WE CAME BACK LATER TO CHOMP ON SOME GATOR! AT THE CORNER RESTAURANT IN MILFORD

 

The Corner Restaurant

105 River Street, Milford CT

www.thecornerbrunch.com

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Today, we kept our promise to come back to The Corner Restaurant to try their incredible “Alligator Jambalaya”!  For those of you who don’t know The Corner, here’s our review from a few months ago.

What can I say about Alligator Jambalaya?  

It keeps your taste buds JUMPIN’ from taste to taste.

The Alligator Jambalaya

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The Alligator Jambalaya is made of layers of egg, tortilla, shrimp, peppers, onions and andouille sausage, which is a type of Cajun sausage that’s a little spicy… and it’s topped off with delicious chunks of Alligator!

So what does Alligator taste like?

…. It tastes just like CHICKEN!!!!

Only kidding! it’s tender and moist and doesn’t taste weird or fishy. It went very well with the other flavors.

It was nice to see our friend Michelle Lebel and everyone at The Corner, check them out here, on the G. Garvin Road Trip on the Cooking Channel!!! Our friends from Mama’a Boy are also on the same episode!

Thanks Michelle!!!

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A BIG BURGER IN THE BIG CITY… LUNCH AT THE SMITH IN NEW YORK CITY

The Smith

1900 Broadway, New York, New York

www.thesmithnyc.com

This weekend, my dad and I went to New York City.  While we were there we visited the The Intrepid Museum, stopped at my dad’s office and saw our friend Kendah, who was visiting from Paris.  But first, we were hungry and needed somewhere close by and good to try, so we decided to eat at The Smith.  My dad had eaten there before and said it was good.

The Smith serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s very hip!

It was 11:30 and I was pretty hungry so I decided instead of the brunch menu, it was time to order from the lunch menu.  Here’s what I had:

THE BURGER DELUXE

A Burger with Bacon, Cheddar, Special Sauce and the Works with Fries

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It was delicious and it was BIG!  I was amazed that I could finish it.  The Fries were golden and crispy.

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Thanks Tina for being our server, and for being SO nice… we’ll be back soon!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)

PS: At the Intrepid Museum we took a tour of The USS Growler Submarine. It was really cool to see what life was like under the sea.  But, if the Growler was a Sunday Diners restaurant, I’d give the bathroom zero stars! Luckily, it’s just part of the exhibit.🙂

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ROCK YOUR MORNING AT JAVA COFFEE AND CAFÉ IN WESTPORT!

Java Coffee & Café

44 Church Lane, Westport, Connecticut 06880

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All the way from Idaho, Java Coffee & Café is the new cool place for breakfast in Westport, and it’s more than just coffee.  The first thing that you notice when you walk into Java is how fun it looks.  The place is decorated with lots of cool things like old toy robots and art.  There is an open kitchen and lots of seating.  If you want to sit outside, you can even bring your dog!  It’s a very rock and roll kind of place, the bathroom has rock posters for concerts and they play cool music.

… And of course, the food is REALLY good!

Here’s what we had…

I started off with…

 A slice of Paleo Banana Bread and a Mexican Hot Cocoa

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Paleo is a type of diet that has no grain or sugar. The Banana Bread was made from Eggs, Coconut, Banana and Chocolate.  It was really chewy and good.  But the Mexican Hot Cocoa was Muy Delicioso It was almost as good as what I had in Mexico.  It was topped off with a spoonful of their homemade whipped cream.

Java Benedict

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The Java Benedict is Poached Eggs over an Everything Bagel with Smoked Ham and Hollandaise Sauce.  I had mine with a side of bacon… ’cause that’s just who I am🙂 I loved it and the eggs were totally fresh… which we found out all about later.

Dad had… Scrambled Eggs and Bacon on an Everything Bagel

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IMG_3301I spoke with the owner, Brad Berk and the manager Breanna Brandon (who is from Boise, Idaho where she managed Java Coffee and Café there) and asked…

What’s your favorite thing on the menu?

