Autumn flavors return to local eateries

With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, central Connecticut nosheries are gearing up for autumn with those fall flavors we know and love. If you’re looking for a taste of the season, here are a few places that will provide what you hope for and more!

To start off the day with a java jolt, head over to Middletown. On and around Main Street, there are dozens of little businesses that are happily shifting into fall mode, including Perkatory Coffee Roasters and Klekolo World Coffee.

Perkatory Coffee Roasters recently launched the “To Be Fairrrrrr” Pie Series, which features three exclusive fall flavors – berry pie, caramel apple pie and pumpkin pie! These flavors are available hot, iced or frozen and can be made dairy-free.

As for Klekolo, you can count on this cozy cafe to have something special on tap, including strudel cake flavored coffee and hot cocoa.

While you are on Main Street, I’d recommend checking out Luce Restaurant. This eatery and others are embracing nutty recipes, soups, and creamy sauces in anticipation of the cooling weather.

Luce’s appetizer specials are very autumnal. When going out to eat anywhere these next couple of months, make sure to listen carefully to the specials — you never know when the yummiest dish in the house isn’t even on the menu!

If you have a hankering for the real deal, there are so many incredible local cider mills, orchards and farms with fresh treats. Coming out of a tough couple of years, festive foodie events of all kinds are popping up across the state. From apples to pumpkins, a beautiful harvest is absolutely worth toasting to — and tasting, too!

A classic combo that’s loved by many can be found at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. There’s something about a fresh apple cider doughnut alongside a personal pint of homemade apple cider that just sets the mood. Don’t let September slip away without getting your hands on some apple goodness!

Be sure to keep your eye out for these spots and more this fall. May your autumn eats be filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice!

Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she's not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevibeswithcess@ with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!



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