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Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

PokPok is NOT Chinese, MyNextMeal. It's a Thai restaurant. Thai food to Chinese is like comparing Russian food to American food.

Dec 30, 2010
GoodFoodie in Metro Portland

Coffee/ Coffee Shop in Hamden, CT area?

Nothing in Hamden....closest thing to Fair Trade would be Koffee on Audubon in New Haven or Blue State on Wall Street, also in New Haven.

Bread and Chocolate in Hamden is very nice though....good pastries, nice coffee- hot chocolate made from REAL chocolate chips/cocoa powder. Run by super, super nice people!

Oct 05, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Five Guys Westport

I beg to differ.....Five Guys does NOT compare in any way to In 'n Out. It is much more expensive, less tasty and greasier. It may be an In 'n Out wannabe but does not hold a candle to the real thing. I would rather go to a locally operated burger place in CT than to Five Guys.

Oct 05, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

6/19/10 The Suburban , Branford Ct.- Truly the Best of the Best!!

p.s. Chef ~ I was disappointed that I didn't LOVE it either. I really went there expecting to be "Wow'd"

Sep 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

6/19/10 The Suburban , Branford Ct.- Truly the Best of the Best!!

hi chef ~ I would go back because i truly appreciate what the franco-comachos have introduced to the New Haven area, food wise but I just wouldn't go as often. We went to Roomba's all the time but less so to Bespoke.

And yes- the bill did include tip and add wine to the list above. Chatted with friends over the weekend who've been at different times and the group was also split, interestingly enough. Some loved it while others were lukewarm.

Sep 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

The Suburban, Branford, CT

Finally went this past week. Very expensive restaurant (no surprise for the Franco-Comachos). Food was good but I felt it was overpriced. Who can afford to drop $150.00 on a meal for two that often? I wish they would consider lowering the prices.......I am spoiled having moved here from a restaurant mecca where one can get excellent, excellent food at very reasonable prices. I will go again but it won't be for some time.

Sep 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

6/19/10 The Suburban , Branford Ct.- Truly the Best of the Best!!

Sorry but I have to disagree. Good restaurant but not as special as everyone makes it out to be. The interior stylish but I a bit TOO contrived. Crate/Barrel-Pottery Barn overdone. I was a huge fan of Roomba's - lukewarm on Bespoke and have yet to decide on The Suburban. I will give it another try but did not think the food was 'too die for' and very, very, very overpriced. The popover was over-salted. We ordered Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries) and Pork Chop. The Mussels were quite tasty - the fries were a bit soggy; my porks chops were tasty but a bit tough. Expensive - dinner or two, no appetizer- just two entrees, a glass of beer, one glass of their special cocktail followed by a glass of wine and dessert was over $150.00. NOT a place one can afford to go that often.

Sep 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Most delicious cocktail in the New Haven area?

@ eodell, re: 116 Crown drinks and food. A great example of a restaurant with cool bar/lounge area is Cafe Routier in Westbrook. UNLIKE 116 Crown, Cafe Routier offers GREAT cocktails accompanied by small plate offerings that are appropriately priced but most importantly - delicious.

Not NH area, I know but definitely worth a visit.

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116 Crown
116 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510

Aug 09, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Breakfast in Hamden CT

I agree....With some re-decorating, The Brownstone could be 'the place to go' for breakfast. I would still encourage those who want great breakfasts with some ambience to go to Cafe Bella Rosa on Whalley in Westville

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Bella Rosa's Cafe
896 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515

Aug 09, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Greenwich, CT (and area) Restaurant Suggestions

Thanks all...heading down again this week and plan to go to Napa.

Aug 09, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

The Suburban, Branford, CT

Am anxiously awaiting additional reviews before I decide to venture here....BIG fan of their past restaurant, Roomba's but was quite underwhelmed by Bespoke (overly priced with mediocre food and lackluster service). Sounds like they've adopted Le Pain Quotidien's dining style at The Suburban. Will be interested to see how dishes/menu evolve. The one thing you can say about Arturo and Suzette is they know how to create great ambience.

Aug 09, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

fodd related gift certificate for somewhere in new haven- STAT!

Give them a good intro to New Haven.....plenty of time for pizza. A gift certificate to Caseus would do it. I second Marjolaine. FANTASTIC pasteries. The best in CT as far as I'm concerned.

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Caseus
93 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510

Aug 08, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Most delicious cocktail in the New Haven area?

@ChefStu SO SORRY to hear Blue Pearl closed! That's really too bad. I enjoyed their food and ambience.

Still disagree re: Crown 116. Went recently for a party and the cocktail I ordered was not only 'watered down' but completely overpriced. Food is mediocre and also over priced.

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Blue Pearl
130 Court St, New Haven, CT 06511

Aug 08, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Greenwich, CT (and area) Restaurant Suggestions

Looking for restaurant suggestions in Greenwich area. It will be a meeting point for me and two/three friends so a variety would be nice. Enjoy all types of food - doesn't have to be high end or expensive (which might be hard given the area) but places that offers good, delicious food. Can go as far up as New Canaan, and Darien.

Aug 04, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Most delicious cocktail in the New Haven area?

