My family and I went here for the first time this past Saturday night (10/20/12) after having driven by it constantly since it first opened. I've lived in Stafford Springs for the last three years and all I can say is its about time this place got a restaurant worth going to! I'm so tired of driving to Manchester, Vernon, Enfield or even Springfield to go out to dinner! The only options out here are Chinese food, 50 pizza joints or a gross Italian restaurant that shall remain nameless that is located NEAR Basil's that I tried twice thinking the first time was a fluke......but it wasn't. Basil's came highly recommended from three completely different people that didn't even know each other, so we figured we'd try it out. We went around 6 pm on Saturday night, and it was definitely busy, but we were seated extremely fast. The owner was up front and seemed very personable.
Our waitress, whose name I regrettably do not remember (but she was a younger girl, such a sweetie!) was great and very attentive, making sure our drinks were always full since the cups are very small.
And now the food...ahhhh the food.... I regret that I did not have a chance to try any of the wings or the fried mozzarella which are my favorite appetizers to order when we go out, but the bread that came out was made fresh and FABULOUS! My husband had the seafood bisque and my son tried the French onion soup. Hubby said bisque was amazing, my son said French onion was good, but after about half, he kind of went off of it, but for the record I will state that he had never had (or heard of) French onion soup before so he has nothing to base an opinion on. My son and I both ordered the New York Strip which was cooked to perfection, very juicy and seasoned well. The fries I had were good, and my son enjoyed his mashed potatoes. My husband had a burger that was huge and on a freshly made roll, which looked amazing. According to him it was delicious!
Needless to say, we will definitely be back and look forward to making Basil's a regular dining out spot for us! It will be a very nice change to FINALLY have a decent place to eat within about five minutes from our home. My only regret is that we didn't have the idea to try Basil's much MUCH sooner than we did!!!!!
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