Vernon, CT, tasted on July 18, 2004 — The road
trip from Boston to New York City heads down interstate 84 south
through Connecticut. Growing up in Boston I really had little
conception of the rest of the states in New England (or even most of
Massachusetts outside of the Boston vicinity). I was actually pretty
worldly - traveled to Israel, France, Holland, etc. while growing
up. But my local knowledge was scant. Maine was rocky and oceany.
Rhode Island was small. And Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut
all seemed kind of green to me. I guess I thought that New Hampshire
was a republican version of Vermont. And Connecticut just was
non-descript. And while I've gotten a little more aware of the
geography and special aspects of the various parts of New England,
Connecticut is still, well, non-descript. Think of it as the hallway
between Boston and New York City. An annoyingly long hallway.
I have my father to thank that the boring trip down 84
south is not without opportunity. He first introduced me to
York Style Deli-Restaurant". Rein's is a super crowded, relatively
large, high volume deli right off the highway in Vernon, Connecticut.
I'm not sure that there are huge volume's to write about it. But let me
try and sum it up simply. Connecticut doesn't come up frequently on my
travel itinerary. Additionally, I'm not a big fan of car trips, so if I
need to get from Boston to NYC, I'll take a plane. That said, in the sea
of fast food crap (and no I don't think all fast food is crap) that
gathers like lint around the edges of the interstate highway system,
Rein's is an oasis. An oasis of
pastrami and corned beef. An island of
smoked fish and tongue. And maybe most importantly, a reliable spot to get
a delicious and (this is super important)
crunchy pickle. And when
you're stuck for a couple of hours driving through Connecticut, it's
hard to ask for more than that.