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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.

                  3. This is great. My favorite farmer's market-- and upscale food stuff-- is Bishops Orchard in Guilford. Great stuff, much of it grown on site. And if you are in the area-- Forte's is a great butcher and Star Fish for seafood. Pasta Cosi in Branford is a great low key pasta spot.

                    1. Hey, That's pretty cool you can do that. I have been to many of those places and I agree with you. Thanks, Richie

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                      1. re: javaandjazz

                        Old dogs can learn new tricks! We have been using Garmins a lot recently to find our way to new places; especially when we head towards NYC. We've loaned our Garmins to friends and relatives. This is along those lines. I have shared this with my relatives in Dallas so they can plan outings when they come visit.
                        harrie: Sometimes I pretend to be an ignorant Texas redneck. I kid a lot, really.

                      2. Yes, The Meat Barn is on Lucy St. I should also as Daiko for japanese (on rt 34 just before Yale Bowl. I have only eaten at Wild Ginger once, it was OK, but I should try it again. Ole Martini's in Orange is good for latin food. Tough to spot, but it is in the strip mall next to TGIF in Orange

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                        1. re: mmalmad

                          There's an "Amity Meat Center" which I have been to but no "Barn" that I can find on Lucy Street. I thought the Amity Meat Center to be a run-of-the-mill small market with deli and meat counter, nothing more. Am I wrong?

                          BTW, the map has a half-dozen or so updates. We ate at Thali and loved it.

                          1. re: mmalmad

                            Is this in the same strip mall where Wasabi restaurant is?

                            1. re: mmalmad

                              Is Ole Martini in the same strip mall where Wasabi restaurant is? Puerto Rican food?

                              1. re: javaandjazz

                                Yes Ole Martini is 2 doors down from Wasabi. The sign is almost invisable.
                                More Latin/Central American.
                                Amity Meat does have good steaks, store made sausage, bell & evans chicken. Deli is pretty good too

                                1. re: mmalmad

                                  Thanks! I might give them a try one of these nights.

                            2. That's great! I wish more towns had maps like yours. Have you seen the new Austin map? One question though. I often drive through New Haven. Where can I stop and get free Wi Fi access so I can refer to the map?
                              Thanking you in advance,
                              Sir Dumkeg

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                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                Exit 4. There's a Subway just a few blocks north on State Street. You will be one block from Mezcal, a Mexican joint, and just west of Latino food paradise to your east: Fair Haven. I may have to fill in some taquerias for you.

                                1. re: Scargod

                                  There is a Starbucks off exit 59 on the Merrit. There is a wifi place in the Stop & Shop plaza on Amity Road (also close to exit 59) and East Melange noodle shop on Howe has wifi. I have gotten take out from there twice, all I can say is good but spotty

                                2. re: Passadumkeg


                                  Koffee? (104 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510) nice local coffee shop with great baked treats.

                                  Gourmet Heaven (44 Whitney Ave, New Haven - (203) 776-0400) has good sandwiches

                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                    ok, so I just heard this and it seemed too serendipitous to not put it us here having just had this question. The Anchor (272 College St, New Haven, CT 06510) just got WiFi. For those who are not familiar this is straight out of the twilight zone. The Anchor is a classic dive bar, that has existed virtualy unchanged since the 40's. Think Bogart. It is the type of place that ends a story about a crazy night you had, "and then somehow I ended up at the anchor eating a grilled cheese and drinking a rheingold at 1am..." I am trying to picture a using a laptop whilst sitting upon a green leather banquet.

                                    1. re: EastRocker

                                      I have always wanted go here but for some reason when I think of eating out in New Haven, I can never remember the place!

                                      1. re: EastRocker

                                        I remember looking in the window and thinking this is so strange; does anyone really come here? Would they be gangsta's or dock workers, or ladies of the night?
                                        And JJ: he did not say anything about the food being good. Is there any reason to go in there other than everything else is closed?? I think I could see doing a photo shoot in there....

                                        1. re: Scargod

                                          I think I heard years ago the meatloaf was good there, maybe that's why I wanted to go. But if it's been there forever maybe they are doing "something" right???

                                          1. re: javaandjazz

                                            The food is diner food, nothing great. I wouldn't go out to dinner at the Anchor. I guess what the anchor does right is not trying to be anything its not. I would go there with old friends to drink cheap beers, and BS the night away in the comforting familiarity of a place that never changes.

                                    2. Nice work and perfect for visitors. I've lived in the area for about 6 yrs as well and it takes time to find the good spots to eat or buy food. Frankie's Fruit and Vegetable stand in North Haven has lots of berries, vegetables and great corn. His eggs are excellent, never had better - not inexpensive but he treats his chickens well, they are happy creatures. Personally, I think that's what makes the eggs so very good. (On Hartford Turnpike just north of Upper State Street on the left side of the road)
                                      Luizzi's was mentioned but not specifically their house made mozzerella and ricotta both so fresh and good.
                                      Also up on Whitney in Hamden you had the wine store but not Bon Appetit which is a little gourmet store next door with some very nice items (good chocolates:) And just a few doors north on the other side of Whitney is Thyme and Season, a natural foods store.Very well stocked and have always responded to my requests to carry things, and above all it is an independent local store which I alway go out of my way for. I do not want my only choices of stores to be Whole Foods and Walmart.

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                                      1. re: ElsieB

                                        Thank you and thanks for the input. I will incorporate some of it. I have to draw the line somewhere, just like CH moderators....
                                        I've got over 140 entries. I've been trying to find a simple way to search it. Google Maps does a fair job of it but it's not filtered at all. All user created content is included.

                                      2. Scargo, I have a new suggestion to be included on your map. It's very friendly, inexpensive and delicious. Cuban/Puerto Rican. BYOB

                                        TATA’S RESTAURANT
                                        104 Quinnipiac Street
                                        Wallingford, CT
                                        Phone: 203-294-4303