"These are a few of my favorite things..." - (Connecticut, 2014)
I thought it might be fun to share some of our favorite dishes and drinks from different places. It's been a while since we did.
Mondo (Middletown): the Toscano salad - mixed greens, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes, olives, artichokes and warm polenta croutons with balsamic vinaigrette. They dress and toss the salad the way a good salad should be served. And what's not to love about warm polenta croutons? Mmmmm. And, of course, their pizza--both the more creative (truffle!) and the Mondo special (kitchen sink).
Napoli Pizza (Meriden): CALZONE. My favorite--broccoli and pepperoni ANYWHERE. I've been going at least 20 years now. It never changes. It's always OUTSTANDING. No one makes a calzone like Jerry. NO ONE. And his sauce is excellent!
Los Mariachis (Wallingford):
There's a combo appetizer platter I can't see on the online menu--a couple of tacos, a tamale and something else. Try it! Their salsa is so spicy and fresh.
I love their spicy pork chimichanga and--very important--the Stan margarita. It's Don Julio 1942 Ultra Premium Tequila, Grand Marnier and Cointreau. SMOOOOTH as the day is long. Stan's the man!
Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Company (Old Saybrook):
Any sandwich from here gets my top billing, tho' I'm partial to the pork loin, pastrami and smoked turkey breast. I keep encouraging them to open a Middletown storefront. PLEASE. PLEASE!
Napoli's calzone in three shots here...
Whatchoo got, food friends?
We're driving from Boston to Poughkeepsie on Sat. via 84, is this donut shop a doable stop? Any other thoughts? I was just wondering what was in Western CT. Or maybe one breakfast stop in east CT and a snack in the west if you can help out.
As far as favorite CT bites, Shady Glen cheeseburger in Manchester, crabcakes at J's in Hartford, dogs at Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield, also at Glenwood in Hamden. Just went to Deary Brothers in Putnam last summer, cool place.
Sadly, Wallingford is out of range for you unless you REALLY want to take a detour--you can get there from 91 or 5 & 15.
Dottie's Diner (never been/can't vouch) would be closer to your route. Maybe someone here can confirm whether it's worth a breakfast or snack stop:
I knew I forgot something special...
Taino Smokehouse (Middletown): killer brisket, awesome burgers, handcut fries that remind of how we made them in my family when I was a kiddo. KEEP ON SMOKIN'! This almost makes it OK there's not scacciata there anymore. ;)
A new one (for me) also from Iguanas Ranas in M'town:
poblano corn chowder served in a tortilla bowl
This woefully dimly-lit picture does it absolutely no justice, but what is not to love about a soup with a nibble-able bowl. My goodness!
Their white bean soup with cilantro is equally excellent.
Get one to stay and one to go for the next day. I did. :D
Mine are going to be pretty FFC-centric:
Oceanview Bistro in Norwalk: Rustic, simple, classic French food, in a very VERY laid back space (seriously, there's a strip club next door) and a BYOB policy. Service is also... shall we say, rustic, but the chef, Jean Paul, will make you feel right at home. Bonus: the BYOB thing is super easy because 99 Bottles is right down the strip mall.
Espresso Neat in Darien: Expensive and sometimes overly precious, yes, but damn, I wouldn't get my cortado from anywhere else.
Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield: Cute, small space, good friendly service, yummy ramen (especially the vegetarian!) and passable pho.