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Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner
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CHEESE PLATES‎
11
Brie, Lemon Curd and Water Crackers
13
Italian Cheeses and Assorted Cured Meats
13
Stilton Blue, Goat and Manchego Cheeses with Apricot Jam
11
Reduced Fat Cheese with Apples, Water Crackers and Roasted Red Pepper Spread
13
Dubliner Cheese Turkish Figs, Glazed Walnuts and Bread
15
Fruit and Cheese
Creamed cheese dressed with cranberry walnut glaze. Served with apples, turkish figs, Italian table cheese, and water crackers
APPETIZERS‎
4
Spiced Almonds
4
Assorted Bread Plate
7
Peppers +1.50 Each
Stuffed Cherry Peppers
5
Mixed Olives
14
Assorted Meat Platter
10
Hummus Platter
12
Shrimp Cocktail
8
Beet Salad
Beets, maple dijon dressing, goat cheese and glazed walnuts
6
B Bites
Cheese crisps served with cucumber wasabi and chipotle sauce
9
Fresh Mozzarella and Basil
Fresh mozzarella with fresh basil, tomato and balsamic dressing drizzled over.
SAVORY FONDUES‎
Served with dipping bread
12
Spinach and Spicy Cheddar
12
Cheddar Merlot
12
Italian Cheese
12
Tiger Cheese
Fondue
SOUP‎
6
Soup
Vegetarian black bean sausage with pearl pasta and spinach
10
Soup Combo
Combo any half panini or half salad with a bowl of soup
SALADS‎
6
Field Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Half 6
Full 9
Turkey +3.00
Ham +3.00
Field Greens, Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Gorgonzola served with Maple Dijon Dressing
Half 6
Full 9
Solid White Tuna, White Beans, Feta, Kalamata Olives and Assorted Olives served with Lemon Dressing
14
Field Greens, Salami, Prosciutto, Provolone, Olives, Cherry Peppers and Tomatoes
Served with balsamic vinaigrette
10
BLT
Field greens, red onion, tomato, gorgonzola cheese, bacon and spiced chipped almonds served with a white balsamic vinaigrette
12
Smoked Salmon Salad
Field greens served with goat cheese, red onion, tomatoes, capers, and salmon. Topped with our lemon dressing
PASTA‎
8
Capers
Sundried tomatoes and capers sauteed in garlic and olive oil.
8
Creamy Italian
Four Italian cheeses blended together in an alfredo style sauce.
8
Fra Diavolo
Tomato sauce blended with crushed red pepper, garlic, and a little olive oil seasoned to perfection. Like it spicy or mild? Let your server know so we can make it your way.
8
Chunky Tomato Sauce
Chunky tomatoes sauteed with garlic and olive oil
12
Roasted Portabella Mushrooms and Spinach Ravioli
Oven roasted portabella mushrooms and spinach blended with mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and pecorino romano cheeses. Served with a delicious creamy gorgonzola sauce or spice it up and ask for it fra diavlo style
12
Potato Gnocchi
Potato gnocchi made with grade a eggs and a hint of nutmeg served in a mild horseradish monterey jack cheese sauce
12
Ballou’s Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Find comfort with this awesome cheddar cheese, bacon, and penne pasta with a light crunchy topping.
10
Pasta Sensation
Experience‎ the flavors of delicate pearl pasta, capers, and cranberries with sun dried tomatoes in a fra diavlo style sauce.
Make it your own and add the following:
4.00
Chicken
PANINI‎
Pressed flat Italian bread.
Served with dressed field greens and mixed olives
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Brie and Apricot
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Nutella and Bananas
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato with
Balsamic dressing
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Three Cheese
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Pulled Pork and Cheddar Cheese
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Turkey, Pepperoni, Mozzarella, and
Sundried tomatoes
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Turkey, Gruyere Cheese, Roasted Red
Pepper spread, and mayonnaise
Half 6.00
Full 9.00
Ham, Honey and Cheddar Cheese
SANDWICHES‎
Sandwiches served on multi-grain thin bread.
Served with dressed field greens and mixed olives.
8
Prosciutto, Salami, Provolone, Dressed Field
Greens‎ and tomato
8
Ham, Turkey, Pepperoni, Cheddar, Dressed Field
Greens and tomato
8
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Spread, Cheddar cheese, Lettuce and Tomato
8
Turkey, Olive Tapenade and Provolone
8
Smoked Salmon, Red Onion, Tomato, and Goat
Cheese spread on multi-grain
8
Grilled Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Roasted Red
Pepper spread, mayo, field greens and tomato
8
Low Fat Ham and Cheddar, Field Greens, Tomato, Red Onion and Mustard
8
Open Face Pulled Pork with Cheddar Cheese
About
Ballou's is a Mediterranean style restaurant with a casual and friendly atmosphere. We have an award winning WINE MENU of 80 wines by the glass. We now serve Spirits with an impressive menu of “SIPPERS” including Scotch, Bourbon, Tequila and Rum. We have created a menu of Cocktails as well. Our food dishes are made to order. We roast our own Pulled Pork, make our own Sauces, Soups and much more. We have unique Salads and Pasta dishes. Our Lobster Mac and Cheese is decadent. Ballou’s also has “Fondue” and Cheese Boards. Top “Ten Wine Bar” Open Table Tri - State Area “Best Wine Bar in CT” CT Magazine “Top 5 Wine Bars” CBS “Voted “Best Lobsta Bisque” S
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Wine Bar, Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean
FEATURES
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The menu offers something for everyone and their flights are wonderful. I was with a wine group and everyone was very happy with their food and wine selections. The flights are supposed to be 3 glasses at 3 oz each but the pours were very...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Beth317
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Small restaurant in center of Guilford’s town Green area. Always a fun place to go to have great food and choose from hundred or so wines. The staff go above and beyond to make sure you want to come back. This is where the locals...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Nancy R
Reviewed March 19, 2019

Hard to beat sitting on the patio with a bottle of wine and some friends when the weather cooperates. Wine list has a few interesting options, food is pretty good and the service is friendly. My go-to place for a leisurely lunch or afternoon drink...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Bob K
Reviewed March 19, 2019

We've had dinner and drinks here several times. The food is delicious and the wine flights are fantastic.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kathy G
Reviewed March 12, 2019

We have always been served fast and had great service no matter what time we just walk in to this lively establishment. It is located in the center of town with plenty of free parking near by. in the warmer weather they have outside seating....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Robert C
Reviewed February 13, 2019

A great location in center of town. A great selection of wines. The lobster mac and cheese is excellent. Have been there a number of times

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank retiredtraveler22017
Reviewed December 16, 2018

Not sure what accounts for the change in food quality but the fig/balsamic pizza used to our favorite. The last two visits it was soggy and tasteless. Recently, I ordered a beet salad as a meal. The beats were bland and watered down. When asked...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 549marisa
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Great experience here. The food was great, the atmosphere had a great vibe, staff was super super nice, just a great experience.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank ruusta
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Love this place. Lovely staff and brilliant service. It was flight night on a Wednesday. I had Merlot flight of three glasses of wine for 10 dollars !!amazing. Loved it and they gave us chocolates too !! Keep it up. Brilliant. Xxxx

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Maggotting
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

I love everything about this restaurant. From the fantastic wine list (including flights), to the tasty appetizers and entree’s, and the decadent fondue desserts, Ballou’s did not disappoint. The service was outstanding too. I had the fig appetizer and the butternut squash ravioli, both were...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank HuffmanLisa
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