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buffetbuster

Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/4/12 2:06 PM (permalink)
CTD-
They gave out so many interesting facts about the ovens and answered so many questions, it was impossible to remember them all.  That for adding a few more. 
 
As for the pizza itself, I didn't try a slice of it, but your favorite was the one with heirloom tomatoes, right?  I would be very curious to know what everyone's favorite was. 
 
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    ChiTownDiner

    Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/4/12 2:21 PM (permalink)
    The heirloom tomato pie was an audible as Frank's grandson had received a basket of heirloom tomatoes that day.  It was one of my three favorite individual foods of the entire trip!
     
    Oven temp - 650 degrees!
     
    #32
      buffetbuster

      Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/4/12 2:24 PM (permalink)
      That's great stuff!  Thanks for the info!
       
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        ann peeples

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        Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/4/12 7:45 PM (permalink)
        Fantastic!
         
         
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          mr chips

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          Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Fri, 10/5/12 12:16 AM (permalink)
          Damn that pizza looks good.
           
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            Michael Hoffman

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            Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Fri, 10/5/12 11:01 AM (permalink)
            The Spot was our go-to place for years. No tables or chairs matched anything, and there'd be matchbooks and pieces of wood under table and chair legs to keep them from wobbling.
             
            #36
              buffetbuster

              Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Fri, 10/5/12 11:19 AM (permalink)
              Michael-
              Sounds like my kind of place!  How did the pizza at The Spot (before it was sold) compare to Pepe's?
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Fri, 10/5/12 11:37 AM (permalink)
                Frankly, I liked it better. But then, my pie was always a plain with tomatoes, oregano, olive oil and grated Romano. Of course, that's what I always got at Pepe's and Sally's, too.
                 
                The big problem at The Spot was trying to keep the soda bottles from tipping over when leaning on the wrong place on the table.
                 
                #38
                  buffetbuster

                  Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Fri, 10/5/12 1:26 PM (permalink)
                  After the amazing meal at Pepe's, I remember thinking, I feel sorry for whomever has to follow after that!  That unlucky place was Blackie's,

                  famous for hot dogs covered with their own hot relish.  We had little appetite left at this point, so ChiTownDiner, cousin Johnny and I decided to order two hot dogs and split them in thirds.  For variety, I ordered one regular and one well done dog.  Sorry about the poor photos, but the one bun would not cooperate.  As you can see,

                  the hot dogs come out of the kitchen naked and it is up to you to cover them with the mustard and relish.  In my post-pizza glow, I forgot to add mustard, so here are my thirds

                  with the spicy relish only.
                   
                  Two years ago, when I visited Blackie's and Super Duper Weenie in one weekend, I remeber really liking Blackie's, but being disappointed in SDW.  This time, it was reversed.  Part of the problem was that they obviously messed up the order, because neither of the dogs was the well done dog I had asked for.  And I know the dog would have tasted better with the mustard on it.  But, the biggest problem was that after eating all that great pizza, no hot dog on earth was going to cut it.  That's not Blackie's fault, it was just bad luck on thier part.  I bet the next time I am in Connecticut, I have a much better experience here.
                   
                  The people were very friendly and took care of us quickly.  The manager asked me if he should open up the garage doors (it was closed on a brisk Autumn day) and said it would be better for pictures.  I said sure!  Some more photos from Blackie's:





                   
                  Finally, to finish the day, it was a stop at Big Dipper Ice Cream.  


                  How about this deal?  Every single order was only charged a dollar!  I personally had a scoop of banana fudge and a scoop of black raspberry, topped with hot fudge

                  and it cost me a dollar.  How nice is that?
                   
                  While we were all sitting down, slurping away at our cones and cups, the mother/son owners

                  told us about the history of the business and how they make thier ice cream.  One of the best things about being on a big tour like this was that everyone was sharing.  I know I got to try several other's ice cream, including their best known flavor, toasted almond.  Everyone I spoke to loved their ice cream.  This was a perfect way to end the tour.
                   
                  A few more photos from Big Dipper:



                   
                  It was back to the hotel, where different groups made plans to go out for further meals on their own.           
                  <message edited by buffetbuster on Fri, 10/5/12 1:35 PM>
                   
                  #39
                    ChiTownDiner

                    Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Fri, 10/5/12 3:16 PM (permalink)
                    I loved the toasted almond with hot fudge and was surprised when we were told it was their number one seller even out selling vanilla!  I enjoyed the hot fudge sauce also!
                     
