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luv2eatct Nov 3, 2009 04:19 AM

We are going to be in essex sat for the train and looking for a good place for lunch
not too casual

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    brookerme Nov 3, 2009 11:09 AM

    Du Glace http://www.duglacebistro.com/pages/hours.html

    River Tavern http://www.rivertavernchester.net/ind...

    River Tavern Restaurant
    RR 100, Plymouth, VT 05056

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    1. re: brookerme
      kattyeyes Nov 3, 2009 01:39 PM

      I totally love duGlace, but am not sure what you can order if you eat in the Patisserie...and that is definitely casual. I would call to clarify...or, better yet, eat a really light lunch and save this idea for dinner! :)

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      sbxstr Nov 3, 2009 01:05 PM

      We like the River Tavern - were there a couple of weeks ago for lunch. Both our meals were yummy. One nit to pick: they don't have a selection of draft beers that a 'tavern' should have. In Essex, try the Black Seal - it's always packed and serves good, moderately priced meals.

      River Tavern Restaurant
      RR 100, Plymouth, VT 05056

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        deliciousdevil Nov 4, 2009 03:04 PM

        Griswold Inn.....they have a comforting chicken pot pie that is perfect for this time of year.

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        1. re: deliciousdevil
          few Nov 4, 2009 03:40 PM

          Griswold Inn is quintessential Essex and lots of history to boot
          i think they may have recently updated their lunch menu

          we went for dinner last week and that was clearly updated - nice choices and well done

          Griswold Inn
          36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426

          1. re: deliciousdevil
            kattyeyes Nov 4, 2009 05:21 PM

            We have enjoyed small plates at their wine bar.

          2. DonShirer Nov 6, 2009 08:39 PM

            I have enjoyed several excellent dinners in Gabrielle's restaurant in the Centerbrook section of Essex, but have not visited them for several months. They do have a lunch menu which you can check at


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            1. re: DonShirer
              kattyeyes Nov 7, 2009 03:36 AM

              I was just wondering about this place and Lupo this weekend. How funny you would mention. Do you have favorite dishes at Gabrielle's?

              And any intel on Lupo?
              I like the eyes in their logo.

              Or the place across from/near the Piano Works in Deep River...The Ivory? I have driven by it dozens of times and wondered about it.

              189 Middlesex Ave, Chester, CT 06412

              1. re: kattyeyes
                eodell Jan 25, 2010 10:46 AM

                Gabrielle's is good but not great. In the area I would sooner pick Brasserie Pip or River Tavern.

                L & E is great, been there twice now. May not be everyone's cup of tea.

                1. re: eodell
                  kattyeyes Jan 25, 2010 01:12 PM

                  Just curious--what would not be everyone's cup of tea at L&E? I'm a huge fan of Brasserie Pip, so we are somewhat on the same page. I'm less enthralled by River Tavern because their service (or lack thereof) is atrocious, but I can't deny they turn out good food. Do share.

                  1. re: kattyeyes
                    eodell Jan 26, 2010 07:33 AM

                    I think my review here sums it up:


                    I think part of the reason the service at River Tavern can be spotty is the fact that they are ALWAYS slammed. Service is never bad, just sometimes slow.

                    Considering the quality of the food at RT, it makes up for the service. I've never seen that place have a slow night, and I never go without making a reservation.

                2. re: kattyeyes
                  bookwrm81 Jan 27, 2010 01:46 PM

                  Not sure about Lupo. As for the Ivory, have not been there in awhile but from what I understand both food and service have gone down hill.

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