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jesoda May 5, 2010 02:13 PM

I need to find a place for my boss and two board members to have breakfast in Hamden.

They have been to the Brown Stone House which is okay but they don't take credit cards. Only requirement is that it's not a dive, courteous waitstaff and they accept credit cards. It would be a plus if the food was decent.

help!

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Brown Stone House Restaurant
2365 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518

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    jenni49 RE: jesoda May 5, 2010 05:07 PM

    I don't know your definition of a "dive," but I can give a few local suggestions. My first choice would be The Breakfast Nook on Washington Ave. in No. Haven. (They have a website)). The Sandwich Board & Maple Leaf Cafe are on Whitney. Scotty's Breakfast Connection on Broadway in No. Haven is nothing fancy, but has been a local hangout forever; good food, friendly, competent waitresses. There are also a few diners in the area, The Acropolis, Town House, etc. (No personal experience with these.) Not sure which of them take credit cards.

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    Sandwich Board
    2005 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06514

    Scotty's Breakfast Connection
    32 Broadway, North Haven, CT 06473

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      GoodFoodie RE: jenni49 Jul 19, 2010 12:17 PM

      LOVE Scotty's and Sandwich Board but both these places, I think, qualify as "dives." There is also Cranberries in Branford. Whitney Donut Shop posted by WhiskeyHead below also qualifies as a "dive."

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      Sandwich Board
      2005 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06514

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      kmandiola RE: jesoda May 13, 2010 08:47 AM

      Acropolis Diner is really good for breakfast & any other meal.

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      Acropolis Diner
      1864 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514

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        cannedpoo RE: jesoda May 14, 2010 05:47 PM

        Brownstone House IS a dive!
        Try The Holiday Inn in North Haven.

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          mmalmad RE: jesoda May 15, 2010 11:09 AM

          OK Neither of these is in Hamden, but they are close,(about 10 minutes) I would suggest Bela's on Whalley Ave New Haven, or the Pantry on State St in New Haven (not sure if they accept credit cards though)

          1. whiskeyhead RE: jesoda May 23, 2010 07:54 PM

            Whitney Donut and Sandwich Shop on Whitney Ave. They have great breakfast and lunch specials and you can order to go, sit at a table, or be served at the counter. It's not a dive, but it's not the Ritz, either.

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              benbenberi RE: jesoda May 24, 2010 12:41 PM

              I've always been pleased with the breakfast at the Hamden Town House. Very good corned beef hash. It seems to meet the other criteria too.

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              Hamden Town House
              2260 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518

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                GoodFoodie RE: jesoda Jul 19, 2010 12:11 PM

                This is late in coming but for next time - try Bella Rosa Cafe on Whalley Avenue in New Haven. Not far from Hamden - just the exit after the tunnel (heading south) on 15. GREAT ambience and even better food- most definitely NOT a dive. Their # is (203) 387-7107‎

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                Bella Rosa's Cafe
                896 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515

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                  jenni49 RE: jesoda Jul 19, 2010 04:48 PM

                  Since this threat has been revived, where did you end up for breakfast? Any feedback?

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                    jesoda RE: jenni49 Jul 21, 2010 05:58 AM

                    they still haven't! well I shouldn't say that. The went to the Brown Stone House in Hamden a few times. They don't take credit cards so that is the biggest complaint. I'm trying to get them to the Breakfast Nook. The problem being that never having been there I'm not sure if its acoustics are good for business talk. So, I'm trying to get my boss there for breakfast for a more casual experience first before I schedule an actual meeting.

                    The next "meeting" is in mid August, I'll update again.

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                    Brown Stone House Restaurant
                    2365 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518

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                      Pipenta RE: jesoda Aug 5, 2010 02:22 AM

                      The Brownstone House is one of those places I wish were good. It looks like it should be a gem. It is so midcentury modern marvelous. But it is solidly mediocre.

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                        GoodFoodie RE: Pipenta Aug 9, 2010 10:35 AM

                        I agree....With some re-decorating, The Brownstone could be 'the place to go' for breakfast. I would still encourage those who want great breakfasts with some ambience to go to Cafe Bella Rosa on Whalley in Westville

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                        Bella Rosa's Cafe
                        896 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515

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                          mucho gordo RE: Pipenta Jan 13, 2011 03:54 PM

                          That's the one on the corner of Dixwell and Whitney, right? If it's not that good how have they stayed in business for so many years ( got to be close to 70 years if not more)?

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                            dinerfan RE: mucho gordo Sep 25, 2013 07:22 AM

                            The food is reliably mediocre. Plus the family that owns it probably bought it decades ago. Hard to believe they turned down the many real estate deals that surely must have come their way!

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                              Veggo RE: dinerfan Sep 25, 2013 07:26 AM

                              They have been open more than 50 years so they must be doing something right.

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                          Burnsey RE: jesoda Jan 13, 2011 01:44 PM

                          I am really REALLY late to this thread. But I love the Breakfast Nook. I have been there with the wife a couple of times. Townhouse is decent. If you are headed to New Haven what about the Pantry on State St.

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                        dinerfan RE: jesoda Jan 1, 2013 05:21 PM

                        Hard to believe that the brownstone is still there. My Grandfather used to take us there for breakfast when we visited some fifty years ago. Great diner food, probably the same family owns it all these years later. Hope they got new vinyl on the seats and took the tape off!

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                          Veggo RE: dinerfan Jan 1, 2013 05:56 PM

                          My memories of the Brownstone house also go back 50 years. Two over easy, sausage links, rye toast, bottomless coffee. My idea of comfort food.
                          The Acropolis Diner on Dixwell has an extensive menu and is always open. It attracts a lot of drunks after closing time. So I am told.

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