Road Trip: chow-worthy eats along I-95 from VA to Essex CT?
We will be driving along I-95 next week and are looking for any chowish suggestions, from hole-in-the-wall places to nicer digs.
I have looked some on this board, and I have already looked at Road Food and Holly Eats, but thought fellow chowhounds might have some more current suggstions.
Thanks in advance!
in connecticut, you might want to try the restaurant at rowayton seafood. exit 12 off i95 (north-bound side). make a right at the end of the exit and go straight for a mile or so. really good lobster roll. pair it with a beer. a vodka gimlet is better. shorts, boat shoes and a sunburn will get you in. pricey but worth it.
there's a place in Old Saybrook called the Monkey Farm. this may be your one, "don't miss" place. old-fashioned road house with more character than a mark twain novel. very good food, very little money. cash only. not too far from the train station. one of my favorite stops.
re: steve h
Looked up both of them and I want to thank you for the suggestions. Will be rolling into Old Saybrook area Friday night and the Monkey Farm it is! May be able to stop by Rowayton as well on the way. Last time we were up that way we had some great steamers at Lenny's in Branford.
Now to find some good pizza...
Have a great 4th!
Closest way to Essex from I-91 is exit 65 in Westbrook. Several upscale restaurants there like Pazzo, Boom and Cafe Routier, as well as family fish place Lenny&Joes. When you get to Essex, you can splurge at the Copper Beech Inn, have a good meal at Gabrielle's, or try the new wine bar at the Griswold Inn.
If you go thru Old Saybrook, instead, try Jack's American Cafe on Main St., check out the many restaurants on Rt. 1, or drop in for al fresco fish at Johnny Ad's.
Pepe's in New Haven, white clam pie, is still the best. Expect to wait in line a while to get a seat. Very casual, but clams are FRESH and so is the Garlic!
The SPOT next door is a spin off, just as good, if you don't have time to wait as long.
You'll find about a billion recommendations and arguments for/against each pizza place in New Haven and I think that any of the frequently recommended ones are excellent - Sally's, Pepe's, etc. My favorite is Modern. My other favorite is BAR. You WILL stand in line if you're going to Pepe's or Sally's and unfortunately, Pepe's is too big for their britches and throws their delicious pie at you. You'll either think it's funny or want to punch the waitress. Modern Apizza is on State Street, BAR is on Crown Street. I would get sausage & mozz at Modern and mashed potato and then a plain mozz at BAR.
Lenny's Indian Head (not to be confused with Lenny & Joe's fried fish) on Montowese Street in Branford, CT is great for a total hole-in-the wall local feel along the water. I feel that Lenny & Joe's on Rte 1 is completely overrated - there is always a wait, everything is fried and it's on Rte 1 - no atmosphere at all. At Lenny's Indian Head have the steamers and a lobster.
I would also recommend Antonio's on Main Street in East Haven, CT. None of my family is ever disappointed and they accommodate special requests/off-menu things. Yum if I were going there tonight, I would probably have the veal saltimboca. Now I'm hungry for it.