On The Border: Good Mexican for a Chain Place
On the Border is a chain Tex/Mex restaurant not too far from where we live. We have really good Mexican food in our area and I was hesitant to try this place until my boss recommended it.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall right off of exit 41 on I-95 so it’s an easy on/off if you are passing through the area. We decided to check this place out for a nice Friday night dinner. We arrived a bit after 6pm and were surprised we didn’t have to wait for a table it being Friday night; we were seated immediately at a nice booth. I must say the place is huge with a large dining room and large bar area with tables.
We had a seat and were handed menus. Chips and salsa were brought to the table as we perused the menu. The menu is quite extensive and it took us some time to narrow down our meal choice. The drink menu was quite substantial with many Margarita and mixed drink offerings. After ten minutes we were ready to order. We decided to have the Queso and Guacamole duo for an appetizer along with two Mango Iced teas for our beverages. For an entrée I chose the El Patron combination platter (a combo of carne asada, beef enchilada with chile con carne, cheese enchilada with chile con carne, tamale with red chile sauce, crispy beef taco with a choice of two sides). My wife chose the Carne Asada for her meal.
Our Queso and Guacamole duo arrived shortly after we placed our order. The queso was incredibly tasty with a big kick of spice to it. The guacamole was very fresh and good with large chunks of avocado. This appetizer is a meal in itself; it could easily be split between four people. Our entrees arrived and looked amazing. My El Patron Combo Platter was huge and came on two separate plates. My wife’s carne Asada looked and smelled great.
I loved my food; amazingly fresh and tasty. My favorite was the side of lime cilantro rice which was amazing taste wise. I had a bite of everything before I was just too full to continue. My wife loved her steak but she too couldn’t finish her portion. We asked the waitress for to go containers and said no to dessert (she wasn’t surprised we couldn’t manage dessert with all the food still on our plates). I was quite surprised how good the food is here and the service was very good. We will definitely come back here again.
Bin 100: Incredible Food and Wine
Bin 100 is our favorite restaurant in the area. Our good friend Billy who lives in the area first recommended this place to us several years ago and since then we have made it a frequent dinner spot. We have enjoyed many good meals here and have even enjoyed some holiday meals as well (Easter, Mother’s Day).
The restaurant is located in a strip mall but don’t let that fool you. The interior is very refined and the décor gives it a warm, intimate feel. The dining room is large with many tables throughout as well as a bar area if you just want drinks and small plates (we have come here just for dessert on occasions). This restaurant’s cuisine is international with a focus on Mediterranean food. The menu is amazing and I couldn’t imagine anyone not finding a dish to suit their dietary needs or palate. They have an array of appetizers, salads, pizzas, chicken, fish, seafood, meat, pork, pasta and vegetarian items available. There are two menus to choose from; their a la carte and their prix fixe menu (four courses for $34). They also have daily specials which are usually an appetizer special and an entrée special.
We usually opt for the prix fixe menu; you really can’t beat the price and all the food you get. The prix fixe menu includes: appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert for $34. We always leave with leftovers no matter how hungry we were when we sat down to order. Their portions are very large and most appetizers are perfect for sharing with at least 2-3 people. We have brought many people here with us including our families who rave about the incredible food and service.
We have had many of the menu items: Eggplant Rollantini, Steamed Mussels, Calamari Steak, Mozzarella Caprese, Fried Oysters, Filet Mignon, Osso Bucco, Gnocchi Sorrentino, Penne Vodka, Gorgonzola Chicken, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu and their Churros. My wife and I loved their mussels appetizer which is our hands down favorite. The mussels are cooked in a flavorful broth of chorizo, lemongrass, coconut milk and basil. It is so amazing we have to dip bread in the sauce to get every last drop of this deliciousness. The calamari steak is our second favorite. The filet of calamari is so tender and the sauce as well is so very good; garlic, olive oil and white wine. The Osso Bucco is my absolute favorite entrée; it is fall off the bone tender and oh so flavorful. It is served over risotto with a tasty sauce. My wife loves their Gnocchi Sorrentino and the Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola sauce.
