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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
A hot, progressive community organizer that represents Kona, Kenya, and Indonesia

The independent coffee shop is about as iconic of blue America as the gun shop is of red America. Indeed, many of Europe’s own political revolutions saw their geneses in cafés. Even in an achromatic Obamamerica, Blue State Coffee flaunts its political colors, serving up good coffee on deeply brewed progressive “grounds.”

The coffee, like the shop’s mission, is both audacious and hopeful. A strong roast gives it a zesty, earthy punch that is passionate, but not combative. All of the… [More]

From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
New Haven
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]