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Casual dinner (with a child) between New Haven and Essex?

Lenny's Indian Head Inn isn't as convenient to 95 as the other suggestions, but it is between NH and Essex, it has seafood, and it is great for kids and adults alike. Especially off-season and/or early, when there's no wait. Fireplaces for the adults, and and crayons and coloring placemats for the kids. Last time I was there - with kids - I tasted the kids' menu fried fish dish and it was lovely food too.

Nov 24, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

New Haven Restaurant Week: Chowhounds at Foster's 11-09

Crumbing always makes me think of those old rolling sweeper things - for housecleaning. In miniature.

Nov 20, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

New Haven Restaurant Week: Chowhounds at Foster's 11-09

Thanks for posting this! I also saw Frank Cohen's review of Foster's lunch menu at RestaurantsCT.com; he's got photos of the PBJ cheesecake and the wacky chef's pants. I don't usually love his reviews, but I've found his Restaurant Week reviews for Zinc, Union League and Foster's more engaging than usual . . .

Nov 13, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

where to take WAY out of towners in their 20s: Shoreline or New Haven

Skappo is cheaper than Basta? I did not know this!!

Oct 11, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

where to take WAY out of towners in their 20s: Shoreline or New Haven

You're not considering clam pies at Pepe's? The wait gives you lots of time to chat with your visitors . . . Or Bar, for a more, well, bar-like atmosphere.

For Asian, I'd recommend Bentara. I like larger parties at Bentara too, they let you eat family style if you want. Maybe a stuffier atmosphere than you'd like.

I don't personally love the "creative sushi" thing at Miya's (and it can get pricey), but a lot of people do and it's off-beat and fun. Good for vegetarians.

Oct 11, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

CT Restaurant Week

Star ratings ARE a lot pressure! And Yelpers have taken this issue very seriously . . . ; )

http://www.yelp.com/topic/new-haven-w...

http://www.yelp.com/topic/new-haven-w...

Oct 08, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

CT Restaurant Week

That sounds lovely. What a great Monday night . . . and how often do you hear that?

Oct 05, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

CT Restaurant Week

I did appreciate your response. And I'm inclined to be wary of Leon's, given the reviews here and elsewhere. I've biked past Sage a few times and I like the location. I just wondered if anyone had any specifics to offer from recent visits . . . Do any of the three have fireplaces?

Oct 04, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

CT Restaurant Week

Anyone want to give top recs - from the available list - in the greater New Haven area? Is Carmen Anthony Steakhouse worth a shot? Leon's? Sage?

Oct 04, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Homemade corned beef hash in New Haven/ Fairfield county?

Whoops. PS. I didn't notice that someone - saraf - had actual first-hand knowledge of Lena's hash. I defer to the experienced diner. Me, I'm still in the stage of trying to figure out what Lena's does well . . .

Oct 04, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Homemade corned beef hash in New Haven/ Fairfield county?

I've been to Lena's a few times. The service there gives off an "overwhelmed" vibe too. My husband's egg white omelets are reliably excellent - fluffy and flavorable - but I've not been happy with the various pancake breakfasts I've ordered; the menu sounds better than the plate tastes. And they serve flavored coffee.

And terrible, terrible breakfast sausage. I wouldn't order hash there.

Oct 04, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

CT Restaurant Week

I live in NH and have been to Firebox for dinner and I am SERIOUSLY considering making the god-awful 91 trek for a RW dinner there. And I'd recommend it to anyone who is even a bit closer to the spot.

Oct 04, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Homemade corned beef hash in New Haven/ Fairfield county?

Ugh. Thanks for all the gory details.

Sep 30, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Homemade corned beef hash in New Haven/ Fairfield county?

Let us know what you think of Equinox!! I've heard great things about The Corner, but I'm not often in Milford . . .

Sep 26, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Homemade corned beef hash in New Haven/ Fairfield county?

O'Rourke's is a great diner. I'd trust them with hash.

Sep 26, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Tibetan food in CT?

No clue. But I love that you regularly call CT "The Land of Steady Habits." Have I told you this already?

Sep 26, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

Heirloom, New Haven - anyone else been?

Anyone else annoyed by the design? I hate those stupid, chintzy tables clogging the sidewalk. No one sits at them. If they wanted outdoor dining - which NH sorely needs - they should have planned for it in the restaurant design. Big french doors or something . . . ? I'd pay $$ for mediocre "New American" (this seems to be the consensus) if I could eat in a chic quasi-al-fresco space . . .

Sep 26, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

New Haven's best sandwich's

Good question! Am I missing something or are New Haven sandwiches (grinders, hoagies and/or submarine sandwiches) not particularly well covered by the boards?

I'd love to hear more, Chowhounders! I've had passable things from Nico's, Book Trader and Est, Est, Est but nothing I'd recommend stopping for. And I've been looking for a good sandwich place, for picnics . . .

Sep 22, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Best Connecticut Sandwiches Near Guilford

Oh there is PLENTY of that going on at CH. And sometimes it is harder to spot or track . . .

Sep 15, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

Best Connecticut Sandwiches Near Guilford

Regular Yelp users believe those reviews to be, um, owner-inspired. They are from people with very few reviews, and they repetitive in content and style. Still, it sounds like an interesting place . . .

Sep 15, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

3 nights in New Haven, want seafood!

Stowe's does not get enough love on CH, but it's cute, cheap, convenient to New Haven and tasty. And they close promptly at 7 PM, 6 on Sundays.

