Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Best Lunch Spot in Torrington Ct:
Backstage Eat.Drink.Live

Nolan and I strayed away from the Hudson Valley yesterday afternoon and wandered into Torrington Connecticut where we enjoyed a relaxing lunch at a restaurant called Backstage- Eat. Drink. Live.  This place is gigantic, with tall booths and stools every where. They have a selection of 40 beers on tap and a whopping 80 different kinds of bottled beers! Any beer wo/man's DREAM!

 With an astounding list of draft beers in front of us we just couldn't say no to a beer flight... or two, allowing us to sample as many beers as possible! Unfortunately Nolan and I have totally different taste in beers, but we compromised and each chose two out of the four per flight!
 I went with the Stella Hard Cider which was topped with a cinnamon sugar rim, and was my personal favorite. I also chose their Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale. Nolan opted for the Peak Organic IPA and the Dogfish Brewing Co. Midas Touch Spiced Beer. We both enjoyed the Dogfish, it was light with lots of flavor! 
I was absolutely famished when we sat so I didn't hold back when ordering. To begin, Nolan and I split their cheese plate with fresh berries and a small arugula salad. The four different cheeses were from Arethusa Farm  in Litchfield, CT. Unfortunately there weren't any crackers to enjoy with the spread. I'm not sure what exactly the cheeses were, they were mostly similar to a cheddar, but the brie-like one was my favorite. I do wish they mixed it up a bit with a few different textures, like a blue, or another soft cheese, but it was nonetheless enjoyable!  
 We also shared a plate full of their delicious and crispy wings, smothered in a mild honey BBQ and a Garlic Parmigiano sauce. I'm usually very picky and always ask for my wings to be cooked extra crispy, but my stomach rumbled and distracted me! Luckily, they came out PERFECT. The garlic parmigiano were extremely scrumptious and some of the best wings I've ever had!
I mean, just look at that, perfectly crisp little wing right there! I didn't even need to dip in their chunky blue cheese dressing it was so perfect!
After we had enough of our guilty appies, Nolan enjoyed their Johnny Appleseed Chicken Sandwich with apple butter, applewood smoked bacon, brie, and spinach. I was able to snag a quick bite before he devoured the entire thing. It was absolutely delightful. Their freshly house baked Kaiser roll and apple butter made the entire sandwich light, yet slightly guilty!
He was also given a mound of fries served in an adorable little basket!
I enjoyed their 84 Main Cobb Salad with shrimp. It was piled with fresh greens, tomatoes, boiled farm eggs, applewood smoked bacon, fresh avocado, and crumbled blue cheese!
It had this deliciously sweet lemon vinaigrette too!
With our entrees, we also enjoyed another flight of beer. Even though they were not as tasty as the first flight, we still enjoyed tasting the different varieties. I chose their Thomas Hooker Blonde Cream Ale and their Founders Oatmeal Stout, while Nolan went with the Smuttynose Homunculus Belgian IPA and Clown Shoes  Blaecorn Unidragon which is a Russian Imp. Stout. The Hooker Blonde Ale was our favorite.
Once we had fully stuffed ourselves we headed out to face the chilly afternoon and wandered back home to the Hudson Valley.
If you're ever in the Torrington area make sure to check out Backstage Eat.Drink.Live's Facebook page to see what's on tap and stop in for a beer!

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