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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
6.9
7.0
$30
A time-frozen 1970s chain steakhouse with bargain-priced meals and correct creamed spinach

Luckily, the damage caused by a fire in early 2009 wasn’t enough to put Chuck’s Steak House out of commission; after a brief closure, they were up and running again. And this is a good thing, because Chuck’s holds a special place in New England history. It’s now a big chain, but the West Haven branch was the first of all.

It’s hard to resist the heroic $15.95 “Economic Stimulus Menu” that includes an all-you-can-eat salad bar, a steak (or… [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]