Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Farmington's New Restaurant: Butchers and Bakers

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Butchers and Bakers Kitchen and Bar in Farmington CT




I love this time of year when everything in Connecticut starts 'greening' up and the days get warmer, and daylight lasts longer. It's a sure sign of spring and new beginnings. The first thing I want to do when the days get longer is hop in the car and take a ride to find some great new places to wander about in!

Thankfully this impulse just happened to coincide with an invitation to visit Butchers and Bakers Kitchen and Bar located in "The Exchange" in Farmington CT!


Farmington CT is located about an hour from New Haven, and it's just minutes from Hartford. Butchers and Bakers serves new American cuisine, prepared using fresh ingredients seasoned in twin coal-fired ovens.



But why the restaurant name?

In addition to the beautiful coal fired ovens that bakes up some delicious artisan breads - they feature daily fresh cuts of meat, butchered in their very own kitchen.

There is a small but tasteful wine selection, a fun cocktail menu, and a full service bar. In addition to a good sized bar, dining room, and loft dining area perfect for small parties, there is a spacious outdoor patio. The atmosphere is fun, relaxed, and casual and the dining area is tastefully decorated with cute food themed wall art and kitchen utensils. It's bright and airy and comfortable.





I started with a delicious and tart Tito's Moscow Mule.



And when the rest of our crew arrived we sampled some more of the fun cocktails like the Pisco Sour and the Rum Swizzle. Joining us for this tasting were Greg and Wendy from Connecticut Lifestyles Magazine , Ron from Ron's Food Trips, and Gina from Gina Zammit's WanderLaughs



Then the small plates started arriving! We shared some delicious starters like calamari, meatballs, red lentil hummus, garlic bread - and more!



VENETIAN-STYLE CALAMARI
Artichoke hearts + roasted pepper + sliced olives

COAL-FIRED GARLIC BREAD 
House-made focaccia + Gorgonzola cream

RED LENTIL HUMMUS GF
Garden-fresh crudité + tahini + smoked sea salt




SIZZLING GARLIC SHRIMP GF
Extra virgin olive oil + grape tomato + dried chili .

MEATBALLS 
Butchers and Bakers famous meatballs
+ basil + house-made ricotta

FENNEL SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS 
Smoked mozzarella fondue

And you know that with these beautiful coal fired ovens that there was some amazing pizza goin' on!






PIZZA DOUGH MADE WITH NATURAL SOUR STARTER 
MADE IN-HOUSE DAILY BY THEIR BAKERS



Blue Cheese and Arugula

Blistered cherry tomatoes + prosciutto +
Luzzi Brick Oven Mozzarella

San Marzano tomato + I
talian long pepper + fontina + mozzarella


Before moving on we decided to clear our palates with a little salad.




And we sampled the day's "Butcher Board" - which changes daily. On the day we visited it was a rib rack and some bratwurst with some made on premise hearty mustards.


BUTCHERS’ BOARD* GF
Today’s cut + chef’s presentation of farm vegetables
+ house-made condiments


And then we moved on to the entrees and pasta portion of the menu!

ANGRY ORCHARD BRINED PORK CHOP GF 
Smoked sweet potato puree + cardamom sautéed Brussels sprouts ...

4-CHEESE MACARONI CARBONARA* 
Pork belly + horseradish crumbs + soft fried egg

COAL-FIRED VALENCIAN STYLE PAELLA GF 
Shrimp + chicken + cod + cockles
+ saffron + smoked paprika


And we finished the night off with some decadent desserts!



CHOCOLATE TORTE 
Ganache + raspberry coulis

PISTACHIO TARTLET GF 
Grass Roots Creamery ice cream
+ house-made honey nut tart shell

Chef's Latin heritage shines through with his delicious seasonings and creative offerings. We enjoyed all the delicious food we sampled and got to catch up with one another while we waited between courses for the next round of plates! 

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of dining with good friends, laughter, and fun times --- in a beautiful and scenic restaurant with great food!

Eating should be an experience and I hope you experience Butchers and Bakers soon!

Butchers and Bakers Kitchen and Bar

270 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032. 
 (860) 470-7414
http://www.butchersandbakers.com


Disclaimer: I was invited to Butchers and Bakers Kitchen and Bar by members of their marketing and management team, however all view expressed are my own.

The post Farmington's New Restaurant: Butchers and Bakers first appeared on Home Place on May 14, 2017.

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4 comments:

  1. I kept trying to imagine where the Exchange was in Farmington. Then I looked on a map and realized I drive by it on my way home many nights. Sounds like it's worth a stop.

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    1. Hi Sue! Because I wasn't familiar with the area at all, I thought the entrance sign of the center "The Exchange" was helpful to finding the restaurant. I would have never turned into it otherwise!

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  2. Your pictures are amazing. I want that hummus, garlic bread and desserts!

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    1. Awww! Ron, you're too sweet! It's that new nifty fifty lens! Gives a great blur and bokeh to the background.

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