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Who's serving some of the best and most unique breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the state? Find out on Restaurant Road Trip, featuring fun eateries in Connecticut that offer great food from interesting and amazing people. Episodes showcase locations in Fairfield County, an area often overlooked but full of culinary talent. Of course, you can expect some laughs too, as Chef Plum, co-host of Connecticut Public Radio's Seasoned, uncovers the secrets to some of the finest meals you'll experience in the state.

You'll appreciate exploring Connecticut's food scene as you join Chef Plum for his next dining adventure.

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    The Corner Brunch Restaurant - Milford, CT
    Stream Thursday, February 2 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, February 2 - 8pm
    With food offerings described as a marriage between heaven and earth, The Corner Brunch Restaurant has perfected its gourmet brunch menu over the past 25 years. Fresh spices, quality ingredients and innovative selections -- ranging from South Indian Pulled Duck Wrapped in Bacon to Peach and Cream Stuffed French Toast -- have earned the restaurant top honors as having one of the best brunches in America.
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    The Art of Yum - Waterbury, CT
    Stream Thursday, February 2 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, February 2 - 8pm
    An eclectic mix of food, culture and art blend beautifully together at The Art of Yum, located in the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. American classics, Latin specialties, Asian-inspired dishes, and Modern Fusion cuisine that’s backed by award-winning culinary chefs are on the menu, all within an atmosphere that’s both creative and inspiring. With mouth-watering Chef Choice Specials, including sushiritto and BKT tacos, to choose from, art on a plate never looked, or tasted, so good.
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    Dew Drop Inn - Derby, CT
    Stream Thursday, February 2 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, February 2 - 8pm
    With more than 100 flavors to choose from on the menu, chicken wing lovers will be in a food nirvana at Dew Drop Inn. Winner of numerous awards for the best wings in Connecticut, the menu also includes burgers, steaks, wraps, bar snacks, salads, and a substantial craft beer selection. Whether it’s hot and spicy or sweet and savory, there’s something for everyone at this must-visit restaurant in Derby, Connecticut.
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    The Bagelry at Olmo - New Haven, CT
    Stream Thursday, February 9 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, March 23 - 8pm
    Known for its original New Haven-style bagels, the popular Bagelry at Olmo is always busy, serving up a variety of freshly made specialty foods and baked goods that are definitely worth the trip. A hefty selection of breakfast and lunch items round out the menu, with combinations ranging from the popular bacon, egg and cheese bagel to the more exotic hot pastrami bagel sandwich. Plus, they’ve figured out how to keep those messy, pesky poppy seeds on their bagels...and off your lap.
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    Sandra's Next Generation - New Haven, CT
    Stream Thursday, February 16 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, March 23 - 8pm
    Having fun is always on the menu at Sandra's Next Generation. With a long legacy of serving up iconic soul food classics with new school twists, the restaurant is known for its famous empanadas, okra and fried chicken. Family-owned and operated for over 32 years, restaurant owners Sandra and Miguel Pittman and their four daughters offer guests a dining experience known for its outstanding food, ambience, and hospitality.
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    Home - Branford, CT
    Stream Thursday, February 23 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, March 23 - 8pm
    There’s no place like Home. That’s what owner and chef Jared Schulefand wants people to feel like when they visit his restaurant. He’s created a menu full of homemade specialties and a dining atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming, with cozy furniture that’s the perfect setting to enjoy a tasty cocktail, sandwich, or full meal. Jared’s motto: Treat everyone like family. And wherever guests decide to sit, they’ll appreciate all the mouthwatering food and drink the restaurant has to offer.
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    The Hidden Kitchen Route 80 - North Branford, CT
    Stream Thursday, March 2 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, April 6 - 8pm
    All of the locals in North Branford know about The Hidden Kitchen, and now Chef Plum shares the eatery’s secrets to being one of the most talked about restaurants in town. With a massive menu featuring unique takes on breakfast staples like eggs benedict and Monte Cristo sandwiches, co-owner and chef Dave Sulkowski draws on his experience as an engineer to put a new spin on classic breakfast and lunch dishes and to meld unique flavors and textures to create Hidden Kitchen original specials. Plus, co-owner Sandi Sulkowski, Dave’s wife, draws on her experience as a teacher to create a family-friendly environment where every customer feels like family.
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    Blackie's Hot Dogs - Cheshire, CT
    Stream Thursday, March 9 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, April 6 - 8pm
