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Carson's--formerly Hops--on the Pike (Newington, CT)


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Carson's--formerly Hops--on the Pike (Newington, CT)

kattyeyes | | Jan 23, 2010 01:37 PM

Stopped in for our first lunch today since Hops transitioned to Carson's. If you're going for beer, hold out a few more weeks--they're not making their own yet, but it's coming soon!

According to their menu, they grind their own angus chuck daily. Knowing that, I had to try a burger--the melt. I asked if it could be done rare, our server assured me it could. Now, while it wasn't rare, I understood why when my order arrived. Since it's a patty melt, the two patties are on the thin side, so that's tough to cook rare; HOWEVER, as much as I'm rarin' to go (so to speak), this was a FAB burger! In fairness, it was probably as rare as one could make a burger that thin--it certainly wasn't overcooked. Served on sourdough (excellent!) with mushrooms, cheese and carmelized onions, it was truly a delicious sandwich. I can only guess how a regular (not thin patty style) burger would be and intend to find out on a future visit.

My companion is a fish 'n chips fan and loved his. I'm not a fish 'n chipper, but he said the fish was light and flaky and not heavily battered.

Each of our meals came with a choice of fries or garlic fries, served in a generous heap. The Italian in me didn't hesistate and went straight for the garlic. I enjoyed them though am also sure there will be no vampires in a 5-mile radius of my ZIP code for the remainder of the evening. ;) They look to be hand-cut fries with garlic, oil and parsley over the top. Some were soggy because of this, but every bite was quite tasty.

They sex up their ketchup somehow.--I'm guessing Worcestershire. It made for an interesting variation.

Can't wait till their own beer is here. If I remember correctly, there will be five to choose from.

Anyone else been yet?