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Red House in Deep River, CT (was du Glacé)

dennisl May 10, 2012 02:25 PM

Looks like this spot has reopened as The Red House, searching shows there is another place in New London or Norwich of the same name, same owners?

The menu looks interesting, regular old chicken tenders and burgers, but also some standouts:
Fried pickles and okra for an app., a sandwich of Dr. Pepper basted beef brisket with a BBQ blue
cheese sauce, and a Japanese Gaucho steak with a wasabi balsamic glaze, fries and coleslaw.

They also have a band schedule listed for the weekends.

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    few RE: dennisl May 17, 2012 04:51 PM

    well we went there tonite. the place was very busy and yes the menu looked like a fun burger and sandwich style menu.
    very pleasant and friendly staff - got our drink orders promptly and answered our menu questions

    we decided to try a salad and sandwich plan - so one of us got the brisket sandwich and I got the salmon sandwich - we shared the goat cheese salad

    the cornbread they bring to the table is very tasty with a sweet spicy butter
    the salad was freshly prepared and fine - but my last warm goat cheese salad was made with warm goat cheese "patties" - this one was prepared with a less dense goat cheese so more like a warm pudding consistency on top of the salad - good but not great

    then out came the sandwiches - the brisket was way too dry for one and the salmon patty was so dry I could not even swallow the small bite I took

    they graciously offered a substitute and I am chose the fish tacos - and they were yummy - spicy grilled fish with a fresh salsa on top - served with spanish rice and delicious baked beans as sides
    they comped me my meal - so that was thoughtful - and I will probably give them one more try before making a complete judgment -

    So go ahead and try it - but select carefully from their menu

    oh yeah - great fun way they decorated the old du glace space - all "rocker and roller" style giant portraits on the walls where the large Paris style murals used to be.

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      dennisl RE: few May 17, 2012 05:55 PM

      I went last night, the space looks great, staff was attentive and efficient (we sat in the bar.)

      I went for Ladies Night, we shared the same salad with the weird goat cheese, didn't finish it. We had the dried pickles and okra app, we all liked it- and I don't like pickles. We also had the nachos with pulled pork. The pork was on the dry side, but it worked with the nachos, which were crisp and cheesy. Shared a burger- I wanted to try the burger with the egg, but nobody wanted to share that one. The burger was good, not great, came medium as ordered, fries were crispy.

      It's clear Deep River has been crying out for a place like this, as just about every table was full.
      It's not great food, but pretty good. A good place for a burger and a beer, which every town needs. I'll be back.

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        dennisl RE: dennisl May 17, 2012 05:59 PM

        Was a fried pickles and okra app, not dried!

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          few RE: dennisl May 18, 2012 11:20 AM

          Oh I will go back as well - at least give it one more shot - maybe I will stick to wings, burgers and suds and go when they have music lined up!

          didn't even know about ladies nite - they have not advertised at all locally - that was du glace's problem too - no marketing

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            dennisl RE: few May 19, 2012 05:14 AM

            It actually wasn't a Ladies Night sponsored by the restaurant, just my friends and I on our monthly sojourn.
            I agree, no marketing, no nothing. If I hadn't stopped to look at the menu I wouldn't even have know they were open, not exactly good business.

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              few RE: dennisl May 20, 2012 06:15 PM

              LOL ! Thanks - I wouldn't have even thought they were open the other nite - exc as we were driving by - we saw someone come out the door so we turned around to give it a try

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          few RE: few Aug 14, 2012 06:06 AM

          thinking of going back this weekend....anyone been here since last post below?

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          jkuhlen RE: dennisl Jun 21, 2012 09:45 PM

          We tried it out the other night. My wife opted for the brisket sandwich, and I went for the pulled pork. Both were moist, tender and satisfying, served on a nice brioche roll, mine with cole slaw on top. A nice tangy BBQ sauce in a squeeze bottle was on the table. First impression: where is the smoke flavor? Second: where are the crunchy little burnt parts I love so much? Turns out the meat is braised, not cooked with smoke and dry heat (maybe Deep River has zoning issues about outdoor smoking?). Not really complaining (the sandwiches were pretty good), but I thought the flavor would have been better if the meat were treated in a more traditional BBQ style. The fries were just this side of shoestring size, and served nice and hot, thanks to the excellent service we received. Loved the really well done crispy ones especially. We didn't order very ambitiously. The menu has some very interesting options which we will definitely be back to try in the future. Live music will be a bonus for us also. For some reason, their website doesn't come up very easily when doing a search, so check the menu at http://redhousect.com
          Jim

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