Saturday, July 30, 2016

PERFECT HOT DOGS AT DOOGIE'S IN CONNECTICUT

Bacon-cheeze and Coney Island dogs
Some of the finest hot dogs in all of New England are found inside an unassuming little shanty in Newington, Connecticut. Doogie's has lines out into their lobby at lunchtime. All you have to do is try it once and you'll understand why. Doogie's has been featured in food magazines, raved about on TV. The very afternoon we visited, Fox 61 in Connecticut profiled Doogie's on their afternoon news.

Doogie's has just about every topping imaginable for their hot dogs. They come in three different lengths: 10, 16 and a whopping 24 inches. They even have a challenge: eat two two-footers, fries and a drink in 20 minutes and they'll but your picture on the wall and give you a gift certificate.

Doogie's Dog include caramelized onions, kraut, chili, bacon-cheeze, chili-cheeze and a classic Coney Island dog with chili, onion mustard. I LOVED their 10-inch Coney Island dog and their 10-inch bacon-cheese dog. So much flavor. They are amazing. 

Doogie's also has specialty dogs. There's the Tijuana with jalepenos and melted pepper jack cheese. There's the Dixie with BBQ pulled pork and homemade cole slaw. There's also the College special hot dog. It only comes 16 inches and it's topped with chili, cheeze, bacon, kraut, onions, jalapenos, melted cheese on a toasted garlic roll with surprises. I wonder what those surprises are?

They also serve cheese steaks, burgers and sandwiches. They have regular "fryz" and "curly fryz" which can be topped with cheeze, bacon-cheeze and chili-cheeze. Did I mention they also have a large seafood menu? My grandmother got the clam bellies. I snagged a few and they were pretty good. they also have lobster rolls in the afternoon. Shrimp, crab cakes and clam strips. There's also clam chowder and lobster bisque.

Doogie's is just phenomenal. It's a must-try for any hot dog lover.

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STEW LEONARD'S EMBRACES THE POKEMON GO CRAZE

While some public places are shunning the new Pokemon Go game, Stew Leonards' Norwalk, Connecticut location is showing it nothing but love. Check out those bagels, dyed in the colors of a Pokeball and Pikachu! They also have a huge sign that reads, "WE ARE A POKESTOP!" with a huge pokeball on it. Stew Leonard's just gets it. Smart marketing and a great way for customers to have some fun. ,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

TASTE OF HARTFORD AT FIRST & LAST TAVERN

Taste of Hartford is in full swing! Now through July 31st, diners can get multi-course meals for one low price at restaurants across the city. Like I do every summer, I headed to First & Last Tavern for their restaurant week menu. They are offering three courses for $20.16.

Course one: Tossed salad or Caesar salad. I love their tossed salad. It comes with a pile of chickpeas and some provolone cheese and salami under the lettuce.

Course two: Cheese pizza with one topping, margherita pizza, chicken carciofo, salmon or stuffed eggplant. I ordered the pizza with hamburger, so I'd have enough for lunch the next day.

Course three: Cannoli or strawberry short cake. No brainer here. I got the strawberry shortcake, the perfect summer treat. The huge scoop of vanilla ice cream was welcome on a 95-degree day.

www.connecticutrestaurantweek.com/restaurant-weeks-ct/taste-of-hartford
Twitter: @CTRestaurantWk

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, $1 OYSTERS AT BACK BAY SOCIAL CLUB

Back Bay Social Club's weekend brunch is where it's at! They serve everyone's favorite boozy beverages - Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's. Start of your meal with their famous $1 oysters. We sucked down a tray of 10 of them this afternoon. They are soooo good.

Check out the chicken and waffles. This crispy white meat was drizzling with just enough of their house BBQ maple syrup. Amazing. Other brunch options at BBSC include a lobster roll, build your own omelet, Belgian blueberry waffle, lobster benedict along with several salads, burgers and pizzas. 

Brunch is served from 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Sunday. You can also get those $1 oysters during the week, Mondays thru Fridays from 4pm to 6pm. 

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Twitter: @BackBaySocial
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EATALY BOSTON TO OPEN THIS FALL

The long-awaited Eataly Boston is coming along. I snapped this photo outside of their storefront in the Prudential Center today. All three glorious floors of Eataly Boston are now set to open this fall. They are aiming for September. This $20 million dollar market will feature some 15,000 products, a 300 seat rooftop grill, six restaurant, a brewery and cafe. 

 I'll be one of the first people in line. It will be so nice to enjoy one of their amazing hot chocolates this winter without have to travel to New York City.

