Did y’all just think I was ignoring Litchfield county?! I guess I was, but my foray into “upstate” Connecticut was magnificent. Located on the historic Main Street, @ The Corner reclaimed an old New England factory building and turned it into affordable and classy New American dining. The restaurant itself has a cafe from, serving my absolute favorite, Harney and Sons tea. My marker of a truly good restaurant is their tea brand choice. Sure, you could pick Lipton, or you could pay attention to detail and choose a local and delectable brand. But I digress, I am a tea snob after all.
@ The Corner play into their old factory heritage with exposed brick, deep red walls, and faux tin ceilings. The bar has rotating taps, with former tap handles displayed on a mantle like the heads of fallen foes. They have a good selection of local brews, Kent Falls being the wonder child. Cocktails featuring Litchfield Distillery as also prominently advertised.
After enjoying a Kent Falls Ales for ALS, we ordered the dry rub wings and “confetti” calamari for appetizers. The dry rub wings gave me the sense of how well their wings are done, flavorful and well cooked, but definitely benefit from a potent sauce. The calamari was tender and well cooked and sprinkled with Gorgonzola, tri-colored bell peppers, and red onion. After stuffing myself with appetizers, I opted for a flat bread topped with sirloin, Gorgonzola, tomato, arugula and a balsamic glaze. The meal was fantastic on a hot summer day and the atmosphere was pleasant. Like I said, any restaurant serving Harney and Sons and local craft beer gets an A for effort in my book, and @ The Corner is no exception.
@ The Corner
3 West St, Litchfield, CT 06759