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Jun 12, 2010 12:40 PM

The Suburban, Branford, CT

The Suburban is now open. I went by earlier this week and there was no sign - today there was a sign. We made reservations for tonight - they didn't have many openings. I'm looking forward to trying their food!!

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    1. This place looks amazing. I wish it were open for lunch--I think it soon will, bt not yet. Here's the website.

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      1. re: cheereeo

        thanks to you CHs, we are headed there tomorrow night from boston. big fan of his food at roomba; this is all a different game here. GM said maybe 2 more months for their mex. place across the street. I bet that will be terrif because the chef owner hails from mexico.
        i'll post a report after dinner.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          am curious - did you enjoy your dinner there? Actually there were some replies to my original post - someone went there and posted and i answered and now i don't see those posts. Anyway, i really enjoyed my dinner there - the popovers were delicious and so were our meals. I'm looking forward to going back and also to the mex. place that will open hopefully in the fall.

          1. re: Shoreliner

            shore- i can't thank you enough for taking the time to post about this place on CH. i NEVER would have known about it if not for you. We ended up going there BOTH nights we were staying in new haven!! it was very very very special and i plan to do a long report very soon. The food and service were just tremendous.We spent 3 hrs there @ night! because we had so much fun talking w/ the staff and owners and then the neighboring table.

            will report soon!

      2. I went last night and wasn't impressed. I found it extremely overpriced and the food was not all that great, both my dinner and my friends dinners were lukewarm. They have no prices on their cheese/charcuterie and was very surprised when the bill arrived and they charged $14.00 per slice of cheese!! Not a lot of choices and there are basically none for someone who doesn't eat meat. I went, I ate and won't be returning.

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        1. re: pigglett

          Wow...have you ever seen reviews so disparate here? A friend of ours, an avowed "foodie," said their visit was wildly uneven - of the 4 diners, two had absolutely horrible meals and two thought it was very good. Go figure!

          1. re: lsnhc

            I'd give them a few more months. It's still pretty new and the middle of summer, so they may have a B team in the kitchen due to vacations. Just guessing but I really want this place to be good!

          2. re: pigglett

            You are severely mistaken. The menu clearly prices the cheese at $8/ea, 2/$14, and 3/$20.

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            7 "snacks", 3 cheeses, 3 charcuterie, 7 small plates, 8 "bigger plates". But there's always the Parthenon Diner a couple of miles up the Post Rd.

            And if by "no meat" you mean vegan, you would be correct. But on my recent visit I sampled their devilled eggs, Bomster scallops and grilled halibut. All were expertly prepared and delicious.

            The Suburban
            2 East Main St., Branford, CT 06405

          3. Am anxiously awaiting additional reviews before I decide to venture here....BIG fan of their past restaurant, Roomba's but was quite underwhelmed by Bespoke (overly priced with mediocre food and lackluster service). Sounds like they've adopted Le Pain Quotidien's dining style at The Suburban. Will be interested to see how dishes/menu evolve. The one thing you can say about Arturo and Suzette is they know how to create great ambience.

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            1. re: GoodFoodie

              There was a very complimentary review this past Friday in The New Haven Register. That being stated, people I know who have dined there have reported very mixed results...

            2. Finally went this past week. Very expensive restaurant (no surprise for the Franco-Comachos). Food was good but I felt it was overpriced. Who can afford to drop $150.00 on a meal for two that often? I wish they would consider lowering the prices.......I am spoiled having moved here from a restaurant mecca where one can get excellent, excellent food at very reasonable prices. I will go again but it won't be for some time.