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Lunch in Orange, CT

Wife and I and another couple will be in Orange, CT next week at lunchtime. What's a decent lunch place in Orange (would also consider Milford)? Nothing too adventuresome or ethnic. Prefer a place with pub fare or american standard (i.e. sandwiches, burgers, salads). I've been doing some research on-line and have focussed on places like Jacob Marley's, Orange Ale House, Bear & Grill, and Restaurant Depot. Are any of these any good or what's better? Thanks

Ale House
37 Friend St, Amesbury, MA 01913

Bear & Grill
385 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477

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  1. Jacob Marley's is now Mark Barry's, and hos gotten some good words here on CH.

    1. Not much, if you're not feeling adventuresome (and don't want ethnic)

      Ale House is truly that - a bar.
      Don't know what Restaurant Depot is.
      As the other responder said, Jacob Marley's is now Mark Berry's.

      The Post Road has mostly traditional "fast food" fare:
      Dutchess, Bruegger's Bagels, Quizno's, TGIFriday's, Chile's, Bertucci's, Olive Garden, 5 Guys, IHop, KFC, On The Border (over in the Christmas Tree Shop plaza)

      Outside that (aside from Bear and Grill), there's Chip's (pancake house), Gabrielle's (Italian), and some small deli's, chinese and italian spots.

      Wood 'N Tap is scheduled to open in the old Humphrey's on Dec 15, but I think you'll miss that.

      You won't find much different in Milford that isn't off the beaten path - McDonald's, Hometown Buffet, Subway, Taco Bell, Panera (and a food court) at the mall, Red Robin (at the mall), Pizzeria Uno, Hooters....and the list goes on.

      Nothing to get too excited about, in almost every case.

      THere's a small spot called "The Corner" in Milford Center across from the CIty Hall that's unique...but I'm not sure how far into Milford you want to venture.

      Bruegger's Bagels
      970 N Colony Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

      Ale House
      37 Friend St, Amesbury, MA 01913

      1. Does Restaurant Depot serve food? I thought they were a wholesaler of restaurant and kitchen supplies - plus, unless they've changed the way they do things, you have to qualify for a membership.

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        1. re: harrie

          Don't know anything about it. I saw it mentioned in a list of restaurants in Orange and from the name it sounded interesting. Guess not!!

          1. re: harrie

            No, they are a wholesale supplier.

          2. If you are ruling out ethnic, the options are a bit limited. I always liked Gabrielle's good Italian. Like others I have heard good things here about Mark Barry's. Bear and Grill is OK pub fare perhaps a bit above TGIF but is really just another chain with creepier decor. In Milford you have Archie Moores for wings and burgers etc.

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            1. re: mmalmad

              Bear and grill is HORRIBLE, I would never go back. I have had better food at Chilis

            2. Why do mediocre American food when you can have outstanding Chinese food? If you go to Lao Sze Chaun, which is just over the line in Milford, on the Post Road, just past the old Milford Amusement Center, you can have a really good meal. The food is very good and so is the service. You don't have to order anything exotic. Everything they make is very good. But yes, it is Chinese food.

              Seriously, try this place. You won't regret it.

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              1. re: Pipenta

                Thanks, but the reason I specified "no ethnic" is that the others in my party are really not into chinese, etc. So I was hoping someone could steer me to some non-mediocre American food in the area. Guess not, so we'll just have to settle!

                1. re: FarFar

                  OK, FarFar...I think the Bridge House in Milford might be up your party's alley. Here are some reports:

                  Definitely non-mediocre, quite American...and JenJen's experience there would lead me to reconsider...definitely sounds better than your non-ethnic Orange options. :) I'm like Pipenta--if I'm down that way, I want either LSC or sushi, but if I could have neither, I'd try Bridge House again...just wouldn't get the meatloaf sandwich. HA HA! So don't settle--this might work for all of you!

                  Bridge House Restaurant
                  49 Bridgeport Ave, Milford, CT 06460

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Thanks, Kattyeyes, and Harrie. Based on a quick on-line review of them, several of your suggestions seem to be just what we're looking for. I'm going to pick several of them and let the others in our party make the final decision. It's really difficult for a 'hound (who will eat just about anything...and has) to have to pick a restaurant for a several people who, although they enjoy good food, do not really fit the description of a "Chowhound". Thanks also to the others who took the time to respond. Happy holidays to all!!

