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Nov 3, 2009 04:19 AM

lunch sat in or near essex,ct

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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    1. re: brookerme

      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! :)

    2. 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

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

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        1. re: deliciousdevil

          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

            We have enjoyed small plates at their wine bar.

          2. 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

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                  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.