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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
Why do they call them convenience stores when they’re so small? This is much more convenient

With a wide selection of wines and liquors in two locations convenient to the main Hamden and Orange commercial zones, BevMax is handy if you need wine that’s better than grocery-store level at a steal. Because they order in such large quantities, they get a discount and can pass the savings on to the consumer. And there is a good range of regions and varietals represented. Within each, there’s plenty of the tried-and-true big names, plus a few surprises.

In a… [More]

From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
New Haven
Will Pepe’s chaining give Sally’s the opportunity to surge ahead in the Wooster wars?

Sally’s and Frank Pepe have been flip-flopping for New Haven’s pizza crown for years—and lately, Bar’s been in the mix, too. On Wooster Street, the choice may be as much about family tradition as it is about taste. This year, there’s a three-way tie for the taste crown.

Sally’s definitely has the worst service of the three, although if it were service you were after, you probably wouldn’t be going to any of these places. The queue of frozen, hungry pizza… [More]