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COOL OFF WITH A QUART OF FRESH LEMONADE FROM WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

The West Newton Farmer's Market is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Every Saturday during the summer, local farmers, bakeries and shops set up along Elm Street to sell fresh and local foods to the community. When Life Gives You Lemons is always a must stop for me. For $5, you get a big ole quart of lemonade that's squeezed right in front of you. Add blueberries, strawberries, mint, honey or as much sugar as you'd like. With temperatures approaching 100 degrees today, I bought a quart with blueberries and mint to sip on all day. When Life Gives You Lemons is at the WNFM every week and you can also find that at other area at other Farmer's Markets in Framingham, Wayland and Worcester.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

CELEBRATING #NATIONALICECREAMDAY IN WESTERN MASS

Did you have some ice cream yesterday? It was #NationalIceCreamDay. Eat Up New England enjoyed a cone of mint chocolate chip at Mo's Fudge Factory in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. They have many flavors of locally made hard ice cream, along with flavored cones. Mo's also has a large selection of penny candy and many different flavors of fudge. ,

Sunday, July 10, 2016

WELCOME TO THE ALL NEW EATUPNEWENGLAND.COM!

Hello Eat Up New England fans,

EatUpNewEngland.com was launched in January 2013. Since then, I've showed you some of the best restaurants, foods and drinks all across the six great states of New England. It's been a long time, so it's time for an upgrade. Welcome to the all new EatUpNewEngland.com!

I've tried to make Eat Up New England easier to navigate by including the six New England states at the top of the site. Click on any of them for ALL of the stories I've written for that state. All the way over to the right on that same navigation bar is a drop down menu, that I will customize. Right now, it's set up with quick links to stories I've written about the foods of summer.

On the right, you'll see all of my "Tasty Topics," another quick way to get to all of the different restaurants, foods and themes on this blog. There are several ongoing themes:

Delicious Dish - Profiles of amazing foods/drinks that Eat Up New England highly recommends.
On The Road - Eat Up New England's main focus is food in the six New England states, but I also like to shares some amazing spots I've found outside of New England. I've blogged on restaurants in San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Chicago. There are also plenty of recommendations in New York City. It has its own Tasty Topics label: NYC. 
Fall Favorites - A seasonal theme that includes restaurants with fall foods and/or cocktails. If you like pumpkin-flavored foods, cinnamon donuts and apple cider cocktails, then this is the Tasty Topic for you!
Season's Eatings - Another seasonal theme, these are places/dishes that are all about the Christmas season. There are lots of gingerbread martinis in this theme.
Sizzlin' Summer Spots - These are restaurants that are the perfect places to go during the summer. They tend to be by the ocean and serve summer favorites like lobster and clams.

Also, EatUpNewEngland.com has a wonderful new logo. It was designed by my very talented brother, Mike. Thank you for your hard work.

Get hungry looking around at the all new EatUpNewEngland.com. Follow me @itsthejoeshow on Twitter and @eatupnewengland on Instagram. If you let me know you're a fan of Eat Up New England, I'll follow you back! You can also catch me in the #foodiechats Twitter chat every Monday night, along with the #FoodTravelChat every Wednesday night.

Happy eating!

Joe
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Saturday, July 09, 2016

LOBSTER TOUR: LOBSTER MAC 'N CHEESE AT ROX DINER

Sometimes the best advertising is free. This afternoon, Rox Diner in Newtonville, Massachusetts posted a photo of their lobster mac 'n cheese on Instagram. It made me crave it. So, as you can see, that's where I wound up for dinner. This very hearty bowl was just $12.95. Their Newtonville location is also offering a lobster roll, lobster reuben and a lobster cobb salad this summer. I may have to try them all!

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MARGARITAS IS GIVING FREE MEALS TO POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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In the wake of the deadly police ambush in Dallas, Margaritas is giving free meals to all police officers AND their immediate families. Any member of town, county, state or federal law enforcement will get their whole meal FOR FREEE now thru July 13th at any of their New England locations. The only rule: you have to eat there and this does not include alcohol, taxes or tip. Spread the word!

Monday, July 04, 2016

MOUTH-WATERING SUBS AT DIBELLA'S SUBS IN NEWINGTON, CT

Every sandwich shop has something about it that makes it stand out in the crowd. At DiBella's, it's their homemade bread, their hearty sandwiches and their old school sandwich shop ambience. DiBella's started out as a small corner grocery story in Rochester, New York nearly a century ago. Right now, they have 44 sub shops in six states. Eat Up New England checked out one of their newer shops in Newington, Connecticut.

I loved the decor, from their neon signs to their vintage lighting. They also have a huge dining room with plenty of room for families. DiBella's has a huge counter for ordering. You can watch them make your sub right in front of you. All subs come in small, medium and large. The DiBella's Cheesesteak above is a small and it was more than enough for lunch. I enjoyed it with provolone cheese, peppers and onions. Check out that bread! That's their everything bread. It's just like an everything bagel. DiBella's also has sesame, multigrain and plain breads. They make them all in house.

Some of their classic subs include the "Godfather," with genoa salami, capicola and ham. There's the "Uncle Louie" with roast beef, turkey and ham. You can even get a cheese sub with assorted cheeses.  Specialty subs include "The Cowboy," with bacon, BBQ sauce, chicken and cheddar cheese. There's also the "Buffalo Chicken," with grilled chicken smothered in Buffalo sauce, ranch or blue cheese and topped with melted cheese. Add a pickle, pasta or potato salad to any of their sandwiches. They also make chocolate chip cookies in house!

As of today, DiBella's is only in Connecticut. They have other locations in Milford, Hamden and Wallingford.

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