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Bridgeport Style Pizza?

I never heard of Bridgeport style pizza either and I grew up near there. I am wondering if it could be a cross between New Haven style and New York style. I have noticed pizza in the area is sort of a cross of the two but never heard it referred to as Bridgeport style. Jay

about 3 hours ago
JayCT in Southern New England

New Glastonbury Eats

I hate Pazzos. The owner is the cheapest jerk I have ever met. I was a regular there when they first opened. The food was good, the prices reasonable and service excellent. The staff knew me by name and order since I went there several times a week. Then the place got discovered and the owner did away with the lunch menu, raised the prices and began charging you for minor changes to sandwiches. You want spinach on your sandwich instead of lettuce, an extra $1. You want mushrooms instead of peppers, another $1. It got insane but the owner did not care. I had a fight with him one day about this and walked out. I made the mistake of going back there a few years ago. A person I was eating with mistakenly ordered one of their complicated sandwiches that contained something they were allergic to. They did not realize it until the sandwich was brought to the table. The owner would not replace the sandwich without charging them for both sandwiches. So you know I never make a fuss but this was so wrong IMHO that I made sure everyone around us knew the owner was being cheap. I never went back and never will again.

Aug 24, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

The Red Barn, Westport, CT. ( CLOSED )!

Actually I thought the Y did a nice job with that site. It is a beautiful building and they left a lot of the site untouched. I had not heard that the Red Barn was sold to them. I know the building they built was smaller than they wanted so they may try and locate some facilities on the Red Barn property to keep from disturbing more of the Mahackeno property than they have to. Jay

Jul 15, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

The Red Barn, Westport, CT. ( CLOSED )!

Sorry to hear that. It has been there for like forever. Hope it reopens soon and it is not another one of those oh so many trendy places that you see everywhere now. Jay

Jul 13, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Interesting articel about Frank Pepe's

Interesting article. We go to Manchester regularly and I will say it is as good as New Haven. I have not been to Fairfield in a while now but should go back next time I am down there. Jay

Jun 11, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

CT: Make your own Main Street (if you could move your favorite restaurants ... )

Yes. We like their fried chicken and JJ potatoes. And everyone loves their green coleslaw. Jay

"Dynamite" sandwiches in RI? Where can i try one?

Looking at the recipe, this is really just a Sloppy Joe sandwich. They claim it is different because it adds some red pepper but I have seen Sloppy Joe recipes with red pepper added. Still it sounds good. May try to make it but not 20 pounds or even 5 pounds. Jay

Jun 05, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

CT: Make your own Main Street (if you could move your favorite restaurants ... )

I live in Glastonbury so we have a lot of good places already. A couple of things I would add here include:

Forbidden City - I know they are related to Char Koon in South Glastonbury but I would like them to return to the center of town.

Rye Ridge Deli - Really need a good New York Jewish deli

J's Crab Shack, Lenny & Joe's or Saybrook Fish House - A good casual fresh seafood place

Chuck's Steak House - I know we have Gilbert's but find them pricey and the décor is not any nicer than the 99 Restaurant. If I am going to spend top dollar on a steak at least offer a nicer atmosphere.

Drumstick Fried Chicken - Great fried chicken

Frank Pepe's or Modern Pizza - Fortunately Frank's in Manchester is close.

Harry's Place or Tomlinson's Hot Dogs - Could use a good old fashioned hot dog stand.

Jun 05, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Wozniaks/Ziolo's - Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT - CLOSED!

Sorry to hear that. You may have to drive up to New Britain where there are a number of Polish restaurants. Jay

Jun 03, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Fresh turkey Hartford/ Farmington valley area

Check out these places:

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/top-l...

If not try calling Highland Park Market or another local market for suggestions. Jay

Jun 01, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Dinner for 5 near Wesleyan / Middletown

I am surprised to hear that Esca was good. Must have been an off night. They make their own pasta and the dishes we had were excellent. Jay

May 27, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

New in Town (HARTFORD AREA)

We do like J's Crab Shack. Good food and very casual. Jay

May 11, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

New in Town (HARTFORD AREA)

They will make it anyway you want. If you are just doing a cheeseburger, you can have them put the cheese inside. Jay

May 11, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

New in Town (HARTFORD AREA)

Sorry but I have to disagree with you on your assessment of Frank Pepe's Manchester location. As someone who has been going to the original virtually his entire life, I can tell you the pizza we have had at the Manchester location is as good as New Haven. We go about once or twice a month and it has never failed us. It does not have the same character as the original location but the pizza is still great.

I do agree with you though that the pizza in the Hartford area is not that great overall. Harry's in Glastonbury is okay but I find the crust to be too tough. Vito's in Wethersfield makes a great deep dish stuffed pizza and their regular pie is decent as well.

For good Asian food try Char Koon in South Glastonbury or Forbidden City in Middletown.

Plan B is very popular for their burgers but I also like Piatti in Glastonbury for theirs.

For seafood, we like Saybrook Fish House in Rocky Hill or Max Fish. Max's is pricey and our last meal there was surprisingly not the best. They did however apologize and agree to comp us our next meal so all is forgiven for now.

