Mar 16, 2012
01:23 PMCafé Connecticut
On a recent visit to Woodbury, we found just what we were hoping we would. That is, that after almost 19 years, the Good News Cafe is just as good--and full of happy diners--as it ever was. The menu is as chock-full of delicious, original dishes, the staff as friendly and welcoming, the arty vibe exactly as we remembered. And maestro Carole Peck was cruising around chatting with every table.
The place was packed (we were glad we’d thought to make a reservation) on a Sunday afternoon, and we found ourselves wondering again why there aren’t more restaurants like it—the menu is such an interesting conglomeration of unique, healthy dishes, we wanted to try them all.
There are lots of dishes for people with vegetarian leanings—we’re partial to the stuffed poblano pepper with two cheeses, corn, scallions and spiced pumpkin seeds in a wonderful red chili sauce and the black bean burrito with all the fixings.
And we find the list of “salads” especially enticing: Smashed Potatoes, with asparagus, Gorgonzola and greens, for example, or baby spinach with warm ginger tofu pineapple grapes and shiitake mushrooms.
We had the divine Jack’s pecan-crusted fresh oysters with cherry tomatillo salsa and a couple of appetizers, but the café’s entrée list is great, too, with dishes like tuna au poivre, roast chicken and braised beef short ribs. Many of the entrees are gluten-free, and there are veggie and vegan dishes on the roster as well.
Carole Peck was a pioneer of the local-sourcing movement, of course, and the menu reflects that.
We are SO lucky to have her.
Good News Cafe, Sherman Village Plaza, Main Street South, Woodbury, 203/266-4663.Good News!