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Jun 16, 2009 08:14 AM

B'fast along 95/CT


We are heading up 95 to Cape Cod this Saturday and want to stop along the way for breakfast somewhere close to 95. Please suggest great breakfast locations along the way. We are leaving from Riverdale so we will want to stop for breakfast in CT. Westchester might be too early for breakfast.

All suggestions appreciated.


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  1. The Pantry on Mechanic St in New Haven makes a nice breakfast, pancakes, usually a few kinds of eggs Benedict.. Not exactly what I would call easy on/off though.

    1. ALWAYS love the Cracker Barrel - !!!!

      Its off Exit 40 in Milford - - off the exit ramp . make a right then a left up the hill !

      They have a breakfast item for everyone and are great for small to large groups for a well priced breakfast meal on the road !

      Me - - I love the biscuits and gravy for a vacation on the road breakfast !

      But hey have all your basic eggs, waflles etc avaliable

      I would guess its about 30-35 miles from the NY border as you enter CT on I95

      1. There are dozens of diners right off 95 in Connecticut. Most of them are quite good, especially for breakfast. A lot of them have signs on the highway, so you can wait until you're hungry and just hit the next one. Just avoid Equinox diners.
        Half the exits in the state put you on Route 1, which is where most of the diners are. Since exits are less than a mile apart for much of southwestern Connecticut, with some of the diners, the best thing to do is get off one exit, get your food, then continue on Route 1 to the next exit.
        Here are two of my favorites:
        Sherwood Diner, 901 Post Rd E (Route 1), Westport - between exits 18 and 19
        Kimberly Diner, 459 Boston Post Rd (Route 1), Milford - between exits 36 and 37

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        1. re: danieljdwyer

          I added your two diners to my map. Thanks!

          There are two pages! Don't forget the second one because they are in alphibetical order.
          For breakfast/lunch specific places look for blue balloons without a black dot .

          1. re: danieljdwyer

            Really enjoy your reviews on this board and I respect your opinions. Equinox just opened a diner in Mystic. I haven't been but was considering having lunch there. What are your issues with Equinox? I've never been to one of their places.

            1. re: chowmensch

              There's just something off about Equinox. They have a big menu, but it is almost like they're trying to be a diner and a deli, and throwing in modern trends like paninis, wraps, Thai chicken and teriyaki chicken salads, stuff I'm sure they buy frozen like pot stickers and quesadilla egg rolls, and on and on. They're missing many diner staples like triple decker clubs or anything Greek.
              Now, I could swallow this different style of diner than I'm used to if the food was good. I'm only been once, so I'm judging based on one plate of food, but that plate was lacking. I got eggs up with corned beef hash. If I order breakfast at a diner in the Northeast, this is what I order, except on the rare occasion I want pancakes. So, I've eaten a lot of corned beef hash in my life, and this is the first time I've ever had to add salt to it. I don't really understand how you accomplish undersalted corned beef hash, but hey, I guess at least it didn't come out of a can. The home fries were totally bland. The eggs were cooked properly but they didn't taste especially fresh. Less than perfectly fresh eggs is not the end of the world, but diners go through so many eggs in a day that I just expect the eggs to be really fresh. It wasn't terrible food by any stretch, and if it was the only diner for miles, I'd eat there again. But with so many diners within a few miles, why bother? In a way, it sort of left me with the impression of being the TGI Fridays of diners.

              1. re: chowmensch

                I have a funny Equinox/Orange, CT story - - - I got the grossest pancakes there--they were all hard on the top, so I asked the waiter, "Are your pancakes normally hard like this?" (as I tap on them with my fork). His reply: "Yes, during this time of the day, they are." I was like, Huh???? It was morning rush. So gross.

              2. re: danieljdwyer

                Both excellent diners, but the "Hello nice people" lady at Kimberly tips the scales in their favor. In my book, anyway. She's a trip, and the food is very good. A couple weeks back, I had the best bacon there - it reminded me of some excellent stuff I'd had a while back at Jackie's in Bantam and never expected to encounter in a Post Road diner.

              3. If you are near exit 65, the Muffin Korner restaurant 1/2 mile south on 153 in Westbrook has excellent ham biscuits, and (as the name implies) muffins.

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                1. re: DonShirer

                  From the Internet, RE, Muffin Korner: On a corner of Westbrook green. Small and a bit cramped inside. Great omelets, pancakes and the usual breakfasts of egg, bacon and sausage. Nothing exotic, just good breakfast fare and muffins.

                2. 3 or 4 blocks from exit 54 in Branford is IMHO one of the best breakfast places around, the Waiting Station.
                  Its on the Green in downtown Branford featuring great muffins and omelets. Sometimes there's a wait on the weekend but its always worth it. Ask for Dori, she's on of the best wait persons around.

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                  1. re: chefstu

                    And just a little further off the road in Branford is Meadow Muffins, 201 meadow Street, aka breakfast paradise. Just not on weekends, when the lines are too long.

                    1. re: linguist

                      Ewww! That name should go on the thread
                      No matter how tempting the combination, I think they should have passed on that one. I've stepped in too many! They could have named it "Meadow Street Muffins and More".

                      1. re: Scargod

                        Well, maybe, but we didn't call them that in Wisconsin when I was growing up. In any case, the excellence of the breakfast offerings more than makes up for any qualms you might have about the name....