I saw someone else's thread for the Cape with this title and thought, let's get a list going for CT places.
AC Petersen's in West Hartford. I live close enough to walk there and yet I will DRIVE out of town to get something similar, like Shady Glen for food and ice cream, or ANY OTHER Place just for ice cream. AC Petersens has so many things going for it (patio, decent inexpensive menu, ice cream) but it's never clean in there and I've seen both customers flip their lid waiting 10 minutes at the register to pay their bill (because their waiter left them sitting at their table and I've seen staffers lose their cool too.
What's on your list?
7 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376