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“Wonderful place for lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Morning Glory Cafe

Morning Glory Cafe
11 Halls Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1457
860-434-0480
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Ranked #5 of 26 Restaurants in Old Lyme
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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“Wonderful place for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Once again the weather was absolute perfection and the setting for the café is ideal. I could have easily slumped into one of the Adirondack chairs for a midday nap but it was a leisurely lunch by the river before hitting the road again.

It seems that we stumbled upon a little gem, as well. The story behind the Morning Glory Café began when a family of Laotian refugees escaped the war-torn country in the late 1970's; stowed away on a convoy bound for Vientiane then crossing the international border at night to Thailand on the Mekong River using inner tubes. Almost three years were spent in a Thai refugee camp before they made it to America in 1980. Four local churches sponsored the family of eight, helping them settle into Old Lyme.

The second youngest of the six boys of the family, Sichanh Patana was five when the family arrived in 1980. This café is his pride and joy and with the help of his brother Pon and the occasional help by their mother, they've got a nice little business going.

The menu is a mixed bag of American favourites like chicken wings, a Reuben sandwich and burgers, but there's a good selection of Laotian/SE Asian specialties as well. Spring rolls, satay, even phở. Crunching into the luang prabang egg rolls was an absolute delight. Little golden cigars of pork, carrot and glass noodles - one of mum's recipes. I followed it with a non-Laotian bowl of New England clam chowder; creamy, rich and delicious.

My partner in crime settled on an old favourite - the roast beef sandwich with Swiss cheese, jus dip and fries.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“family favorite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Specials are always interesting and tasty; my favorite "regular menu" item is the Eggs Benedict with the Apple Wood Bacon.......only disappointment for me is the coffee......not strong enough for my personal taste.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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“fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Even if the food was only just good, you could come and enjoy the marsh view, a cute and very clean bistro atmosphere and good service. I fell in love with the special soup and salad lunch: tai peanut salad and awesome Pho! The salad is fresh with a lovely dressing, not too sweet. The Pho is among the best I have had. AND I LOVE PHO!!!. They offer a choice of veg, chicken or seafood. They bring he ciracha, fish and soy sauces to the table so you can customize to your taste. Consistently good. This meal is my go to, but friends have enjoyed wraps, other salads and spring rolls. They specialize in Vietnamese but the whole menu looks good. Open for breakfast and lunch only. Enjoy!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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old lyme, Connecticut
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“It is good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

It is really worth your time and money, some of the ingredients could be better less processing would be nice. A very well run restaurant. reasonable eat here at least once a week in or take out, also has a great porch on the water. Thank you for being there. Service was great saw a lot of long term staffers too. Prices where very reasonable and portions generous, would prefer an upgrade on ingredients for a smaller portion.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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“A treat to eat and a beautiful vista”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The cafe was charming and had a number of vegetarian-friendly choices. Ask about any specials... the pumpkin peach curry soup we had was amazing! Be sure to walk around out back as the views are just spectacular.

Visited March 2014
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