Fairfield County residents and those in the surrounding area would be well advised to keep the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway on their radar. “Why?” you might ask with a quizzical expression of doubt shrouding your countenance. It is inside this hotel, located mere moments away from the Merritt Parkway, where appetites can be fed and thirsts quenched at Parallel Post.
Your first inclination may not be to dock on the doorstep of a restaurant housed inside a hotel, so go with your second thought instead. Parallel Post offers modern-American cuisine in a setting that is inviting, comfortable and sophisticated without feeling haughty. The restaurant’s interior is warm and spacious, yet intimate and cozy at the same time.
We are all aware of the ubiquitous breakfast, lunch and dinnertime (or, for some, supper) rituals to which many of us subscribe. However, while it can be difficult to shake the monotony of the familiar, sometimes it does a body good to break free from the usual and try something different.
Parallel Post recently launched Brunch at the Post featuring fresh, seasonal cuisine that could coax even the most stubborn creature of habit out of his self-imposed feeding box. The menu is varied, with selections you would normally expect to see at brunchtime (Seasonal Fruit Plate, Irish Steel-Cut Oatmeal and Spring Vegetable Frittata [which was accompanied by an incredible housemade spicy ketchup], to name a few) and at least one item, for those adventuress souls, that is far from a brunch staple: Whole Pan Fried Sardines.
These are not the tiny 5-inch canned sardines your mother used to knock back with reckless abandon and a martini chaser. No … this is so much more. With an average length of 9 inches, the 2-sardines appetizer with lemon escobeche paired uncharacteristic lightness along with subtle flavors that tasted anything but fishy.
Parallel Post’s brunch menu is moderate yet manageable with eight appetizer dishes, seven entrées and a handful of desserts from which to choose. For the indecisive folks in the bunch, combine two or three appetizers for a wide spectrum of flavors. The Grilled Asparagus plate is a savory offering that is so much more than a mouthful, both in scope and taste. Grilled asparagus plays host to a ramp vinaigrette, a spritz or two of lemon oil, thin sliced prosciutto and a fried egg accented with frizzy leeks and manchego cheese. It is a veritable parade of flavors that promenade in the mouth.
Those who wish to harken back to their southern roots might be keen to order the Fried Chicken and Belgian Waffle. It is a simple dish that is simply satisfying with subtly seasoned chicken and a gorgeous waffle that is doughy on the inside and firm on the outside. A fried egg and maple syrup round out this unpretentious plate that melds the savory and the sweet perfectly.
While compliments go out to Chef Dean James Max for his conceptualization of Parallel Post, a round of applause as well goes out to Chef de Cuisine Ali Goss, who was on hand for the day preparing the dishes that were enjoyed by me and my fellow bloggers. A number of appetizers, entrées and desserts were spread across the table as a select group of Connecticut bloggers dug into Seared Crab Cakes with Poached Farm Egg, a stunning Heirloom Tomato and Strawberry Salad, Grilled Pork Chops with bacon enhanced grits that had a wonderful smoky flavor, Peach Cobbler Crepe with Chilled Crème and so much more.
With the good also comes the slightly questionable, although this is by no means cause for alarm. While a couple of dishes that are served with a fried egg were ordered around the table at various times, there was no rhyme or reason to the preparation of the eggs. Where one person’s fried egg was over easy, another’s was over medium, while yet another’s was over hard. Unfortunately, there was no direction given by the diners as to how they wanted their eggs prepared, and this decision appeared to be totally at the chef’s discretion which resulted in inconsistency in preparation. Again, not enough to shake the foundation of the culinary sphere, but worth a mention nonetheless.
Lest you think that Parallel Post is all about the food … think again.
The resident mixologist, “Bootleg” Greg, has a few surprises up his sleeve. Step up to the bar and indulge in the DIY Bloody Mary, which is just one component of the “Endless Offering” brunch drinks. For one price, indulge your palate with unlimited drink specials, to include Bloody Marys, along with Greg’s signature Champagne Floats in Raspberry, Mango or Passion Fruit. Bloody Mary aficionados can mix it up just the way they like it with a bevy of ingredients including tomato juice, spicy tomato juice (Bloody Mary mix), olives, carrot sticks, celery stalks lemons and limes, jalapenos, hot sauce, pickles, endive, horse radish, cucumbers, pepperoni and … hold onto your seats … BACON. Everyone knows bacon makes everything better.
If feeding your hunger is your intent, don’t be taken aback by pointing your car in the direction of a hotel for a morning, afternoon or evening of dining. Parallel Post is a win-win for your palate and wallet.
180 Hawley Lane
Located inside Trumbull Merritt Marriott Parkway
Trumbull, CT 06611
Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 11:00 am / Sat-Sun 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sat-Sun 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm daily
Brunch: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
DISCLOSURE: I have no material relationship to any brand(s) or person(s) mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this dining impressions article are my own. This was a complimentary promotional meal, and I received no further compensation from Parallel Post, their representatives or any related entities.