Before heading back to the city to get to work, my friend and I headed over to The Pantry to grab a quick breakfast. As soon as you walk in, you notice the walls of the diner are decorated with year after year of “Best of New Haven” awards. Oh boy, I’m in for a treat!
When I first arrived in New Haven, I had told my friend that I want to eat things that I couldn’t get in New York. I wanted a grand hearty breakfast that you see on Triple D, and not those fancy New York brunch items like “eggs benedict” (you have to say it in that snobby french way for it to work). So let’s just all take a wild guess of what I adventurously ordered…That’s right, Egg’s Benedict. The dish itself was mediocre, nothing different from the egg’s benedict back in NY. Home fries that tasted like they were cooked/roasted for a couple minutes too long. A well poached egg, paired with an immensely buttery hollandaise. There just wasn’t that wow factor. Looking around I knew I made a bad decision, seeing that everyone else ordered a beautiful French Toast dish with fresh strawberries. Next time New Haven.
On a lighter note, the diner did serve a marvelous Gingerbread Pancake with Raisins. Usually, it comes in a stack of 3 or 4, but we opted to just try a single pancake. This thing was ginormous! More like a “man-cake” than a pancake (please, just laugh out of sympathy). All jokes aside, this pancake was truly fluffy and flavorful. Better than anything you can get at IHOP or Denny’s, but not better than the blueberry at Clinton Street Baking Company (review soon to come).
So, do the prestigious awards at Pantry fit the restaurant? If you remember that you’re in New Haven, then I think so.
The Pantry Scores:
Restaurant Environment: 6.5/10