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Sushi in CT--let's talk about our favorite places

My favorite is Daiko, in West Haven. I also like Friend House in Orange, but I'd be surprised if they're still open. They do *nothing* in the way of marketing. Their Fuji Maki is fabulous- they break out the torch for it!

Mar 03, 2009
redfox697 in Southern New England

Sushi in CT--let's talk about our favorite places

I eat at Sushi Palace around once a month. It's good for the price, but it's still "utility sushi" at its heart.

Mar 03, 2009
redfox697 in Southern New England

Anatolia in Waterbury CT, My review.

How does Anatolia compare with the Turkish places on Campbell Ave, in West Haven?

Aug 07, 2008
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Best italian in Fairfield County?

Run, don't walk-

Tuscany in Bridgeport. One of the best Italian meals I've ever had. You can look at the menu, but keep an open mind for the dozen or so appetizers and entrees that your server will name for you that change with what's freshest. Lots of homemade pastas, great wine list, great desserts.

It's definetly a "nice restaurant", but it's totally unpretentious. A cut way above your average mom-and-pop red sauce Italian, but still maintains a family feel.

Aug 04, 2008
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La Luna Branford Ct.

My parents like to go there, but I find the food pretty nondescript and average. It's not bad, but it doesn't make me want to go back, either. Colonial Tymes in Hamden is a bit more expensive, but far better in terms of quality.

Jul 27, 2008
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Milford, CT - Beach House, Bin 100 or Bistro Basque?

Never been to the Beach House, but I'll vote for Bistro Basque. Bin 100 was hit and miss.

Jul 09, 2008
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Please Help Quick!! Food torture at 6 flags!

You're probably still screwed- bring a backpack with an ice pack and check it into a locker. the last time I was there the only thing I could stomach was what they called "pizza", which was some rubbery "cheese" and a red sauce that tasted vaguely like tomatoes on a bread-like concoction and served in wedges.

Jun 16, 2008
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Oxford, CT restaurants

I also recommend Crave, and I also second the craptastic rating of Hot Tamale, although I've only eaten their food once around 8 months ago. Also recommended is Nardelli's, which is an Italian deli and grocery in Naugatuck. They make a waaay serious italian cold cut sandwich, easily enough for two people or leftovers for dinner. I always stop there on the way up to shows at the Meadows (I refuse to call it the Dodge or whatever it is now!!!) and have the rest of the sandwich after the show before my drive home. There is supposed to be a good Portuguese restaurant in Waterbury, but I've never been.

Jun 16, 2008
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Going to Thali in New Haven......

My favorites are the Navratan Korma and the Baigan Bartha. Neither spicy, both incredibly flavorful. I usually appetize with the Paneer Tikka and get a side of Garlic Naan. I've never had dessert here, I always walk across the street to J-Mart for a bubble tea and some red bean cakes.

Jun 13, 2008
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Ahimsa, Vegan Restaurant in New Haven: what's it like?

No, just a very old and well-used internet handle. If I were going to have a beer-related one it would be about something obscure, brewed in a shed by farmers in Belgium or somesuch.

Jun 09, 2008
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Ahimsa, Vegan Restaurant in New Haven: what's it like?

Fair enough. Full disclosure: I am not a vegetarian. I would be were not my two favorite food groups cheese and bacon. That said, I enjoy adventurous cooking more than anything else, no matter what it's made of.

Seriously- their raw ice cream is killer. Try it.

Jun 04, 2008
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Ahimsa, Vegan Restaurant in New Haven: what's it like?

I've been to Ahimsa a few times and I've always enjoyed myself, as have those with me. The portions are a bit small, but other than that I have no objections.

Jun 03, 2008
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Looking for restaurant for Yale graduation weekend

Yorkside is "good" when I've got a buzz going at 2 in the morning, but not for when I need an actual meal.

Apr 22, 2008
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South Norwalk - Restaurants

I like Strada 18 (Pizza/Italian), Burger Bar, Coromandel (new Indian on Washington St.), and Match.

Apr 14, 2008
redfox697 in All New England Archive

[Hamden] SBC Beer

Seconding the above comments. (never had Sea Hag, though.)

Apr 14, 2008
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Southern CT Best Farmers Market

While I love M&M for what it is, it should not be confused with a "farmer's market". They sell wholesale produce which is not sourced locally. Their eggs are local-ish (Mitlitsky's, from Lebanon), and their dairy might be local, but their veggies and fruit are not, at least not for the most part. Locavores should stick to the Wooster Square CitySeed market.

