Posted by: Dan Shaw
Posted on: Monday, November 01, 2010
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It’s audacious to have a restaurant with no reservations and no bar for waiting, but Community Table is one of those restaurants that plays by its own rules. But you will be rewarded for playing along with chef Joel Viehland’s luscious locavore cuisine, which is based on ingredients from more than 30 local farms and purveyors. The menu is an intriguing mixture of tweaked-out comfort food—such as beef and barley borscht ($7), rabbit with celery root puree and caramelized carrots ($23), spaghetti with merguez sausage, tomatoes, eggplant, preserved lemon, cured olives and goat’s milk pecorino ($21)—and more audacious dishes like pickled vegetables in a warm, bone-marrow vinaigrette ($9) and a skate wing served with quinona, walnuts, sunflower seeds, roasted beets, cauliflower, mustard greens and apple vinegar citrus brown butter sauce ($24). Highly-principled, highly-styled but down-to-earth, Community Table is one of those restaurants that boldly prints its mission statement on the first page of the menu—“to prepare the highest quality locally grown and procured ingredients and to serve our community in a casual, vibrant atmosphere”—and then follows through magnificently but humbly. —Dan Shaw
223 Litchfield Turnpike, Washington, CT ; 860.868.9354
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, Sunday and Monday: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday brunch: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.