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Is there a decent restaurant on the CT shore?

My favorite is Bar Bouchee in Madison. Always consistent and its small so its always booked... make a reservation. Boom was great the last time I went there several years ago. Aspen and Red Hen were recent visits and while not everything was perfect I give them above average results. The Madison Beach Hotel has been just ok...come summertime I hope they step up their game because the sunset views are great on the porch.

Mar 04, 2014
Luddy in Southern New England

Best New England Clam Chowder on Martha's Vineyard

I can't say for the VIneyard but the best clam chowder hands down is the Black Pearl in Newport RI. It sounds like you travel a bit so check it out. Best Lobster Roll is the Brick Market Cafe in Newport as well.

Sep 23, 2012
Luddy in Southern New England

Is there a decent restaurant on the CT shore?

In Madison check out Bar Bouchee what I consider to be one of the finest restaurants in CT or the new Madison Beach hotel (Ive had a great experience their but Ive heard they are spotty as it's going through the normal growing pains a restaurant would have). Others mentioned like Foe and Le Petit Cafe are also excellent.

Sep 23, 2012
Luddy in Southern New England

Best Burger in CT

Bar Bouchee in Madison has the the best burger I have ever had. It is a high end French Bistro with a bun to die for and made with Foie Gras. Ive hated Foie Gras in the past when Ive eaten it on its own....but when combined with the burger and bun it was a perfect blend of beef and rich flavorful foie.gras. No sauce or usual condiments needed, and due to the foie gras expect to pay a premium. If you are a foodie it is one of the best restaurants in CT and frankly you'll be tempted to not order the burger the menu is that good. Jacques Pepin frequently dines there so you know it's got to be good.

In New Haven I personally like Prime 16 for the best burger joint and the beer tap menu is superior with beers from local breweries all around the country. Prime 16 has a $5 burger from 2-4pm Mon-Fri and quality is on par with plan B which is another favorite of mine. The only complaint I have is it is a little dark inside Prime 16.

Also oddly enough the Mohegan Sun has Bobby's Burger Palace (Bobby Flay)....which I expected to pay $11 for but the burgers were $6-$7. Granted you have to pay $3 extra for fries but there is enough to share one order.

As far as the other joints mentioned (like Joey Garlics and the Counter) I haven't been there but thanks for mentioning it I'll check it out!

Sep 23, 2012
Luddy in Southern New England