    A Connecticut tradition since 1928, Blackie’s is a family-owned business known for its famous hot pepper relish, which has even been sent to the moon and back! Blackie’s is a place where generations of families come to enjoy owner Rick Flavin’s philosophy of keeping it simple...and delicious. With their own unique custom hot dogs from Martin Rosol’s Meats, this small menu establishment only offers the finest burgers, cheeseburgers, and hotdogs, all served with a side of potato chips.
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    Lucas Local - Southbury, CT
    Stream Thursday, March 16 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, April 6 - 8pm
    Inspired by coastal New England, Lucas Local offers a premium selection of fresh seafood (including an extensive raw oyster bar), creative cocktails and great service. It all adds up to a stellar dining experience featuring fresh family recipes and signature dishes, including the ever-popular Mussels Isabella.
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    Poppy's Coffee and Kitchen - New Haven, CT
    Stream Thursday, March 23 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, May 4 - 8pm
    With a robust selection of its own freshly roasted coffee beans and a small but perfectly executed menu, Poppy’s Coffee and Kitchen is a popular location for yummy hot and cold drinks and unique breakfast specialties, including the BECA -- a bacon, egg, cheddar cheese, avocado, and Gochujang mayo sandwich. Situated in downtown New Haven and only a few blocks from Yale, the restaurant has made a name for itself as a stand-out recommendation for both breakfast and lunch enthusiasts.
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    Wild Alchemy Cafe - Wallingford, CT
    Stream Thursday, March 30 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, May 4 - 8pm
    Pure, organic, wholesome and fresh best describes the offerings at Wild Alchemy Café. Owner Colleen Morgan takes pride in raising the health consciousness of customers with a vast array of juices and smoothies, tonics and elixirs, artisan entrees that include vegan and vegetarian salads and wraps, plus a luscious and healthy array of snacks and desserts.
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    Hindsight BBQ - Waterbury, CT
    Stream Thursday, April 6 - 12pm
    Watch on CPTV Thursday, May 4 - 8pm
    Opened in 2020 during the pandemic, Hindsight BBQ has earned high accolades from local residents looking for quality BBQ. Their specialty wood-smoked meats and eats include mouthwatering St. Louis-style pork ribs, juicy smoked turkey, and house-ground prime brisket burgers as well as tasty scratch-made sides such as honey butter cornbread and smashed potatoes and gravy.
NEWTOWN: Pizza and seasonal ingredient salads are what's cooking at Good Old Days. Unique combinations, fresh local ingredients and seasonal salads are what's on the menu at Good Old Days. Chef Matt Stanczak offers two types of pies: the aptly named square pie and the more traditional “thin and crispy” bar pie, influenced by Detroit-style pan pizzas.
NORWALK: Owner Chris Hickey and chef Carlos Baez have created a menu featuring street food from around the globe that everyone loves to eat: tacos, arepas, ceviche, Asian bao, light salads and a little comfort food thrown in for good measure. El Segundo takes everyone by surprise, offering a mashup of cross-cultural cuisine and quirky ornamentation.
RIDGEFIELD: Cody Sperry visited over a dozen Texas barbecue joints where owners generously shared their stories, secrets and passion for creating true Texas barbecue. He returned to Ridgefield with a new outlook and desire to replicate what he experienced here in Connecticut.
WESTPORT: Matt Storch is the chef/owner of Match and Match Burger Lobster in Westport, CT, where he was born and raised. Storch makes this fast-casual restaurant's menu eclectic with an elevated comfort feel. It partners with Local Provision Meats and Copps Island Oysters to serve the freshest ingredients available.
BRIDGEPORT: Brewport is a craft brewery featuring delicious thin-crust pizzas, gourmet salads and epic root beer floats. Brewmaster and co-owner Jeff Browning has loved all things beer since his childhood. He started collecting beer cans in the '70s with his Brewport co-owner Bruce Barrett, and he stuck with it.
STAMFORD: Chef Judith Roll introduced Stamford to her creative cuisine with Tabouli Grill before opening Judy's Bar + Kitchen in 2015. Since the filming of this episode, Judy has closed Bar + Kitchen as a formal dining experience but you can still order her delicious BBQ for catering and take out or visit Tabouli Grill.
NORWALK: Washington Prime is well known for its land and sea menu that’s best described as a bit of Americana with cross-cultural influences. Their selections are plentiful. The beverage program is diverse. The space is multidimensional. Plus, the atmosphere is welcoming.
NEWTOWN: Nouveau Monde, Owner/chef Bill Towne talks about the restaurant's award-winning wine program, and shares with Chef Plum what makes his standard dishes like fried chicken and salmon so special.
DANBURY: Partners Nick Terrana, Jimmy Lyons and Mauro Tropeano joined forces in October 2020 to open Grounds Donut House. It's a great spot for oversized gourmet doughnuts and coffee, plus there's a bar. The shop has a rotating menu of 12 doughnut flavors, with four new ones debuting every Saturday.
Kawa Ni
WESTPORT: Kawa Ni is the third restaurant in Westport for James Beard-nominated chef and owner Bill Taibe. Kawa Ni is a type of Japanese drinking establishment that also serves food to accompany the drinks. It is a casual place for after-work drinking. The basics: Order a drink. Explore the menu. Ask as many questions as you want.

