BEST OF 2019: And here are the winners!


Best of desserts & coffee

Best Cup Of Coffee

Ashlawn Farms

Best Ice Cream Parlor

Ashley’s Ice Cream, Branford, Guilford, Madison

Sweet Luna, Old Saybrook

Sweet P’s, Essex

Best Cakes To Go

Fresh Market, Guilford

J-Cakes, North Branford

Take The Cake, Guilford

Best bagels and breakfast, etc.

Best Bagels

Cohen's, Madison

Julie's Cup Of Joe, Westbrook

Best Local Donuts

Beach Donuts, Clinton

Blazing Fresh Donuts, Guilford

Whitney Donuts, Hamden

Best Muffins

Still Delicious Bakery, Westbrook

New England Muffin Factory, Southington

The Hidden Kitchen, Guilford

Best Breakfast Nook

Christy's, Madison, Westbrook

Turtle Café, Westbrook

Whistle Stop Café, Deep River

Best Sunday Brunch

Water’s Edge, Westbrook

La Luna, Branford

The Tea Kettle, Old Saybrook

Best food purveyors

Best Independent Food Market

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, Guilford

Robert’s Food Center, Madison

Nica’s Market, New Haven

Best Natural Food Market

Foodworks, Guilford, Old Saybrook

Whole Foods, Milford

Fresh Market, Guilford

Best Seafood Store

Starfish Market, Guilford

Saybrook Seafood, Old Saybrook

Bud’s Seafood, Branford

Best Neighborhood Butcher

Forte's, Guilford

Robert's Food Center, Madison

Shoreline Prime, Branford

Best Native Produce Stand

Scott's Farm Store, Old Saybrook

Jake's Farm Stand, Madison

Medlyn Farms, Branford

Best Gourmet Foods To Go

Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook

Tea Kettle, Old Saybrook

Schoolhouse Deli, Madison

Best Selection Of Cheeses

Fromage, Old Saybrook

Madison Cheese, Madison

Liuzzi, North Haven

Best Bakery

Hen And Heifer, Guilford

G Cafe Bakery, Branford

Savour Café & Bakery, Centerbrook

Best Salads

Pasta Avest, Guilford

Savour Bakery And Café, Centerbrook

Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook

Best Liquor Store

Shore Discount Liquors, Deep River

Wine Thief, Madison

Madison Wine Exchange, Madison

Best restaurants

Best Italian Restaurant

The Bistro, Guilford

Luigis, Old Saybrook

Log Cabin, Clinton

Best Asian Cuisine

Mr. J’s Asian Fusion, Guilford

Saigon City, Old Saybrook

Taste Of China, Clinton

Best American Cuisine

Red House, Deep River

Reverie Kitchen, Branford

South Lane Bistro, Guilford

Best French Cuisine

Reverie Kitchen, Branford

Le Petit Café, Branford

Union League Café, New Haven

Best Mexican Cuisine

Taqueria Cinco food truck, Guilford

Tequila’s, Old Saybrook

Jalapeno Heaven, Branford

Best Pizza

Deep River Pizza, Deep River

Genaro's, Branford

Centro's, Guilford

Best Seafood Restaurant

Liv’s Oyster House, Old Saybrook

Lenny & Joe’s Fishtale, Madison, Westbrook, New Haven

Lenny’s Indian Head Inn, Branford

Best Indian Restaurant

Kamana, Guilford

Tandoor, Middletown

Sitar, New Haven

Best New Restaurant

Nataz, Clinton

Olmo, New Haven

Seahouse, Madison

Best Place To Dine Outside

Bill’s Seafood, Westbrook

The Place, Guilford

Ballou’s, Restaurant

Best Deli

Deli U, Guilford

Mindy’s, Old Saybrook

Simon’s Marketplace, Westbrook

Best Diner

Parthenon, Branford, Old Saybrook

Guilford Diner and Vegetarian Enclave, Guilford

Brownstone Family Restaurant, Guilford

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

G-Zen, Branford

The Wheatmarket, Westbrook

Best Steakhouse

Brushmill By the Waterfall, Chester

Braise And Brew, Westbrook

Griswold Inn, Essex

Best favorite foods

Best Hot Dog Or Hotdog Stand

Lobster Shack, East Haven

Johnny Ad's, Old Saybrook

