From Forest Street’s “Restaurant Row” to the establishments on Elm, Main and Pine Streets, New Canaan offers a diverse and ever-evolving lineup of restaurants. The choices in town are particularly impressive not only given the size of town, but also when one considers how far New Canaan has come in morphing into a culinary destination in a relatively short amount of time. As recently as the 1960’s and ‘70s, dining options were somewhat limited for residents and the food was far from exciting. Patricia Brooks—food critic for the New York Times and New Canaan resident since 1959—remembers those days well. “It just wasn’t that good anywhere,” Brooks told NewCanaanite.com.