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246 Old Post Road — Southport, CT

**** out of *****

$$$ out of $$$$

Right around the corner from Southport Center, across from the Delamar Hotel, is The Gray Goose. Under the same ownership as Westport’s Spotted Horse and Fairfield’s The Chelsea, this environment has a similar comfortable ambiance. The interior resembles an old New England living room with oriental rugs and a stone fireplace. They have a decent selection of wines by the glass, but unfortunately no beers on tap. In a holiday mindset, I ordered the “Cinnamon Toast” cocktail – Captain Morgan, Tanduay Rum over hot apple cider with a cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass. This was the perfect drink for the winter season. Stop by The Gray Goose for lunch; it will not be quite as busy as the usual dinner traffic jam.

Recommended Appetizers:

Tommy’s House Made Turkey Meatballs: with pomodoro sauce and a scoop of fresh ricotta. These two massive meatballs are soft and rich. The ricotta enhances the heavy flavor and makes you feel as if you are not eating turkey. The best turkey meatball I have ever had.

Cape Cod Calamari: with three dipping sauces: garlic aioli, marinara and spicy plum. This ownership loves giving you options. These three sauces provide savory, sweet and spicy variables that allow you to experiment.

Recommended Entrees:

Sirloin Steak Sandwich: Hand-cut prime sirloin, sautéed onions, melted crumbled bleu cheese, jalapeño bacon and onion jam on a baguette roll. This sandwich has a multitude of nice flavors. The bleu cheese acts as a thickening agent while the jalapeno bacon and onion jam sweetens the taste.

Rigatoni “Gray Goose” style: House-made pink vodka sauce with sweet peas, spicy sausage, tomatoes, basil and pecorino romano. This well-rounded pasta dish is a must try. The peas are the perfect component to mellow out the heavy sauce. The sausage is surprisingly mild and the pecorino adds a sharp flavor.

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