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Apr 11, 2008 09:32 AM

Scargod's Good Chow: New Haven, CT area

I want to share this "user content" map that I created in Google Maps. Places to eat, drink, and buy food and liquor in the New Haven, CT area. Places I'm willing to drive to on short notice. Places I mean to try.

I have lived in the area less than six years. I would appreciate any suggestons and will consider adding them. It's primarily for places I and my SO like (so see what I have on here and you will get an idea of our tastes) but I always like to try new places. I'm weak on Japanese and sushi because SO is not too hot on it. Similarly weak on Chinese, but I make Chinese and Thai. Where's really good Chinese in NH??

I am definitely interested in adding fishmongers, butchers, specialty stores for Italian, Asian and Mexican. I'm not going to add hot dog stands and the like. Perhaps a good taco stand...
I like (almost) all food and fix many kinds myself. I garden, so I don't have farmer's markets on here yet but, if you know good ones, I want to add those. I don't grow corn.

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  1. Good work.

    have you ever seen Mappy Hour? It's a great concept, but needs more input for CT.

    I don't think there is any really good chinese in NH, but Royal Palace (32 Orange St) is probably the best available.

    C-Town on Grand & Ferry is a great store for hispanic ingredients.

    Wozniak's (835 Grand Ave., New Haven, (203) 562-0478) has amazing polish meat products that they make in house, and great pierogie

    A Dong (160 Shield Street, West Hartford, CT 06110) market is all the way up in West Hartford, but is the best asian grocery store in the state.

    City Seed Farmers Market in Wooster Square is good stuff.

    1. As for Chinese, I like House of Chao on Whalley (2 doors down from Rosa's. and Royal Palace on Orange St. While at Royal there is a good asian market across the street.
      For markets check out Nica's also on Orange St, but the other, close to Edwards ST. amd a bit further up Ceasars. For fish mongers, #1 on State st Hamden (by DMV) and for meats Liuzzi's cheese on State in No. Haven. and Meat Barn in Woodbrige (Lucy St)

      1. I like House of Chao as well, I travel there from Guilford. Ferraro's Market was something I added to my list - it reminded me of Bongiorno's that closed in Stamford a long time ago.

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        1. re: debvil

          I have #1 Fish and Liuizzi's Cheese on there but meant to put C Town and Ferraro's on there.
          Is "Meat Barn" near Amity Meat Center, on Lucy? I can't find it with Google.
          Thanks for the good tips.
          I think I've been to Hamaya, near Royal Palace, but it was a while ago. Is it good or should I try Wild Ginger?

          1. re: Scargod

            As far as Chinese goes, I would definitely nix House of Chao. I was there last year and it was truly the worst Chinese food I have ever had in my life: greasy, weird flavors (Tabasco in one dish) flavorless rice dishes, undercooked veggies, overcooked fish. We also waited for almost an hour for our food and the place was dirty. They were doing a brisk take-out business for college students at the expense of in-house diners.

            The best Chinese I have had around here is China Pavilion in Orange. Always fresh, flavorful, interesting and good service. They recently redecorated the dining room. My one complaint is they mix cocktails way too weak there.

            1. re: shoes

              Surprised at the House of Chao dislike.

              I moved here from Fairfield County and find them to be the only restaurant up this way (besides Shanghai Gourmet in Orange - part of a mini chain from Norwalk- their pork & string beans is CRAZY good) to cook the way I'm used to. Their Kung Pao squid, Orange Beef, Eggplant & Garlic, and Cantonese style whole fish have been great.

              Is it crowded? Is service slow/lax? Can you be rushed through your meal? YES - but they've always provided a great meal to our usually large party and a big plus to me is that it is BYO. I haven't been disappointed yet.

            2. re: Scargod

              Royal Palace is a few doors down from Thali, and across the street from Miso in New Haven. I would have to give House of Chao a thumbs down.

              1. re: Scargod

                It was a year or so ago, but tried Wild Ginger and although the food was good, it was very pricey for what it was.

            3. Nice concept. Must magnify to select close together locations.
              No Union League, Ibiza, L'Orcio?

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              1. re: DonShirer

                Union League was an omission. I really like it. The others I don't know; never been there.
                I did the zoom out so you could initially see the 10 mile radius I was trying to cover.

              2. If this were my map, I'd add Westville Kosher Deli, right next to Amity Wine & Spirit. The nova is like butter, chopped liver is amazing, they make nice deli sandwiches, and carry buffalo burgers in the freezer section. Not to mention the soups and H&H bagels. And Rachel the counter lady is a sweetheart.

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                1. re: harrie

                  OK, I'll have to stop by there when I buy wine! You have to understand that I am a WASP Texan. I don't think about deli's a lot. But I do like the food. Do they have Q?

                  1. re: Scargod

                    I'm a WASP New Englander, but I love good food. Don't know if you're serious, but no Q there that I recall. Helluva brisket, though -- and they do shawarma, which is (in a really stretchy way) kind of like mideastern BBQ. They are truly kosher, and so closed on Saturday, which can make getting there tricky depending on your work schedule.

                  2. re: harrie

                    Had lunch today at Westville Kosher Market and enjoyed the food and the friendly people. They have a lot of good looking kosher meats. I bought some boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I also found avocado oil and grapeseed oil that were good values. They have a good selection of sandwiches and prepared foods. A small area for dining. I also bought some barley and mushroom soup. They make a lot of items in-house and use natural ingredients, no preservatives, etc. Worth a stop, especially if you require kosher foods.