The region is loaded with dining options from burger joints and pizza parlors to ethnic eateries and four-star Zagat-rated restaurants.

Among the fellows' favorites are: Plan B, The Counter Burger, the Max Group restaurants, Restaurant Bricco, Grants, Taste of India, Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan, Monte Alban, and Puerto Vallarta.

Franchise restaurants are also abundant including the Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Chili's, Panera, Bertucci's, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, and Ted's Montana Grill.

Food photos by Julie Bidwell; courtesy of Cavey's Restaurants, Manchester, CT; Restaurant interior, Mohegan Bar American, courtesy of Mohegan Sun Casino, Montville, CT