Monday, April 2, 2018

Must Eat Monday: Esca, Middletown

We eat out. We like to try new places. We like to explore Connecticut. So why not share every Monday a new find?! Welcome to Must Eat Monday! Every Monday, I'll share a local restaurant (somewhere in Connecticut) that we have recently visited and give you my feedback and thoughts.

This week, let's explore Esca in Middletown!

Esca has a fantastic happy hour, but it's only in their bar. And their bar is not big AT ALL. So if you want to reap the rewards of it, get there early!

Their happy hour runs 4:30 to 6:30 Monday thru Friday but on Thursdays it goes til 10. I've been on both a Thursday and a Tuesday. Totally opposite crowds. Thursday is jam packed with people who've been there since 5 and haven't budged from their seats. We recently went on a Tuesday at 4:30 and when we left around 6:30 there were still open seats scattered.

 Their happy hour menu is great. They have $7 martinis, with my personal favorites being their blood orange martini and cool cucumbertini. They also have $5 wines, $3 beers, and $5 cocktails. What's better than that?!

My two favorite apps that they have are the petite antipasto and their gorgonzola chips. The petite antipasto is great to share with a friend or two while you enjoy a glass of wine.

The gorgonzola chips are heavy but soooo good. They have tomatoes, bacon, fontina, and scallions. The chips are safe for those with a gluten allergy (my friend could have them) and

In the past, we've had their arancini balls, meatballs, calamari, and mango lime shrimp. The arancini balls are delicious, so much that we've always ordered more than one! The meatballs are some secret family recipe so they taste legit homemade. The calamari has a nice kick to it but it is important to note that the mango lime shrimp should come with bread so you can slop up the sauce. Don't deny it- you know you'd do it too!

Their dessert menu doesn't offer up anything eye catching or worthy so if you're a dessert person, I'd explore down Main Street in Middletown for another location.

Have you ever been to Esca? What's your favorite there?!

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