideal home base as you explore our culinary history. Venture out and sample the flavors of New England. Then, return to Delamar where you will enjoy the utmost level of excellence, luxury in hospitality and the sweetest dreams.

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