Lobster Landing, Clinton

Best Local Apple Cider

Bishop's Orchards, Guilford

Lyman Orchard's, Middlefield

Clyde's Cider Mill, Mystic

Best Chowder

Guilford Mooring, Guilford

Lenny & Joe's Fishtale, Madison, Westbrook

Donahue's, Guilford

Best Gourmet Burgers

Ivoryton Tavern, Essex

Haywire, Westbrook

Prime 16 Tap House, New Haven

Best Soups

The Red House, Deep River

Singing Bridge Market & Catering, Westbrook

Saybrook Soup & Sandwich, Old Saybrook

Best Lobster Roll

Lobster Landing, Clinton

Lobster Shack, East Haven

Guilford Lobster Pound, Guilford

Best Authentic Barbecue

Taino Smokehouse, Middletown

Porky Pete’s BBQ, Essex

The Place, Guilford

Best shopping

Best Shop To Buy A Gift

P.S. Fine Stationers, Branford

Walker Loden, Madison

Taken For Granite, Branford

Best Women's Fashion

Possessions, Branford

Talbot’s, Essex

The Apparel Shop at Saybrook Home, Old Saybrook

Best Independent Bookseller

RJ Julia Bookseller’s, Madison

Whitlock’s Book Barn, Bethany

The Book Barn, Niantic

Best Dead Head Clothing Store

Sunshine Daydreams, Guilford

Old Glory, Old Saybrook

Zumiez, Trumbull, Meriden

Best Flower And Garden Center

Van Wilgen’s, North Branford

White House Florist, Guilford

Shelly’s, Branford

Best Pet Supplies Store

Petco, Clinton, Guilford

Pets Choice, Deep River

Petvalu, Guilford

Best Old-Fashioned Hardware Store

Page’s Hardware, Guilford

Richlin’s, Branford

Spring Glen Hardware, Hamden

Best Bridal Shop

Michele A Bridal, Westbrook

The White Dress, Clinton

The Stork and Bridal Exchange, Westbrook

Best Bicycle Store

Zane’s Cycle Store, Branford

Pedal Power, Essex

Best Consignment Shop

The Stork and Bridal Exchange, Westbrook

Sarah’s Cupboard and Thrift Shop, Branford

The Hole In The Wall, Guilford

Best Artisan Jewelry Store

Deep River Design, Deep River

J Horton's, Madison

Vera Wolf Design, Guilford

Best Shoe Store

New Balance, Westbrook

DSW, Guilford

Clinton Bootery, Clinton

Best wellness and pampering

Best Med Spa

Esana Medspa, Guilford

Polished Medspa, Deep River

Refine By Farrell, Old Saybrook

Best Boutique Gym/Personal Trainer

Prive Swiss Fitness, Westbrook, Madison

Rachael Ryan, Chester

The Pit, Branford

Best Wellness Center

Prive Swiss Wellness, Westbrook

Massage Savvy, Guilford

True Massage, Deep River

Best Yoga Studio/Instructor

Prive Swiss Fitness, Westbrook, Madison

Stone Temple Sanctuary/Deb Testa, Clinton

Raven’s Wing, Branford

Best Old Fashioned Barber Shop

Top Notch, Branford

Tony’s Barber Shop, Madison

The Blue Collar Barber, Branford

Best Chiropractor

Prive Swiss Wellness, Westbrook, Essex

Roger Yates, Deep River

Shoreline Chiropractic, Madison

Best Facial

Water’s Edge Spa, Westbrook

Saybrook Point Inn Spa, Old Saybrook

Skinsations, Guilford

Best Hair Salon

Timothy Pamment, Madison

Salon Belle Vie, Westbrook

Paul And Company, Branford

Best Day Spa

Prive Swiss Wellness, Essex, Westbrook

Rain Wellness Spa, Branford

Waters Edge Spa, Westbrook

Best Health Fitness Center

Prive Swiss Fitness, Westbrook, Madison

Planet Fitness, Branford, Guilford

Orange Theory, Guilford

Best Pilates Studio

Prive Swiss Fitness, Westbrook

Pure Barre, Guilford

The Pilates Barn, Madison

Best Manicure/Nail Salon

Villa Nails, Guilford

Serenity Beauty Bar, Clinton

Salon Westbrook, Westbrook

Best of outdoors and sports

Best Place For A Bike Ride

Hammonassett Beach State Park, Madison

Short Beach Road, Branford

Route 146, Branford, Guilford

Best Place For Outdoor Run