Desserts here are amazing and it’s very hard to break away from favorite and try something new. I do enjoy their Tiramisu which is a favorite dessert of mine. My wife loves their crème brulee; it’s made to perfection in her opinion and she is a crème brulee fanatic. The churros here are also quite good and the chocolate dipping sauce is very rich. We have never had a bad meal here and always look forward to our next visit.
Our last visit was this past Sunday May 31, 2015. We brought my Mother and her fiancée here for dinner which was excellent. They were very impressed by the food and service and have already said they are coming back next time they visit us.
Wood n Tap: Good Pub Grub
Wood n Tap is one of our favorite local places for Happy Hour. They have amazing Happy Hour specials on drinks and appetizers. My wife and I often come here after a long day at work for a drink and some of their tasty appetizers. We have had full meals here and the portions are quite large;we always have leftovers.
The place is quite large with a large seperate dining room and a huge bar area with high pub tables and booths. The food here is typical pub grub but it's all so excellent; we are always happy here. Our favorite bartended David alwys keeps the conversation fun and is so attentive. I usually just have a beer but my wife loves their Peach Tea Lemonade and occasionally indulges in one if she's not working the next day.
Our favorite appetizers are the calamari, nachos and their BBQ Chicken pizza. These are only$6 during Happy Hour and are large portions. Their burgers, pizza and steaks are also very good but we usually just come for Happy Hour unless we are with family.
They also have some amazing desserts; my wife loves their creme brulee and I love their apple crisp. This is always a fun, casual place where we feel at home.
Favorite Dish: The BBQ Chicken Pizza is a favorite of mine. it's a large portion filled with spicy BBQ chicken and tasty toppings. Their calamari here is always so tender and come with a spicy aioli for dipping which is very yum. They have seasonal menus and their Fall menu has a schnitzel that was amazingly good.
Village Grill & Cafe(closed): A Quick and Easy Lunch
We got take out from here when we were visiting Liz's friends in Milford. It's a bagel store/deli/cafe. They have a variety of bagels, sandwiches and hot dishes. Liz just wanted a bagel with cream cheese which she was surprise was good. I got a gyro which was very good and exactly what I was in the mood to eat.
Andini's Restaurant: Not the Best Italian...
My wife and I dined here with friends for the first time. This place is located right on route 1 in Milford across from Trader Joe's. This is more of a pizza place with a dining room so nothing fancy. The menu was comprised of the typical italian fare along with pizzas.
We decided to split some appetizers for the table: fried calamari, garlic knots and fried mozzarella (as we had their kids with us). The garlic knots were the best of the appetizers. The fried calamrai was smothered in a red sauce with pepers whch made the crispy breading soggy...gross. The fried mozzarella was just ok.
For entrees I chose my favorite; penne vodka and Liz chose the cheese ravioli. My penne vodka was not great; but edible. My wife didn't like her ravioli at all and did not enjoy the tomato sauce. We said we were full so we could stop eating but were really just not happy with the food. We felt bad saying so as our friends know the owners so we kept quiet and took doggy bags.
Our friends seemed happy with their entree choices and the kids gobbled up their pizza. The service here was very good but we were with people who know the owners so this might not reflect true service. We probably won't be back here since there is much better food in the area.
Dairy Queen/Orange Julius: I thought I'd Never Find Another One....
When the Dairy Queen/Orange Julius closed in the Westfield Mall I thought I would never find an Orange Julius in the area again. Fortunately for me that while driving back from the beach with my wife we took an alternate road that brought uis past a strip mall that to my surpise has a DQ/OJ. This was a pleasant surprise and I was able to get my favorite Strawberry Julius.
Favorite Dish: A delicious orange strawberry orange julius of course.
