Leeanne Griffin

Writer

Leeanne Griffin is a multimedia food and dining reporter for the Hartford Courant, covering openings and closings, events, trends and general news from the Connecticut dining scene. She’s been with The Courant in several capacities since 2006, starting as an online producer for courant.com. She earned a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University, where she first discovered the magic that is New Haven apizza.

Recent Articles

  • Bob Ramen Plainville Hosts Grand Opening

    Bob Ramen Plainville Hosts Grand Opening

    Bob Ramen hosts a grand opening at its new Plainville location (50 W. Main St.) Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Plainville's expanded menu features four ramen bowls, three rice bowls (salmon poke, tofu rice, beef bulgogi kimchi rice) and small plates like duck fat-cooked chicken wings with sake barbecue...

  • Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week Returns

    Mohegan Sun Restaurant Week Returns

    Mohegan Sun hosts Restaurant Week promotions Jan. 22 to 26 at several of its eateries. Special fixed-price menus are available at: Bar Americain (3-course menu with wines for $35) Todd English’s Tuscany (3-course menu for $35) BALLO Italian (3-course dinner for $29.95, available at 4 p.m.) Michael...

  • Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes To Appear On Cooking Channel's 'Sugar Showdown'

    Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes To Appear On Cooking Channel's 'Sugar Showdown'

    Tune in tonight: Hardcore Sweet, the Oakville-based bakery known for its unique and creative "classy to crazy" cupcakes, cakes and other sweet treats, returns to TV for a competition appearance on the Cooking Channel's "Sugar Showdown." The episode airs at 10 p.m. This is the latest TV spot for...

  • b Restaurants Host 'Tour d'Pappy' Bourbon Series

    b Restaurants Host 'Tour d'Pappy' Bourbon Series

    Your Pappy hunt ends at b Restaurants (Plan B Burger Bar), which recently announced a series of special events spotlighting the super-elusive bourbon. The "Tour de Pappy" series at the restaurant group's locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. features seven Pappy van Winkle...

  • Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week Returns

    Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week Returns

    The Taste of Middlesex County promotion runs Jan. 16 through Jan. 23, with fixed-price three-course meals for $20.17 at a variety of eateries. Participants currently include Amici Italian Grill, Eli Cannon's Tap Room, El Pulpo & Tapas Bar, Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar, First and Last Tavern, Herd,...

  • Bear's Blind Pig Pizzeria Opens

    Bear's Blind Pig Pizzeria Opens

    Admit it: You've possibly dreamed about Bear's Smokehouse barbecue meat atop a pizza crust. With the official opening of Blind Pig Pizzeria in Hartford, those dreams become reality. Jamie McDonald and the team from the Kansas City-style barbecue restaurants in Hartford, Windsor and South Windsor...

  • Savoy In West Hartford Offers Half-Priced Lunch Pizza This Week

    Savoy In West Hartford Offers Half-Priced Lunch Pizza This Week

    Max Restaurant Group's Savoy Pizzeria & Craft Bar is now open seven days a week for lunch, offering a pizza promotion this week. Enjoy 50 percent off any red, white or gluten-free pizza during lunch hours (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) through Jan. 13. Savoy is at 32 Lasalle Rd. in West Hartford. 860-969-1000,...

  • Olives And Oil Opens In New Haven

    Olives And Oil Opens In New Haven

    Fork Hospitality, the owners of New Haven's Elm City Social, have opened Olives and Oil at 124 Temple Street, featuring a menu of "electric Italian" cuisine. Olives and Oil features chef John Brennan's "modern take on rustic Italian cuisine, wine, and life in a vintage setting," according to a...

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