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Dinner recommendation? - heading N. on 91 from Bradley International Airport

b_morefoodie Oct 11, 2006 11:20 PM

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.

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    snafui Oct 12, 2006 11:25 AM

    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.

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    1. re: snafui
      danna Oct 17, 2006 09:24 PM

      Not to hijack, but i will be working in the Easthampton area next Mon and Tues, plan to eat in NoHo, but willing to drive a little at least one night. I would love to hear you "ramble on for an hour."

      (I'll be doing lunches at Apollo Grill)

      1. re: snafui
        tsj513 Oct 17, 2006 10:35 PM

        Maine Seafood is actually in East Windsor, just over the CT river from Windsor Locks. (in case you're looking for it on a map service) I'd agree that's your best bet if looking for seafood.

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        jojobeans Oct 12, 2006 12:09 PM

        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.

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          smoky Oct 12, 2006 09:26 PM

          East-West Grille (Thai-Laotian) or Harry's (CT-style pizza) in West Hartford would be my choices. Both excellent.

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          1. re: smoky
            Uncledave Oct 12, 2006 11:52 PM

            West Hartford is a 30 minutes drive south of Bradley.

          2. opinionatedchef Oct 13, 2006 04:35 AM

            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.

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