Brad likes the Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast.  For lunch he likes the Kale and Quinoa Salad.

Breanna likes… guess what?                         The Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast.

IMG_3299I asked Brad about their eggs and why they taste so good…

“They are local Connecticut farm-fresh eggs that we buy from The Farmer’s Cow the chickens are fed a good diet and aren’t given any hormones and the eggs are really fresh.  

When we first started, because we make a lot of eggs, our supplier told us to buy these other eggs that were not local. They were a little cheaper… but they tasted terrible. These taste really great”.

I also asked Mr. Berk about why there’s Cap’n Crunch on the menu…

“That’s really for the kids, but it’a also kind of an inside joke for us… it’s fun!”

We’ll have to come back and find out more about that!

Breanna also let me try more of their fresh whipped cream… It was SO good!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)

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Thanks Breanna and Mr. Berk — you guys rock!

GET STUFFED! AT THE CORNER RESTAURANT IN MILFORD CT

The Corner Restaurant

105 River Street, Milford CT

www.thecornerbrunch.com

I had heard that The Corner Restaurant in Milford was named The Best French Toast in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine, and since most of you regular readers know that I LOVE French Toast — we HAD to try it and good thing we got there early!

The Corner is in Milford, close to the train station, and across from the Wepawaug River.  It’s a pretty part of town.  The Corner is a cute and cozy place that is decorated to make you feel at home.

We sat down and checked out the menu, which had a lot of exotic choices, but today I was hungry for their award-winning Stuffed French Toast.

I had “The Trio” (which won the award) and is…

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  • 1 slice of Apple, Cinnamon,  Raisin and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
  • 1 slice of Strawberry & Banana Stuffed French Toast
  • 1 piece of Tres Leches Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Maple Syrup

Everything was delicious, but I liked the Tres Leches cake the best – I have to be honest – it was as good, maybe even better than what I had in Mexico.  It was really an award winner with me, and like the French Toast I was STUFFED!

Dad had the Eggs Benedict… I tried them and they were… Eggcellent!🙂

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The restaurant was really busy, but we were lucky to get there early and got a table.  Soon, there was a line of hungry people out the door.  Even though it was busy, I was able to speak with Michelle Lebel who has owned The Corner with her husband, Amer for 17 years, and was super nice to me!

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Of course, I asked her what her favorite was…

“I love spicy things, my favorite dish is the South Indian Spiced Pulled Duck”.  

Why do you use so many exotic things on your menu?

“I think that food that might be weird to us, might be normal somewhere else in the world. I like new tastes, so we try to make our menu somewhat different from most places.” 

“This Mother’s Day,  The Corner will have a special menu with some great new things like Alligator Jambalaya, South African Hash, and lots of Crab dishes… It’s our most popular day of the year… so get here early!”

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Michelle’s Favorite

The South Indian Spiced Pulled Duck Wrapped In A Bacon Layered Tortilla      With Scrambled Eggs and A Mild Cheese

Thanks Michelle for an awesome breakfast and taking the time to speak with us.  I also want to thank our server Jill who was great!

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The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * *  (4)

BATHROOM: * * * * (4)

 

TASTE A SLICE OF HISTORY! AT FRANK PEPE PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA IN NEW HAVEN

The Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

New Haven:  157 Wooster Street, New Haven, CT

www.pepespizzeria.com

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The Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has been making delicious pizza pies for almost a hundred years.

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Frank Pepe

Started in New Haven, by Frank Pepe, an Italian immigrant, who sold pizza from a cart on the streets.  His cart did so well, that he opened his first pizzeria in New Haven in 1925.  Now they have eight locations in New York and CT.  I heard that they will be expanding into Boston.  I was lucky to visit the first location in New Haven.

New Haven-Style pizza is crispier and thinner crust than most other styles and Pepe’s pizzas are so good because they are made in a coal-fired oven the same way they were made by Mr. Pepe himself.  The pizzeria has been in the family since then!

I got to try three of their best pizzas:

“The Original”Tomato Pie:

This is the pizza that started it all, a Fresh Tomato Sauce on thin crust… that’s al!  I liked it and it really brought out the flavor of the sauce, because there was no cheese.