Chip's: Incredibly Good Pancakes
Chips is hands down our favorite place to have a good pancake meal at any time of the day (they serve brekfast all day long). The restaurant is located right on Boston Post Road so it is an easy on off of I-95 to stop for a tasty meal; especially if you are passing through the area on I-95. We live in the area so you can usually find us here on a Sunday morning enjoying a good, filling breakfast. Chips is a family owned establishment with several locations throughout Connecticut. We have eaten at this location as well as their Fairfield location.
The menu here has a large selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner items but their main focus is their pancakes. The pancakes have been voted the Best of Connecticut for the past three years;so that has to tell you something plus the place is always jamming. We come here for the pancakes mostly. I have eaten their hash and several different egg sandwiches.
The pancakes here are very light and fluffy; I could eat heaps. They have a variety of toppings,flavor and types of batter (whole wheat, sweat potato and buttermilk). Personally I enjoy the German Apple Pancakes and the Strawberry Pancakes. My wife on the other hand is a lover of all things Cinnamon so she usually orders their buttermilk pancakes with Cinnamon chips or their Cinnamon Bun Pancakes.. As for sides; there is hardly room for eating any hash browns, bacon and sausage after you've had pancakes but we have on occasion split an order of their tasty bacon.
My wife does not like the fake maple syrup that is prevalent in most pancake restaurants and thankfully their have real maple syrup available here for a charge of course. If the fake stuff is okay with you they have an assortment of flavors such as blueberry and strawberry syrups.
Basically, if you are a pancake fan...this is the place for you. Excellent pancakes and good service. I love this place! We have taken so many people here for breakfast and everyone has been over the moon happy with the food here. It's s must try when in the area.
Favorite Dish: I've loved every pancake I have tried here. I would have to say the German Apple takes the top slot with the sliced apples cooked inside the pancakes, topped with cinnamon & powdered sugar, served with a raspberry puree sauce. The raspberry sauce is so good.
Pancakes here are a good price with a stack ranging between $6-$10 depending on toppings.
Puerto Vallarta: Good Mexican Food
Puerto Vallarta offers some good Mexican food for this area. Having lived in the Bronx and Port Chester I became spoiled with amazing and authentic Mexican food. This restaurant does not dissapoint. It is authentic Mexican and is very good.
The restaurant is located right on the Post Road and is a large space. there is a huge bar area, many seating areas and an outdoor patio for the warm weather months. We first discovered this place when we moved to Connecticut and were in search of good Mexican. The former owners of our house suggested this place to us and we have enjoyed theri food for the past few months.
They have the usual Mexican dishes on the menu so you will probably find your favorites such as burritos, flautas and tacos. My wife loves their carne asada and fried ice cream. I'm a big fan of their taquitos and burrito. The housemade salsa and tortila chips they put on the table are so addicting..you can't just eat a few. The portions here are large so we always have a doggie bag to bring home.
They have both early and late night Happy Hours which is perfecet for any work schedule. We love coming here with friends and enjoying their tasty food and some Margaritas; which are very good.
Mama Teresa's: Once Good Food is Now Inedible
This place did have good food but now the food is horrible; actually it is inedible. My wife and I recently came here for dinner and it was downright foul. The salad was rancid, the pasta was mush, the sauce was foul. Never will we come back to this place which is a shame; it was once an awesome dining establishment.
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Colony Grill: Good Pizza
The Colony Grill is a local joint located in the heart of the town of MIlford right off the green. This is one of three locations in Connecticut; the other two being in Stamford and Fairfield. The Stamford location is the flagship and was started in the 1930's;since then it has become an institution famous for their pizza.
This particular location was recommended to us by a friend is is very close to our home so we decided to try it out one rainy Sunday. The location is conveniently in the heart of the town with ample parking in the area. The restaurant itself is quite large with a big bar area and dining room. The interior is very nice with hard wood accents; plenty of tables and booths.
