"The Parkside Cafe in Bristol, CT"
My boyfriend and I were visiting Connecticut and just happened to stumble upon this place. It is not to far from the ESPN headquarters and a MUST TRY. First thing we noticed were the prices.. incredible, you can get 2 eggs and toast for $2.99. They have breakfast lunch and dinner and on our way in to the restaurant locals couldn't stop giving us recommendations of what to get. We ordered the greek omelette and strawberry banana crepe. First let me say that the omelette was insanely light, it had great quality tomatoes, feta cheese, and a bit of sweetness which was from the vidalia onions and garlic, the omelette was cooked to perfection not tough or rubbery......then we got to the home fries. HOLY HOMEFRIES. These are the real deal crispy bits that are as you call "Flavor town".. I mean SO GOOD. The omelette also came with rye bread, that was the real deal. Sometimes restaurants skip on the sides, the butter and bread were outstanding.. that says something. We also ordered the strawberry banana crepe. It was put your fork down and take a minute, good. I mean insanely good. Filled with mascarpone and topped with homemade whipped cream. BEST crepe I've ever had in my life. I'll also add that my boyfriend is 6'3 and we couldn't finish both dishes. As if those two dishes weren't enough to convince you let me tell you a little bit about the owner and atmosphere. The restaurant is charming and has such a good feel, it seems like the heart of the town. The chef came out and greeted regulars and came by our table to ask how everything is. We got to talking and I want to share with you his story. His name is JR Rusgrove and owns the place. His daughter is the front hostess and serves. JR was a white collar guy until a few years ago when he told his wife he wanted to quit his office job and open up a restaurant in his home town. He followed his dreams and was so inspired by Gordon Ramsay he wrote to him expressing his inspiration and decision to change his life and open the Parkside cafe. Gordon responded with a signed photograph and well wishes.. Only a few weeks later, the restaurant caught fire and had to be rebuilt. JR lost his prized gift from Gordon but redid the place in a way that makes you feel at home and says a lot about the owner. The walls are filled with quotes and good energy sayings.. Did I mention the owner has sleeve tattoos and looks more like a biker than a spiritual michelin star chef?! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE visit this place. We stubbled upon it but anyone within an hour radius of Bristol should really know how good it is. THE PARKSIDE CAFE 95 Maple Street Bristol, CT 06010 860.584.1841 THANK YOU