Restaurant Road Trip showcases outstanding and unique restaurants throughout Connecticut. Host Chef Plum shines a light on the food, the people and the stories — did we mention the food? — as he travels across the state. Chef Plum translates the restaurant vernacular to the viewer like no one can, leaning on his 25 years of hospitality experience and his drive to make everything approachable.

Each episode is fun, educational, inspiring and delicious — with a few laughs along the way.


Chef Plum - Host & Executive Producer

Chef Plum has over 25 years of culinary experience. He has been featured on the Food Network, ABC’s The Taste, Ehow.com, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube, The New York Times, national commercials and many media outlets. He’s won multiple awards on the Food Network, making over 10 appearances with wins on Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games and America’s Best Cook regional championship. Chef Plum is co-host of Seasoned on Connecticut Public Radio, and his podcast, Plumluvfoods Live, is in the top 200 in the food category on iTunes.


Dan Fish - Executive Producer & Director

Dan Fish is the executive producer and director of Restaurant Road Trip on PBS. He also owns Full Send Productions, a multimedia production company based in central Connecticut that boasts an incredible team of creatives. Over the past decade, his work has taken him around the globe.


Jeffrey Purrazzi - Producer

Chef Jeff Purrazzi is a self-taught, award-winning 25-year culinary veteran. He is an avid supporter of local food throughout the New York and Connecticut area, championing farms and local food any chance he gets. Jeff is a renowned private chef as well as co-host and producer of Plumluvfoods Live, the popular culinary industry podcast. In interviewing many big names in the culinary field, Jeff delights and informs with his witty commentary and deep culinary knowledge.

Jeff is also a producer of the popular TV series Restaurant Road Trip and serves on the judging table for the series Elite Chef. He also has been featured in national commercials. Jeff’s laid-back nature and can-do attitude always make him a favorite at festivals, including the Sun Wine and Food Fest and Cuisines of the Sun.

Jeff lives by this mantra: So long as it’s fun and delicious, I’m in!

Culinary Producer - Daniel Monroe

Camera Operator - Dan Fish

Camera Operator - Alex Cannatta

Camera Operator - John Spinnato

Audio Engineer - Glen Goettler

Editors - Dan Fish & Alex Cannatta

Visual Effects - Justin Mashuta

Production Assistant - Catherine Furman

Production Company - Full Send Productions


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