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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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)

 

THE GRANOLA BAR OF WESTPORT… RAISES THE BAR ON BREAKFAST!

The Granola Bar of Westport

275 Post Road East, Westport, CT  

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When we think of breakfast at Sunday Diners, we usually think of eggs… pancakes… and oatmeal… but now we can add granola to that list,  and The Granola Bar of Westport is THE place for that and much much more! Started by Julie Levitt and Dana Noorily, who own OATS Granola, The Granola Bar, is a really fun and different place to have breakfast and…did I mention that it’s REALLY Good?

The Granola Bar is in Westport’s Playhouse Square, and has a really open feeling with very high ceilings and book shelves that have their own granola as well as chocolates, caramels, teas and other fun things for sale.  There are statues of Buddha and really cool books on the shelves as well.  I noticed one called “Concrete” which looked really interesting.

The menu has a wide variety of brunch and breakfast items, like paninis, eggs, fresh-baked goods, wraps and salads… but what I was here for was the granola… and one of their awesome smoothies.  Here’s what I had…

THE TASTING

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It’s Four shots of their Homemade Granola with a side of Greek or Regular Yogurt (I had the Greek Yogurt) and a side of Fresh Fruit (Strawberries and Blueberries).

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Clockwise (start at 1:00)

Cinnamon Honey…Toasted Coconut…Dark Chocolate…Vanilla Almond

PB&J SMOOTHIE

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Strawberries, Peanut Butter, Banana, Vanilla & Milk… in a VERY tall glass! It tasted exactly like having a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich… without the bread!

Dad had…

THE HALF BUBBY

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The Granola Bar’s House-Smoked Salmon on half of a Bagel with Chive Cream Cheese and Onions and Capers.  Dad loved it, but wished it was a Full Bubby!

He also had a…

NUTELLA LATTE

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I spoke with both of the owners, Julie (l.) and Dana (r.), who were very nice to me even though they were really busy (which is great sign because it means the place is really popular) and asked…

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Julie said:

“We both have daughters that are six-years old.  We met at a birthday party and started talking.  Dana used to work in finance, and I told her about my idea to start a granola company… so we decided to work together, and became partners first… and now we’re also really good friends”

I also asked what their favorite flavor of Granola is… and they both love theToasted Coconut.. 

“It’s really unique, but also really simple”.

Finally, I asked about the Buddha’s…

“The Granola Bar was designed by Lisa Friedman , we wanted the place to have a warm and cozy and positive feeling, so that’s part of that”

Well, I really felt warm and cozy there, in fact, we could have stayed ALL day… but before we left… we had to definitely try out… what else?

IMG_1467A Granola Bar… Granola Bar!

Freshly made with their own granola and Chia seeds — VERY GOOD, Sweet & Crunchy!

Thanks so much Julie and Dana and the staff at The Granola Bar of Westport especially Victoria!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (6)

(PS… The Bathroom is also REALLY Cool)

“MEAT” THE BEST STEAK YOU’LL EVER HAVE AT SAUGATUCK CRAFT BUTCHERY IN WESTPORT

 

SAUGATUCK CRAFT BUTCHERY

580 Riverside Ave 
Westport, CT

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Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport is a great place to shop if you’re looking for awesome meat. Everything at Craft Butchery is organic, pasture-raised and comes from local farms… and it’s all butchered right in front of you like they used to do at old-timey butcher shops  — so you know that everything is perfectly fresh.  They also believe that you should use the whole animal for food… so they use every part, as I found out.  We have bought meat from there before, like hamburgers and steaks but we have never tried the full Craft Butchery experience at their Café, so I was excited.

The Café is next to the butcher shop and offers delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch specials like burgers, egg dishes, and even salads – but the menu changes – so there’s always new things to try.  Just like the Butchery, the kitchen is open, so you can see your food being cooked right in front of you.  The good news is they will now also be open on Sundays from 9:00 – 3:00 so it’s perfect for Sunday Brunch. And now… the food

I had…

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Steak & Eggs – With the Eggs served “Toad in a Hole Style” in a Bacon Brioche.  It was THE BIGGEST steak I ever had!  It might also be the most delicious steak I have ever had. It was cooked to the perfect time and temperature, medium rare, and it was really juicy.  The eggs and brioche were perfect with the steak and were a little runny just how I like them.  To drink I had a Karoo Red Tea which comes from Norwalk CT.  They really do use LOCAL products at Craft  — Even the iced tea!  Guess what… I finished almost all of it except a small piece of steak that I took home.

Dad had…

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The Wich! Eggs, Craft’s own Bacon, and a little Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll. Dad really enjoyed it.  After, we split some Simple Sausage… made by co-owner and “Sausage King” Paul Nessel.  You could tell by its taste that it was homemade.

We shared a table with a very nice woman named Elayne Prince who was having Chicken & Waffles – she told me that it was THE BEST fried chicken she ever had — we are SO coming back for that!

IMG_0298I spoke to the Owner and Head Butcher, Ryan Fibiger and asked him what his favorite things at the cafe are…

He said, “It would be our Chicken and Waffles and our Steak and Eggs, but I also really like our Crispy Pulled Pork…  Even our salads are good… if you’re not feeling like meat.”

I asked him, “What do kids like?”

“The bacon egg and cheese sandwiches” are really popular with kids.”

IMG_0299Then… the real fun started, when I asked him what the weirdest thing to butcher is.

