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Joanie | Feb 19, 202006:03 AM     4

I had asked what was open in New Haven on Sun. and figured I'd report the various places as we traveled the long way from Boston (almost all food was split for the two of us). First stop was the Edgemere Diner in Shrewsbury MA. I had passed it a few times when it was never open so we called an audible and ate at the counter. These owners recently took it over and it was really good - clean diner, well priced and friendly service. Enjoyed the bkfst sandwich and a grilled blueberry muffin. Original plan was to try the Elm Center Cafe in Southbridge which we drove to but it was too crowded to split an order of real hash browns. Grabbed iced coffee from Sturbridge Coffee Roasters and drove to Old Wethersfield to look around. Hadn't been there since I was a little kid, enjoyed the museum and the very excellent $3 salted choc. chip cookie from (which was about the only non split item and lasted me 3 days) from Heirloom Market in the old Comstock Ferre farm store. Quick ride to Chef's Dog House in Newington for a dressed up dog (usually keep it simple) that had onion dip and potato strings, $4+. It was delicious. Checked into the Courtyard, stopped by the New Haven Museum then a drink at the Ordinary and took advantage of their $3 slider happy hour, a tasty little burger. Nice talking to Ben who knows his stuff, unfortunately not carrying McKenzie gin anymore.

Also split a burger at Louis Lunch ($7) which I had never had in previous trips. A little disappointing for me; love the place and the people but the burger was too rare and lacked seasoning. Showered, relaxed and headed back out for a drink at the Anchor Spa. I wish they had kept the original banquettes but it's a cool spot and our bartender was great. Really liked the drink w/ ginger and cardamom and I liked the super smokey Spock drink. It got really busy tho and it took us forever to cash out but a good time. We were on our way to Olea when we passed Union League which had a few well priced apps that intrigued us so sat at their small bar and really liked the grilled octopus and duck confit on a potato cake. We didn't even realize they had already split the apps for us, good sized stuff at around $14 along with good wine, beer and nice people working and sitting at the bar.

Sun. got coffee at Koffee? then walked over to the Wooster St. area intending to grab something from Libby's but Pepe's had no line so we had clam pizza for bkfst. This was the weekend of audibles and since it was always too crowded in previous trips... Small pizza at ~$14 was a good size, maybe could use salt. Went to the Yale art museum then took a drive to Frankie's in W. Haven for a delicious Georgia Hot which really did have a hotness to it. Drove down to State St. and walked around that neighborhood before hitting Oak Haven and their whiskey happy hour. I got a Manhattan and A got a shot of Laphroig while we split some arancini, $8. These guys were pretty heavy and chewy, not my favorite but ok. Again, nice folks working and sitting at the bar. After regrouping, we went to the top floor of the Hamilton Park where we knew a Phillippino pop up was going on but decided to get happy hour at Barracuda. The margarita wasn't great, mojito was better (can't complain too much for $5) and the flank steak arepa was pretty darn tasty. Very busy on a holiday Sunday, seems like a local spot. We had walked by House of Naan a few times and decided to pop in for their long Sun. happy hour. Good choice since it was great, all drinks and all except one app were half price. I had an interesting concoction w/ tea and A had an Indian IPA. We split some shrimp w/ mango salsa and got an order of delicious onion naan for only $4. Great bartender and fun folks at the bar. We ended at Three Sheets which was the least friendly place of our trip but fine.
Mon. we walked around, A got coffee and a cheddar scone at Four Flours, my biscotti was just okay. Ended with breakfast in Willimantic at Blondie's Diner, hash omelette w/ home frieds and rye plus a grilled muffin for just $11. I grabbed an Italian grinder from Papa's Pizza to bring home so didn't get to experience the fresh out of the oven taste. Not bad but surprised there were no pickles or hots on it. Got to a bunch of places but really didn't even make a dent.

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