Dogwood Grows Season By Season
- If you haven’t checked out Hamden lately, Sampson points out that it’s going through a renaissance of sorts, with restaurants and fun shops increasingly popping up. Indeed, the cool items in the shop windows made them nearly irresistible, and the neighborhood was so hopping on a Friday night that we wished we had known about the free parking in the back of the restaurant.
- Bridget Sampson composed a wine list heavy on Pinot Noirs, Rhone varietals and Pacific Northwest wines, which are among the couple’s favorites. The list of more than 200 bottles also focuses on female wine makers and sustainable vineyards, and the restaurant received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine in 2011.
Good to Know
- Weekend brunch pulls from the chef’s stints in other cities – like the Taos Chile Relleno and the New Orleans-inspired plate of grits, poached eggs, spicy shrimp etouffee and roasted tomatoes.
- The restaurant doesn’t offer private dining, but it can close off a section with about 50 seats for semi-private dining, and it caters off-site for private dining.
- Throughout most of the year, the owners organize cooking classes and a wine club that Sampson calls “a wine dinner with an educational component thrown in.” These take a hiatus each summer.
- Each autumn, the restaurant hosts an Oyster Happy Hour Mondays and Tuesdays, when oysters are $1 apiece and drink specials – such as $5 sparkling wines and discounted beers – are offered.
·Local Kale Caesar
·Ancho-Braised Grass-Fed Beef Brisket
·Try a seasonally inspired cocktail like a gin-spiked lemonade with local berries and the restaurant’s signature cocktail, The Dogwood, which uses house-made citrus-infused vodka, Cointreau, Campari, pomegranate and lemon juices and a float of Prosecco.
·For brunch, Sampson says his bartender’s Bloody Mary is “ridiculous” – he means ridiculously good, of course.
·Each night of the week sees a different part of the wine menu highlighted, such as Pinot Pandemonium on Wednesdays, when all Pinots are 20 percent off.
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