Merritt Canteen, 4355 Main Street, Bridgeport CT
Today, Sunday Diners traveled to Bridgeport, CT to check out the legendary Merritt Canteen which just celebrated their 70th Birthday. The Merritt Canteen is really popular with kids especially, college kids and teenagers who all come to the Merritt for their great hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, seafood, shakes and even breakfasts!
The Merritt was even the star on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network. Here’s the Merritt Canteen and our new friend Yolanda on Triple D:
The Merritt Canteen, is the second place that Sunday Diners has visited that was also visited by Guy Fieri (the other was Valencia Luncheria), so you know it’s got to be good!
The best part of the Merritt Canteen is that everything on the menu is available ALL DAY! For instance, this morning the two guys ahead of us ordered cheeseburgers and french fries at 8:30 in the morning… maybe they will have their breakfast for dinner!
But for me, I was there for breakfast…
Today I had a Steak and Egg Sandwich – the steak was juicy and tender and the eggs were fluffy… it was served on a toasted hot dog roll – really good. My dad told me one fact about Steak and Eggs for breakfast is that it was a very popular choice for the NASA astronauts before they headed into space. Here’s a picture of the crew of Apollo 11 before the first mission to the moon having Steak and Eggs for breakfast.
I thought it would be fun to try a milkshake – as they are very popular there. So, I also had a Chocolate Shake – It was excellent! Except now… I’m stuffed!
I spoke with Yolanda DeJesus, the Manager of the Merritt Canteen and asked , “What did Guy Fieri eat when he came to the Canteen”?
She told me, “He tried pretty much everything on the menu, but he really loved our Clam Chowder and the Soft Shell Crabs, it was really fun to meet him and really fun to be on TV”.
She also told me that “Everything on the menu at Merritt Canteen is fresh and made to order – that’s why it’s so good”
I asked her what her favorites were, and she said, “Definitely the Soft Shell Crabs and the Bison Burgers”
I’ve never tried a Bison Burger – maybe I’ll have that next time for Breakfast Lunch OR Dinner!
The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)
FOOD * * * * * (5)
SERVICE * * * * * (5)
LOOKS * * * * (4)
BATHROOM: * * * * (4)