CT Food Trip: UPDATED with Photos

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ablampac
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CT Food Trip: UPDATED with Photos - Fri, 12/31/10 12:28 PM
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UPDATE: I never noticed that links were blocked on the forum because of spam. To see my posts go to twitter.com and add /ablampac to the end of the link.
NEXT UPDATE: Added photos into my post below.
 
Greetings, I've been a lurker on the site for a long time and just did a 3-4 day trip through CT with a friend hitting a few places a day based on recommendations from here from places I've been salivating over for years.
 
Highlights:
Frank Pepes
Archie Moore's
Ted's
Kitchen Little
 
I took a few photos in sequence and checked in via my twitter feed at My iPhone broke on the last night so no more photos after that :(

 
Had an amazing time and wanted to thank the whole community. My friend and I are already taking about our next trip. Thanks again!
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Re:CT Food Trip - Sun, 01/2/11 11:33 AM
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Looking forward to when you can post photos, ablampac!

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 12:02 AM
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Ok, since I can't post a simple link to twitter. Bare in mind I used Instagram and PicPlz for most of these photos with filters, so the colors and textures might have a "dated" feel. UPDATE: It seems picplz and twitpic photos embedded in the editor but not when I hit "post". Will try to figure out a workaround.
 
First stop at Rawley's in Fairfield. Hot Chihauhua Dog on top and the "Works" Dog on the bottom.

 
Here's the Rawley's menu

 
Next we drove to New Haven. Got to Frank Pepe's an hour before their "late" opening.

 
I cannot describe how good the White Clam pie was. I can't believe I had never heard of CT pizza till a few years ago!

 
That night after dropping off our stuff at the hotel, we went to Archie Moore's for beers and grub while watching Monday Night Football.


Buffalo Wings were really good

 
Pulled Pork Nachos... f*cking great! So much real melted cheese and delicious tasty pulled pork. The sauce was very sweet.

 
Got up early the next day for Louis Lunch to try one of those original hamburgers. Were the first ones in line about 15 minutes to 11.

 
Yes, I will have it YOUR way

 
The hamburger

 
...was a little disappointed with the burger. Kind of bland and uninteresting

 
Before heading to Meriden, stopped at the Foxon Park plant and picked up a few cases

 
Next stop Meriden, CT home of Ted's

 
Ted's menu

 
That cheese is insane!

 
Much tastier than it's Louis Lunch counterpart

 
Was planning on eating at Ted's late in the day, but we went early and headed to Mystic early... we were still hungry that night so we went off of our plan and went into town for dinner. I would have loved to get some fresh fried belly clams, but apparently late December is not the season for the usual fare. We went to S&P Oyster Company. Started with the fried oysters.

 
Then went with the Lobster alfredo on the recommendation of our very hot waitress.

 
Next morning, got up and made our way to Kitchen Little. We walked in and there were two free spots at the counter.

 
Had the #2 S’medley. Eggs atop homefries, sausage, mushrooms & onions smothered w/ cheese, served with toast.

 
After a quick stop and loss at Foxwoods, we started the trek to Conventry. Hello Bidwell Tavern.

 
The wings menu at the Bidwell

 
We ordered the Hot Teriyaki Sesame and Mustard Horseradish Wings

 
Then we went for the Bidwell Skins

 
We were so stuffed the next day that I couldn't drag myself to Mo's Midtown in Hartford. All in all a great trip. Thanks to the community again for all the great ideas.
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Michael Hoffman
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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 1:07 AM
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What a terrific report. Thanks. By the way, welcome to Roadfood.

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 1:36 AM
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Michael, it's definitely nice to finally have something to contribute back. It's nice to be here.

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 6:25 AM
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Love your eating choices! Lucky you..

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 6:34 AM
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ablampac, First class trip report.  I will be driving through CT later today, and now I'm hungry for a clam pie!  
 
Sorry about the trouble posting links.  The security is meant for spammers, but sadly, it makes life tough for new members also.
 
Oh, and welcome!

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 9:16 AM
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Lovely first report--looks like you did CT up right!

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 11:20 AM
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ablampac


Michael, it's definitely nice to finally have something to contribute back. It's nice to be here.


I look forward to future reports from you.

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 11:32 AM
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Ablampac,
 
Welcome to Roadfood and thanks for the report.  My first RF report was from a trip to CT and many of the same places that you went to (Ted's, Pepe's, etc.).  You will really enjoy this site and the people who make it the great the place it is.

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 11:35 AM
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Michael Hoffman


ablampac


Michael, it's definitely nice to finally have something to contribute back. It's nice to be here.


I look forward to future reports from you.

Michael, is sucking up so you send him a piece of the Clam Pizza on the next trip. Great trip report....

Michael Hoffman
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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 11:39 AM
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BillyB


Michael Hoffman


ablampac


Michael, it's definitely nice to finally have something to contribute back. It's nice to be here.


I look forward to future reports from you.

Michael, is sucking up so you send him a piece of the Clam Pizza on the next trip. Great trip report....

Nah. I don't even like Pepe's clam pies. But he can send me a plain.


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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 11:44 AM
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Bravo!
 
Thank you!
 
I'll take one of each!

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 2:40 PM
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Andrew, A pic of the "hot waitress" at S&P would have been a nice dessert...

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 2:44 PM
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Excellent review of my home state favorites!! Bidwell and Archie Moore's are about the only two places I've found in CT that actually have decent wings.

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 3:02 PM
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This was a great report...nice photos,great looking food...welcome to the group!!!!

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Re:CT Food Trip - Mon, 01/3/11 4:37 PM
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Excellent.
Thank you very much.

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Re:CT Food Trip - Tue, 01/4/11 11:10 AM
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Glad everyone enjoyed the report. Now I feel like I have to outdo myself on the next trip.
 
@MikeinRI I was trying to keep things PG rated, both in the restaurant and here on the forum :)