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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

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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.

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      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:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/629036

                  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!
                  http://milfordbridgehouse.com/

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                  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!!