Apr 11, 2008
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There's got to be some decent Lebanese in Jersey,NY, or CT, right?

I don't know if it's Lebanese, strictly speaking, but there is Mamoun's in New Haven, CT which is a local institution for Falafel, Moujhedra, kebabs, and such. There is also a Mamoun's (same owners) on Macdougal St a block or so from Washington Square Park in NYC and I believe another one somewhere in the LES.

In West Haven, CT there are a few well-regarded middle eastern restaurants, but I believe that their owners are from Turkey.

Mar 24, 2008
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New Haven area rec for a nosh and chat

Bar is great, but if you go on a thursday-saturday night it'll be rife with the DYP (dreaded young people). (Of which I'm a member, so I can make fun.) If parking is a concern, anywhere in downtown New Haven blows unless you want to drive around or pony up for a lot. My vote is for Bistro Basque in Milford. Yes, it does get a bit noisy on a crowded night, but it all depends on when you go. Ibiza has great tapas too, and while their wine is a bit on the expensive side, they give you a good healthy pour. Skappo (in Ninth Square) is another cute little that has Italian specialties from Umbria- no chicken parm here. Good wine list, and lots of charm. Noise levels unknown- I went there on a restaurant tour, so we were all quiet while the spiel was going on. You'd also probably do well at Zinc, and I don't think the noise level there ever gets too high.

Mar 17, 2008
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Interesting spot for Saturday lunch, New Haven?

That's unfortunate to hear, I haven't been in a few months, and usually I end up getting take-out.

Mar 14, 2008
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Best Indian food Newhaven Area.....sugessions ?

Thali! Coromandel comes close, but Thali owns it. It's the best Indian food I've ever had, and I've had a lot.

Mar 13, 2008
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Interesting spot for Saturday lunch, New Haven?

Second that for Bentara.

Mar 12, 2008
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New Haven for "gourmand"

It's not in New Haven, but Bistro Basque in Milford is very good.

Mar 10, 2008
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REAL Mexican in S. CT

The Chile Rellenos at Acapulco's in Stratford are as good as any I've had, and I've had some good ones.

Mar 05, 2008
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Polish Restaurants in New Britain, please...

My family always used to go to Cracovia and we always enjoyed it immensely, but this is going on 10+ years ago.

Mar 04, 2008
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Buffet brunch Orange, CT area...w/kids?

If your crew is adventurous, Coromandel on route 1 has an excellent Indian brunch.

Mar 04, 2008
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Ibiza New Haven

Go to Nini's Bistro, in Ninth Square. If you want wine you'll need to BYO, but their food is great and quite affordable. It's a restaurant that grew out of a gourmet catering establishment (that still is in existence). Four course prix-fixe for $35, with some pretty good stuff. The menu changes every couple of weeks or so- here's their dinner menu link: http://www.ninisbistro.com/menu.htm

If you're looking for something truly different, try Ahimsa. It's a vegan restaurant with some raw vegan items on the menu. Try the raw ice cream, you'll be astonished.

Feb 20, 2008
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Alternative dining in an area devoid of it? (ct)

It's not adventurous, but Nardelli's in Naugatuck makes a seeeerious sandwich, and has lots of nice Italian grocery-type items as well. Other than that... I think the valley is mostly the suck, but I'd love to be told otherwise.

Feb 18, 2008
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"Hot Tamale" in Seymour, CT: I've given up!

No, it had none of the spice that Chorizo does. It was softer, but not soft enough to be the fresh style of chorizo.

Feb 15, 2008
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CT: looking for a new place!

Have you tried Lalibela, across from the Omni in New Haven? Fosolia = heaven.

Feb 15, 2008
redfox697 in Southern New England

Indian -with a real Tandoori Oven Fairfield County

Dude, chill out.

I know for a fact that the New Haven location of Thali has a real Tandoori oven, I've seen it. Toss the Naan dough against the side wall and scrape it off when it's ready to serve, etc. etc.. The real deal. Thali is probably the best Indian food in the state, so I'm not sure where you get off saying that they use carrots for saffron unlesse you've seen them do it. Chef Chirnomula is as legitimate as it gets as far as I can tell.

I said "I believe" because I've never eaten at the New Canaan location, but I have no reason to believe that it is any different from New Haven.

Feb 14, 2008
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