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rachelgarron Aug 11, 2006 03:19 PM

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.

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    Blumie RE: rachelgarron Aug 11, 2006 03:25 PM

    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.

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      ClippyZ RE: rachelgarron Aug 11, 2006 09:28 PM

      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.

      http://www.reinsdeli.com/

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        RoyRon RE: rachelgarron Mar 17, 2008 08:23 AM

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

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          finlero RE: RoyRon Mar 17, 2008 09:57 AM

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

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          kunman RE: rachelgarron Mar 17, 2008 11:13 AM

          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

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/thai-place-re...

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            Earle RE: kunman Mar 17, 2008 12:25 PM

            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.

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            Peter B Wolf RE: rachelgarron Mar 18, 2008 10:39 AM

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

            http://www.thevienna.com/

            1. uncle rico RE: rachelgarron Mar 18, 2008 11:16 AM

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

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                spinturtle RE: rachelgarron Mar 19, 2008 06:37 AM

                The Publick House in Sturbridge never disappoints.

                http://www.publickhouse.com/

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                  fitch94 RE: rachelgarron Mar 30, 2008 08:54 AM

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

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

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                    japhyryder RE: fitch94 Mar 31, 2008 10:57 AM

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

                    http://www.romsrestaurant.com/

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                    burch RE: rachelgarron Apr 3, 2008 11:02 PM

                    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.

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                      Jeremy01506 RE: burch Apr 4, 2008 02:23 PM

                      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!

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