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Fall Food and Drinks

With the cool days of fall approaching, foodies want to know where to find autumn-inspired dishes and drinks. The season for comfort food is officially open.


The Goose

Book your reservation now, because The Goose is cooking up a lot of good reasons to stop by this fall. In time for the comfort season, the chef is beefing up the menu to include hearty dishes such as onion soup, chicken under the brick, baby-back ribs, filet mignon with blue cheese crust and much more. In addition to those dishes, the American bistro will offer a seasonal pumpkin martini, as well an engorge-encouraging adult ice cream Sundays complete with whipped cream and choice chocolate liqueurs. There are special events on the seasonal menu, too. On Sept. 7, check out country night, which will feature Southern fried favorites and live entertainment. Cowboy boots are optional. 972 Post Rd., Darien, 203-656-2600

Boulevard 18 Bistro & Wine Bar

Though the majority of Boulevard 18’s menu stays consistent throughout the year, with fall come small flavor and cocktail additions, and a few robust plates. To wit: Dig into the roasted 10-ounce pork loin. The dish meshes nicely with a menu that’s a bit of a hodgepodge, consisting of small bites, charcuterie and cheeses, appetizers, house-made sausages and entrée salads, all of which might be right at home in a hangout in any Paris neighborhood. Of course, it’s not just the food that makes Boulevard 18 a nice place to relax in autumn. Ambiance is key, too. “Once it gets a little cooler, we will start our fire pit on the patio. Guests can dine, enjoy cocktails and after-dinner drinks around the fire,: says the restaurant’s coowner, Steven Semaya. “We even provide complimentary sticks and marshmallows for toasting!” 62 Main St., New Canaan, 203-594-9900

Cherry’s St. East Street Café

Fall is the time to celebrate Oktoberfest and beer lovers will find a comfortable place to sip and compare at Cherry Street East. This beloved New Canaan eatery and hometown pub will bring a taste of the European festival to Fairfield County by serving up German specials like wiener schnitzel with robust beers on Thursdays. Of course, this burger-and-ribs joint will continue to cook up the specials it’s known for throughout the seasons, including Mexican on Monday and ribs on Friday. 45 East Ave., New Canaan, 203-594-1515

Carpe Diem

This Italian eatery in New Canaan switches up its offerings every season. Among the interesting dishes planned for autumn is the Lord Byron salad. As for drinks, the restaurant will pour its signature Carpe Diem gin martini mixed with fall flavors like cranberry and grapefruit. The Bellini Prosecco with white peach nectar is another stand-out, and sip-worthy any time of the year. 26 Locust Ave., New Canaan, CT 203-594-9599

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