Sep 15, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

New Haven, CT Top 5 Favorites

Brunch if you've got the time: Bella's

Sep 08, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

yet another downtown New Haven Thai

I passed the old location of Dozo (which I loved, briefly) and I saw that it had a new sign. Something like "Jasimine Rice Thai" ... any info on this one, Chowhounds?

I know I said that New Haven Thai food wasn't worth a lot of discussion, but I'm curious. Is this a restaurant version of the much-loved Whitney Ave/Church St Jasmine Thai cart? Is this restaurant related to any of the other Thai restaurants in New Haven? Is it a Thai venture from the Kari Mee, Miso, Dozo originators? And, perhaps most importantly, will they deliver?

What have you heard?

Sep 08, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

New Haven Restaurants

Cheesy Comfort Food: It's a quirk. I make grilled cheese sandwiches and excellent variations on mac and cheese myself. I won't pay someone else to cook it and serve it to me, cuz in my book, it's just not that kind of food. Esp. in this neighborhood, I think it's a trendy gimmick. Buyer beware. And if a restaurant is interested in selling that kind of gimmick to even some of its customers . . . I'm wary of how they'll treat me.

Mezcal: It need go on no one's lists but my own. It's gotten very popular, so if the original poster has any friends in New Haven, they'll probably suggest going there sooner or later, and the original poster can expect good things and doesn't need to worry that it's going to be a pretentious waste of time and money. This is not true of all of New Haven's restaurants.

Healthy Debates: I love debates, love food debates, love Chow debates, etc. I'm not sure that downtown New Haven Thai is worthy of that much ink. Tho' Scargod is dead right about the fruit flies.

Fearless Critics: Nope, I'm no expert. But there's something about their tone to knowledge ratio that's just a little bit off for me. I read them, find them useful and wish they'd tone it down just a tad. A lot of people who've lived in NH awhile (longer than me) take them with a grain of overpriced sea salt. ; )

Aug 28, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

New Haven Restaurants

Fearless Critic also has a website that features a few rotating reviews:
http://newhaven.fearlesscritic.com/

When I moved here 3 years ago, I found The Menu dated, and I sometimes feel that the authors' tone is too authoritative for how informed they actually are. Not that they're not informed, just that they kind of overdo it.

And isn't Rice Pot owned and run by the same people as Thai Taste? That's what most people around town say. I suspect that the difference in clientele (Thai Taste is often full of undergrads on dates) makes for different dining experiences and perceptions . . . In any case, I vote Thai Taste best Thai, at least for curries. Their noodles are no good. But it's hardly worth debating, as they are none of them outstanding and whichever one you prefer, it's good enough.

DJD left off Mezcal, which is pretty darn good. Like a lot of places in New Haven, it does a few things well. DJD's excellent survey makes this point too. (I'll miss you! Best of luck in Boston! I regret every meal I've had there! I feel like eating out in Boston requires a lot of knowledge OR a lot of money.)

New Haven too requires a fair amount of research, trial and error, and, then, finally, decisiveness. I won't eat at anyplace that serves mac and cheese.

Aug 28, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

New Haven Restaurants

I'm actually one of the passionate detractors (see above) of York St Noodle, but some people swear by it - http://www.yelp.com/biz/york-street-n.... Maybe it depends on what you order . . .

Also, I love the Linear State Park (hee hee) and wouldn't want to discourage anyone from exploring it but there is a perfectly fine Ashley's in New Haven!! Maybe you could justify stopping at both if you jogged from one the other!!

Aug 25, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Child friendly, downtown New Haven (post Shubert dinner)

Am I the only one out there who thought Katz's II was a pathetic excuse for New York deli? It had flies, bland food, squishy rye bread, fatty meats and a loud, overbearing and useless manager.

Tho' the pickles and slaw were delicious. This place was always a puzzle to me . . . so I guess I won't be hot-footing it to Woodbridge.

Aug 21, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

New Haven Restaurants

Firebox in Hartford makes a good local effort.

And what is wrong with Zinc? Some people seem so anti-Zinc, but some people are huge fans? Why all the strong feelings? Every time I decide to spend the money and see for myself, I read or hear something very negative . . .

But NH restaurants don't do local because they are serving ethnic food? Or Italian? Please, that's no excuse. My farm box is overflowing with zukes, eggplant and herbs. And potatoes.

On my last trip to Mezcal, they put zukes in the fajitas. I didn't ask if they were local, but I bet they were a bargain! On the Scoozi menu I saw some local produce, and some California peaches. Go figure.

But in response to the original post, New Haven's "best" noodle shop has closed - East Melange. Leaving us with Ivy Noodle and York St Noodle, both of which are cheap, casual and have passionate fans and detractors.

Check out the New Haven "Top 5" lists . . . Lots of range there.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/391374

Aug 20, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England

Best (or just new) Gourmet Stores in the greater New Haven area

In addition to all the other suggestions, which, for the most part, I second:

Caseus is a French-ish bistro and cheese shop on Whitney; I think I heard that the owners' orig plan was just a cheese shop. It gets mixed reviews, but has a wide selection of cheeses.

New Haven Independent reports today that a Syrian grocery ALSO opened on Orange.

Villarina's on Chapel closed, no great loss, IMO.

Aug 12, 2009
zoe p. in All New England Archive

Mexican - New Haven, CT

How long ago did you eat at Mezcal, DanielJDwyer? (If this is chronicled somewhere and I missed it, forgive me and redirect me!!)

Cuz I love it. The menu has its ups and downs - enchildadas verde, carnitas and chicken pipian are our favorites. But overall it's a step up - freshness, quality, value - from El Amigo Felix, which I also kinda like.

Aug 09, 2009
zoe p. in Southern New England