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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FAST AND FRESH TO GO AT DUCHESS IN NORWALK

DUCHESS RESTAURANTS

157 Main Street, Norwalk CT

And 14 locations in Connecticut

www.duchessrestaurants.com

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Today, we started off with Plan A, which was to go try Saugatuck Craft Butchery for breakfast which we have heard is REALLY amazing.  But, they did not have the cafe open today.  So, we’ll have to try that out in our next post.  They were super nice, and did give me a peek at their meat locker, so – stay tuned – it’s going to be a good post.

Since we didn’t have much time to come up with a Plan B, because we are going to New York City today, we needed somewhere close and fast so we chose Connecticut’s own Duchess!  But guess what?!? We got there and the restaurant was closed for renovations. Lucky for us, the Drive-Thru was open.  So today it’s a Sunday Diners Drive Thru Special!

Duchess is a chain of restaurants, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a junky fast food place – Duchess’ motto is Fresh Food Served Fast – so it’s like a cross between a diner and a fast food restaurant. … and I’m happy to tell you that their motto is true!

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Today I ordered a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich, Home Fries and a Chocolate Milk.  As regular readers know, I take my egg sandwiches very seriously and Duchess does too.  The eggs were fresh real eggs (not fake eggs from a carton) and they were cooked perfectly (not over cooked), the bacon was crispy and tasty, the cheese was creamy and it was served on fresh kaiser roll.  The home fry patty was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  The chocolate milk was from Guida’s, a local dairy.

It’s hard to interview someone, especially when you are in a car… through a drive-thru window and there’s a couple of people behind you… but I was able to speak with José, the Assistant Manager and asked him:

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What is your favorite thing on the menu?

He said, “My favorite thing is the Chicken Sandwich”

Then he gave us our drinks and change :).

If you’re looking for something quick and good, definitely try Duchess.

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * *  (4)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: Being Renovated

BATHROOM: DID NOT GO!

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! 

THE NEW STATION HOUSE – YOUR STOP FOR INNOVATIVE PANCAKES IN WEST REDDING CT

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The New Station House, 3 Side Cut Road, West Redding, CT  

www.thenewstationhouse.com 

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The New Station House is owned by Abe Ali and is located right by the West Redding Metro North Train Station. It is in the old train station house.  You might be wondering, if it’s in the old station house…. why it’s called The New Station House… but we’ll get to that later.  The ride to the restaurant was very beautiful, you get to drive through some very pretty scenery… get to see some very old houses, woods and you get a really good view of the Saugatuk Reservoir.  The New Station House is decorated pictures of the train station many years ago and there is also some very cool art that are called Vortex Paintings  which are 3-D paintings made with ground sandstone and are supposed to have healing powers.

And now let’s talk about the food.  Today I wanted to try something different, and I heard that The New Station House had some interesting varieties of pancakes.  When  l looked at the menu I saw something I’ve never seen before — Corn and Cheddar Pancakes — they even had little kernels of corn in them – it tasted like a corn muffin meets a pancake it was really good with Real Maple Syrup and a Side of Bacon.  I also had a Hot Chocolate.  Dad had a Brie, Artichoke and Spinach Omelet which he liked a lot — I got to try the Home Fries  – they were excellent, crispy, huge chunks of potatoes.

IMG-20130303-00781I spoke to Abe Ali, the chef and owner of The New Station House  and asked, “I had a very different pancake this morning, the Corn  and Cheddar, are there other combinations I should try?”

Mr. Abe said, “We also have sweet potato pancakes today, which are topped with granola.  We always change the pancake specials to IMG-20130303-00780keep it interesting!”

I also asked, “What is your favorite breakfast?”

Mr. Abe said, “I love the Florentine Omelet… which is Spinach and Feta, it’s my kind of flavors”.

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So… why is the restaurant in the “Old” Train Station House  called the “New” Station House?

According to one of our servers, Barbara… “They changed the name when Abe became the NEW owner!”

