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Jul 22, 2009 10:45 AM

Winchester Cafe Portland, CT?

Anyone tried this place? The menu seems interesting.

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  1. The Winch, my home away from home. Friendly service, neighborhood bar atmosphere. Burgers are good, buffalo and beef, and I always see a decent prime rib come out of the kitchen, tho never have tried it. Nice specials every once in a while, especially when Linda is cooking. No culinary oasis, but good food for this kind of place. Karaoke Thursdays, and live bands usually on Fridays, happy hour drink specials. Some kind of pitcher and wings deal too I think

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      1. re: ratbuddy

        Never knew they had'em till I read the menu from your link...Never saw the smoker either, tho they claim to have one....Sounds like a good investigative assignment

        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          Who will report back first, I wonder? It's a CHOW-llenge! Ever try their "chilli," BBoy?

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Yes, the chili is very good, wouldn't mind if it were spicier. The town is definitely slim pickins food wise, and I get the feeling portland isn't very business friendly to begin with (an old boy special interest group that discourages any competition). I hear good things about Campagna's, a little east of the car wash on 66. Will have to give it a try. And yes, always swing by the QP! Not so sure about Cavalier's pizza, but they make awsome cookies, and I found the stuffed breads very good

    1. I last worked in Middletown more than 20 years. Back then, Portland was a food wasteland. My, how times have changed.

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      1. re: shaogo

        No, sorry, with few exceptions, truly Portland still is a food wasteland. Having lived there in the 90s (and my mom still does live there), I can say this pretty confidently, but there are decent places to try should you be in the area and in need of:

        a beef cutlet or meatball grinder - Portland Restaurant (or the PR, as we locals like to say); you can skip the pizza, though!

        farm fresh eggs - $3/dozen at Jarvis Farm on Ames Hollow Rd. (leave cash in the cash box at the gate, save cartons to recycle at the farm)

        I'm happy to hear The Winchester could be an option, too, but it's pretty slim pickins otherwise...though should you get to The Winchester during the day, swing by the Q-P Farm Market across the streeet (and get some CORN!). And, if nothing else, at least Portland's got a DQ! ;)

        Oh, and in season, there's a pick-your-own strawberry farm on Main St.

        1. re: kattyeyes

          I have been going to the brownstone quarry alot this summer and have been stopping by Cavaliers bakery often for the pizza. Honestly, some may disagree with me but I love it!! and I am from NY. Also there pastry, while I have not tried much are pretty solid and the cookies are amazing especially the white chocolate cranberry ones, but beware they are not always fresh so make sure you check to see that they are still soft and when they are watch out.

          1. re: askeenan

            Haven't tried Cavaliere's personally. My mom had something from there (maybe a stuffed bread?) and said "Forget it," so I did. She must have caught whatever it was on a "not always fresh" day...and we bake, so we hate to waste calories on things we buy from a bakery that aren't even fresh. I'll take your word for it, though. :)

            P.S. I am so pleased that there is such a thing as the Brownstone Quarry Park. Was hoping it'd put Portland on the map a bit more, but perhaps in time...
            Have you done the zip line? God, I would love to!

        2. re: shaogo

          I confess, I found that Winchester Cafe site by googling for something smart alecky to post in the many threads asking for good food in 'Portland' without specify which state. Those Maine snobs just assume :P