CA girl does western CT.
First the score: Dr. Mike's in Bethel--chocolate lace nothing short of perfection, an amazing quantity in the kid's cup, the best.
The mild disappointment: Stew Leonard's. When I asked our waitress at The Harvest (Rte. 7, Brookfield--a very nice place indeed, described in an earlier post) where they got their produce, she said they ordered it from varous purveyers, but what she does personally is shop at Stew Leonard's. So, I gave it a go. One mistake which may account for much of my less than positive read: I went Sat., July 3. A mob scene. I hated the lay-out--felt trapped in a maze, not to mention manipulated to not get out of the store with just the stuff I came for. Other than a couple loss-leaders (lobsters for $6.99, eg., prices didn't wow me. And I was underwhelmed by the quality of the produce. The corn was over the hill. I had trouble finding anything that "sang" in the fruit-veg dept. CA surely an unfair comparison. Yet and still, it is July....
And finally Capriccio on Rte 22 in Brewster NY. My husband read the Zagat's rating, wanted to give it a try. I said (on Independence Day weekend), the trouble w/ Zagat's is that it's democratic. The people who eat at places like Capriccio's give it high marks. And it was clear that there were many regulars enjoying. To us, it was over-priced and pretentious, with indifferent food. Oh well.