Louis’ Lunch Derek Dudek 17 RESTAURANTS Whether you venture into exotic ethnic worlds or stick with staples like pizza and burgers, Greater New Haven is the perfect place to tempt your taste buds. Hamburger sandwiches are somewhat sacred here, as Louis’ Lunch claims to have invented the delicacy here in 1900. Another casual spot is The Place in Guilford, a unique BYOB joint where customers sit on tree stumps and dine on roasted clams, steamers and steaks. And you can’t leave New Haven without trying a slice of legendary brick-oven pizza from Pepe’s. While our hamburgers and pizza have earned international accolades, those revered institutions have been joined by places like Caseus, a warm, quietly dazzling bistro, the stately elegance of Union League, and Olea’s innovative interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. The shoreline and surrounding countryside will spoil you for choice, whether you lean toward the delightful Basque cuisine of Milford’s Bistro Basque, the authentic Italian fare at Lúdâl Italian Restaurant in North Haven or the French sophistication of Branford’s Le Petit Café. FARMS, WINERIES & BREWERIES At Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford (family-owned since 1871), the pick-your-own season starts with strawberries and peaks with Halloween pumpkins, but the orchard attracts year-round visitors who come to taste Bishop’s fruit wines. Almost every town in the region offers at least one farmers market each summer so you can pick up locally grown produce. Craft brew is the focus of the Thimble Island Brewery. With four staple products, as well as numerous seasonal and specialty products, it’s worth checking out. Another member of Branford’s brew scene not to miss is Stony Creek Brewery with a stunning water view. Both breweries offer weekend tours. For more sustenance, stop by a local summer festival and grab a plate: Milford’s Oyster Festival or North Branford’s Potato and Corn Festival attract thousands for the shucking, chowder, and grilled corn. The sunflower fields at Augur Farm in North Branford are a sight to behold when in full bloom. Whatever you choose, you won’t walk away hungry. Best of Food & Drink Venture into exotic ethnic worlds or stick with the staples. Greater New Haven has the perfect place to tempt your taste buds. For Food Connoisseurs