…and so the adventure continues. We literally drove down the street and landed in HADDAM, CT.
STOP #1 – STEADY HABIT BREWING COMPANY – 95 BRIDGE ROAD (IN BACK OF TONY’s PACKAGE STORE)
Our first stop in Haddam was one that Brian was pretty excited about. Steady Habit Brewing Company resides in a unassuming warehouse in the back of a building that holds the local grocery and package store. You almost wouldn’t know where to enter if it wasn’t for the big Steady Habit sign (which I guess does let you know exactly where to enter…anyway). Steady Habit has been in this location for 6 months and it was great to get to talk to the head salesman as the brewmaster stood by the kegs and filled up patron’s growlers. On tap was SESSION RYE, SHORTY SAISON, GEEK NIP IPA and A HOP AND A DREAM DOUBLE IPA. As an IPA family, Brian and his Dad were excited to try the IPA’s and while they were very good, they opted to walk away with a growler of SHORTY SAISON (which wouldn’t last the car ride home!). Great new brewery and excited to check out what else they come out with. This is a definite highlight of Haddam!
STOP #2 – PILOT HOUSE – 1364 SAYBROOK ROAD
This is the kind of place we love to find. PILOT HOUSE has been serving up hot dogs, burgers and their home made relish for over 70 years! The ladies (Kelley and Brian’s Mom) passed on eating since we had already done so much during the day (and with more to come). Brian and his Dad looked at Pilot House as an appetizer if you will. And there’s no better appetizer than a CHILI CHEESE DOG and A BACON DOG. Pilot House uses Hummel Bros. hot dogs (made out of New Haven) and are delicious! The buttery bun made these a perfect summer pre-meal…well…meal. Two folks behind the counter were super friendly and made for great conversation over the smell of dogs on the grill.
Wait, now its time to eat dinner!?! We did a little driving around before dinner (and to let the dogs settle) and this is where we came across the BLUE SIGN! Out of the all the blue signs, this one was not near anything town-related. It was on a green so that formula sticks and there was a very old cemetery across the street. Triple P noticed it first which makes him tied with Brian and Kelley atop the Blue Sign leader board. (KELLEY 2, BRIAN 2, TRIPLE P 2, MOM 1)
FINAL STOP – THE BLUE OAR – 16 SNYDER ROAD
The final stop of the night is a popular destination for the Pelle’s, THE BLUE OAR. It’s a great seafood joint where you sit outside right on the Connecticut River, bring your own wine or beer and enjoy the summer days winding down…unless its absolutely pouring out and you have to run from your table to the car to take cover. Thankfully the rain was more of a Florida-rain where it poured for about 20 mins and then the sky cleared as if nothing ever happened. We finally took our table back, cracked open a bottle of wine and the Steady Habit growler we bought earlier. Needless to say, the growler didn’t last long. Highlights (as seen below) are the SCALLOPS AND BACON HASH, BBQ SHRIMP and somehow we found room for CHOCOLATE DECADENCE CAKE. It should be noted that Brian’s closet friend from college, Doug (remember him from Cromwell?), his wife and baby Jake met us out. So we blame the cake eating on Jake. Ok, he had no cake but we wanted to at least order in case he wanted some. (It was decadent by the way, which makes sense given the name. Decadent). We had picked the perfect time to hit up this outdoor eatery because there was a pretty good line forming to grab a table. Perfect end to a great day of Haddam (East and Regular) adventuring!
#eatdrinkbepelle is off to Westbrook, CT next and although this may not be a full report, we’ll post none-the-less!
Until then, Happy Connecticut-ing!