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Bites Nearby: Cafe Routier

Seasonal, Regional, House Specialties Or Small Plates, Choices Abound At This Casual Bistro

 

The work week is over and the weekend is here! The last place you want to be tonight is the kitchen. Let’s eat out!

Restaurant name: Café Routier

Address: 1353 Boston Post Road, Westbrook

Phone number: 860-399-8700; www.caferoutier.com

Cuisine: French with touches from other cultures

Price range: $6 to $32

Take out:  Most dishes on the menu are available for take-out, but make time to enjoy the total dining experience at the restaurant.                   

Kid-friendly:  Young children won’t find chicken tenders, pizza or even a kids’ menu. When our kids were younger, they loved the housemade fries and the chance to eat duck. 

Why you should go right now: There are lots of ways to eat at Routier. The regional and seasonal menus change four times a year, while the “specialties” menu lists signature dishes and customer favorites. Right now, the Alsatian menu offers choices such as escargot cassoulette, choucroute garni au canard and a slow-simmered lamb shank.  Although comfort and service are hallmarks of the dining room, the Mood Lounge offers an even more casual experience. Go with a group to be able to sample lots of the bar menu’s tapas and small plates, including mini Kobe burgers, melted Fontina fonduta and olive oil-cured tuna.

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