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Eli's on the Hill, Branford, CT

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stormshadow Mar 2, 2009 07:24 PM

Took my wife out to dinner the other night at Eli's--finally--it's hard to find a time where they're not packed. It was hard to go into this building without fond memories (albeit for a very short time) of the Cookhouse, the previous establishment. I miss my BBQ.

Apparently my wife did too, because she ordered the pulled pork sandwich, slaw, and sweet potato fries. I was a bit more conservative with a bacon cheeseburger and sweet potato fries.
My wife's pulled pork was reportedly very good. I did notice that it was not the kind I'm used to, where it would have been smoking for at least 8 hours--still, she said it was excellent. Slaw needed work; SP fries were awesome!

My burger was quite good--very large, which justified the ten dollar price tag. I could be wrong, but I do believe that it was grass-fed beef, which results in a much stronger taste than corn-fed beef. Quite frankly, it's better for you too--until you order it with the bacon and cheese anyhow. Again, very good.

Oh, almost forgot--we did order some apps. just to try them. My wife got the spinach artichoke dip--it came with what looked like fried wraps (as in the wrap for a sandwich). They were somewhat greasy, but the dip itself was good.

I of course, had the buffalo wings. My wife's mouth was on fire, but I thought they were just the right temp--no celery necessary. Finger lickin' good.

All in all, a do again.

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    shoreline RE: stormshadow Mar 3, 2009 01:57 AM

    The ground round was there for an eternity. I used to play video games and eat popcorn while waiting for our meal when I was little. I thought I died and went to heaven.

    I read a horrendous review about eli's branford on yelp.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/elis-on-the-h...

    I've been to both eli's and have my complaints. I'd rather eat at lakeview tavern just down the street than eli's on the hill.

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      triggs73 RE: shoreline Mar 3, 2009 10:20 AM

      I used to go there, Ground Round, when I was young. Love that popcorn. Do you remember those wacky mirrors when you first walked in? Like being in a fun house.

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        shoreline RE: triggs73 Mar 3, 2009 01:21 PM

        ha ha!

        and the one on long wharf was good too. I worked with a lot of hot chicks at the LW theater for a outside telemarketing company in the 80's and we'd all go there after work. Being being that I was the only remotely halfway decent looking straight dude that worked there I scored regularly. I have fond memories of that place.

        Went to the ground round in groton not too long ago because it was in the entertainment book and i was staying up there to gamble and the MS was sold out. As I was eating I had a big smile on my face thinking about the great times the ground rounds have provided me with in the good old days. and the food was decent too. I wanted to look in a room they had there because that is where all the "fun stuff" was and I was feeling nostagic but there was a huge kids party in there.

        In grad school I went to the eli's in hamden regularly and despite blowing 30 to 60 in alcohol each visit never once did the bartender by me a drink. A few visits to eli's in branford, same thing. and I'm a decent tipper.

        I go to lakeview tavern and paul the owner buys me a drink EVERY TIME. I've been a sole proprietor before and making your client know they are valuable goes a long way- I never got that at eli's, always more like they weere doing you a favor by allowing you in (although in my case that may be true lol).

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          Shoreliner RE: shoreline Mar 3, 2009 05:05 PM

          I used to work at Ground Round at Long Wharf!. Anyway I went to Eli's, Branford and we had wine and appetizers - it was good - I'd go back since I want to try other things before reviewing it. I have been to Lakeview Tavern and find it average - you keep mentioning it - what do you order there - tell me what's good - then maybe I'd go back. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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            shoreline RE: Shoreliner Mar 6, 2009 06:03 PM

            i typed a long winded response yesterday, i guess it didn't go through. At lakeview i go with penne voka pasta, ny strip, wraps, burger, buff wings (also boneless), their mixed vegtable side and the bread they serve is top notch. fresh cut fries too.

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      newhavener07 RE: stormshadow Mar 3, 2009 12:30 PM

      Glad you had a good meal, stormshadow, but I was pretty underwhelmed by the place. Food was just average, place was packed with loud partiers and the weird, 1970s living room decor left me a bit down. I prefer SBC or Eli's in Hamden, which has very good food (red pie!), if very drafty dining room.

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