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Connecticut Dining Quest

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A January 2008 trip to Connecticut by C.Kowalczik

LongHorn Steakhouse Photo, Shelton, Connecticut More Photos
Quote: Exploring Connecticut in search of restaurants that put forth the best of what the state has to offer; whether a chain restaurant or independently owned.

Connecticut Dining Quest

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Overview

Apple Bee's of Orange Photo,
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New Haven County Connecticut offers residents and travelers alike the availability to indulge in a diversity of culinary cuisines; whether it be in the county itself or a short drive away.One of Connecticut’s growing gastronomic nuisances was the introduction of the "chain restaurant". Although a popular, affordable alternative to fine or casual dining, the chain restaurants offer patrons little more than an affordable meal with mediocre service at best. Pre-prepared food allows the chain to require no formal culinary training; hence there are no chefs on premise, only cooks. Most places employ waiters rather than serve...Read More

Texas Roadhouse

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Restaurant

Texas Roadhouse Photo, West Haven, Connecticut
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Lately we have found that we are growing increasingly tired of the precooked, mass prepared food offered at most chain restaurants. Sadly, throughout Connecticut you can not throw a stone without coming across an Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s or Chili’s. However, rumors at the water fountain have alerted us to a new restaurant where people exclaim about the fresh hand cut steaks, ice cold beer, affordable pricing and the barrels of peanuts where you can throw the shells on the floor. While continuing our search for great local dining at affordable pricing we found ourselves at yet another chain restaurant in West Haven: Texas Roadhouse.Having been to a ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Texas Roadhouse
524 Saw Mill Road
West Haven, Connecticut

SBC Restaurant and Brewery-Branford

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Restaurant | "Southport Brewing Company"

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Available only in Connecticut, the Southport Brewing Company (SBC) currently has four restaurant locations: Stamford, Southport, Milford and Branford. Each of these locations offers patrons twenty-seven home brew beers and an exuberant compilation of menus to choose from. Whether you are ordering from the brunch, lunch or dinner menu , SBC offers what they refer to as a "stylish escape with endless possibilities."Perhaps we should have done a little more research before our first visit to SBC in Branford, Connecticut because we were definitely confused once we got ther...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

SBC Restaurant and Brewery-Branford
850 West Main Street
Branford, Connecticut
(203) 481-2739

LongHorn Steakhouse

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Restaurant

LongHorn Steakhouse Photo, Shelton, Connecticut
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With so many different chain restaurants (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Applebee’s, etc.) offered throughout Connecticut, it was nice to see a new face in town, even if it is another chain. With our sixth year wedding anniversary upon us we wanted to have a decent meal at an affordable price and since we have visited this restaurant before in Florida, the LongHorn Steakhouse was a good fit.The restaurant had only been open in Shelton, Connecticut for about a month or so and the Saturday night business...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Ocean Grille

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Restaurant

From The Outside Photo,
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A few personal envies about the owner, compiled with a few word of mouth stories (over pricing, poor service, mediocre food) I have heard from the local residents of Orange , gave me an overwhelming feeling that this restaurant was destined for something other than success. Rumor has it that the Ocean Grille was trying to one up its predecessor Jacob Marley’s; a well respected four-star restaurant, Jacob Marley’s unfortunately suffered an abrupt closing leaving the restaurant unoccupied until a Fairfield couple took over in the fall of 2007. Marley’s was well known for impeccable service, great food and a comfortable atmosphere. Personally it was one of ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 14, 2008

Shanghai Gourmet - China Bistro

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Restaurant

The Shanghai Gourmet Restaurant Photo,
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While continuing our quest for the great eateries of Connecticut, our journey lead us down a path less traveled, steeped with flavor and freshness. Our path, Chinese food. Our destination, the Shanghai Gourmet China Bistro.Located at the Citibank Plaza in Orange, Connecticut, the Shanghai Gourmet takes conventional Chinese take out to a much higher level of standards. Although the restaurant offers takeout service, by doing so you will miss the opportunity of a quaint 30 seat dining room. Unlike most Chinese take outs that offer small, shaky tables and uncomfortab...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 26, 2008

Texas Roadhouse

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Restaurant | "Texas Roadhouse - Revisited"

Texas Roadhouse Photo, West Haven, Connecticut
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April 12, 2008When a new restaurant opens, there are often little wrinkles, snags and tears in their fabric of daily operations. What makes a successful restaurant prosper is the fact that they can iron out the wrinkles and mend the tears. Any restaurant worth their salt, should know that it is the customer that makes them successful, not the restaurant itself; for if the customers don’t return what’s all the effort about? For those of you who read about our first visit to the Texas Roadhouse in West Haven, Connecticut, you would know that this restaurant definitely had it’s fair share of wrinkles, ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 13, 2008

Texas Roadhouse
524 Saw Mill Road
West Haven, Connecticut

Carmen Anthony

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Restaurant | "Carmen Anthony's - Just Fuel For The Body"

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I would like to begin this review by saying that I have wanted to visit the AAA 3-Diamond rated Carmen Anthony’s Steakhouse in New Haven Connecticut for a few months now, and when I found myself headed to the Thomaston Opera House to see their rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I thought that a visit to the original Carmen Anthony’s in Waterbury Connecticut would be a comparable alternative. Having received numerous awards from the Connecticut Magazine, Wine Spectator and the New York Times, Carmen Anthony’s would be a w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 23, 2008

Carmen Anthony
496 Chase Avenue

(203) 757-3040

Carmen Anthony

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Restaurant | "Carmen Anthony - Just Fuel For The Body"

Carmen Anthony Photo, Waterbury, Connecticut
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I would like to begin this review by saying that I have wanted to visit the AAA 3-Diamond rated Carmen Anthony Steakhouse in New Haven Connecticut for a few months now, and when I found myself headed to the Thomaston Opera House to see their rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I thought that a visit to the original Carmen Anthony’s in Waterbury Connecticut would be a comparable alternative. Having received numerous awards from the Connecticut Magazine, Wine Spectator and the New York Times, Carmen Anthony’s would be a won...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 23, 2008

Carmen Anthony
496 Chase Avenue

(203) 757-3040