The COVID-19 pandemic is making 2020 look more like a bad sci-fi B-movie. And since we can barely go out like we used to for fun food trips – among the best things to do in South Windsor, CT – we are featuring some of the wonderful dining spots here and in Hartford where you can still enjoy their awesome food offerings via delivery and/or takeout.
Lobster rolls, anyone?
If there’s a particular dish you can attach to Connecticut, this would be the state’s famous lobster rolls. You can get these seafood delights in the following dining spots:
Burtons Grill & Bar (South Windsor branch)
The Promenade Shops, 100 Evergreen Way, South Windsor
* Order online here or via GrubHub; available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery
This restaurant serves contemporary American dishes but the stars of the show here are its seafood dishes. Must-tries are their lobster rolls and calamari. Another trademark of the South Windsor branch is their spacious patio which is now open and available for socially distant seating.
J’s Crab Shack
2074 Park Street, Hartford
* Available for dine-in and takeout
A relative newcomer in Hartford, this seafood place has a remarkable array of food offerings from clams to – of course – crabs. Patrons swear by the generous portions of their food and the fresh ingredients at reasonable prices. Lobster rolls here are rich by any standard; they make quite a meal.
The adventurous eater will revel in the exotic flavors and tastes of Asian cuisine. Check out these restaurants in South Windsor, CT that have Asian dishes on their menu:
Sawadee Thai Cuisine
465 Buckland Road, South Windsor
* Order via DoorDash
Take your Thai food cravings to the next level at Sawadee Thai Cuisine! They have an amazing array of curries for entrees, as well as chef-recommended specialties like Pla Gra-Pao (red snapper with basil), as well as Gai Pu Kao Fire (volcano chicken) for a spicy kick.
Yummy Yummy Chinese Restaurant
450 Franklin Avenue, Hartford
* Order online here
The name perfectly describes the food of this Hartford restaurant. They offer a modern take on classic Chinese recipes with only the freshest ingredients used for every dish. For an extra dash of hot, try General Tso’s Chicken. Another exciting entry on the menu is Beef with Scallops in oyster sauce.
Buono Italian treats
You get pizza, pasta, and more in these delightful Connecticut restaurants:
1735 Ellington Road, South Windsor
* Order via DoorDash
When you have a chef named Sal Mazzarella at the helm of a pizzeria, expect great things to come from it, primarily authentic Italian treats. They have all types of pizzas for your kind of craving but the gourmet and Sicilian varieties are truly done the Italian way. They also have pasta, paninis, and calzones for the complete Italian experience.
Paul’s Ranch House and Pizza
3281 Main Street, Hartford
* Order via UberEats or GrubHub
For those who can’t decide whether to go for classic American comfort food or wonderful Italian fare, this Hartford restaurant can give you both. Have a taste of their crowd favorite, the buffalo wings. Pair these with Ziti with Sausage pasta and you got a hearty meal for the win!
Best places for a coffee break
A cuppa Joe never hurt anyone, especially those in need of a hot brew to kickstart their day. Here are some cozy cafes for your coffee fix:
765 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor
* Curbside pickup only
Brews in this quaint South Windsor coffee place are remarkable and well-crafted, you’ll keep on coming back for more. While you won’t find any birds here, the shop owners are committed to protecting the local environment. In fact, they are proud supporters of the Connecticut Audubon Society that cares for bird populations and habitats. So, get your coffee and save the birds!
Story and Soil Coffee
387 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
* Preorder via the Cloosiv app; available for dining in, curbside pickup, and takeout
This coffee place may be small but the lattes and light snacks are exciting and worth your while. They are also very much into community activities like fundraisers and similar events. People keep talking about their Spanish Latte and Caramel Latte. Meanwhile, vegans will love their special sandwiches like the Avocado Toast.
If apart from good elementary schools, you also want a locale that provides thoughtfully prepared food which can be enjoyed even at home, then South Windsor is the place for you. With over 30 years of our combined real estate experience, we – Kathy Danais and Lisa Gordon – can help you find the best real estate options here. Get in touch with us here.