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2 restaurants close in Branford, CT

Shoreliner Sep 25, 2007 12:39 PM

I was disappointed to see that "The Cookhouse" in Branford has closed. It wasn't fancy but was a fun place to go and we enjoyed the brisket and pulled pork (both very good) and other menu items. There were other things there I wanted to try. Sadly I won't be able to.

Auberge D' Asie (Vietnamese) has also closed. When the first owners ran it, the food was excellent. With the second owners, it was still very good and I was planning to go back soon. I was just there a month ago. Looks like an Italian restaurant is going in there - like the shoreline doesn't need another Italian restaurant since there are some wonderful ones here already.

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    debvil Sep 27, 2007 07:07 AM

    wow the cookhouse wasn't bad but it seemed to be empty the few times I was there at lunch.

    Any idea what's going in the space?

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      Shoreliner Sep 27, 2007 09:31 AM

      Re: The Cookhouse - I only went there in the evening and there was always a good amount of people there. I don't know what will go into the space. I'd like to see a restaurant that has good fried chicken! I don't like Popeyes. I do like KFC but I'd like to see a nice sit-down restaurant with good fried chicken on the shoreline.

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      anthonybri Sep 27, 2007 04:51 PM

      I have to weigh in on the Cookhouse and it's Branford location. To start, I have to admit I was the first to welcome this opening as I had previously enjoyed and went far out of my way to go to their New Milford restaurant as I felt they truly could be considered "CT's Best BBQ". Even after allowing them time to "work out the kinks" I had been nothing short of extremely disappointed each & every time I went there. From "soup to nuts" everything seemed a far cry from what I remembered before their re-opening in New Milford(after an unfortunate fire a couple of years back). Short cuts being taken? Expanding a bit too fast? Who knows. Their "rubs" seemed inferior and the overall quality of food once served there was but a memory, the side dishes were a shell of what they once were, & it seemed this was an "entity" in an all-fired hurry to expand( & possibly franchise?) without regard for the very-good food they once served. In all, it's too bad as I would have liked nothing more than to enjoy what was once one of CT's better BBQ spots. Of course, this is just one Chowhound's humble opinion.

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        Annie90 Sep 27, 2007 05:01 PM

        If you want really good BBQ in Branford, try The Rib House. Much better ribs than the Cookhouse.

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