The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, a back-to-basics kind of place, aces the Chowhound test. Chef Tim LaBant works a short, seasonal menu of simple American dishes that hit the mark. “The attention to detail was amazing,” marvels byramgirl, “as was every bite of every plate.”

Late-summer visitors loved a chowder of local corn and littleneck clams with bacon. Beef fillet, which comes with potato purée and grilled corn salad, is rich and delicious. Pork Three Ways—grilled Berkshire pork loin, braised bacon, barbecued spiced rib—is a sumptuous pig-out, served with accompaniments that might include sweet-and-sour cipollini, sautéed mustard greens, and Parmesan polenta.

The setting is a restored 19th-century school, where there’s outdoor seating in pleasant weather—“very nice and very country,” says amanda3571. It’s also pleasant inside, where the laid-back LaBant works the room and sets a friendly, casual tone that many find irresistible. “People were chatting between tables,” observes nocaliban, “which can sometimes be distracting but here felt perfectly natural, and no different than the school kids comparing notes a hundred years ago.”

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale [Fairfield County]
34 Cannon Road, Wilton, CT

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