Sublime. My writer/friend Joanne once warned me about using this word, for overuse can make it less meaningful (think of the word "awesome"). However, sublime is the only word Chris and I can think of to describe the food at The Mill at 2T, a charming yet sophisticated little restaurant located in a historic mill in the Tariffville section of Simsbury, CT.
On the advice of foodie and writer Mary Ellen Fillo, we were already there when they opened in order to snag two of the six seats at the counter overlooking the tiny, open kitchen. There are seven tables in the dining room, but the counter is definitely the best seat in the house. Owner/Chef Ryan Jones and his co-chef Chris were gracious hosts, starting up conversation and patiently answering questions while maintaining a zen-like calmness that a fan of Hell's Kitchen wouldn't be able to recognize.
The restaurant filled up quickly, even at the early hour. Our friendly server promptly filled our water glasses and delivered two airy, eggy popovers with salted butter. The menu, which changes daily, was small but had an excellent variety - there were chicken, beef, pork, fish, and vegetarian entrees from which to choose.
But first, appetizers. Chris started with the rabbit stew. While the chef humbly pronounced it "one-dimensional," we thought it was superb. The rabbit was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the ratio of meat to beans to broth was spot on. Red raspberries were an unexpected and imaginative garnish.