Hammonassett Beach State Park, Madison

River Road, Deep River

Route 146, Branford, Guilford

Best nightlife

Best Nightlife & Entertainment

Griswold Inn, Essex

Water’s Edge, Westbrook

Le Petit Café, Branford

Best Restaurant/Bar To See Live Music

Water's Edge, Westbrook

Ivory Tavern & Restaurant

Lenny's Indian Head -Branford

Best Cocktails

Chapter One Guilford

Chip's Pub III, Clinton

Moxie, Madison

Happiest Happy Hour

Westbrook Lobster

Liv's Oyster-Old Saybrook

Moxie's, Madison

Best Local Bar

Anthony's, Guilford

The Deck, Westbrook

Bill's Seafood-Westbrook

Best Authentic Irish Pub

Tommy Sullivan's, Branford

KC’s Restaurant & Pub, Guilford

Penny Lane, Old Saybrook

Best Movie Theater

Madison Art Cinema

Regal Cinemas, Branford

Marquee Cinemas, Westbrook

Best Playhouse For Live Theater

Ivoryton Playhouse, Essex

The Kate, Old Saybrook

Best inns

Best Hotel For Visiting Relatives

Madison Beach Hotel, Madison

Water’s Edge, Westbrook

The Homestead, New Milford

Best Authentic New England Inn

Griswold Inn, Essex

Madison Beach Hotel, Madison

The Homestead, New Milford

And More Best of 

Best Contemporary Furniture Store

Madison Furniture Barn, Westbrook

Bob's Discount Furniture, Middletown

Fairhaven Furniture, New Haven

Best Classic Furniture Store

Saybrook Home, Old Saybrook

Bob's Discount Furniture, Middletown

Madison Furniture Barn, Westbrook

Best Gallery To Purchase Art

Chester Gallery, Chester

Branford Art Center, Branford

Greene Art Gallery, Guilford

Best Appliance Dealer

Page’s Hardware, Guilford

Shoreline Appliance, Clinton

PC Richard & Son, North Haven

Best Auto Dealer

Madison Chrysler, Madison

Tremonte, Branford

Westbrook Honda

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Brother's Harley Davidson, Branford

Digger's Motorcycle Service, Northford

Best Place To Buy A New Boat

Harborside Marina, Clinton

Brewer Yacht Sales, Branford, Westbrook

Pilot’s Point, Westbrook

Best Marine/Ships Store

Essex Marine, Centerbrook

West Marine, Branford

Cedar Island Marina, Clinton

Best Marina

Guilford Marina, Guilford

Pilot’s Point Marina, Westbrook

Safe Harbor Marina, Bruce Johnson’s, Branford &

Deep River Marina, Deep River

Best Sporting Goods Store

Goal Sporting Goods, Essex

Clinton Sporting Goods, Clinton

Guilford Sporting Goods, Guilford

Best Public Golf Course

Fox Hopyard, East Haddam

Guilford Lakes, Guilford

Lyman Orchards Golf Club, Middlefield

Best Kids’ Dance Studio

Limelite Dance Studio, Guilford

The Spot, Guilford

Rayna’s School of Dance, Chester

Best Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Old Saybrook

Ballroom Dancin Fools, Branford

Arthur Murray Dance Center, Guilford, Old Saybrook

Best new business

Best New Business Branford

Allusions Salon & Boutique, Branford

Kara Mac's A Place To Glow, Branford

Love Bakery & Cafe, Branford

Best New Business Guilford

Chapter One, Guilford

Fox And Feather Art Therapy, Guilford

A's Unique Boutique, Guilford

Best New Business Madison

Wine Thief, Madison

Madison Coffee House, Madison

Prive Swiss Fitness, Madison

Best New Business Clinton

Blend, Clinton

Clinton Pizza, Clinton

Best New Business Westbrook

Julie's Cup Of Joe, Westbrook

Atlantic Outboard Inc, Westbrook

Singing Bridge Market and Catering Westbrook

Best New Business Old Saybrook

The Little Pub, Old Saybrook

Painted By The Shore, Old Saybrook

Saybrook Soup & Sandwich, Old Saybrook

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