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Post the Three Favorite Things You Ate in a Restaurant in So. NE in 2011

Total transparency -- This is a direct steal of a topic from the legendary CH poster Striper from the Boston Board. Just thought it would be a fun thread for this Board as well. I'll get things started...

1. Cod at Pip's in Ivoryton, CT (perfectly cooked, moist, tender, was on prix fixe XMAS eve menu)

2. Chow Kwei Teow at Char Koon 1800 in Canton, CT (perfect melding of scallops, shrimp with rice fettucini and veggies)

3. Shrimp Scampi at Ruffino's in Old Saybrook (this place is really good but there's never more than a few occupied tables when we're there)

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  1. I'll do it! Pretty simple stuff for me:
    1. Freshly shucked littleneck clams on the beach at Menemsha, MV (sorry, it's not a restaurant, but I have to be truthful here)
    2. Fried whole belly clams at the Williamsburg Snack Bar, Wiliamsburg, MA
    3. Grass fed burger at the Dirty Truth in Northampton. Perfectly cooked (medium rare) every time.

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    1. re: saintp

      I second the whole belly clams at the Snack Bar. Or maybe fried scallops there
      whole ginger fish at Butterfly in Hadley MA
      too many to choose at Nudel in Lenox, MA

    2. Nice steal...here's mine:

      1) Petite Clambake at 28 Atlantic, Harwich (Tender and sweet poached lobster, pan roasted littleneck, Yukon gold potato, white asparagus and corn pudding.

      2) Roasted Rack of Lamb Persillade at the Red Pheasant in Dennis Village
      ( Two crusted double cut chops with lamb jus, gratin potatoes & a Shy Brothers cloumage panna cotta )

      3) Pan Roasted littlenecks and linguica at The Dolphin in Barnstable Center (Okay, this was a bit of a mistake. I ordered a double order of what I thought was a 6 clam appetizer a few weeks earlier. What I got was a double entree order.....TWO dozen littlenecks in a spicy, lemon and wine and garlicky broth with spicy chunks of linguica. Served with a house made garlic bread to soak up all that goodness.)

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      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        4) Gotta add a fourth.....Ricotta Pancakes with fresh fruit and Vermont Maple syrup with a side of red flannel hash at Hangar B in Chatham. Damn awesome!

      2. 1. Cricket Creek Pork Scrapple, slow poached egg and bacon ketchup at Nudel in Lenox, MA
        2.Crispy Lamb Neck with couscous, cracked wheat, pickled peppers, spicy olives and chick peas at Nudel in Lenox, MA
        3.The Squealer: grass fed beef ground together with house made bacon with chipotle mayo at The People's Pint in Greenfield, MA

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        1. re: rhoneranger

          that squealer sounds really tasty. i haven't eaten there in a year or so, will have to make a trip up.

          1. re: saintp

            Nudel in Lenox is also a "locavore" establishment

        2. 1. Sauteed eggplant layered with mozzarella and light tomato sauce at Liana's Trattoria in Fairfield, CT.

          2. Chianti braised short ribs at Nicholas Roberts Bistro in Norwalk, CT.

          3. Ham and cheese croissant at the Sono Baking Company & Cafe, Norwalk, CT.

          1. I had one of the best Rissoto dishes I have ever had at Retrovo's in East Greenwich/ Warwick RI
            The appetizers at Zooma in Providence are great especially the Calamari.
            For breakfast it would be a toss up between Nick's on Broadway's Fritatta or the Liberty Elm Diner's Huevos Rancheros.

            1. 1. Duck spring rolls at The Bridge House, Milford, CT
              2. Spicy crunch scallop appetizer at Sakura, Westport, CT
              3. Braised short rib and garlic mash from the Got Chef truck, Milford, CT- technically, I ate this at home, so I'll put in the ham and cheese croissants from SoNo Baking in, too- a delicious way to start the day!

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              1. re: JenJeninCT

                I've been so good on my diet JenJen, but this post and your verification is making me crave one of those croissants.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                  Trish- I'm almost (but not quite) sorry SoNo opened the Westport branch- a mere mile from work. I guess I should at least walk to get them!

                  1. re: JenJeninCT

                    Ha! My waistline is the only part of me that is thankful I'm not closer to SoNo.

              2. I don't understand why people are writing about places in MA & up North when you asked for So. NE? What am I missing here? There are so many great places in So. NE, come on people, THINK!

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                1. re: temilove

                  Temilove - this So. NE board covers all of CT, RI & MA.

                  What a great OP... I'd start with an outstanding pear mousse I had recently at Pastorale Bistro in Lakevelle, CT. Let me think on the other two.

