Best Recession Eats on CT Shoreline
OK - we are all looking to save a few $$ and still go out and have a nice dinner until this all blows over....
I was thinking if we could have a list of best places to enjoy a meal - any kind - for under $15-20 pp
ALSO - - are there any BYOB places around the shoreline?
This might not be what you had in mind, but I just took my 5 y/o to breakfast this morning...one of those he's too sick to be in school, but fine when he's home. Any event we went to the little "diner" style restaurant on Main St. in East Haven/Annex section. Old, grandma like decor inside, but you know what it was comfortable. Service was quick and attentive. Food was food! I had an egg white omelette with potatoes, onions, cheese and home fires on the side. My son had this humungo size chocochip pancake which he found quite delicious, but what 5 y/o wouldn't. Best part...no grease on the plate. Total bill was $12. I've driven by this place countless times and never considered trying it until today. Decor is late 60's, early 70's...just because it probably hasn't been updated since then. Made me feel like I was at my grandparents house with no plastic on the chairs. I would def go again. Everyone there made you feel at home. Plus my son got a free lollipop on the way out...I think that sealed the deal for him.
You don't say which part of the shoreline you are on, but if you are near New Haven or Bridgeport you should try some of the "ethnic" options available in those cities.
For example, I had dinner at a Brazilian place on North Ave in BPT on Saturday a FULL plate of food only cost me $8 and it was very good. They have a buffet and also the rotiserrie barbecue for meat.
Search the board for other South American, Mexican, Jamaican, etc.....options that are very good and won't break the bank.
How did I overlook this? Lao Sze Chuan in Milford, my new favorite Chinese spot that is nowhere near my house, offers combo meals all day for $10.00:
Egg roll or spring roll
Choice of rice
Beef/chicken/pork/tofu with Kung Pao sauce
Fried chicken with choice of sauce (spicy orange, sesame, sweet/sour, General Tso's or lemon)
Beef/chicken/tofu with broccoli
Beef/chicken with pepper & onion
Lunch special combos are just $6, Monday - Friday, 11:30-3:00, and there are 30 different choices...all with soup/rice/roll.
Much of their regular dinner menu also fits the $15-20/pp criterion.
BTW, we did try the pig ear (photo below) last time we went. If you have not eaten this part of the pig before, you may want to keep it that way unless you fancy yourself to be some sort of soulmate of Andrew Zimmern. ;) It's sinewy as all get out. And, though it looks like ham, it tastes NOTHING like ham. But others, who I presume grew up eating the stuff, were enjoying it. I witnessed it with my own eyes.
Anyway, for me, this place is among the "Best Eats" period with an added bonus of being in the "Best Recession Eats on CT Shoreline."
Lao Sze Chuan Chinese Restaurant
1585 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460