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foodetc Dec 8, 2006 01:34 PM

Taking my son out for birthday at his school at Univ of Hartford, any good suggestions?

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    Uncledave Dec 8, 2006 03:17 PM

    Lots of choices In WH town center. Here's a few to get you started:

    Bricco is very good italian.
    Max's Oyster Bar for Seafood.
    Grants for steaks/chops.
    Simmer Grill for eclectic American.

    There's some good off-the-beaten path ethnic spots around town, too -- if you're looking for something like that let me know. But I'm guessing that for a birthday you're looking for something a little more upscale.

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      kwanecke Dec 18, 2006 02:15 PM

      i would be interested in off the beaten places new hartford farmington area.

      not interested in upscale but good ethnic local owned establishments

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      LenaNE Dec 8, 2006 03:49 PM

      All of the above are good suggestions...
      Also in West Hartford center that are good are:

      Barcelona..Spanish inspired...behind Toy Chest on Farmington Ave
      Shish kebab House of Afghanistan on LaSalle Rd
      Mediza..Mediterranean on LaSalle

      I've been taking my son to Max's Oyster Bar for his birthday for years...it's probably the most fun place for a celebration in the center

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        joaniebaby Dec 9, 2006 03:17 PM

        IMO, you can't go wrong with Uncledave's and LenaNE's choices with the exception of Mediza. We went there Thursday and it was terrible. Scallops were black on the outside, barely opaque on the inside, with an oily sauce. King salmon special mostly tasted fishy and my tuna was overcooked and in a too sweet sauce. Carpaccio should have been sent back. The one bright spot was the pumpkin bread pudding.

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        moskey Dec 8, 2006 04:06 PM

        I work at the University. Some local favorites include Ginza in Bloomfield for Japanese food and Thai Palace, a few doors down from Ginza in the same strip mall.

        If you don't mind driving a couple more minutes than you would to get to West Hartford Center, there's Carmen Anthony Fish House in Avon. Don't let the name fool you - meat entrees are as good as the seafood. They're upscale, with prices to match. you can view their menu here: http://www.carmenanthony.com/avon.html

        Max A Mia, also in Avon, is run by the same folks who operate Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford Center. The focus is on good Italian food, but there's something to please everyone. The atmosphere can be a bit noisy. Here's their menu: http://www.maxrestaurantgroup.com/loc...

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          Enfielder Dec 9, 2006 06:08 PM

          Also in WH Center is Elbow Room - love their Mac & Cheese and the Kobe burger (they'l actually cook it med are).

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            brookerme Dec 12, 2006 12:01 AM

            we love Tuscan Twins in the center of Bloomfield for upscale Italian

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              cheesemonger Dec 21, 2006 06:57 PM

              Has anyone tried the Crown and Hammer in Collinsville? Charming town, and I've heard good things. I know it's farther than W. Hartford, but someone requested "ofvf the beaten path".

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