                2. Good steal!

                  1. Not a restaurant, but the return of SCACCIATA (!!!) as they used to make at D&S (M'town, CT) at Gotta's farm stand in Portland (now closed for the season). My happiest food news of the year!
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793545

                  2. Chicken/broccoli/ricotta pie at Al Forno (Old Saybrook, CT). The warm goat cheese salad for a starter was every bit as excellent as well.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7261...

                  3. Cobb burger from The Burger Company (G'bury, CT) - applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese, crisp romaine, avocado and tomato with a vinaigrette.

                  BONUS HAPPY HOMETOWN FOOD NEWS for this kat:
                  * The return of Tibetan Kitchen (f.k.a. Little Tibet) to Middletown's North End AND
                  * Iguanas Ranas in their new location WITH A BAR and the best fresh fruit margaritas you'll find in M'town--traditional (lime) as well as watermelon (TRY IT!!!) and strawberry. ¡Salud!

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                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    In no particular order:

                    1) Red Flannel Hash and poached eggs at Hangar B in Chatham.

                    2) Butternut Squash salad at Ocean House in Dennisport

                    3) Braised short ribs of beef at Queequeg's on Nantucket

                  2. I'm going to pass over the many usual suspects like Pip, Som and Routier and nominate three new places on the shorline.
                    The first prize winner was veal sweetbreads over diced potatoes with a celeriac-mushroom ragout at Bar Bouchon in Madison. Best buffet went to Fogo in Old Saybrook with its continuous offerings of churrascaria meat and a good choice of sides--unfortunately it closed a few weeks ago. The lunch award also went to O.S. I had an excellent pulled pork sandwich at Soup and Sandwich (they had good salads, too).

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                    1. re: DonShirer

                      I second the sweetbreads at Bar Bouchee, and add their duck confit salad as appy of the year

                      I seconf the sweetbreads at Bar Bouchee as the first prize winner and add their duck confit salad appy as the second best. For third the raw oysters at Liv's in Old Saybrook.

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                      1. re: jdgall

                        The ciabatta bread and chocolate bread pudding at Scratch Baking in Milford

                        Andouille with white beans at Bistro Basque

                        Eggplant pizza at Modern.

                        1. re: kwhitehead

                          Have you had the regular chocolate pudding from Scratch Baking? That might be on my list of three. Incredibly dense and intensely chocolate, not too sweet.

                          1. re: harrie

                            No, I haven't but have looked at it longingly. I did have their new breakfast pizza this morning, which will probably end up on my 2012 list.

                    2. 1. Apricot Duck Confit Stuffed Quail with Winter Truffle cream Sauce at Bleu's Christmas Dinner
                      2. Pork with Salads- the tenderest pork I have ever had (Bruce said it was pounded and they must have whaled (wailed? waled?) on it) at New Rivers in Providence
                      3. Wood Roast Clam app at Bistro 36 in Mashpee

                      1. again, in no particular order, and i will think of something else that should have been on the list:

                        pan-seared duck breast with salted caramel sauce at Alta in Lenox (sounds odd, tastes amazing)

                        sweet potato fries with curry-lime dipping sauce at Blue Sky Foods, New Hartford

                        slow roasted pork with baby bok choy at Metro Bis in Simsbury

                        looking forward to finding new faves in 2012!

                        1. Ptown favorites:

                          Swordfish at Jimmy's Hideaway
                          Grilled Chicken Saltimbocca Focaccia Sandwich at Bubala's
                          anything at Chach on homemade bread- the winner was a BLT

                          1. 1. Salmon bisque at O'Rourke's in Middletown, CT

                            2. Dol Sot Bibimbap at Edo II in Danbury, CT

                            3. California Benedict at Blue Benn Diner in Bennington, VT (yeah, I know, it's not technically Southern NE, but we were STAYING in Williamstown, MA when we drove up there for breakfast, so I'm counting it. It was inventive, delicious and supremely memorable!)

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                            1. re: saturngrrl

                              As the OP, I hereby invoke the power given to me by Chowhound, Inc.and authorize the California Benedict as an official approved item in this thread despite it technically being cooked and eaten in Northern NE. Thanks for playing.

                              1. re: saturngrrl

                                Blue Benn -- I had a memorable lunch there once, dragged some friends back there promising a special meal -- YUCK. Nasty diner food. Never been back. I should try it again, though, because sometimes you need a tie-breaker.

                                1. re: jzzy55

                                  Awww... how disappointing. I think I will stick to breakfast there, though... just because I am in love with their breakfast menu and specials. There are lots of other things I'd love to try!