The Sunday Diner Rating 

FOOD * * * * * (Five)

SERVICE  * * * * * (Five)

LOOKS * * * *   (Five)

BATHROOM * * * *1/2   (Four and a Half)

Thanks Mr. Abe, Ms. Rachel and Ms . Barbara – we’ll be back!

The Churros At Stamford’s Lorca Are A Slam Dunk!

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Lorca, 125 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT www.lorcastamford.com

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Lorca is a new spot in Stamford that specializes in Churros.  A Churro is a type of fried dough that is from Spain, it’s like a Spanish dounut, but you get to dip them in delicious sauces.  I never had them before, but my dad did when he would visit Spain, sometimes his grandma made them for him, he also told me that it’s popular in Spain to have Churros as a late-night snack after you go out to nightclubs.

The first thing that I wanted to know was who or what was Lorca?  I found out that Lorca is the name of a very famous Spanish poet, Frederico García Lorca, who the owner loves.  Lorca is owned by Leyla Dam who grew up in Spain and Brooklyn.  She learned how to make Churros in Spain, which is why they are so good.

Outside, Lorca looks like any other coffee shop or restaurant, but when you go inside you see a neon sign that says in big letters “Coffee and Churros”… and a beautiful, colorful mural that reminded my dad and I of the Spanish artist Miro.  There are a few small tables, cool lights and they play great music.  The staff are also very nice.

Now about the food. I started with a Vanilla Steamer, which is steamed milk with Vanilla -it tasted just like melted ice-cream. Dad had a Cortado coffee that they made a design of a heart in the foam.  For breakfast I had Churros!!!  I had them with two of their dipping sauces – Dulce De Leche and Dark Chocolate.  They also have a hazelnut chocolate dipping sauce that I will try next time.  The Churros are crunchy but are soft on the inside and are made fresh for every customer, by Leyla herself – and they were tasty – I had five and could have had twenty more!

IMG-20130119-00379I spoke with Leyla Dam, who owns Lorca about Churros and asked, “What’s the difference between an American donut and a Churro other than the shape?”

She told me that, “Even though they are both a type of fried dough, Churros, are not made with yeast, so, you don’t have to wait for it to rise after you make the dough to fry it.”

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I also asked Leyla, “What is your favorite dipping sauce?”

She said, “I love the dark chocolate dipping sauce, because that’s the one I grew up with in Spain.”

Lorca is a great place for kids because it’s fun and because kids love to dunk everything!

The Sunday Diner Rating (Out of Cinco) 

FOOD * * * * * (Cinco)

SERVICE  * * * * * (Cinco)

LOOKS * * * * *  (Cinco)

BATHROOM * * * * *  (Cinco

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Thanks Catherine, Leyla and Dave for the great food and for being so nice!

NORWALK’S MURO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK BAKERY… WHERE EVERYONE’S A REGULAR!

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Muro’s Original New York Bakery, 52 Main St, Norwalk, CT www.originalnyb.com

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Muro’s Original New York Bakery has been baking in Norwalk since 1949.  It’s a family-owned business run by three brothers and their dad.  Today I got to meet Dom (the dad) and two of the brothers (Ken and Keith).  My friend Joey’s Aunt Tiffany, told us that they make great breakfasts — especially pancakes, and today we went to try them.

The first thing you notice when you walk in the door is the crowd — there are tons of people lined up to buy bread and pastries, others ordering breakfast and every seat is taken. That’s a good sign that the place is excellent.  You also notice that there seems to be a lot of customers who come there a lot.   This makes sense, because the food is great and their service is quick and the Muro’s really make you feel like you’re at their house.

Today, I had Pancakes with a side of Bacon and an Orange Juice.  The pancakes were thick, fluffy and cooked to golden brown color — they were perfect pancakes.  The bacon was crispy and very good… and the Orange Juice was Tropicana!  I prefer fresh squeezed orange juice — but Tropicana is pretty good too. Dad had a Feta Cheese and Spinach Omelet with Fresh-Baked Rye Toast — it was also very good and so were the Home Fries.

