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Luce Restaurant, Middletown, CT: What an experience eating outside!


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Luce Restaurant, Middletown, CT: What an experience eating outside!

Scargod | | Oct 12, 2008 08:38 PM

We went mushroom hunting today and stopped at Luce for lunch at 1PM. What a gorgeous day and what a perfect time to be outside having lunch. This is about a block away from O'Rourkes Diner (where there was a line outside), and almost on the corner of the main intersection of Middletown. Traffic was streaming by so we, literally, saw hundreds of motorcycles streaming by plus, a few classic cars and a few classic bodies.
I had a draft Dogfish 60 minute IPA and SO had a glass of Zin... then I had six raw oysters. One was a nice Mayflower, while the others were bluepoints. Very fresh! I could not bring myself to use anything but lemon, and that was only on one blue point.
SO had a (cold), roast beef wrap and I had the (hot), Italian sausage burger. I thought hers sucked compared to mine! There was nothing particularly wrong with it but it was a cold wrap and it was bland,compared to my firecracker of a burger. It had a lot of flavor and just the right amount of heat. Both came with a half-sour pickle slice and a mix of slightly thick sweet potato and regular potato fries.

When I finished my dissertation about differences in motorcycles, we had a "Bomba" dessert. This is composed of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, divided by sliced almonds and surrounded by a chocolate crust. It was beautifully plated with a sprig of mint and drops of strawberry coulis all around the plate.
Our Rosenblum V Cuvee Zin was delicious, at $7.50 a glass. They had about a dozen reds by the glass. My Dogfish was $5. There wer quite a few good beers on tap! Both sandwiches were $8 each and the oysters were $12.

When we finished we went inside to check out the restaurant. It is very classy with a bar and dining area and a slightly more formal, separate dining area that looks out onto the city and the main drag.
Service by Val was excellent. Damn near perfect. OK, it was better than that.

I think you should check this place out if you are in the area. Though we had a simple meal, and there's nothing exotic on their menu, I suspect that it will be good.