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194 Perry Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
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Photo of the Silvermine Tavern, Norwalk, CT The Merritt Parkway is a beautiful old road that runs parallel to the hectic Route 95 between the New Haven/Bridgeport area and the New York border. In addition to being a relatively peaceful, scenic alternative to Route 95, drivers who use the Merritt Parkway (also known as Route 15) are also able to see the more bucolic parts of some of Connecticut's largest cities, including Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk. This last city has some particularly charming sections near the road that look like something out of the classic movie "Christmas in Connecticut," with rolling hills, beautiful forests, bubbling brooks, and powerful waterfalls. And right in the heart of this section of Norwalk (known as Silvermine) is quaint old restaurant called the Silvermine Tavern, one of New England's true hidden gems.

Located next to a mill pond with a waterfall at one end, the Silvermine Tavern is the type of place that could only be found in New England; creaky old floors, a cozy fireplace, colonial-era paintings, and traditional American food make this a place for lovers of history as well as lovers of food. And the food is quite good, with such delicious dishes as a hearty Yankee pot roast, an unusual duck quesadilla plate, and a handful of gourmet dinner entrees, including braised lamb shank and a pecan-crusted brook trout. There is something else that must be tried at the Silvermine Tavern, and that is the honeybuns. Quite simply, you would be hard-pressed to find better honeybuns in all of New England.

The Silvermine Tavern is a truly special destination, and one that should not be missed if you happen to be traveling along the Merritt Parkway (or Route 95, for that matter). Something also to consider is the fact that there are guest rooms here, too, so perhaps it would be worth a special trip to dine at the Silvermine Tavern, then retire to one of the quaint old rooms here. That way, you can enjoy it all at this terrific spot, including the picturesque lanes, the roaring waterfall, and the ravines and glens that make this part of New England such an unforgettable place.