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CT road trip wrap up (long)

Joanie | Feb 22, 2005 08:53 AM

Good time, hit many place, didn't gain weight: what more could you ask for? Got a great Priceline deal on the Courtyard Marriott and we walked everywhere from there. Altho they didn't have hot water the day we checked out. Please keep in mind that all the sweets (except the pie) just had a couple bites taken and were saved for Sun. and Mon. dinner.

Guida's, Middlefield: split a 10" dog and fries. Nicely grilled dog on buttered/grilled bun, finely chopped onions, relish, mustard, basic fries (think I confused which place was supposed to have great fries). Diner type spot with counter and booths.

Ted's, Meriden: got lucky with 2 seats at the counter of that tiny place to watch them make the famous steamed cheeseburger. We each got one cuz they looked small (I asked for half cheese) but we should have split that too ($3.75). Made me think of homemade fried burgers.

Modern Apizza, State St. New Haven: Waited about 15-20 min at 8:45 Sat. nite, entertained by 2 men and their 3 wild young sons each. Small clams casino pizza ($8.50) was pretty great - clams, bacon and peppers. Actually could have been hotter but it beat standing in the line we saw at Pepe's at 4:45.

Louis Lunch, Crown St., New Haven: Went there later in the nite even tho we weren't hungry cuz my friend *had* to try it. Another front seat to the making of the burger in those old contraptions. Expensive at $5 with nary a fry, chip or pickle to adorn the plate but the two guys working there were very entertaining. I actually got a piece of pie that one of the guys' mothers bakes. The the cherry "soopreme" came recommended by a customer but the filling was just canned stuff. The crust however made up for it along with the better than usual whipped cream.

Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield: Took the major detour on the way back to Boston on Sun. to check this place out and glad we did. Got the Dixie Dog w/ chili and cole slaw, slaw added a nice crunch ($2.75).

Glenwood Drive-in, Hamden: Tempted by the burgers here but we went for the dog again and were told by a woman in front of us that the onion rings were great. I wasn't impressed, kind of tasteless batter and not flaky enough altho my friend liked them. Dog was great, but I would have put more butter on the grilled bun (as I almost always would). BTW, it's not and never was a drive-in.

Capitol Lunch, New Britain: the least exciting thing we ate. This dog with its weird special sauce just wasn't that good, served on an untoasted non-New England style bun. Cheap enough tho at $1.45, I think the burger there at $1.75 would have been a better choice. I heard the woman say she sold the place so not sure if those prices will be around much longer.

Shady Glen, Manchester: Old fashioned ice cream shop type place where we split the large cheeseburger with all that overlapping fried cheese ($4.75). The burger sure wasn't very large but that crisped up cheese is good stuff. Two fair coffee shakes.

Quick hits:

Victoria Station, Putnam: Cool funky cafe furnished with tons of antiques (housed in an antique market). Friendly guy melted the sugar for my iced coffee and they serve a mean cappucino scone ($1.75).

PJ's Donuts, Putnam: I always have to try a mom & pop donut shop but I've had much better plain donuts.

Libby's Italian Pastry Shop, Wooster St., NH: Got lucky cuz the sfogliatelle was right out of the oven and very good ($1.50). They pre-fill their cannolis tho which is just wrong.

Zinc, Chapel St., NH: Got a drink at the bar where they serve wasabi nuts, love those things. Nice looking hip restaurant, menu looked good, bartender wasn't too exciting.

Anchor, College St., NH: Awesome 50's looking bar with curved little booths, nice lamps, cool retro feel. Rheingold in bottles, I'm having a flashback to my father's favorite beer.

Educated Burgher, Broadway, NH: Just grabbed a basic coffee here in the morning but would have liked to have tried it for real.

Koffee Too, York St., NH: Good coffe, belgian waffles looked good.

Atticus, Chapel St., NH: Bakery and bookstore, good choc. chip cookie.

I think my favorites were Modern, Super Duper and Glenwood with Louis getting points for the employees. So many other places to try (got into town too late for the Yankee Doodle, they're closed on Sun.; too late for O'Rourke's in Middletown), but we did pretty well for our 9:30AM Sat. to 5PM Sun. trip.

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