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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 11:53:37 (permalink)
Wow, great looking burger! Michael, thats a pretty pink sweater do you wear it much?
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 11:55:02 (permalink)
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Wow, great looking burger! Michael, thats a pretty pink sweater do you wear it much?

He looks very fetching in pink!
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 11:55:25 (permalink)
It's not a sweater. It's the cover-up I wear with my Bikini.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:29:44 (permalink)
Finally we arrived in Connecticut!  Our motel was in Niantic and as we arrived late in the afternoon we chose a local place to eat.

 
Fried scallops and clams.

 
They tasted out of this world good because we had not had clams in many years.  Little did we know the best was yet to come!
 
MH loves breakfast so we went to The Shack in Niantic.

 
He had corned beef hash (a little disappointed that it wasn't made from real corned beef like at their old location which really was a shack), 3 eggs, potatoes and toast.  I had a grilled hard roll.

Now it was time to get down to some serious eating!
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:35:53 (permalink)
That local place where we had our first fried clams is Dad's, and it's right on the waterfront in Niantic.
http://www.dadsrestaurantct.com/
 
The Shack (Flanders)
http://www.shackrestaurants.com/
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:46:39 (permalink)
The house where MH grew up in New Haven.  Can't you just imagine him riding his tricycle down the street?

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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:48:05 (permalink)
That was my bedroom in the dormer upstairs. I could spy on Mary Lou Pedroni when she walked by.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:53:01 (permalink)
Michael, no statue, not even a plaque?  It does look like a lovely house and neighborhood to grow up in.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:57:37 (permalink)
First stop in New Haven......Louis Lunch

 
The famous broilers.

 
The burger.....which was actually quite good!

 
Nutmeggers get an F for spelling.

 
Yeah, I know Louis Lunch is kind of touristy.......but the two guys behind the counter were a riot (we sat at the counter).  One was a BIG Steelers fan so he had to "high-five" me when I said I was from Pgh.  The other guy (owner) had been to Lidia's in the Strip and also loves Pgh.!!!  Even the guy sitting next to me chimed in on the conversation.  We had a great time. 
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 12:59:22 (permalink)
I can picture President Lincoln walking by the house when Michael was a child................Great looking fried clams and scallops! It kills me that they can't make homemade Tartar sauce.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 13:04:10 (permalink)
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Michael, no statue, not even a plaque?  It does look like a lovely house and neighborhood to grow up in.

The plaque is around the corner in the old police precinct at Edgewood and Yale avenues.
It marks the spot where I sat -- often.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 13:18:37 (permalink)
After lunch we went to The Green in New Haven.  Kind of like Boston Common. 

 
There is a WWI memorial.  Michael's great uncle died in the battle of Chateau-Thierry.  His name is there somewhere but we couldn't get close enough to see it.

 
One of the churches on The Green.

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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 13:22:50 (permalink)
During the war (WW2) Glenn Miller led the Army Air Corps Band during parades on the Green before he and the band shipped out to England. One of the enlisted men assigned to the band there was singer Tony Martin.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2014/07/05 17:53:51
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 13:46:34 (permalink)
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That local place where we had our first fried clams is Dad's, and it's right on the waterfront in Niantic.
http://www.dadsrestaurantct.com/

The Shack (Flanders)
http://www.shackrestaurants.com/

 
Dad's restaurant! Of course, we've walked by there all the time.

I remember 6 years ago or so taking  Amtrak down to Philly and going right through Niantic, looking out the window and seeing Dad's restaurant and I couldn't figure out where I was? I knew I was west of New London I just didn't know anything about Niiantic at the time
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/06/25 13:55:30
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 14:18:04 (permalink)
Now it was time to see what all this fuss is about Connecticut pizza and especially Pepe's and this clam pie.  I'm not a fan of pizza so I was skeptical......we got there before there was a line down the sidewalk.

 
The oven

 
Michael's plain pie.  Obviously he could not wait to dig in before I took a picture!

 
My clam pie.

 
All I can say is Oh My Goodness.  It was definitely one of the best things I have ever eaten.  I will never again eat "pizza"!  I just want an apizza from Pepe's!!!
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 14:20:14 (permalink)
And I win another convert away from the Dark Side over to the Apizza Side.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 14:28:28 (permalink)
MH, I recall that at one time you had said that you went to Louis Lunch for steak sandwiches, not burgers
 
Do they still have steak sandwiches?
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 14:33:00 (permalink)
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MH, I recall that at one time you had said that you went to Louis Lunch for steak sandwiches, not burgers

Do they still have steak sandwiches?

I did get steak sandwiches there when I was a kid. They haven't had them in years. But the steak sandwiches they had were not sandwiches with steak. The meat was thin slices of eye of the round that were tossed onto a small flattop and then served on toast, usually with a slice of onion and a slice of tomato. That was the standard New hHven steak sandwich.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 14:51:02 (permalink)
After the clam pie I wanted more clams so we stopped here.

 
It was unusual for sure.  The menu:

 
The dining room:

 
Notice the nice weeds in the bottles!
 
The kitchen:

 
My roasted clams that were delicious!

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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 15:15:25 (permalink)
Great trip so far! Glad to hear you are now an apizza convert!
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 15:28:04 (permalink)
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Great trip so far! Glad to hear you are now an apizza convert!

Thanks!  When you've had the best there's no turning back!

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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 15:36:00 (permalink)
Saw the Place on one of the Travel Channels Best 100 Places To Chow Down. I think it was number 40. Sure looked like a great deal of fun to eat there. Connecticut was my first experience with New England. Loved the seafood, the grinders and this old diner right near the sub base in Groton where I had my second taste of corned beef hash which convinced me that the cook on the boat was trying to kill me. 
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 16:03:53 (permalink)
Great trip report!  Thanks for sharing
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 16:24:14 (permalink)
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That was my bedroom in the dormer upstairs. I could spy on Mary Lou Pedroni when she walked by.

Or Moon her!
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 16:34:27 (permalink)
That hadn't been invented yet.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 16:49:27 (permalink)
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Tom's wife, Susan, cut a raw onion, separated it into rings, wrapped bacon all around (held by a couple of toothpicks) and put them on the gas grill.  The bacon was crispy and the onion nice and soft.  The other thing was that they used Edwards' bacon. 
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I'm sure you're going to love the smoked corned beef.  I think Tom does his for 14 hours?  Any way, it sure was good!  Let us know how yours turns out!
 

Thanks!....I've done the same thing in a 450 oven after brushing them with Schiriacha.however it is spleed, it tastes ood....and the combo is great!
 
Oh and as to Dad's...........I checked out the menu. I marked them down a point for offering clam strips...but gave them 5 points for having clam fritters. Definitely worth a stop next time i'm headed to Cape Cod.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 20:03:58 (permalink)
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Wow, great looking burger! Michael, thats a pretty pink sweater do you wear it much?

 
Ya like that?  A guy carrying a pink shawl makes fun of my shirt! 
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 20:10:28 (permalink)
It was a pleasure meeting Lisa....oh I guess Michael too.  We sat down like old friends(Michael zinging me right outta the box).
 
What a fun trip.  "The Place" is officially on my radar screen.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 20:18:46 (permalink)
But you're so zingable.
 
When I lived in Connecticut it was Whitey's Roast Clams and it was a little east of the present location -- up the hill on the Post Road near the water tank.
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Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 20:37:37 (permalink)
It's always neat to go back and re-live  your roots. Glad you had a good time and "The Place" would be worth a plane ticket from AZ!
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