New Haven Area Trip Recap
Greetings Roadfood Crew. It has been awhile (having a young child will do that to you). I don't have as much time, and certainly not enough to figure out how to post photos here (sorry - it's been 15 minutes and I gotta move on), but still enjoy going to the site and keeping up here and there. Nice to see so many RF'ers still going strong and so much passion for the chow.
Just back from five days in East Haven, CT, where my cousin has a beautiful place on the water with spectacular views. We couldn't pass that up --- and I was armed with a dozen or so places to at least "try" and get to.
On the way out, we planned on hitting Poppy's
in Beacon, NY for burgers - but they apparently are now closed on Mondays. So, with the car parked we walked until we found something interesting. That was The Pandorica
, a Dr. Who inspired British-themed restaurant. We ordered falafel platters (with chips/fries) and cole slaw. Pretty good. Didn't take a photo of the food, but we did take a photo of our host (not shown here). 3 stars (out of 5)
Too full for a proper dinner, we hit Ashley's Ice Cream Cafe
near the Yale campus in New Haven. The Coffee Oreo was the best all summer. Creamy and delicious.
Tuesday's dinner was at Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale
in New Haven (the newest location - and on the water). The Mrs. ordered Lobster Casserole, I had fried clams and scallops. Her lobster was flavorful, but a bit tough. My clams were a bit bland. The food needed seasoning and there wasn't enough tartar sauce. Maybe Lenny and Joe's was great in its day, but this place reminded us of so many other local seafood shacks that expanded, kept the crowds but lost the quality. Not awful, but completely average. 2.5 stars.
After hitting the Peabody Museum of Natural History, where our five year old loved the dinosaurs, we drove to West Haven to try Zuppardi's Apizza
for the first time (mid-afternoon). New Haven visits are rare enough, so we always order two pies to try. Never before, even at Pepe's have BOTH pizzas been sensational, until now. The Clam was bursting with fresh clams and garlic and the homemade Sausage was equally heavenly. Just sensational. 5 stars.
Thursday's dinner took us on a very crowded I-95 to Guilford and The Place.
This kind of "place" is right up my wife's alley too, but we never visited before (for some reason it had been out of the Stern's books for many years). Not much to say here that hasn't been said. Fresh seafood by the pit. We enjoyed the roast clam special, lobster, bluefish, corn and shrimp. The kid enjoyed his Happy Meal from down the street. 4.5 stars
I had planned a morning run into the city for those square Orangeside Donuts
- but found out a few days prior they had closed. A guy by the name of Tony makes them now and the food sites are raving. Wish I called Tony earlier, because Tony's Square Donuts
(listed as a "donut shop" at 24 Whitney Ave.) is actually a food truck. Got to the address, saw nothing - and then called the man himself who said he wasn't working that day. Thankfully, I was just a few blocks away from Claire's Corner Copia
and got there just as they opened. Grabbed a few scones and the famous Lithuanian Coffee Cake and some house blend coffees. Solid.
After hearing a bunch of raves and a # 2 Trip Advisor Rating in town for The Sandpiper
a few blocks away in East Haven, we grabbed take-out while packing up Friday afternoon. Lenny and Joe could learn a thing here! Lightly oiled fried clams and scallops were sweet and delicious, plus they didn't skimp on the tartar. I should mention, these were both rolls and the bread itself was fantastic. 4 stars.
On the way home, stuck in traffic and still "stuffed", we bailed on our plans to finally get a Lobster Roll at Denmo's and hit the Lake Zoar Drive In
(Monroe). I've driven past at least 4-5 times, but never stopped. The wife and boy could only fit ice cream. I went for the vanilla shake (yum) and the slaw dog (messy, but tasty) 3 stars
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