AGREET Chef Stu! You're talking about Bentara, right? I've been patronizing them since they were a "hole in the wall" on Route 80.

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Bentara
76 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Aug 04, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Most delicious cocktail in the New Haven area?

I also enjoy 116 Crown but think it's completely OVERPRICED both for the cocktails as well as the food. Every tried Firehouse 12 just down the street? Bar is downstairs - great ambience. There's also the often-missed Blue Pearl on Court Street. Roomba - when it existed made the BEST mojitos but I think the new owners of Bespoke are trying to move away from that legacy.

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116 Crown
116 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510

Blue Pearl
130 Court St, New Haven, CT 06511

Aug 04, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Great Bakeries in New Haven where they make everthing on site

Marjolaine on (State Street, New Haven) hands down!!! Exquisite.

Aug 02, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Anyone been to The Kitchen Table in New Haven (Crown Street)

Has anyone been? Sounds intriguing especially with the recent surge of 'farm to table' restaurants opening up.

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

What's new New Haven?

Thai: Rice Pot on State Street - most authentic
Mexican: Baja's in Orange, CT; and J's Luncheonette on Middletown in New Haven (taquerias)
Patisserie: Marjolaine
Indian: Thali Too (as noted above) is fantastic. Am not a vegetarian and I love it.
New American: I like Zinc too. Bespoke is WAY overpriced and with the change in owners, am not sure where they are going.
Turkish: Saray in West Haven is always filled with Turkes which is a good sign.

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State Street Cafe
342 State St, North Haven, CT 06473

Thali Too
65 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Bentara recs? (New Haven)

You've probably already gone but if you return - Roti Murtabak, Rendang, Keratuk, NOT the fish/salmon

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

ISO: Private dining in New Haven area

I would dine at Union League but probably would not take a special group to The Study. The food is just not that special.

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Union League Cafe
1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

ISO: Private dining in New Haven area

Central Steakhouse (on Orange) has a great cellar wine room. I think Bentara New Haven also on Orange has a back room area as well that's private.

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Bentara
76 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Central Steakhouse
99 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Best Places in Connecticut to eat outdoors --> April 2010 version

AGREE re: The Place in Guilford. LOVE IT!!! Their Salmon is terrific!! Also try Bill's Seafood Shack in Clinton/Westbrook. Typical, "clam shack" fare but ambience is fun.

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Park Central Tavern in Hamden, CT - Don't Bother

AGREE re: Ibiza Tapas, Luce and Taste. I have always been a great supporter of Taste and hope they see things through. "Hang in there, Taste!" Consistently good food. The bar/night-out-drinks scene has unfortunately, been overshadowed by Park Central.

Park Central is not my first 'go to' choice in Hamden but simply another option; am glad the owners/chef took notice to revise the menu and improve on food choices. As noted above - I would not go to Park Central for dinner (as I would to Taste) but it's a fun, quick stop over for drinks and bar food. Overall, things are looking up locally.

Jul 20, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Breakfast in Hamden CT

LOVE Scotty's and Sandwich Board but both these places, I think, qualify as "dives." There is also Cranberries in Branford. Whitney Donut Shop posted by WhiskeyHead below also qualifies as a "dive."

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Sandwich Board
2005 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06514

Jul 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Breakfast in Hamden CT

This is late in coming but for next time - try Bella Rosa Cafe on Whalley Avenue in New Haven. Not far from Hamden - just the exit after the tunnel (heading south) on 15. GREAT ambience and even better food- most definitely NOT a dive. Their # is (203) 387-7107‎

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Bella Rosa's Cafe
896 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515

Jul 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Good bagels in New Haven?

A friend gets H and H at Legal Grounds in Hamden (within Best Videos) on Whitney Avenue. I've not tried them but he swears by them.

Jul 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Park Central Tavern in Hamden, CT - Don't Bother

Whether they re-shuffled/hired new/fired/made-no-change to the kitchen staff, the food and menu selection has improved. I was informed by restaurant staff they worked hard to revise the menu and worked with a new chef to do so.

I still have issue with the blaring television sets and the small, awkwardly designed primary dining room. However - I am agreeable to returning, and sitting in the bar area for a light bite.

Jul 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Park Central Tavern in Hamden, CT - Don't Bother

Updating my original post.........I have gone back to Park Central a few times now and admit the menu selections have improved. Apparently, they hired a new chef and revised their menu selections. Typically, I sit in the bar area and order 'Tavern Fare" as oppose to the full menu items.

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Park Central Tavern
1640 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517

Jul 19, 2010
GoodFoodie in Southern New England

Group Dinner Advice In Chicago Please :-)

Thanks to those of you who responded to this post. Just came back from our trip and we ended up going to Cuatro for the group dinner. Food was decent but I was not impressed with the service. They also ran out of two of the main entrees - this, knowing they had a group of 15 coming in. On our own, we tried AVEC and loved it. Food was to 'die for' - only two of us went; knew it was firs come, first serve so we arrived on the early side and got in right away. The communal seating is fun and the food was even better! We really enjoyed this city.

Oct 21, 2009
GoodFoodie in Chicago Area