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David's Place

1647 Route 85, Chesterfield, CT - (860) 442-7120
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/11/2002 2:28:00 AM
It's summer! That means it is time to travel Route 85 through Chesterfield, Connecticut and stop in our favorite rock-n-dinosaur store -- Nature's Art -- then plow into plates of summertime drive-in food at David's Place.

The menu at this good-weather drive-in is eat-in-the-rough fare with a Greek twist. The twist can be tasted in the form of spinach pie, a plate of savory, well-spiced spinach-and-feta-and-phyllo served with French fries and cole slaw. The list of non-Greek classics is headed by whole-bellied fried clams (strips are available, too) served on heavy cardboard plates with French fries and (optional) onion rings.

Also on the fried-seafood menu are shrimp, scallops and calamari, as well as fish 'n' chips; and for seafood frowners the fry basket turns out nice golden-crusted pieces of chicken.

Fried food is exemplary, but the sleepers on David's menu are the grinders. They are mighty hero sandwiches, their fillings ranging from demure tuna salad to a spectacular steak bomb, which means the sliced beef is topped with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese. And this being a Greek-run kitchen, we recommend paying close attention to the gyro and chicken gyro grinders. They're immensely satisfying versions of the street-food sandwich, particularly good with a pile of David's fresh-cut French fries. For dessert: homemade rice pudding.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Along with the heap of clams are plenty of David's fresh-cut French fries. In the background is sweet slaw.
"Along with the heap of clams are plenty of David's fresh-cut French fries. In the background is sweet slaw."
Michael Stern





The aroma of these hot-from-the-kettle fried clams was dizzying as we leaned in to take this extreme close-up picture. Can you see how hefty the bellies are?
"The aroma of these hot-from-the-kettle fried clams was dizzying as we leaned in to take this extreme close-up picture. Can you see how hefty the bellies are?"
Michael Stern


The chowder here is thick and creamy: pure New England style.
"The chowder here is thick and creamy: pure New England style."
Michael Stern


You know summer has arrived when this neon sign is lit.
"You know summer has arrived when this neon sign is lit."
Michael Stern


There are no carhops at David's; but a walk-up window is open to the side for eat-in-the-rough style service.
"There are no carhops at David's; but a walk-up window is open to the side for eat-in-the-rough style service."
Michael Stern


David's Place is almost directly across the road from the thirty-foot-tall dinosaur that marks the entrance to Nature's Art, a rock shop full of beautiful geodes, fossils, and dinosaur bones.
"David's Place is almost directly across the road from the thirty-foot-tall dinosaur that marks the entrance to Nature's Art, a rock shop full of beautiful geodes, fossils, and dinosaur bones."
Michael Stern



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