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“Nothing like their dogs!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Windmill Restaurant

Windmill Restaurant
Ranked #58 of 142 Restaurants in Stratford
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Fairfax, Virginia
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nothing like their dogs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

having heard about the windmill for years I was excited to try their dogs. I am not a local so this was an adventure. The restaurant has been redone but the greatest is that Rudy is behind the grill and is a great institution. The new owners could treat him a bit better and not belittle him in front of customers. The dog was amazing!! According the my companion their prices have jumped but it was worth it to say I have been there. The chili--wish it was bottled. Wanted to bring some home. Tried a duches dog later and it did not compare.

Well worth the hype and the visit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Thru the Mill”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

The Windmill prides itself on having a reputation for the best hotdogs on earth. After having just downed a couple of them, I find them incredibly average. One needs only to drive a couple of miles to Tomlinson’s to get a dog worth bragging about.

The hamburger that my wife ordered was awful. It was obviously a frozen patty of the size of what you’d get at McD’s. She asked for medium rare and got well-done and tasteless.

The hand cut French fries arrived at the table a good fifteen minutes before anything else. They were greasy, limp and clearly undercooked. The order was supposed to include 2 orders of fries but we didn’t push it in light of the results.

We expected a much better experience since this place is now owned and run by Vazzy’s, a local restaurant conglomerate with a decent reputation. Hmmm…. There’s that “R” word again. Obviously, it’s a “what-have-you-done-lately” world that we live in.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Shelton
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72 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“An old landmark with hype”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

I decided to head over to see what the hullabaloo was about the Windmill Restaurant. It didn't take me long to realize that there wasn't much of a difference since the last time I was there about 5 years ago. Some updating but nothing to write home about. What was the real topper was I ordered two hot dogs with the works and while the grill man started to fill the order he coughed on the grill.

Needless to say I didn't stay.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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conn
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141 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“It's been years since last visit. Very busy, cold fries and dogs.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Haven't been here in years so I decided to give the newly renovated Windmill a visit. Great pub atmosphere, very busy, but food not up to par. Nachos and potato pancakes were just ok, hotdogs and fries could have been served hotter. Overall this place with it's new look has potential.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ddavep
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Stratford, Connecticut
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99 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A real neighbourhood bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

They've classed up the menu and cleaned the place up. Some changes are for the better. Still not super vegetarian friendly but there is salad, pizza and potato pancakes.

Visited February 2013
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Thank J B
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