All Restaurants & Specialty Foods

  • Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom

    Southern coastal cuisine with New Orleans flair. The Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom brings southern inspired coastal cuisine with a touch of New Orleans to the shorline area. They pride themselves with a dedication to fresh, made from scratch, authentic dishes created from years of travel, living and cooking in the south. Many of their recipes have been passed down from generations of chef’s who made their names mastering their craft in and around New Orleans and the gulf coast so they may offer them to you. Enjoy!

  • Cheese Shop of Centerbrook

    Cheese is our passion. Whether it’s imported cheeses from Europe or farm-made local and domestic cheeses you’re looking for, we’re confident you’ll find something you like at our shop. Inventory is always expanding so there are always new flavors to explore. Enjoy an espresso, latte or tea while you browse our other specialty foods like charcuterie, smoked salmon, handmade pastas, locally made breads, biscotti, coffees, olive oils, artisanal sauces, condiments, chocolates, gelato and much more. Grow your cheese knowledge by taking one of our frequently-offered classes or perusing our comprehensive blog of re-printed articles from our monthly column in Ink Magazine. And be among the first to taste a brand new award-winning cheese sold across Europe that is currently only selling at the Cheese Shop of Centerbrook.

  • Essex Chocolatier and Coffee Bar

    As a curator of chocolates I’ve found the best of the best and have brought it to Essex, CT. My premium collection is from New England family owned businesses that take pride in small batches, handcrafted chocolates. My Bean to Bar gift section is sustainable chocolate from around the world. I make my own recipes resulting in superb Chai, Cold Brew and Signature Mocha and Caramel Drinks, using the products I sell. We offer indoor and outdoor seating. Essex Chocolatier and Coffee Bar is a wonderful place to Come~Gather~Enjoy. Teresa Patrick-Connell / Owner

  • Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

    Take the family on a two and a half hour narrated journey through the scenic Connecticut River Valley—named one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy—aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S.! Board the train at Essex station and ride to Deep River Landing, where the Mississippi-style riverboat Becky Thatcher is waiting to transport you up river and back past such sites as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. Back at Deep River, the next train is waiting to return you to Essex. Relish the golden hours of sunset on the river on a Friday night Sunset Cruise aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat, June through October. Relax and enjoy a four-course meal in the 1920s splendor of restored Pullman dining cars aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, May through October. Our season begins with everyone’s favorite tank engine at A Day Out with Thomas™ in Read more [...]

  • Ivoryton Tavern

    The Ivoryton Tavern and Café is located in the Village of Ivoryton directly across from the Ivoryton Playhouse. We are a local restaurant and bar that is open 6 days a week serving our customers meals from Breakfast, lunch to Dinner.  Our menu is extensive and is composed of freshly made items like our award-winning hamburgers, soups, prime rib of beef, fresh seafood, and good old fashion home cooked meals like meatloaf, lasagna, and turkey dinner. Our staff is friendly and is competent and we also have a full bar with craft beer on tap.

  • Olive Oyls

    Olive Oyl’s is Celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year! Family owned and operated since 1991. Serving the best creative Chef prepared gourmet foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. We’re well known for our fresh morning pastries , delicious breakfast sandwiches and Illy Coffee. Oversized creative lunch sandwiches, fresh healthy salads and soups. Scratch cookies and brownies. We have many prepared meals to go made with local seasonal ingredient. Our Menu changes daily. Grilled Faroe Island salmon, Four Mile River Farm Beef Meat loafs, Smoked Ribs and brisket to name a few. Olive Oyl’s is also home to “Smoked on the Water” premium Smoked Beef Jerky. Open 7:30am – 5:30pm most days and closed on Mondays.

  • The Essex Restaurant

    The Essex marks the transition between old New England charm and upscale elegance; a time that calls for refreshment and rejuvenation. The Essex Restaurant and Bar offers a variety of restoratives and invites you to imbibe in an atmosphere of satisfying food, spirits, and good cheer.

Contact Us

Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email