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The Thrifty New England Traveler is a blog of VisitingNewEngland.com, a regional web site that focuses on the joys of travel in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


3 Best Things We Ate in Southern New England

If you are looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner that goes beyond just the mediocre basics, here are three mouthwatering, budget-friendly dishes from southern New England restaurants that beg a visit, or maybe 100…

BREAKFAST
Custard French Toast, Modern Diner, Pawtucket, R.I.

Modern Diner in Pawtucket, R.I., earns best diner dish in America by the Food Network for its custard French toast.

This Custard French Toast from the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, R.I., was recently hailed as the best diner dish in America, according to the Food Network. It is made with Texas toast dipped in an egg mixture and enhanced with sweet spices — then fried and topped with blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, candied pecans and raspberry syrup. Wow, this is so delicious, albeit a cardiovascular nightmare! More on the Modern Diner

 

LUNCH
Chili, Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Conn.
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The full-bodied chili at this quaint, cozy restaurant is probably the most flavorful we’ve tasted in all of New England. This version is slow-cooked for many hours, thus allowing the fresh ingredients to become deliciously synergistic! More on the Vanilla Bean Cafe

 

DINNER
Baked lamb, Brothers Deli and Restaurant, Wakefield, Mass.
Greek baked lamb from Brothers in Wakefield MA
Great Greek baked lamb is hard to find these days, but the cafeteria-style Brothers Deli and Restaurant in downtown Wakefield carries on the tasty tradition. The heaping portion of tender baked lamb, and a succulent herb tomato sauceĀ  with perfectly cooked rice pilaf, corn and a side salad with a huge block of feta cheese brings back the good old days of old school baked lamb done right. More on Brothers

 

OK, while we’re at it, what would a meal be without dessert?

Black Raspberry ice cream from Kimball Farm, Carlisle MA

Believe it or not, this cup of black raspberry ice cream from Kimball Farm in Carlisle, Mass. (several locations, though) is the small-sized! Not only is this homemade ice cream some of the best in New England, but you clearly get your money’s worth. Some ice cream places offer an inferior fraction of this amount for a higher price. It just goes to show high quality can be tagged with affordable prices when it comes to ice cream! More on Kimball Farm


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