Sunday, October 18, 2009

DISH n' Dat - Canton, CT

After a lazy morning at home, we decided to venture out on this RAW and rainy day to a new local spot, “DISH n' Dat”. The casual sister restaurant to the well-received “Dish”, located in Hartford, CT. Judging by the lunchtime crowd, DISH n' Dat is poised for success. Sadly, I did not have the chance to take photos during our lunch, will try to get them next time!

Previously, the spot had been a place for formal dining and the new owners have removed all traces of the former restaurant. The décor is very modern retro, using a palette of blue.

The best way to describe the menu is “kicked up diner”. Breakfast is served all day, along with several comfort food favorites. Mr. Cheeseburger started off with the clam chowder; a large bowl of golden creamy soup loaded with three types of clams. For lunch he ordered the pastrami reuben (the world’s most perfect sandwich) and I had the matzoh ball soup and chicken salad sandwich. The pastrami was a delicious and messy delight, loaded with tender meat, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on grilled rye. French fries contained the right balance of potato and salt. Cheeseburger Jr. opted for the macaroni and cheese. The matzoh ball soup was very straightforward; a rich chicken broth with chunks of chicken, root vegetables and matzoh ball. The chicken salad sandwich arrived on whole grain bread, nice sized chunks of chicken in a light dressing. We watched as dishes were coming out of the kitchen: club sandwiches piled high, eggs Benedict with fresh spinach, fluffy pancakes. Portions were well-sized, not over the top.

In order to have a well rounded lunch experience, we decided to go for it and order dessert. Jr’s kid’s meal came with an ice cream sandwich, and it was just that, wrapped in the telltale white paper. Because I was in a “diner” I thought pie would the most appropriate choice. And so it arrived, a generous slice of coconut custard pie. The custard was light and full of coconut flavor. Garnishing the pie was a MOUND of whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. A great way to end the meal!

Service was very attentive and friendly. We waited approximately 30 minutes to be seated, but once we were settled, our food arrived quickly. As we live in a family oriented community, they have definitely filled a much needed void. (We live in the black hole of breakfast joints and will someone PLEASE HEAR MY CRY AND OPEN A DELI??? ) They do have a kid’s menu, and I love the fact that it contains breakfast items, served all day.

If you’ve got a craving for honest comfort food in a jovial atmosphere, check out DISH n' Dat. I am already looking forward to checking it out for dinner…hello fried chicken and waffles!


Anonymous said...

I had lunch there, this afternoon. The chicken-fried shake was well worth the eighteen bucks. But, six bucks for a milk shake that's only half the size of a Friendly's Fribble??! Undeniably, too pricey. One or two bucks would have been more appropriate.