The weekend will be quiet. People are spending time away or with families and friends. But summer kicks off in earnest on Monday with the Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Green. Beyond that, there’s a lot of art and the great outdoors.
Restaurant of the Week: Are you on the road? Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank is open for the season, plus there’s Johnny Ad’s in Old Saybrook, whose hot dogs are legendary. Add to the list, The Place in Guilford, a longtime shoreline staple. A casual drive along Route 1 will reveal many more options! And, did we mention your own backyard grill?
The name of the game this week is Enrichment. There are so many opportunities to learn new things without leaving the borders of Branford: the arts, nature, healthy lifestyles, plus an opportunity to meet talented local authors, take part in local tradition – and in the next week – dine on fine local seafood for a good cause.
A couple of tough choices for nature lovers this weekend – explore the Stony Creek Quarry or Killam’s Point. The weather is supposed to be perfect so flip a coin and head outdoors. Later on, rub elbows with Branford authors, catch some fine music, and drop by Walsh Intermediate School to support American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Saturday is bursting with many great activities! Nature, art, and literary events, and music, music, music. Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Nellie Green’s or any of the other fine restaurants in the area. Feed your body and feed your soul!
Restaurant of the Week: Nellie Green’s, 50 Maple St. Sunday is Mother’s Day, so why not take mom to brunch at Nellie Green’s? The bistro-style restaurant, opened in April 2007, features an outdoor patio and bar with views of the river waterfront. The Mother’s Day buffet offers eggs, bacon and sausage, carmelized banana French toast, pasta, salads, a carving station with beef, pork loin, and turkey breast, and dessert station, all served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 203-483-8400 and visit nelliegreens.com for menus.
There’s never a dull week in Branford with an array of activities to nurture the body and soul. Stimulating lectures at the library, an opportunity to learn more about the town, music events, a jamboree, golf, and a walk on the wild side. Lobster, anyone?
Restaurant of the Week: USS Chowder Pot III
The Chowder Pot, as it’s more casually known, has been a Branford staple at 560 East Main St., for more than 30 years. Lobsters from their tanks weigh in at 1 to 15 pounds! In case, you have a hankering for the crustaceans, Monday is Lobster Night – have ‘em steamed or stuffed. Of course, there’s the full range of fried seafood, a raw bar, pasta-seafood delights, and, for landlubbers, some mighty impressive cuts of prime rib. Dine in one of their two large dining rooms or, now that things are warming up, outside on the patio. For more information, call 203-481-2356 or online at chowderpot.com.
Pets and pizza: It doesn’t get any better. Who doesn’t love their pets? Who doesn’t love pizza? This is the weekend to indulge in both. History, art, music and golf are also on the menu for the next week or so; and you can even solve a murder! Most importantly, don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s primary. Check out our Facebook page for details.
Restaurant of the Week: Genaro’s Pizza & Restaurant The new kid on the block, in terms of pizza and great Italian dishes, is Genaro’s Pizza, located at 26 Shore Drive in Short Beach. “You are what you eat (and drink),” they say and that includes a generous menu featuring classic Italian specialties, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta, seafood, and of course, pizza. Take out or dine in or take away trays of gourmet goodies for your next gathering. Check them out at http://genarospizzeria.com/ and on Facebook.
A bit of English aristocracy, poetry, natural history, and the great outdoors are all among the Cool Events for you to explore this week. All of these activities are bound to work up an appetite, so stop by the Parthenon, our restaurant of the week, to refuel!
Restaurant of the Week: Parthenon Diner You can never go wrong stopping by the diner. The Parthenon Diner, an award-winning family-owned business, has served up breakfast, Greek, and American classics since 1985. Open 24/7, they’ll be there for you regardless of the time of day or what you’re craving. For more information, visit http://parthenondiner.com.
Spring is stalled, but the arts are thriving. Exhibits are blooming like daffodils and music is in the air. Looking for some laughs? Look no further that than Comedy Night for Joker, a fundraiser for Branford’s own K-9, who needs a bullet-proof vest.
Restaurant of the Week: Kampai Japanese Restaurant
The Branford Jazz Concert Series & the Stony Creek Brewery teamed up last week for a swinging evening of jazz, their first ever effort to raise funds for a high school student music scholarship.
The two hour event got underway Wednesday evening at the Brewery with more than 125 on tap to hear “Dr. Joe & Friends” perform. “We are very happy with our first scholarship concert,” Charlotte Mattei, spokesperson for the Jazz Series committee, said afterward.
His old ensemble mates figured the best way to pay tribute to Wheeler was to play, and keep improvising on, the music they shared, under the name of “Reunion Jazz Ensemble.” Hence the annual concert, which as usual drew quite a crowd.
At one point the ensemble fired up a new, jazz take on Chopin’s “Nocturne.” Click on the video to see and hear the ensemble dive into the arrangement by bassist Jeff Fuller, with Steve Perrett taking the lead on trumpet and giving the piece anew swing incarnation. Another fitting tribute.
Joining Perrett and Fuller in the ensemble were alto saxophonist Bob Kolb, tenor saxophonist Kris Jensen, baritone sax master Tim Moran, pianist Paul Sullivan, guitarist Tony Lombardozzi on guitar, and Bob D’Angelo on drums.
They promised to return for a bigger bash next year for a 10th anniversary concert, keeping their living tribute going.