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CT Arethusa and Community Table report

geminigirl | | Aug 3, 2014 01:44 PM

Spent the weekend out in the western part of the state and got to try both of these places, both new to us.

Both diners were excellent!

At Arethusa we started with the duck pate and the stuffed squash blossoms. The pate was our favorite app of the weekend! Soooo good! Dinner was foraged mushroom ravioli, and the strip steak, steak was good, but not as tender as I would have liked. In between dinner they brought us a compliments of the chef watermelon/strawberry soup which was really nice. Dessert was a scoop of butter pecan ice cream, such a good scoop, not overly sweet like it usually is, just really good, subtle. Again chef compliments, a shooter of milk and mini cookies! Service at this place was extraordinary! One of those nights when they seem to read your mind! The service puts this place just ahead of CT. Btw, just a beer and wine liquor license at this time, but it sounds like they will have a full bar license soon.

Dinner at CT table was a starter of duck confit and the burrata, wow, both of these dishes were delicious! Dinner was harpoon caught bluefin tuna, the favorite dinner of the weekend and the skate with fresh chickpeas. I liked that the sides focused on veggies since were in season. Not a big wine selection, and seemed to be quite a bit overpriced, but not a huge knowledge base of wine, so I could be off on this....just not used to $15-20/ glasses of wine....

For dessert we went back to the Arethusa dairy....the coffee ice cream is to die for, and the sweet cream with chocolate bits was pretty good as well!

Overall a really good weekend of eating!
Ps. We had lunch at the Pantry on Friday and the sandwich (smoked salmon) was delicious as were the sides. FYI, these sandwiches are stuffed full and we easily split between the 2 of us.

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