                              2. Date pudding at River Tavern Chester Ct - to die for
                                Squash blossoms at the Farm dinner in East lyme - still thinking of them
                                Salmon at Aspen in Old Saybrook - always better then I remember

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                                1. re: LostinCT

                                  YES the date pudding at River Tavern!! I must try the others you listed!

                                2. 1. Sushi at Baba in Worcester
                                  2. Sushi at Baba in Worcester
                                  3. Sushi at Baba in Worcester

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                                  1. re: Science Chick

                                    once again I would love to hear WHY ' is sushi at Baba special.
                                    just curious?

                                    1. re: tiaotse

                                      Check out my response to the "Lunch in Worcester" post, where you also posed this question:
                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/830015

                                  2. 1. Raw seafood sampler at Matunuck Oyster Bar, Matunuck, RI.
                                    2. Beef short ribs adobo at Bluebird Cafe, Wakefield, RI.
                                    3. Calamari at Senor Flacos, Westerly, RI. The thin slices of fried lemon were a revelation.

                                    1. I haven't done much dining in Southern NE this year, and most of my dining experiences in the area has been done at The Liberal Club in Fall River since its a family favorite, so my top items are all from there:

                                      1. Little necks with garlic and oil - I always order this as an app, and sometimes another bowlful to myself for dinner too with some pops to soak up the broth. Clams always taste so fresh.

                                      2. Manhatten clam chowder - slightly salty the last couple of times, but they capture all the right clammy/tomato/spicy flavor that I love in this soup.

                                      3. Fried fish - batter is so light and thin and the fish is always impeccably fresh

                                      1. Hmm...

                                        1. Suckling Pig at the Roasted Pig in New Bedford
                                        2. Pan Seared Scallops (w/ Macadamia Cream sauce) at Cork in New Bedford
                                        3. Pork Alentejana at Mesa 21 in Fall River

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                                        1. re: youth_in_asia

                                          This is a hard one. What comes to mind...

                                          1. Snow White Roll at Tao's in E. Longmeadow
                                          2. Pad Prik Khing at Typhoon in Middletown Ct.
                                          3. Awesome tuna burger at The Elbow Room in W. Hartford

                                          The arugula white pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso in Noho is a perpetual fav.

                                        2. I'm going to have to think about the other two, but one of the most delicious things I ate this past year was buratta that was part of a salad my son ordered at Caseus.

                                          It wasn't even part of my meal, yet it was so memorable that I jumped up and asked the server, "What the HELL is this? I think I have died and gone to heaven!"

                                          I'll get back to you about the other two things...

                                          1. UPDATE: Ruffino's has changed back to its original name, Stella Doro's and, alas, the shrimp scampi is somehow not as good. Same ownership so I'm not sure why (new chef?) but it isn't as good. Restaurant itself is still good though. Another "alas", Char Koon 1800 has closed so tonight I went to Forbidden City in Middletown (same ownership) in search of Chow Kwei Teow. It wasn't on the menu but I asked if they could make it. They said they would but they didn't have all the ingredients. We did have excellent entrees, however. I had a dish that featured shrimp, scallops and asparagus. And my DW had an amazingly tender, delicious (but very spicy) pork that was cooked for 6 hours. Pips has reopened and I have not had a chance to visit. It's unclear whether Tyler Anderson is still the chef. He is opening a place in Simsbury but it's possible he might still be affiliated with Pips.

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                                            1. re: chowmensch

                                              1. something at coco in easthampton -- the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, the saigon roasted pork sandwich and the miso noodle salad with chicken have all been amazing.

                                              2. cheeseburger eggroll at capt jacks in easthampton. perhaps the most insanely fine & greasy stoner food i have ever eaten. true genius. their grilled pork taco is also a perennial fave.

                                              3. the house-made hot dog at pekarski's smokehouse in deerfield. admittedly you have to take it home to cook, but i have been dreaming about the reappearance of these after a brief trial run 6-7 years ago. a wonderful smoky taste that retains all essential "hot dog" qualities (meaning it does not seem too sausage-like).

                                              1. re: fatheryod

                                                Your post makes me wish I lived closer to any of that! Especially the cheeseburger eggroll!

                                                Now that this thread is back to life, should we kick off a new one for 2012, or just keepa go here?

                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                  be good to start up a new one for 2012 thus far, i think.

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                    i was talking to kevin at capt. jack's the other day, bemoaning the fact that the cheeseburger eggroll has been absent from the menu for a while now. he said it took so long to make them that he was waiting 'til the fall to bring them back, when he'd have a bit more time. i suggest checking out their facebook page and making a drive out sometime when they serving them. they're weirdly worth it.