The menu here is very simple; it's pizza. Pick a twelve inch pie and choose your toppings for an additional $1.50 per topping. Toppings are: pepperoni, mushroom, sausage, peppers, hot oil, meatball, onions, black olives, cherry peppers, stingers, anchovies and bacon. They also do a breakfast pizza before 3pm.
Our first visit we decided to have their twelve inch pie with pepperoni slong with two unsweetened iced teas. The pizza here is thin crust style and is baked in a pan which gives it a super crispy crust. Pizza arrives table side hot and fast and is rather tasty. Service here is spot on and very friendly. I like that this is a cozy, casual atmosphere mostly filled with locals. It's the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and some drinks. I'm glad we tried this place out and can't wait to return.
**We have returned here several times since our first visit especially for a bite to eat and some drinks after work. We have enevn introduced this place to my MIL who now loves coming here when she is in town visiting us. We have had their Hot Oil pie, mushroom pie and pepperoni pie. So far the pepperoni and hot oil are my favorites. Eventually we will make it through all the topping offerings on the menu to have a good evaluation of which we prefer best.**
Favorite Dish: The thin crust pizza is quite good. We are New Yorkers and can be snobs about our pizza and this one is pretty good for non- NY pizza.
The pepperoni pizza is quite nice with large, thin slices of pepperoni on top. The Hot Oil pizza is so very good; perfect for those who like a bit of spice. The hot pepper infused oil is spread on the crust before the cheese is added to bake. The spice of the oil is hot but so very good; perfect with a nice cold beer.
Star of India: Good Indian Food
Star of India is a good Indian restaurant right on the Post Road. They serve excellent food at reasonable prices and they deliver to our house (bonus!). Most of our food here is takeout but we have dined in the restuarant on several occasions.
The menu has a large array of North & South Indian dishes and specialties. There are veg and non veg options available so you can take your vegetarian friends here with no worries. The food here is very fresh and you can ask for modifications to most of the dishes on the menu especially in the level of spices in the dish.
My wife usually goes the vegetarian route with Indian food but here she loves their Shrimp Saag. It is a large portion and had nicely sized shrimp. I love lamb and their Lamb Saag here is amazingly good. We love their appetizers especially their Samasas, Chat Papri and vegetable Pakoras. We also enjoy a nice order of their Garlic Naan; which is our favorite bread served here.
Service here is very good and we always have an enjoyable meal. even delivery service is fast and friendly with our food arriving twenty minutes after we place our order on the phone.
They also have a Buffet lunch which we have not partaken of yet but will have to try in the future.
Off The Hook: Good Local Place
Off the Hook is a local bar/restaurant in CT with four locations throughout the state. We have been to the location in Stratford and recently tried this location in Milford.
This is a small local place that you might miss if you blink driving by; so definitely get the GPS for your first visit; we almost drove by it ourselves. What it lacks in the Wow factor on the outside it makes up for with delicious food.
It's a smallish place inside with some tables and boothes with a nice bar area. From the get go I loved the vibe in here; very friendly and inviting. We chose our seats in the bar at a high top table. My wife and I perused the menu offerings then made our choice. For beverages we both had unsweetened iced teas. I chose the Ahi sandwich that I had loved at their Stratford location. My wife chose to try their cheese calzone. There were some colorful characters at the bar; obviously locals judging by their familiarity with the bartender. Their language was a bit on the colorful side and my wife was a bit miffed as they should curb the language with a lady present.
Our entrees arrived reather quickly but the place wasn't crowded and moist people were just drinking and not eating.The fresh baked roll my Ahi sandwich was on was incredibly fresh and good. The Ahi was nice and rare; how I like it. The wasabi mayo on the side was so very good; I couldn't get enough of it. My wife's calzone arribved and WOW were were shocked at the sized. It was triple the size of a regular calzone and was served on a pizza tray. Neededless to say only one piece was eaten and the rest got boxed up for home.