                    #40
                      buffetbuster

                      Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Mon, 10/8/12 1:49 PM (permalink)
                      All set for Day 2!  We all congregated in the lobby once again and Michael Stern once again brought multiple boxes of fresh donuts. 

                      I was planning on skipping the donuts one more, but once I saw they were from Dottie's Diner, there was no resisting.  Cousin Johnny and I split a cinnamon, which was so good, it got me wishing the donuts at home were like this.  Everyone enjoy having donuts with their coffee and chatting with other Roadfooders






                      until it was time to board the bus.
                       
                      The first destination on this day was Doogie's,

                      which was kind enough to open early for us.  Here is Michael Stern chatting with Doogie's owner, Rock Aronheim.

                      Doogie's has a large menu of hotdogs, burgers and sides,

                      but it is hard to come here and not order the famous two foot hot dog.  Which, of course, gave plenty of opportunities for fun photos. 






                      Our two footer was the Boston Dog, with bbq baked beans and bacon. 

                      This isn't just a novelty, this was a really good hot dog.  The four of us split it and I could have easily eaten much more of it.  On the side, we got fine onion rings


                      and some especially good, thick cut, sweet potato fries.
                       
                      A few more photos from Doogie's:





                       
                      It was back to the bus for our next stop.....
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                      #41
                        ChiTownDiner

                        Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Mon, 10/8/12 2:18 PM (permalink)
                        The onion rings were a standout!  Really good!  The hot dog was good too...at least what i got of it!  This baby disappeared fast, really fast!
                         
                        #42
                          ChiTownDiner

                          Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 8:35 AM (permalink)
                          With 50 folks on tour...I thought we'd see alot more photos and comments.  Anybody got good stuff?
                           
                          #43
                            buffetbuster

                            Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 8:42 AM (permalink)
                            I was a little surprised that Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale


                            was going to be our seafood stop for the day, since I had eaten at the one in Westbrook before and it was a sit down restaurant, which can take a long time.  But, we were going to the one in Madison and it was a order at the counter and you tote it to your table kind of place.  In other words, perfect for the tour!
                             
                            They have a huge menu

                            of seafood offerings, but we wanted to concentrate on items that we can't get back home.  We started with a hot lobster roll

                            and added a combination platter

                            of fried clams, scallops and shrimp, plus onion rings and cole slaw.  The lobster in the lobster roll was a little rubbery and honestly didn't taste very fresh.  That's okay, because all the fried seafood was terrific!  I especially liked the fried clams (whole bellies, of course) and was extremely pleased

                            to find one whopper of a clam! 
                             
                            A few more photos from Lenny & Joe's:





                             
                            We had one more stop to make to complete the tour.....
                            <message edited by buffetbuster on Thu, 10/11/12 8:44 AM>
                             
                            #44
                              buffetbuster

                              Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 8:49 AM (permalink)
                              I need to apologize for how awful my photos are.  I am in the middle of breaking in a new camera, because I broke a camera the weekend before.  In trying to find something satisfactory, I ended up buying and returning two cameras on the days before the tour.  In other words, there was no time to learn how to use it and practice ahead of time.  And it shows!  No excuses though, the photos should have been much better.
                               
                              #45
                                ChiTownDiner

                                Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 11:56 AM (permalink)
                                buffetbuster - NO apologies needed...you're the mainstay of this and so many threads!  You're working it...and we appreciate it! 
                                I witnessed first hand the time you put into these photos...and I appreciate it very much!
                                Lenny & Joe's did 2 things for me...it re-enforced my opinion that a cold lobster roll is better than a hot lobster roll...on this trip, it was 3-0, a shutout for the cold served team!
                                Also, the fried seafood, as you pointed out, was really good...i loved the scallops and whole belly clams! 
                                Also, this was a fun stop as there was plenty of room to mill around, talk, sample or for some, steal a sample!!!
                                 
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                                  wanderingjew

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                                  Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 12:22 PM (permalink)
                                  ChiTownDiner


                                  buffetbuster - NO apologies needed...you're the mainstay of this and so many threads!  You're working it...and we appreciate it! 
                                  I witnessed first hand the time you put into these photos...and I appreciate it very much!
                                  Lenny & Joe's did 2 things for me...it re-enforced my opinion that a cold lobster roll is better than a hot lobster roll...on this trip, it was 3-0, a shutout for the cold served team!
                                  Also, the fried seafood, as you pointed out, was really good...i loved the scallops and whole belly clams! 
                                  Also, this was a fun stop as there was plenty of room to mill around, talk, sample or for some, steal a sample!!!