The Muro Brothers Ken (l) Keith (r)I spoke with Ken, one of the Muro brothers and asked him, “How many different kinds of pastries do you make a day at the bakery?”

He told me, “We make at least 40 different pastries here a day.”

 

I also asked him, “What is his favorite pastry?”

“That’s hard, there are so many good ones — but my favorite pastry has to be the Cigar Danish”

Mr. Ken was so nice he gave us two to take home which we will  have for dessert later!

If you’re looking for a real New York-Style bakery in Connecticut you’ll feel right at home at Muro’s Original New York Bakery.

The Sunday Diner Rating (Out of Five) 

FOOD * * * * * (FIVE)

SERVICE  * * * * * (FIVE)

LOOKS * * * *   (FOUR)

BATHROOM * * * *  (FOUR)

One last thing.  I want to thank Mr. Muro for not charging us for breakfast.  At Sunday Diners, we always like to pay for our breakfast, so today, we are making a $20 donation to the American Red Cross to help people who were affected by Superstorm Sandy — Thanks Mr. Muro!

EAT GOOD … DO GOOD!

SUNDAY DINERS DOES LUNCH! FAIRFIELD’S BODEGA TACO BAR & NORWALK’S SWANKY FRANKS

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Today’s Sunday Diners is all about… LUNCH!  Yesterday, we went to Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield, and today we ate at Swanky Franks, Norwalk’s famous spot for Hot Dogs!

Bodega Taco Bar 1700 Post Road, Fairfield, CT www.bodegatacobar.com

Bodega Taco Bar is owned by Chef Michael Young, who also owns Valencia, one of our favorite spots.  Chef Michael is a great chef and like Valencia, Bodega is very popular… so popular, that once we tried to eat there and it was a two-hour wait!  But yesterday, we were lucky to get a table really fast, which was really good, because we had our friends Adam and Tracey with us and they had to catch a train back to New York City.  Tracey is from New Zealand, but used to live in Mexico and LOVES Mexican food, so we thought that Bodega would be perfect!

We started off with “Tres Salsas y Chips”  which is their homemade Pico de Gallo Salsa, Black Bean Dip and Mango-Cucumber Salsa.  We also had their “Slapped Fresh” Bodega Original Guacamole and straight from the fryer chips!  The chips were excellent and so was everything else.  For lunch I had the  Americano Tacos which is made of seasoned ground beef, manchego cheese, salsa rusa, in a crispy taco shell – iMUY BUENO!  To drink I had a Pineapple Jarrito, which is a Mexican brand of soda — it was tasty!

For desert, our server Molly suggested that I try the Tres Leches – which is like pound cake soaked in three kinds of milk – it was great, but I was so full, I couldn’t finish it.  

One thing I tried, that you should be careful of, was a Pickled Jalapeño Pepper — I ate the whole thing — but IT WAS HOT!!!

The Sunday Diner Rating (Out of Cinco)  

FOOD * * * * * (CINCO)

SERVICE  * * * * * (CINCO)

LOOKS * * * * *  (CINCO)

BATHROOM * * * * *  (CINCO)

Yesterday, was also Chef Michael’s Birthday!  So, Happy Birthday Chef Michael from your friends at Sunday Diners!

The Original Swanky Franks of Norwalk  182 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, CT www.theoriginalswankyfranks.com

Norwalk’s hottest spot for Hot Dogs is Swanky Franks!  Swanky Franks has been serving dogs since 1949 and they are good — I’ve been going there since I could eat hot dogs!

The hot dogs have a good crunch when you bite into them, and the buns are fluffy and toasted.  Today I had a Hot Dog, Onion Rings and a Black & White Shake.  It was excellent.  Swanky Frank’s is very popular with kids — in fact, the walls are covered with pictures of the children who have eaten there.

They started to serve breakfast recently, we’ll have to try them out soon!

The Sunday Diner Rating (Out of Five)  

FOOD * * * * * (FIVE)

SERVICE  * * * * * (FIVE)

LOOKS * * *   (THREE)

BATHROOM * *  (TWO)