Saturday, August 31, 2019

NYC'S ARTICHOKE BASILLE'S PIZZA COMES TO CONNECTICUT

Artichoke: their signature slice
Artichoke's is known for their big slices. 
Newington, CT location
Artichoke Basille's
Newington, CT
www.artichokepizza.com

Artichoke Basille's pizza has been earning rave reviews and drawing huge crowds since it first opened in New York City's East Village in 2008. They are known for their delicious large slices of pizza. Artichoke's has opened its first location in New England, in Newington, Connecticut and they will soon expand to Hartford.

Their cozy Newington restaurant has just enough room for a bar and a few high top tables. The pizzas are sprawled out in front of their ovens.There are many slices to choose from like their signature artichoke slice with artichokes, spinach and cream sauce. Their meatball slice is really good and is topped with a generous portion of meat. They also make a Staten Island slice with meatballs, ricotta and onions. Artichoke's also offers crab, magherita, pepperoni and Sicilian slices.

Artichoke's slices are so good. Let's hope they continue to expand across New England! , ,

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

IT'S PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SEASON!

The PSL hit Starbucks on August 27, 2019
Summer may be winding down, but have no fear. Pumpkin spice latte season is here! Everyone's favorite fall drink is out at Starbucks today, along with a new pumpkin creme cold brew. If you're bold enough to buy a PSL in August, try one on ice. It's amazing how polarizing the summer PSL can be. Some people get mad when they see you drinking one before September. I say, enjoy the flavor as soon as you can! , ,

Monday, August 26, 2019

MOUTH-WATERING WINGS AT THE ROOSTER COMPANY

Boneless chicken wings
Truffled mac & cheese
The Rooster Company
Newington, Connecticut
www.roostercompany.net

The Rooster Company in Newington, Connecticut is one of Eat Up New England's favorites. I've blogged about it before, but I wanted to highlight a few delicious dishes I recently enjoyed there.

The Rooster Company's chicken wings are TO DIE FOR. There are a bunch of different flavors on the menu. I can't rave enough about their Parmesan boneless wings, along with their sweet & sour boneless wings. They are so flavorful and so tender. I also recommend their truffled mac & cheese as a side to any of their dishes. The flavor is fantastic on the pasta that's perfectly al dente. , , ,

Saturday, August 17, 2019

CRISPY FLATBREADS AT THE RAIL TRAIL FLATBREAD COMPANY

Zucchini & Tzatziki
Chicken Bacon Ranch flatbread
Half Mexican Street Corn half Farmers' Market
Lindemans Framboise
The Rail Trail Flatbread Company
Hudson, Massachusetts
www.railtrailflatbread.com

It was a feast for the senses the moment Eat Up New England stepped inside The Rail Trail Flatbread Company. More than a dozen flatbreads with all sorts of tasty toppings were on display, ready to be cooked inside of their wood-fired oven. Staffers donned in different shades of flannel were buzzing around, serving everything from poutine to juicy burgers.  All this as the smell of the wood-burning stove filled the air. It felt more like we were in Vermont or Maine, not Hudson, Massachusetts. 

The bar boasts 20 taps with a rotating selection of beer, many of them from New England. They were even pouring Sip of Sunshine out of Waitsfield, Vermont. You don't see that at many restaurants outside of Vermont. I was excited to find Lindemans Framboise on their menu. This raspberry-flavored brew is from Belgium and goes down real easy.

Comfort food dominates Rail Trail's menu. Appetizers include mac & cheese, buffalo cauliflower and zucchini & tzatziki. This fried zucchini dish was fantastic, as was the pile of tzatziki that was served with it.

The flatbreads are the star of the show. There are several to choose from or customers can craft their own. Choose a sauce, cheese and toppings. You can also order half of one topping and half of another. I LOVED the chicken, bacon and ranch flatbread. The flavors of the toppings, along with a little caramelized onion and scallion worked so well together. 

Rail Trail also serves burgers and salads, but be sure to treat yourself to one of their flatbreads, even if it's just a slice from your friend's pie. , ,

Saturday, August 10, 2019

SIZZLIN' SUMMER SPOTS: POCO'S IN MANCHESTER, NH

Bow Street Nachos
Poco's has been delighting Portsmouth's visitors since 1982.
Diners can eat outside by the water.
Classic margarita
Fried Haddock Sandwich
Poco's
Portsmouth, NH
pocosbowstreetcantina.com

There's nothing like sipping a cocktail by the water on a hot summer day. Poco's Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth, New Hampshire offers plenty of outdoor seating on their waterfront deck for customers to do just that.

Poco's menu offers a mix of American and Mexican classics along with some New England seafood dishes. Be sure to order one of their massive margaritas. I loved their Classic Margarita, but customers can also build their own selecting their tequila, liqueur, mix and flavor. They also mix many of their own drinks like the fruity "Poco's Punch" and a refreshing "Limonada." Beer fans will enjoy a selection of bottles and rotating brews on tap. They also serve several wines and sangria, including PITCHERS of sangria.

Do yourself a favor and try their famous nachos. Choose from buffalo chicken, veggie and bbq pork nachos or their Bow Street nachos, which come with cheese and pico de gallo. All of the nachos come in half and full-size and are served with salsa and sour cream. The half is plenty for two people. Other apps include quesadillas, fajitas and enchiladas. Poco's also serves cups and bowls of seafood chowder, chili and several salads.

Entrees include pot roast, sweet potato mac & cheese, chicken and waffles and surf & turf. Poco's also serves many seafood dishes like lobster mac & cheese, New England broiled seafood (choose from haddock, shrimp and scallops) and fried seafood dishes. There's also a lobster roll, build your own burger and cauliflower burger. I devoured their fried haddock sandwich, which is served on a toasted bun with a pile of fries. 

Poco's is a fun and tasty place to stop while taking in the sights and sounds of beautiful Portsmouth. Grab a drink and pull up a seat by the water while it's still warm out!  , , ,