Dinner recommendation? - heading N. on 91 from Bradley International Airport
Next Wednesday my teenage daughter and I will be landing at the Hartford CT airport around dinnertime. We'll be heading north on I-91 into western Mass. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good place off the highway to stop? I don't mind travelling 10 or 15 minutes out of my way if I have a definite destination in mind. The goal is not fancy - just authentic, local, not a chain – a nice warm place to stop and have dinner.
A few options:
For seafood there's Maine Seafood market in Windsor Locks CT. Good fresh fish. A tad pricey but for this area it's one of the best seafood places. In Springfield MA there's Chef Wayne's Big Mamoo a tiny hole in the wall with the absolute best creole food. Fantastic prices too. In West Springfield MA is Pintu's Indian restaurant, one of the best Indian restaurants in our area. If you're going as far north as Northampton MA I can ramble on for an hour but that's also a good 45 min to an hour from the airport.
i would recommend "a touch of garlic" in springfield, ma which is about 30 minutes north of the airport off 91 N. it is a very good italian restaurant, casual, fresh food, moderately priced.
from the airport, take exit 2 (in mass.) which is Rt 83/forest park. at light off exit, turn right on sumner avenue. follow it about 1 1/2 miles to white street, restaurant is on your left, on white street.
i have not been in a few years, but my friends tell me it is still very good. i love their chicken francese with garlic mashed potatoes, pasta with garganzola, as well as their salads and appetizers. as i said, very fresh too.
i would agree with the above poster that if you are going further north, say northampton, amherst, hadley, you would have more options.
if i were in your place, i would go 15 minutes SOUTH, just off the highway, in hartford. go to Trumbull Kitchen. extensive delicious international menu, both small and large plates; lots of mediterranean and asian influences. handsome room, comfortable bistro w/ hopping bar and youth scene. they have web site and i'm sure if you put it in the search box, lots of rec's will come up. we always stop there when we're in ct. at dinnertime.