Fall Foliage and Fantastic Food

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I recently experienced a wonderful day. The weather was October perfect with beautiful blue skies, low humidity, white puffy clouds, with trees along the driving route I took to Western Connecticut, decked out in spectacular burnished oranges, bright yellows, deep magentas and even some dark pink. Set against the evergreens, the timbers showing off their magnificent colors, made for “oohs” and “aahs” along the way.

The journey was incredibly satisfying, but the destination…well, of course it involved food, and where we ended up was simply fabulous.

Good Eats, a new restaurant that opened just a few weeks ago in New Milford, Connecticut, does everything right.

From the moment you walk into the warmly decorated hallway, (where once inside you will see a neon sign with the restaurant’s name), the inviting bar and the beautifully appointed dining room, you feel welcomed and taken care of. Everything, from the shade of paint on the walls, to the rustic lighting fixtures, to the photographs of food and famous chefs decorating the interior, indicates the time and care that went into renovating this former roadside sports bar. Good Eats is anything but. Yes, it is country casual, but there is a sense of quiet elegance infused in the atmosphere. Even the bathrooms are lovingly decorated.

And now the food. What an eclectic menu. Owners Edward Maynard and Brian Cabrera were smart enough to bring chef Kevin Deluca on board to create new interpretations of old favorites.

The restaurant makes sure to feature locally sourced ingredients in all their dishes.

Whether you choose the kale and Brussels sprouts salad with honey crisp apple, shrimp and horseradish dressing, or a Good Eats burger with jalapeño jam for lunch, a beautifully seasoned pork chop with black eyed pea puree or scallops with spiced dahl, zucchini, and carrot herb salad for dinner, you will be completely hooked.

Whatever you do, be sure to order the pita with whipped butter, honey, radish and maldon salt. It is simply a taste sensation.

Some pretty amazing signature cocktails (like a tangerine margarita; Herradura Blanco tequila, tangerine shrub, lime and chili salt)  from mixologist Johnny Torres are featured, and there are quite unique and special wine picks too.

Good Eats Restaurant and Bar overlooks the scenic Housatonic River and is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and serving Sunday brunch from 11-3 (where you can order Shakshuka, one of my favorites.) Good Eats is truly the place for good eatin’ and most definitely worth the trip. 300 Kent Road, New Milford, Connecticut

Good Eats Restaurant


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has just directed and produced her first film featuring Gloria Gaynor and is producing a docu-series starring Erik Estrada. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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