After getting back from Madison on Friday, my first stop was Second Poquonock Giant Grinder up in Windsor Locks. I’d enjoyed my week of food adventures, but I’d dearly missed my Italian grinders. (One menu I saw for a sandwich shop in Madison described their chicken parm as having “three chicken tenders, sauce, and mozzarella.” Yeah, no, try again!)
I’d previously had a decent roast beef grinder from them – at least, it seemed decent until I went to Carbone’s and learned what roast beef could really be. I was hoping to be more impressed by one of their hot grinders.
It was okay.
A whole grinder was about $15, and as you can see, the price is reflected in the quantity – it’s not as stuffed as something you’d get from Franklin or Carbone’s.
The meatballs were better than Franklin’s, but the rest of the sandwich was honestly pretty average. It wasn’t toasted, but they didn’t ask me if I wanted that, so I don’t know if it was even an option. The bread was your standard white grinder-base.
For good measure, I tried their pizza again too, opting for a plain cheese slice. I said yes when they asked if I wanted it ovened up a bit; they should have left it in there longer.
I did notice that they had fried chicken, and that is something I’ve yet to try from this state.
Overall, I’d say Second Poquonock is adequate if you were in my situation and you just had to have a quick grinder after getting off a plane at Bradley, but if you’re not quite so deliriously ravenous, there are certainly better options.