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Costa del Sol (Hartford)

Prior to retiring I had an office down the road in Wethersfield, I enjoyed many a great lunch at this fine restaurant. The paella was always first rate as was their grilled octopus appy. Glad to hear they are still first rate.

Apr 30, 2015
jdgall in Southern New England

Newport, RI lunch spots needed

Zelda's on Thames Street offers a nice luncheon selection.

Apr 10, 2015
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Pepe's coming to Old Saybrook??

Yes, that is confirmed Mystic Market is taking over that spot. And yes have heard that the new owners of North Cove hope to rent to a restaurant. Second your choice of Al Forno, Linda and
Bob offer great Italian selections.

Mar 29, 2015
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Pepe's coming to Old Saybrook??

Heard a rumor that Pepe's Pizza is coming to Old Saybrook in the old North Cove Outfitters building. Also Starbucks is moving over there. Any hounds hear the same, or is it just wishful thinking.

Mar 28, 2015
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CT food finds 2014: our year in review

Second the shout out for Rustica. The Branzino is boned which is great, when I have had this before from Venice to New York it is served whole and a pain for me to filet. Their pasta dishes are all home made and terrific, try the cauliflower and sausage for a different sauce. Meatballs like my grandmother made! Host Nino is a charmer. All in all a great find.

Mar 28, 2015
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The best of Connecticut?

Olea received a great review in this Sunday's New York Times

Mar 22, 2015
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Boar Meat

Thanks chefstu, I checked with them and yes they can special order.

Mar 12, 2015
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Boar Meat

Any hounds know where I can purchase boar meat in the southern Connecticut area from New London to NY line. Thanks for any help

Mar 11, 2015
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Wedding restaurant + grounds for 25 people in Southern New England?

I second Don's recommendation of Water's Edge. Have been to several wedding receptions there and they do a great job. The venue overlooking Long Island Sound is gorgeous, and drinks and hors d'oeuvres are served outside. Dinners were also very good as was service for a large gathering.

Feb 22, 2015
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Duck Fat

Tried a new dish over the holidays using duck breasts and have duck fat left over. Any hounds know if it's o.k. to freeze. I hate to waste this great flavor enhancer.

Jan 06, 2015
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Mr. Jalepeno opens in Old Saybrook

Had lunch there and was very under impressed. Sadly, yet another Americanized Mexican restaurant.

Nov 22, 2014
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Saturday late lunch in Essex, Old Saybrook or Westbrook

I think Pennylane Pub on Main Street in Old Saybrook would fit your needs. Very good food and a large menu to pick from.

Oct 24, 2014
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Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

Second Don's recommendation of Cafe Routier and would add Bar Bouchee in Madison, Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook and Gabrielle's in Centerbrook. All have great food and pleasant but not fancy ambiance.

Sep 05, 2014
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Looking for New Years Eve dinner and stay over

Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook offers this type of package. Food is very good and a beautiful venue on the Connecticut river.

Sep 02, 2014
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Looking for a delicious Sunday brunch along the Connecticut coast

Saybrook Point Inn nearby in Old Saybrook has a great brunch. The offerings are varied and all beautifully prepared. The venue offers great views of the Connecticut River. Would highly recommend.
For breakfast JAMMS in Old Saybrook or Simon's in Chester cannot be beat.

Jul 22, 2014
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CT: clams casino or linguine with clam sauce, take me to the water!

Jay the chef at Gabrielle's in Centerbrook occasionally offers a dynamite clam sauce as a special. Best to call ahead to see what the evening specials are. Have also had a fine one at Liv's in Old Saybrook, think that was a special also.

Jun 28, 2014
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Lobster "in the rough" other than Abbott's?

The Place in Guilford CT offers lobster cooked on an open pit. Also offers calms and corn on the cob. Very unique spot.

Jun 18, 2014
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Cajun/Creole in Mass, RI or CT

The Blue Hound in Ivoryton CT has great Cajun dishes, and as a plus it's BYOB.(They also sell wine and beer) Had a great special there recently rib eye steak with a dynamite crawfish sauce.

Jun 17, 2014
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Fried clams

Forget Lenny's in Branford was there this week and the clams were terrible. Hugh clams that were extremely tough.
Where they found soft shell clams that were this large is beyond me. Adding to the experience was a bad clam. If anyone has ever bitten into a bad clam you know the awful taste that lingers with one all day long. Try any other place listed on this post.

Jun 13, 2014
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Recommendations for a romantic, seaside dinner in CT?

Boom in Westbrook may fit your needs. Large deck overlooking marina, decent food and not overly pricey.

Jun 11, 2014
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The Clam Castle?

Sea Swirl in Mystic

May 29, 2014
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The Clam Castle?

Rumor I heard is that Donovan's (next door) purchased it and would soon open it as a clam shack.

May 28, 2014
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Newport, RI foodie restaurant suggestion

Scales and Shells for great seafood and Mamma Luisa's for super Italian both on Thames. Bouchard's has great French. And Castle Hill which is just a short drive from downtown has great food and an outstanding view on the waterfront. Enjoy

Apr 25, 2014
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Easter Brunch/Dinner New Haven or Middlesex County?

Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook offers a great brunch in a by the Connecticut river venue. A very large variety of offerings all very well prepared and presented.. After you can take Rts. 95 to 395 to 32 to UCONN

Mar 18, 2014
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BEST BLOODY MARY's along CT Eastern Shoreline??

Their brunch selection of foods is also very good.

Mar 14, 2014
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BEST BLOODY MARY's along CT Eastern Shoreline??

Not sure of any places in CT, but the Ocean House in Watch Hill RI offers a GREAT Bloody Mary bar during their brunch. You pick from any of several top vodkas, type of mixer juice, type of rim salt, and choice of garnish. Give it a try it is not too far from CT shoreline.

Mar 12, 2014
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Great Food near UConn

Although I have not been in a couple of years The Altnaveigh Inn on Storrs Rd offered fine dining in a charming setting. The Inn has antiques throughout and is a lovely venue. If it is still open I would recommend it highly.

Jan 26, 2014
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"These are a few of my favorite things..." - (Connecticut, 2014)

Another great ethnic place is Rancheros Mexican Bistro in Guilford. Very authentic Mexican dishes.
Super breakfast at Simon's in Chester.
Fantastic French Bar Buchee in Madison
A market favorite is Bliss Gourmet meats in Westbrook. Top quality prime angus beef.....Great steaks!

Jan 09, 2014
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Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

For great meats and outstanding beef you cannot beat Bliss Gourmet in Westbrook. They also have a great selection of prepared foods, fish, pastry, and take home dinners. I especially love their steaks.

Dec 21, 2013
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Connecticut Shoreline (mainly from Branford to Old Saybrook)

Alforno's is different from Pepe's guess I'd say more upscale and different varieties. Katteyes is right it really stands on it's own. Give it a try and you can hit Atlantic Seafood just up the road.

Dec 16, 2013
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