He said “Head cheese… the name sounds really horrible, but it’s really good. I persuade a lot of people to try it.”

Then he took me on a tour of the meat locker and told me that…

“We make the most delicious Guanciale it comes from the jowls of the pig – it’s like bacon but better”

Mr. Fibiger also told me that they only buy and butcher whole animals, and at the beginning of the week the locker is full, but by the end of the week everything is gone.  That’s amazing, but I could understand because this morning the Butchery was packed! 

Saugatuck Craft Butchery is located on the Saugatuck River right near the Westport Train Station – which makes it convenient if you’re coming up from New York City.  The staff is really nice and friendly and there was a lot of kids there.  They also have classes in sausage making and butchery if you would like to learn the art.

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Thanks so much to Mr. Fibiger, Mr. Heppermann, and everyone at Saugatuck Craft Butchery — we’ll be back VERY soon!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (5)

Plus… It was… THE BEST STEAK I EVER HAD!

KING’S RESTAURANT IN NEWTOWN, WHERE EVERYONE IS ROYALTY

Kings Breakfast & Lunch

265 S. Main St., Route 25, Newtown, CT 06470

King’s Restaurant’s motto is; “King’s, where your family is treated like royalty”, and today,  we learned that motto is definitely true.

King’s has a country log cabin theme that makes you feel warm and cozy.  It is a real family place with lots of kids eating there today.  The walls were decorated with hearts that children drew and wrote messages to honor the victims of Sandy Hook which is right up the road from King’s.

I know that King’ is famous for their pancakes, waffles and French Toast.  But today I wanted to try something totally different.  One of their specialty omelets…

The Philly Cheesesteak Omelet

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The Philly Cheesesteak omelet is exactly that… an omelet stuffed with thinly sliced steak, onions topped with melted cheese.  It also came with  Home Fries and a delicious toast that we will get to soon…  I also had a Hot Chocolate, which was served at the perfect temperature.

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I spoke with Nick the owner of King’s Restaurant, who has owned it for a year and a half and asked him, about the special toast… and his favorite breakfast.

“It’s called Bocco, and it’s made from pizza dough, seasoned with our special seasoning” “My favorite breakfast is the Henhouse, which is eggs, chicken 

sausage and home fries with a biscuit”.

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I also spoke to our server Katie who likes The Asparagus Benny… Eggs Benedict with Asparagus.

One thing to remember about King’s… is bring your appetite, because their portions are VERY big, in fact… their KING SIZE!!!!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS  * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (6) 

PS: The bathroom has an Outhouse theme! 

COOKING GOOD FOOD AND DOING GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY AT THE BEST DINER IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA… THE DINER ON ABERCORN

The Diner On Abercorn, 7202 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA

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Welcome to part 2 of our “Grand Food And Fun Tour Of Savannah Georgia”. Today I’ll be telling you about our favorite diner in Savannah… maybe one of our favorite diners anywhere… The Diner On Abercorn.

Dad and I were looking for diners to try in Savannah, and saw a great review of a place called The Original Pancake Palace… so, we got into the car and went off to find it.  When we got there, we found out that the Palace closed down and instead it was now… the Diner on Abercorn… even though we didn’t get to go to the Pancake Palace… we discovered another treasure, as you will see.

The Diner on Abercorn, is a retro classic diner, it is decorated in pink and green and has models of cars everywhere.  You’ll also notice that it is very busy… and that is because the food is so good and the people are so friendly.

Now about the food… First I had Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a Fresh-Baked Biscuit… then I had an Oreo Pancake, which was so sweet, I did not even need syrup.  I also got to try Grits with Cheese which was very good too.  Everything at The Diner On Abercorn tasted fresh and made from scratch…  Because it is!

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But the best part of The Diner  was meeting the owner, Maria Mitchell Tsiartas, who comes from Connecticut! Now that’s a small world!  She and her husband owned diners in Connecticut and New Jersey then moved to Savannah.  They looked all over and found the Original Pancake Palace and fixed it up.

Ms. Tsiartas told us that an important part of the Diner is giving back to the community.  She told me that, “There are a lot of people in Savannah who are not as lucky as she is, especially Army Veterans, because there is an Army base near the diner.  So, Ms. Tsiartas and the Diner have a strict policy… “If you have money or you don’t… you are always going to eat.”  Sometimes, the police will bring in someone who lives on the street or needs help to the diner because they know that they can always have a hot delicious meal.  

I was lucky to meet Ms. Tsiartas, who is really nice and showed me around the whole diner and told me all about how they operate… why it’s better to have an open kitchen (people can see how clean it is… and it’s clean… and so is the bathroom 🙂 !).  I also got to help her a little in the kitchen, which was  fun.  I asked her about the car models and she told me that her husband collects them and that at every diner that they have owned they bring the cars along with them and put them up.

Just before we left… Ms. Tsiartas… surprised us with a whole banquet of EVEN MORE FOOD to try! SO Much food, and we were SO full, that we had to bring it home with us and had a picnic the next day in the park.

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These are some of her specialties.  Ms. Tsiartas told me her favorite was the Spanakopita which is Spinach and Feta pie – it’s the bottom left picture.

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Thanks to Ms. Tsiartas and everyone at The Diner on Abercorn… we’ll definitely be back soon!!!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * * (6)

SERVICE  * * * * * *  (6)

LOOKS  * * * * * * (6)

BATHROOM: * * * * * * (6)