              2. I don't know Orange that well, and haven't been to Mark Berry's, but I've also heard good things about it here and elsewhere.

                I do sort of know Milford, and there are options. This is a consideration for me, and I don't know if it's a consideration for you, but getting around the Post Road (Route 1) can be horrific the closer you get to CT Post Mall (Ex. 39 off I-95) this time of year - so if your friends know the back ways around, that's a big help.

                There's Jeffrey's of Milford - pricey, but I've never had a bad meal there.

                There's Stonebridge in downtown Milford - also pricey, food is fair to good, and during the winter it's not the meat market it is during the summer. (At least, I don't think so.)

                Also in downtown Milford, and perhaps more in line with what you seek, are

                Southport Brewing Company

                Archie Moore's - someone else recommended this one, I believe, so I am seconding it. I would go to Archie Moore's before SBC, but I can't come up with a reason why; I just like it better.

                Bistro Basque has received raves on Chowhound, but it doesn't really have a traditional burger/sandwich/salad type of menu. Here's their website, anyway, in case you want to take a look. http://www.bistrobasqueusa.com/

                Finally (?), there's Rainbow Gardens. They're a little fru-fru for my taste, and I'm not a huge fan of their food, but everyone I know loves the place - so maybe I'm the freak. Either way, their menu meets your description.

                They are all within walking distance of each other, and there's a large municipal parking lot behind Archie Moore's. Downtown is very pedestrian friendly, and you can walk off lunch if the weather is nice. You can park in that lot and walk anywhere, too - there's on-street, parallel parking on both sides of Broad Street, but sometimes it's easier to park in the lot and walk. Be aware - Milford's downtown consists of a green with one-way streets running on either side and turnarounds at either end; it can be tricky to drive there, but you get the hang of it pretty quickly. Also be aware - pedestrians rule downtown, and the cops do write tickets for violating the state's crosswalk law.

                Stonebridge Restaurant
                50 Daniel Street, Milford, CT 06460

                Southport Brewing Company
                2600 Post Rd Ste 201, Southport, CT 06890

                Rainbow Gardens Restaurant & Bar
                117 Broad St, Milford, CT 06460

                1. What about the deli on the corner of Woodruff Rd and route 1....they make good sandwiches. I can never remember the name of the place.

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                  1. I'd [in caps & flashing of course] also recommend the Southport Brewing Co's joint in Downtown Milford.

                    Good selection of entrees & the burgers are well executed.

                    The beer is OK as well.

                    Nice view out the window if you get a table by the riverside or olde Rt 1 where you can watch CT drivers at their finest navigate the downtown area.

                    The Stonebridge is a "party bar/restaurant", loud musak, harried staff & 20 somethings on the make. Not a place for a quite lunch IMHO. Then again, it is the off season, so the party spirit is on the wane & maybe you can get a decent lunch - but I'd place my bet on the SBC across the street.

                    Peace, love & Cherry Garcia

                    Stonebridge Restaurant
                    50 Daniel Street, Milford, CT 06460

                    Southport Brewing Co
                    33 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460

                    1. Ok, so the four of us made our shopping excursion yesterday to the New Haven/Orange area (IKEA, Talbot's Outlet, L.L.Bean outlet, Trader Joe's) and had lunch at Mark Barry's. Thanks to you guys I was given high praise for my selection of a restaurant. Service was very good, attentive without being intrusive. The food was good and just what my non-Chow companions were looking for. Two of us had the special soup of the day. Although the on-line menu claims that they serve "Charleston-style she-crab soup", it was not on the printed menu. Instead, the soup special was a crab bisque which was quite good. For entrees, one of us has a hamburger, one had the day's special Philly cheese steak wrap and two of us each had an open-faced sandwich consisting of diced chicken with cherry tomatoes, shiitaki mushrooms, and asiago cheese on garlic bread. All sandwiches came with your choice of french fries or sweet potato fries. We all enjoyed our respective meals. Three of us each enjoyed a creditable martini. I probably wouldn't make a special trip down there just for the purpose of eating at Mark Barry's, but as part a day's outing, it was pretty good.