                                   
                                  Hey, my ears were itching
                                   
                                  #47
                                    buffetbuster

                                    Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 1:02 PM (permalink)
                                    ChiTownDiner

                                    ...it re-enforced my opinion that a cold lobster roll is better than a hot lobster roll...
                                    I have limited experience with Connecticut's hot lobster roll, but I would agree with you.  Michael Hoffman, for one, would disagree with us. 

                                     
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                                      Michael Hoffman

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                                      Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 1:14 PM (permalink)
                                      A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
                                      BLASHPHEMY!

                                      And just plain wrong.
                                       
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                                        Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 1:32 PM (permalink)
                                        Michael Hoffman


                                        A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
                                        BLASHPHEMY!
                                         
                                        And just plain wrong.

                                         
                                        When said hot lobster is rubbery?  Yes, a cold lobster salad roll IS better!!
                                         
                                        #50
                                          ChiTownDiner

                                          Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 1:34 PM (permalink)
                                          As this was my only experience with both the hot and cold lobster roll, each of our hot lobster rolls were rubbery but cold ones were tender and sweet.  Michael - did we miss something or a specail place?
                                          <message edited by ChiTownDiner on Thu, 10/11/12 1:38 PM>
                                           
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                                            Michael Hoffman

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                                            Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                            Boy, I don't know. I've never had one that was rubbery, whether at a shack, a restaurant, or the ones I make at home. And that goes back to Perry's in Milford where the Connecticut lobster roll was born.
                                             
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                                              Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 2:04 PM (permalink)
                                              My Lenny & Joe's hot lobster roll was superb, but I think it might depend on the mix of meat that ends up in your particular roll. Mine had lots of tender claw and knuckle meat but there were also pieces of tail, and those often can be, and were, fairly chewy.
                                               
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                                                billyboy

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                                                Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 2:08 PM (permalink)
                                                Can a customer request which meat goes into a hot lobster roll (claw vs. tail) or is is pretty much luck of the draw?
                                                 
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                                                  Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

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                                                  Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 2:10 PM (permalink)
                                                  Good question. I don't know, but it can't hurt to try.
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 3:14 PM (permalink)
                                                    Michael Hoffman


                                                    A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
                                                    BLASHPHEMY!
                                                     
                                                    And just plain wrong.

                                                     
                                                    Like they say at Frankie's in Waterbury, "lobster and butter, just the way God intended".
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 3:24 PM (permalink)
                                                      billyboy

                                                      Can a customer request which meat goes into a hot lobster roll (claw vs. tail) or is is pretty much luck of the draw?

                                                       
                                                      BillyBoy, The best I have had are from a live whole lobster, dispatched when you order.  If the lobster is overcooked, forgetaboutit, it becomes tough.
                                                       
                                                      I didn't mind a 15 minute wait for this bad boy.
                                                       

                                                       
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                                                        Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 3:28 PM (permalink)
                                                        Lookin' good Mr. Rogo!  From where is that roll?  I grew up eating cold lobster salad rolls (still have yet to try a hot one!) at my aunt's place in Maine, just a short drive from Red's Eats in Wiscasset.  And she would bring them back to Central NY when visiting family and she would do a lobster bake for us with cold lobster salad roll for breakfast the next day!!
                                                         
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                                                          Michael Hoffman

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                                                          Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 3:31 PM (permalink)
                                                          joerogo


                                                          Michael Hoffman


                                                          A bun filled with lobster salad is better than a fine Connecticut lobster roll?
                                                          BLASHPHEMY!
                                                           
                                                          And just plain wrong.


                                                          Like they say at Frankie's in Waterbury, "lobster and butter, just the way God intended".

                                                          I've never been to Frankie's, but folks in Waterbury are known for their intelligence. I know that for a fact because I had lots of listeners when I worked at WBRY and WWCO.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour 2012 Thu, 10/11/12 5:59 PM (permalink)
                                                            This may come as a surprise, and a shocker, but believe it or not, I agree with Bruce, my lobster roll was  fine however the last one I had to compare it to was a  sampling of a horrendous lobster roll I had in Manchester NH with Travelin Man and the Chris half of Ayersian earlier this year,  That being said I'll take Lobster out of the shell over a lobster roll any day of the week. I do recall having a rubbery lobster roll at Five Island Lobster in Maine a few years back, so I know not all hot lobster rolls are good however their whole lobsters were some of the best I've ever had.
                                                             
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