Mike's Tortoise & Hare Cafe & Catering is owned by Mike & Sallie Clawson of Bristol CT. Mike is originally from North Carolina where he met & married ... More
Tortoise & the Hare Cafe
Mike's Tortoise & Hare Cafe & Catering is owned by Mike & Sallie Clawson of Bristol CT. Mike is originally from North Carolina where he met & married Sallie (Roberts). They have 2 sons, Alex & Brad and have lived in Bristol since 1995. Mike graduated from CT Culinary Institute in 1996 and was Sous Chef at the Cottage Restaurant in Plainville CT from Sept 1996 till April 2007. He then started up Mike's N.C. BBQ & Catering, a food cart which was located across from the Court House on N. Main ST in Bristol CT. Mike's love of cooking and baking started at around age 12 and he had always dreamed of owning a restaurant. Having acquired Mike's Tortoise & Hare is a dream come true and he looks forward to many years of sharing some of his favorite Southern Style recipes and especially his grandmother's desserts.
My wife and I had heard that since this place had been taken over by new owners that it had become quite good. We both take personal pride in finding the unique little bistros around CT that are the diamonds in the rough. I can say with certainty that the Tortoise & The Hair is just such a diamond with its simple and small atmosphere. When the check comes however its hard to decide which is better, the unbelievable great tasting food or its ridiculously low prices. Either way you can’t go wrong and I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
The food is delicious, the prices are great, the staff is super friendly, and there's just a really wonderful atmosphere. If you like a home-cooked meal (breakfast/lunch) in a cafe setting where it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, this is the place to go. Also really great for catering.
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