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Pepperoni and Cheese:

The original, with Pepperoni and Mozzarella cheese.  The cheese and pepperoni made it even better.

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The White Clam Pie:

This is the one that won the award for “Best Pizza In America”:  Fresh Clams, Grated Cheese, Olive Oil, Oregano, and Garlic… Lots of Garlic!  It was my favorite and probably one of the best pizzas I ever tasted.

IMG_3487_2I spoke with the founder’s grandson, Gary Bimonte, and asked him, “What is the most popular pie at Frank Pepe”?

He told me that, “The white clam pizza is the most popular.”

I asked him, how did Frank Pepe come up with the White Clam Pie?

“In the 1940’s there was a man who sold clams on a pushcart to the pizzeria and he suggested to Frank Pepe that he put them on a pie”.

IMG_3488_2He also showed me the coal ovens where the magic happens!

IMG_3493_2Thank you Mr. Bimonte for the fun pizza tasting and for the really cool t-shirt!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * (4)

TAKE A BITE OF HISTORY AT LOUIS’ LUNCH IN NEW HAVEN, BIRTHPLACE OF THE HAMBURGER!

LOUIS’ LUNCH • 261-263 CROWN STREET • NEW HAVEN, CT

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Hi everyone, we’re back with something really special.  We have been wanting to visit Louis’ Lunch, The Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, in New Haven for a long time, and this weekend, we did!

Louis’s Lunch has been in New Haven since 1895, and the story goes, in 1900 a man walked into the luncheonette and asked “For a quick meal he could eat on the run.” Louis Lassen, who was the founder, took a broiled beef patty, put it between two slices of toast and sent him running… and with that, the first hamburger was born!

Louis’ is famous not only for being the first hamburger but for still making burgers just the way that man had it back then and they are excellent!  The restaurant is really small, and there is not a lot of room to sit, but that didn’t matter… there was tons of people eating outside, standing, and making new friends by sharing at a big table.  There was also a lot of people in line which went all the way out the door.  You’ve got to wait patiently because burgers this good take a while.

First… they prep the burgers which are

hand rolled from five different kinds of meat:

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Then, they are broiled in the original cast iron grills from 1898:

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Then… it’s toast time:

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At Louis’ they only make one thing and that’s burgers.  And there are a few things that you need to know about burgers at Louis’:

  • No Condiments!  The Lassen Family (who still own Louis’) want you the experience the taste of the burger so… hold the ketchup, mayo, mustard —  You don’t need it!
  • The toppings are cheese, tomato and onions (grilled with the burger)
  • All burgers are medium rare (but if you ask they can make it well done too but, make sure you have it medium rare, that’s the best way)
  • No buns… just toast!
  • No fries!… but you can have their awesome potato salad or a bag of chips

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So how was it?

Dad and I had:

“Two cheese works, a salad and a birch”, which means two burgers with cheese, tomato and onions, a potato salad and a birch beer.

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It was delicious and one of the best burgers I ever had.  It’s definitely different because you really get the flavor of the meat, it’s very juicy and the toast made it a little crunchy. It was SO good, that I wanted to have a second, but,  we needed to leave room for…

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PIE!!! 

Louis’ also makes great pies!

We had 

Cherry

and

Blueberry

Louis’ is SO busy, we didn’t really get to have that much of a talk with the cooks and servers, but we did get to meet John who takes your order and Paul who works the grills.

They asked us how we liked it and we joked… “It was terrible”

Paul said, “Then, when you do your article, If you think the food is bad, make sure you call me John… if it’s good, my name is Paul…”

IMG_2284We thought the food was AMAZING… SO,  John is on the left

AND Paul is on the right!

There’s a lot of great history at Louis’ Lunch, so check out their website and you can learn all about how much of an important place it is…

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: Did Not Go… but it looked clean!

I loved Louis’ Lunch and we’re definitely coming back…

Thanks so much John for the awesome T-shirt!