HOME > Chowhound > All New England Archive >


dinner near 90/84 Interchange

We'll be driving back from Waltham MA to Hartford CT Friday Aug 18 and are looking for good places for dinner in the areas around Sturbridge, Aubunr or the I84/Mass Pike (90) interchange. Family of 3, eats anything, love Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, seafood. Looking for casual, moderately priced good, no reservation needed. Thanks.

Rachel in West Hartford.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. If you follow the signs to Route 20 west right at the 90/84 interchange, you'll come to a stretch of Sturbridge that has several options. A mile or so down on your right you'll find the Ugly Duckling Pub (upstairs from the Whistling Swan restaurant). It's not great, but they have a decent selection of ok pub food.

    If you search "Sturbridge" on the New England board (not the Boston board), you'll find other options.

    1. Much closer to Hartford is Rein's Deli, the only decent and convenient place I have found to stop on my frequent Boston to NY drive. It's exit 65 (I believe) off of 84 in Vernon, CT. Excellent Jewish Deli with buckets of fantastic half-sours for sale.


      1. I second the rec for Rein's deli. Great sandwich's and very casual dining. My kids used to love the Mac & cheese.

        1 Reply
        1. re: RoyRon

          Third it. For me, no car trip to NYC is complete without a stop at Rein's for smoked sable on an everything bagel.

        2. I got the place for you. It's alittle hard to spot from Route 20 so mapquest it before you go. It's at the enterance to Old Sturbridge Village but the sign is small. My wife loves the place. It's called, Thai Place, they dont have a website but the below link will bring you to some reviews. It about 2 miles of off 84N the exit before the Mass Pike on Route 20 west towards Brimfield. Enjoy


          1 Reply
          1. re: kunman

            A nice spot in Sturbridge is a place called Rom's its on Rt.131 As you get off of Rt.84 right after the toll booth. Watch the signs for sturbridge and take the left turn at the light on to Rt.131 Rom's is about 1 mile ahead on the right. I will send the web site to check out. http://www.romsrestaurant.com/locatio.... With the kids I think this would be a nice choice. As you can see its a basically Italian place. Good luck, Earle Ct. To all the other posters we did A good job Until I looked at the original post and found out that it was from 2006 I hope they made that trip with out going hungry. But at least we tried.

          2. Vienna Restaurant & Inn
            Sturbridge Area
            14 South Street, Southbridge, MA 01550


            1. Admiral T.J. O'Brians its just off the pike on rte. 20 eastbound right at the interchange. Very good pub food

              1. The Publick House in Sturbridge never disappoints.


                1. Best resturant in the Sturbridge, MA area might be Rovezzis .......you better call well in advance for reservations. Great Dinning!

                  Rovezzi's Restaurant
                  603 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01518

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: fitch94

                    Rom's is not far off the highway, in Sturbridge, and has great italian...not fancy, but really good classic dishes


                  2. all the suggestions are very good except Rom's and the Publick House Please stay away there are much better suggestions here than those 2. They have been around forever and their food tastes like it too.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: burch

                      I second the anti-suggestion for Rom's, very bland and uninteresting foods there. Rovezzi's is waaaaaaaaaaaay better if you want good Italian! It can be a little pricey, so if it's too much for your budget, you might shoot up one town north to Brookfield and check out Carmella's Italian Kitchen (http://carmellasitaliankitchen.com/). Not the same quality of Rovezzi's but much more wallet-friendly and a big step above Rom's!

                      Best all around restaurant in Sturbridge (IMO) would be Cedar Street Restaurant (http://cedarstreetrestaurant.com/). A little pricey, but amazing food!

                      Another out-of-the-way place that I would second the recommendation is the Vienna Restaurant in Southbridge ( http://www.thevienna.com/ ). I can't say I've been to any other restaurant serving Austrian fare but the food is wonderful, the servings are quite ample, and the atmosphere is superb! We are actually scheduling an overnight there (it's a B&B too) and it's definitely the food I'm looking forward to!