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*2012* Post the three favorite things you ate in a restaurant in Southern NE so far this year (CONT'D.)

A continuation chowmensch's thread highlighting our 2011 favorite food finds:

Mine for the year so far (in no order whatsoever--all are standouts):

1. (Mondo, Middletown, CT) - Arugula, prosciutto appetizer wrapped in fresh mozzarella, drizzled with truffle oil. EXQUISITE! P.S. I LOVE every pizza I've eaten there, too.

2. (Ginza, Wethersfield, CT) - Paradise roll: spicy king crab, avocado, shrimp tempura wrapped with soy nori, spicy salmon crunch on top, served with spring mix...bring your appetite or bring someone with you to share, it's IMMENSE!

3. (Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Company, OS, CT) - Rotisserie pork loin sandwich on a roll. Tender, smoky meat, stacked high like my grandfather used to make sandwiches. EXCELLENT!

What are your three favorite finds this year thus far?

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  1. 1. Sweetbreads and Skate entrees and Duck confit appy at Bar Buchee.

    2. Oyster Bar at Liv's

    3. Liver Pate appy at Cafe Rouiter

    1. Locations would be helpful since Southern NE is spread out. TIA

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      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

        Great point, AGM. To keep the ball rolling for now:

        1. Bar Bouchée (Madison, CT)
        2. Liv's Oyster Bar (Old Saybrook, CT)
        3. Cafe Routier (Westbrook, CT)

      2. Three things between Thursday & Saturday of this week.

        Bottega Cucina West Springfield, MA

        Spaghetti and Meatballs
        Served in a garlic and basil tomato sauce, salad and Southern Tier IPA Draft

        El Guanaco South Hadley, MA

        Tortilla soup onion/cilantro/chicken
        Fish Tacos

        Williamsburg Snack Bar Haydenville, MA

        Fried Whole Clams
        Crab Cakes

        1. 1. Ludal's, North Haven, CT: Rigatoni Bolognese. I know some think is a cliche Italian dish but this version is really excellent. Big portion and delicious sauce. Rigatoni is cooked perfectly al dente.

          2. Mike's Deli, Old Saybrook, CT: The prime rib grinder. Freshly cooked, amazing taste, piled high on a nice soft grinder roll. Not sure but I think it's only available on Friday and Saturday.

          3. Forbidden City, Middletown, CT: 6 hour cantonese pork shoulder, it's the texture of what a short rib normally is, i.e, extremely tender. Beware, however: It's VERY spicey! Served with fettuccini noodles and baby bok choy.

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          1. re: chowmensch

            They all sound great, but am curious about 3! Is that this (below) or was it a special one night? I want to remember this one for the future!
            Cheng Du Short Ribs - Slow cooked boneless beef in Cheng Du broth with baby bok choy and flat rice noodles.

            Bolognese done right is by no means cliche, btw...and it takes patience to make!

            1. re: kattyeyes

              No, Katty. It's not the Cheng du short ribs and was not a special. It's on the dinner menu in the Noodles section. Pork shoulder apparently cooked (braised) for 6 hours. I think you'll enjoy it. Let us know if you have a chance to try it.

              1. re: chowmensch

                Ah, OK, thank you for clarifying--I see it now! I definitely will report back when I do! :)

          2. "Grandma's Ravioli" at Cavey's (upstairs) in Manchester. This dish occupies numbers 1, 2 and 3 on my list, as I have had it three times, and each time, it was fabulous!

            1. Catfish at Pho Saigon (Springfield, MA) - the dill puts it over the top

              Long Hot Peppers w/ Chicken at Iron Chef (Longmeadow, MA) just enough spice to keep me coming back. It's on the "Special Menu," but they have it often enough to make me think it's pretty much available all the time

              Fried Oysters at Maine Seafood (E. Windsor, CT) Perfectly fried, generous portion, reasonably priced, and it comes with salad and sides, so it's really a bargain. I'm partial to oysters, but there are many other choices at Maine Seafood.

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              1. I haven't come up with 3 things yet (there is still time, right?) but the duck confit appetizer served at The Glass Onion is pure heaven. I swear to god that I almost licked the plate, despite it being pretty classy in there. It was rich, flavorful, decadent, and tender, served with a tart cherry glaze and served with buttery toast. My meal there was excellent, but I won't forget that duck.

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                1. re: dordalina

                  Of course, we have almost a whole half a year to go so feel free to add to your list later! Glass Onion in RI?

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Sorry, I should have been more specific. I was thinking about the duck confit and became overwhelmed! This is The Glass Onion in downtown Falmouth, MA.

                2. 1. Pork Chops Sicilian at Leon's, New Haven, CT - Lean, moist rib chop done perfectly. Right amount of sauteed onions, green and red peppers, potatoes and hot peppers. Simple, delicious!

                  2. OMG at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank, CT - 7 oz of fresh picked claw and tail lobster meat with just a little melted butter on a potato roll. Again, simple, delicious and decadent.

                  3. Tagliatelle Bolognese at Alta Strada, MGM Foxwoods, CT - Fresh pasta with a traditional bolognese that had almost a creamy consistency to it. The crusty Italian bread they serve is also one of the best I have ever had in over 50 years of eating Italian bread.

                  1. 1. The kale and hazelnut salad at The Study in New Haven, Conn.
                    2. The Berkshire pork chop at Infinity Bistro in Norfolk, Conn.
                    3. Spicy shrimp at Zinc in New Haven, Conn.