We also LOVE Robb's Farm for ice cream. It is wonderful. We even bring it home on occasion. Jay

May 07, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Five Guys in Old Saybrook

I have been to a number of 5 Guys around the state and in New Hampshire. I have never noticed any inconsistencies between them. I do not find their burgers to be overcooked or tasteless. In fact, quite the opposite. I do wish their fries were crisper though but they are certainly better than the frozen cr*p you find at other places.

As for the shakes, I checked their website and found the only restaurant in the state offering them is Old Saybrook. I hope they start offering them at their other restaurants soon. Would be a great addition. The only thing is that means our meal will get even more expensive. Jay

Five Guys in Old Saybrook

5 Guys is pricey but you are paying for a better quality of meat. If you want cheap, go to McDonalds or Burger King. If you want better quality, 5 Guys is a good choice. You get what you pay for. That said, I wonder if all 5 Guys will be serving shakes. I hope so. Jay

May 06, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Costa del Sol (Hartford)

So Saturday we ordered their paella for take out dinner for my elderly Spanish aunt. It was excellent. My aunt loved it. She agreed it was exactly like our family had made for generations. About the only compliant was that it could have used more rice. There was so much meat and seafood that she would have liked more of the rice. So you understand, this has always been a complaint in our family. Anyway, I highly recommend it. They made an elderly woman very happy. Jay

May 04, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England
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Dinner for 5 near Wesleyan / Middletown

Just had dinner at Esca on Main Street at Washington (Route 66) and it was excellent. It is a nice casual Italian restaurant. There were 8 of us and everyone loved it. One person is a regular and says he has never had a bad meal.

Middletown has a lot of good restaurants now. If you like Asian, Forbidden City has been a long time good choice. There is also Mikado which I hear good things about. You can't beat Eli Cannons for traditional American food and First & Last Tavern is usually a solid choice as well. Jay

May 01, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Costa del Sol (Hartford)

Funny this came up. We will be going there this weekend. My family is Spanish and I can tell you that the paella they served there in the past is the same as (or as close as possible to) my grandmother's and other family members from Spain who made it for years on special occasions. I am going to be treating my elderly Spanish aunt to dinner for her birthday so I am hoping it has not changed. Glad to see it is still good. Thanks, Jay

Apr 30, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Pepe's New Haven, Yale Graduation Weekend

You might have a long wait when you call in for pick up but this should be able to work. I would have tow people go to pick up, one to be in the car so they do not have to park and one to go in for the pizzas. Good luck, Jay

Apr 20, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Sonic in Milford

Sonic is really just a fast food joint that is really nothing special. I don't think it is worth a drive from anyplace to try. You will likely be disappointed. Jay

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

What is funny about it? Look it up and you will see that minimum wage was meant to provide people with a minimum amount of money to live. In today's dollars that would be $15. Why do you think so many people are up in arms about the fact that minimum wage has not been raised in decades? It is insane. Jay

Apr 10, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

Sorry, not to go off topic but if you compare the minimum wage from 40 years ago to today, you will see today's is significantly lower in current dollars. The minimum wage would have to be $15 per hour to be equal. If the business is truly a small business then the paid sick leave does not impact them. And I am not really sure the taxes today on business is that much higher, at least on the Federal level. Plus today's interest rates are significantly lower and inflation is under control which was not the case in the 60's and 70's. Still it is not easy to have a small business today but it was not easy back then either. Jay

Apr 10, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

I just read that Carmen Anthony's Steak Houses in New Haven and Waterbury have closed. Their Woodbury fish house however, remains open. I will say I was surprised that Waterbury closed since it is their original restaurant. I have been to the New Haven restaurant for lunch and thought it was good but others I know thought it was not that great. Anyone else sad about a long time local restaurant closes? Jay

Apr 07, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

Maybe they don't get the sitdown crowd (I am not impressed by the décor) but they certainly do one hell of a takeout business. I find it hard to believe an insider would make that comment unless the rent on the place is high which it could be given that the center their in changed hands not long ago and many old time tenants were forced to leave by rent increases. Jay

Apr 02, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

I don't know why you think Harry's in Glastonbury is not doing well. We go there fairly often and the place is very busy almost always. First & Last is more Italian dinners and sandwiches. They just happen to also have pizza. I think they will do well as long as the quality of the food is kept in line with their other locations. Jay

Apr 01, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

The best of Connecticut?

I have seen Martin Rosol's at our Stop & Shop supermarket. The OP should go to the deli department of their nearest supermarket to see what locally made hotdogs are available.

The best of Connecticut?

My sister likes Mediterranean but we prefer Steffano's because they have an awesome antipasto. Unbelievable what you get for the price. Jay

Mar 31, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England
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First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

I was reading the zoning notices in the Glastonbury Citizen yesterday and saw an application by First & Last Tavern to take over Hannifin's/Parma's restaurant on Rankin Road behind Eriktown Square. I think this would be a great fit there. First & Last is a good casual restaurant with a number of branches around the state. Glastonbury is short on these types of restaurants so I think it would do well there. Anybody else agree? Jay

Mar 27, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Overheard: Is Costco coming to Middletown, CT?

The New Britain Costco is right off Route 9 by Westfarms mall. Very easy to get to from most anywhere in the state. Jay