& if you’re travelling with a vegetarian, no place like Claire’s in New Haven… Wish I could get you to come a bit north & offer up O’Rourkes Diner in Middletown – my favorite in CT .. Happy travels!
While it’s closer to I95, if you are in CT, Pepe’s or Sally’s in New Haven is must!
Way better than the Clam Castle is the Fish Tale, on Rt. 1 on the Westbrook-Clinton line about a mile from the Horse Hill Rd. exit (#64) of I-95. Also nearby on Rt. 1 is Edd’s, a deli-restaurant with a gazebo dining area featuring great potato salad, entree’s and desserts, and on a more formal note, Boom, a marina restaurant where you can watch boats sail in and out of the sound during lunch or dinner.
If you are in the mood for a fine evening dinner, try the Cafe Routier (a great name for road food, but actually an upscale restaurant) on Rt. 1 in Westbrook a half-mile east of the Rt. 153 exit (#65) to name just one of the area’s many fine eateries.
In Milford CT is Paul’s on Route 1, a historic Post Road Hot Dog and Burger stand. Just a wee bit off from both the Merrit and Die-95.
(This one is not featured on Road Food)
Danny’s Drive-in on the Milford-Stratford line, also on the post road is a cool spot, also historic, features some super tastee chili dogs.
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The Clam Castle in Madison CT. (See Road Food Revue.) They are going to try to stay open all year this year.
Jalepeno Heaven in Branford is a good Mexican place. Also on the Post Road.
I was thinking of I-84 when I gave directions to Nardelli’s and Uncle Willie’s being off of 95 — they’re not close to 95 at all — my deepest apologies.[:I]
Off I-95 in Stamford in the Colony Grill, a great place for thin-crust pizzas. For many years it was the top pick in a local newspaper for the top pizza in Fairfield County. Very different from New Haven-style, but well worth a stop. 172 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
I’d also recommend Swanky Franks, Rawleys, and Super Duper Weenie if lunchtime happens to fall while your are in the southern end of the state.
Shane, I have eaten my way across this beautiful (though somewhat boring) state of CT. Where exactly are you headed, and what are you in the mood for?
Shanecat. Try the search function to track down any of the threads that have addressed this topic in the last several months. You’ll find mention of hot dog joints and diners aplenty. Also check the pull-down listings for CT. I-95 probably gives you access to more good eats than the Merritt.
Any suggestions for good lunch stops off I-95 or the Merritt parkway in Connecticut? Thanks.
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