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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enjoy Fall in Litchfield County


2. Where to Eat

Chef Joel Viehland prepares farm-to-table dishes at Community Table.  

Dine in high locavore style at Community Table, a farm-to-table operation helmed by Chef Joel Viehland, formerly of Copenhagen’s famed Noma. The menu, which changes weekly, recently included slow-smoked suckling pig with roasted onions, peppers, peaches, and kale ($26), and a rabbit fricassée with an open ravioli of mushrooms and ramps ($23). There’s no liquor, but there are well-chosen local wines (a Sauvignon Blanc blend from Woodbury, $9 per glass) and beer.

Tuck into traditional country-inn favorites like French onion soup ($6.95) and peppercorn filet mignon ($32) at the cozy George Washington Tavern. Head there on a Saturday night when live jazz and blues attract a local crowd, and be sure to try the sticky toffee pudding ($6.75) for dessert.

Rub elbows with the army of regulars at Dottie’s Diner in Woodbury (740 Main Street South; 203-263-2545), where the signature dish is a hearty chicken pot pie ($13.95). The rib-sticking macaroni and cheese ($4.95) and meatloaf ($12.95) have earned a cult following; be sure to save room for the chocolate-covered cinnamon doughnuts (80 cents each), which are a local obsession.

Published on Aug 11, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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