Within the cozy, plush confines of a 19th-century brownstone mansion, Alfred's Victorian crafts specialty Northern Italian dishes alongside hand-cut pastas. Appetizers rouse tongue-napping taste buds with dishes such as mussels Livorno, baked in a savory tomato garlic sauce ($8), and the three-cheese-topped french onion soup ($6). Pasta patrons can give a toothy salute to the Al Ragu bolognese, which smothers hand-cut tagliatelle in a thick tuscan meat sauce and an even thicker accent ($15), while anti-carnivorous cravings can be sated by bites of portobello Ariana, a savory amalgamation of fresh spinach, melted provolone, and toasted almonds ($17). Pescatarians can launch a table-mounted trident into Alfred's many seafood delights, including cioppino with clams, scallops, shrimp, and mussels ($27).
Most people can remember eating hot dogs as a kid, but the toppings they recall depend on where they grew up. Natives of the Carolinas might prefer dogs topped with chili and slaw, while New Englanders savor baked beans, onions, and miniature lighthouses atop their franks. At Dogtown Hot Dogs in Middletown, owner Patti Lindstrom aims to give diners a taste of home?wherever that might be?through a menu of regional and international-style hot dogs.
Memphis, Miami, and southern California are just a few of the areas represented on Lindstrom's menu. Flavors from abroad come into play in items such as the British-style Bloke sausage or the German bratwurst with sauerkraut and Heidelberg mustard. The Dogtown Hot Dogs team also prepares black-bean burgers and veggie dogs to order and serves up slushies, shakes, and sundaes.
Don't be fooled by the name: the cooks at Tom Foolery's Restaurant & Bar aren't kidding around with their food. They slather a bulk of their entrees in housemade sauces and condiments, from a jalapeño-topped burger's housemade chipotle mayo to the housemade crab imperial sauce that crowns soft pretzel sticks. Other bar favorites, such as taco salads and Reubens with house-roasted turkey, complement Tom Foolery's cornucopia of draft beers and sports broadcasted on flat-screen TVs throughout the dining room. Besides that night's game, Tom Foolery's hosts live entertainment every week, including trivia, DJs, comedy shows, and water pong.
Situated between two waterways, Middletown has long been a place for weary travelers to rest their feet––but more importantly, a place to eat and drink. 1861 Restaurant, whose name is inspired by the year the town was founded, strives to embody that same spirit, but without waking the banshees. The welcoming New American cuisine aims to echo the satisfying tavern-stop grub of yesteryear, from the handcrafted pizzas loaded with farm-fresh veggies to hearty main courses and decked-out sandwiches. Likewise, diners can sate their thirst with a huge range of pours from behind the bar, including specialty cocktails, craft beers, and wine.
Cuisine Type: Bagel sandwiches
Most popular offering: 26 flavors of bagels
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Call order in advance to avoid waiting
Within the colorfully decorated walls and adobe tile floors that comprise Los Machados Mexican Restaurant, smells of hearty bistecs and sizzling fajitas fill the air. The appetizing aromas drift from the kitchen, where chefs whip up authentic eats such as carne asada, mole poblano, and an array of fajitas, tacos, and burritos. Margaritas, daiquiris, and tequila sunrises lubricate guests' dining experience, and fried ice cream and flan bring meals to a decadent conclusion.