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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Local Review - Herb's Country Deli & Restaurant

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AKA - The place I would like to eat breakfast every day. 

A couple of weekends ago, Cecilia's Grampy and Grammy were visiting and more than willing to babysit while Adam and I went to a baby-free breakfast (well, loud toddler free breakfast. the belly baby came along). We had gone as a family to Uncasville and discovered this street with 3 breakfast restaurants before, and had tried one, but wanted to still try the other two. Up until now, we have not found a decent, reliable breakfast place. Having worked here, I value breakfast a great deal. It is a cheap easy meal if you know what your doing, and really easy to mess up, as is evident by most restaurants in SE CT. But not Herb's. Herb's knows what they are doing and delivers a delicious, drool worthy meal. 

The restaurant itself is small and homey, with a counter and a seating area with about 20 tables. Along with their regular menu (which has most breakfast staples) they have a specials board where you can find new delicious items to try. There is also a small souvenir type shop inside, and a country farm stand type store next door. As soon as I saw their sign (pictured above) I was in love.

My husband and I went in and were pleasantly greeted, seated, and given menus. We both had a coffee while we looked over the many options and decided. He ordered a chili omelet special, and I had a "man plate" - 2 eggs, toast, bacon, potatoes and pancakes. This baby makes me hungry! The waitstaff was helpful and considerate, and we were offered several coffee refills and checked on without feeling hovered over. 

Everything on my plate was cooked perfectly (even my over-hard eggs, which a lot of people mess up!) and the potatoes were actually seasoned and cooked well, something else a lot of people in this area seem to have a problem with. Adam's omelet had jalapeno cheese and chili, and he described it as appropriately hot. We seriously ate everything on our plates - you would think we hadn't eaten for weeks if you saw us. We will be going back, ASAP.

When we finished eating we went next door to the country store, which was somewhat barren, but isn't most of CT right now with this oppressive heat? They had some of the biggest sunflowers I had ever seen, as well as an assortment of local fruits and veggies, dried soup and canned goods, and old fashioned/hard to find candies. I picked up a few plums and a large onion, and both were delicious. Inside, we met Herb the owner, and he was very friendly and talkative. 

Seriously, if you want a good breakfast and are anywhere near Uncasville, check this place out. It is an easy find off the highway - 395 - and I am sure you will have a delicious breakfast served with a smile. You can find out more information on Herb's here. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Local Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine's Day Part 1

I am always disappointed when I read the restaurant reviews on The Day's website, so much so that I approach them with a humorous outlook about how the reviewer has reveled over a microwaved meal at a chain restaurant like it was a rare treat presented by one of the world's top chefs. Since I am unable to find a reliable source of restaurant reviews in the area, my husband and I have had our fair share of bad meals. These few places, however, always please us and keep us coming back. Since having Cece, we have also discovered that some (if not all - we haven't tried) are kid friendly.

Todd English's Tuscany, found in Mohegan Sun, offers a Tuscan menu and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My husband and I recently enjoyed the Chef's Tasting with wine pairings (sans Cece) and everything we received was absolutely perfectly cooked and delicious. We discovered a few delicious new wines and cannot wait to go back. They are offering a special tasting menu as well as their normal menu for Valentine's Day. I  personally would not bring Cece there for the tasting especially with wine pairings, but I wouldn't hesitate to bring her for a normal meal. Our waiter was super attentive and accommodating and we honestly can't wait to go back.Todd English's Tuscany on Urbanspoon

On the Waterfront, located in New London, serves seafood and Italian cuisine, and does a great job of it. We have dined their twice during their lunch hours (we find lunch to be most baby-friendly at most restaurants) and have been absolutely thrilled with the food and service. We recommend trying the calamari appetizer!On The Waterfront on Urbanspoon

Pizza Cucina in Niantic serves thin crust brick oven pizza, as well as a variety of pastas. A favorite during my pregnancy, they continue to please us with their consistently delicious food. The service is very friendly and accommodating, and they are very baby friendly. We suggest the buffalo chicken or bobby c pizza, and love their balsamic dressing. You can even make your own pizza by choosing from a huge variety of toppings, including caramelized onions. They do have limited hours, so make sure to check out their website before you head over. Pizza Cucina on Urbanspoon

More coming tomorrow! Do you have any local favorites to share? Please leave them in the comments!