BBQ Meatloaf Melt

The BBQ Meatloaf Melt is messy but totally worth getting your hands dirty for. (Nina Godlewski / Special To CTNow / April 3, 2014)

We drove right by Dom's Broad Street Eatery, as it is tucked into a small shopping center on Windsor's main drag across from the green. Inside the décor is also unremarkable – it looks like it was converted from a former Friendly's. Dom's puts its energy into its food.

The staff is super friendly, and it's clear that the booths are full of regulars, enjoying their favorites, which they can hear and smell being prepared in the somewhat open kitchen on the far wall. Lining that wall is a gallery of placemat art made by child guests, as well as old pictures of Windsor and articles about Dom's cancer battle.

One look at the expansive menu explains why so many people come to Dom's: The many breakfast and lunch diner options are original, such as calzone and meatloaf omelets, making ordering tough. For an appetizer I decided on the Mac 'n' Cheese Bites, a variation of mozzarella sticks on in the shape of triangles, with ranch dressing on the side. They were crispy on the outside and warm and cheesy on the inside in a good-sized portion. (We took half home.)

The BBQ Meatloaf Melt was one of two sandwiches we ordered. Its name is a great descriptor. Its strong BBQ taste competed with the strong taste of onions. Messy, but totally worth getting your hands dirty for.

The eggplant parm panini was almost too much sandwich for one panini bun to handle. The cheese was not overwhelming, allowing for the eggplant and spinach to be tasted. Each sandwich came with the choice of fries or sweet potato fries. The restaurant presented us with take-home containers our copious leftovers.

Besides the traditional (eggs and pancakes),other Broad Street Originals include the Breakfast Monte Cristo; and the Pig Pile, two eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, American or provolone cheese on an artisan roll served with home fries. An entire row the menu is devoted to Benedicts. Besides the traditional dish, there's the Irish (with corned beef hash), a Florentine (with sautéed spinach, tomato), a Polish (with potato and cheese pierogies, kielbasa) and much more.

Nothing on the menu costs more than $10. For the appetizer and two sandwiches, we spent a total of $28.75.

So instead of heading to a chain restaurant with generic menus, head to Dom's. Just don't wear your tight jeans.

>>Dom's Broad Street Eatery, 330 Broad St., Windor, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. On Sundays, only breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The restaurant also caters. Information: 860-298-9758, domsbroadsteatery.vpweb.com.