Wondering what to eat as UConn takes on Arizona? We've got you covered.

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As the UConn women’s basketball team heads into their 13th straight Final Four tonight at 9:30 p.m. — hoping for their first trip to the national championship since 2016 — you’re going to need some delicious snacks to get through it.

We’ve offered a few suggestions for you, with the state’s top foods in mind.


What’s more Connecticut than the snack legislators are hoping to officially declare as the state food? If it’s traditional you want, grab a white clam or tomato pie from Pepe’s or Sally’s, sausage from Zuppardi’s, mashed potato from BAR or an Italian bomb from Modern. Or try one of the state’s beloved square pies: Sicilian, grandma or Detroit-style.

Also, don’t sleep on these Hearst CT Media picks for the state’s most underrated pies.


You’ve got a lot of options here. Remember that Connecticut is not only home to the best women’s basketball team in the NCAA, but it’s also the birthplace of the hamburger, and that tradition lives on in New Haven as Louis Lunch. Just a little further north, the hyper-regional steamed cheeseburger reigns supreme at Ted’s in Meriden and K. Lamay’s, in Meriden and Wallingford (at the Double Play Cafe).

Would you rather crush a bunch of sliders? Plan B (with seven locations currently open in CT) and Wood-n-Tap (nine CT restaurants) can help you with that. Plan B offers beef, chicken and plant-based options, while Wood-n-Tap’s “bar bites” are available with beef, blackened chicken and bison.


Connecticut lays claim to the hot buttered lobster roll, and here’s our guide to some of the state’s best. While it’ll be a few more weeks before some of the state’s seasonal shacks open for summer, you can find year-round options for fresh seafood at places like Knot Norms and LobsterCraft in Norwalk, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale in Madison and Westbrook, Bill’s Seafood in Westbrook and Match Burger Lobster in Westport.


Barbecue may not be a New England specialty, but CT’s top meat smokers are still heavy hitters. Consider: moink balls, Texas sausage, pulled pork and burnt ends over macaroni and cheese and cornbread at Bear’s Smokehouse (multiple CT locations) or “the gang’s all here” platters at Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield, feeding 4 to 10 with brisket, sausage, pork ribs, beef rib and chicken.


There’s no shortage of great wings in Connecticut (lucky us), but here are a few state standouts: The Blind Rhino in Norwalk and Black Rock, with creative sauces like plum sriracha, peach guava hot honey and truffle enchilada; Sliders (multiple state locations), which offers a new “truffalo” flavor alongside strawberry jalapeño, PB&J and sweet chili gochujang and Porky’s in Shelton (buffalo, barbecue and spicy Thai). J. Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville, home to the nationally-recognized dirt wings, has also perfected its takeout game during COVID-19.


Melty, gooey, sloppy nachos are ideal game day food, but they don’t always travel well as takeout. Little Goose in Fairfield has been offering nacho platters in regular and family sizes, either already baked or “uncooked,” if you want to assemble at home. Ingredients include chili, refried beans, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa and guac.


Birria tacos are some of the hottest eats in the state right now, thanks to social media popularity — and the fact that they’re just delightfully (but messily) delicious. Here’s where you can find them throughout Connecticut.

Bartaco, with restaurants in Stamford, West Hartford and Westport (and a ghost kitchen offering delivery in the New Haven area) offers family packs of tacos and sides to feed a crowd. Don’t forget the takeout margaritas, too.

Nashville hot chicken

The fiery chicken may have originated in the South, but it’s making quick moves into Connecticut. The state’s local spots offer sandwiches, tenders, sliders and even chicken and waffles, with complementing sides like fries, cole slaw, mac and cheese, pickles and collard greens. Spice levels range from mild to red-hot, with something for everyone.

Check out our guide to CT’s Nashville hot chicken restaurants, from Bridgeport to Hartford.

Vegetarian/ vegan food

Whether you’re abstaining from meat for Good Friday, or following a plant-based diet, you can still find great meatless snack foods all over the state. Veggie burgers abound, and many state eateries have embraced plant-based proteins for sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and more.

At Claire’s Corner Copia in New Haven, the main menu features meat-free sandwiches, burritos, pizzas and housemade veggie burgers, with protein options like falafel, soy bacon and spicy buffalo soy chicken.

G-Zen in Branford offers nachos with spicy black bean chili and vegan mozzarella (or cashew Parmesan); a vegan cheese plate, a dim sum platter, a grilled tempeh Reuben and its famous sweet potato fries with hickory-smoked ketchup.

Check out these other CT options for meatless meals.


We strongly suggest you support your Connecticut team by drinking Connecticut beer, and with more than 100 breweries across the state, that’s easy enough to accomplish. (Have you cast your vote in our March Madness beer poll yet?)