The service here is very attentive without being hovering. Our waiter kept our drinks refilled without us ever asking which is something I appreciate greatly. I totally enjoyed that we felt comfortable here despite some language from the bar even with it being our first visit. I can't wait to come back and try some more of their offerings.
Bertucci: Stopping in for some lunch
Bertucci's is a great place to grab a good meal whether for lunch or dinner. There are quite a few locations and it's a chain restuarant along the lines of Cheescake Factory, Chilli's. Bertuccis specializes in Italian dishes, namely brick oven pizza. The restaurant is quite large with a separate bar area. The menu is quite extensive with a variety of "specialty pizzas" as well as other Italian dishes.
We were here for an early lunch and were seated quite quickly in a booth near the bar area. The restaurant wasn't crowded, but as the hour passed, more and more people arrived, and when we were done with our lunch, the place was packed. So get here early if you don't want to wait. Thre is a nice bar which seems to have an extensive wine list, so I am sure this is a happening place evenings.
The restuarant is very nice and the service excellent. You have plain view of the kitchen where you can watch as they make the pizzas and other dishes. Our waitress was very nice and friendly as she handed us the menus and took our drink order. She came back and few minutes later with our drinks, a nice basket of warm rolls and a side of olive oil and a bowl of salad. She then took our order.
There are plenty of places to eat in Milford, but we'd definitely return when we're in the area, which is quite often.
Favorite Dish: We had the chicken cutlet parmi with pasta and a pasta bowl, a crock of baked pasta with chicken and veggies smothered with cheese (sorry, can't remember the exact name of the dish). A bowl of salad is included in the lunch special which is quite nice.
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Cabo (Formerly Cancun Charlie's): Good food and excellent drinks
Right in front of the Milford Landing is this Mexican restaurant with a really nice patio overlooking the river. The restaurant is quite nice especially on a beautiful warm sunny afternoon when you can enjoy the outdoor patio. We were just enjoying a nice day when we decided to stop in for a drink and possibly a bit to eat. We entered the restaurant from the back patio and decided to sit outside and enjoy the nice day. There is also a decent size bar as well as a nice size dinning area to take your meal if you aren't inclined to sitting outside.
As we were seated we were brought a nice size bowl of chips with salsa for dipping and our drink order was taken. We both weren't ready to order anything to eat and decided to just enjoy the chips and our drinks and order something later on.
I decided to try their Strawberry Margarita that the waiter recommended. We had a few drinks and decided not to order anything to eat, but we did see some really yummy choices on the menu and on the tables of the other diners. They have your typical Mexican dishes and they even make their guacamole fresh. So, we hope to come back and grab a bit to eat some other time.
Favorite Dish: We decided to have dinner some where else and just enjoyed some of their yummy drinks. I had a Strawberry Margarita.
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Seven Seas Restaurant & Pub: Some really good seafood
I was really in the mood to get some good seafood, so after walking for a bit around Milford Landing and seeing the sign for "fresh crabs" we decided to come inside and see what they had to offer.
As we entered, there bar/restaurant is divided in two sections by a wall partition. To the left are some tables scattered as well as some by the bar area. The bar is a nice size, nothing large. We decided we wanted to just sit at the bar order a drink and check out the menu.
We sat there for about 15 minutes before the bar attendant/owner? came from the kitchen and apologized as he was also the "cook" that day. I ordered a Blue Moon, Ferni had his Heinekin and we asked to look at the menu.
Ferni wasn't eating as he had had a very heavy breakfast a few hours earlier, but I had only had a cup of coffee and a yogurt, so I was famished. I decided to have the fried clam strips, which were excellent and way too much food for me to finish.
The food was so good, fresh, and very affordable.
Favorite Dish: I've had their fried claims which came with cole slaw, steak fries and a delicious tartar sauce with a Blue Moon. Ferni had his Heinekin.
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