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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
1.5
$10
Fast food is fast food—but this is some good stuff

Popeye’s is one of the most redeeming of American fast-food chains, both for its reliably decent fried chicken and for its classic logo. The theme is officially Louisiana (po’ boys, crawfish, and jambalaya may be found on the menu), but the place is really all about the chicken and the sides. The fried chicken is correct. It’s crispy, properly seasoned and salted, and just plain good. Dark meat is better than light, and also marginally cheaper. Spicy chicken strips are… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
7.0
$20
The gold standard for pizza is going chain—get it while it’s still good

Frank Pepe, one of the two most famous pizzerias in New Haven and among the best known in all New England, is chaining it up. Branches in Fairfield and Manchester are already open, and branches in (wince) Yonkers, and (double wince) Mohegan Sun casino are on the way. Although we wish them the best, it’s hard not to feel a bit slighted by this news, like finding out from your brilliant humanities-scholar son that he’s decided to pursue a career… [More]