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Jun 27, 2008 04:45 PM

Great food in Bristol, CT?

I'll be in the Bristol, CT area for business the week of the 14th. Any recommondations? I'm an adventurous eater with tastes for fine dining and great little dives.

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  1. Others may disagree, but I think great food and Bristol just don't go together. It's home to ESPN and some other companies, but other than that it's a bit of a sleepy town. There are some options close by (The Cottage in Plainville, lots of options in West Hartford) if you're willing to travel. Can you give me a bit more information about your location, price range and what types of food you're looking for? I'd be happy to help as much as I can.

    There is a great small supermarket called The Super Natural ( in Bristol. It has a deli counter with lots of hot lunch options, sandwiches and desserts. There are some tables there to eat in, but lots of people grab the food to go.

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    1. re: dmctexas

      Funny that you mention it, I will be in town visiting ESPN.
      No price paid for ;o) And really, I'm interested in anything you suggest. I love all types of long as it's good tasting food.

    2. Bristol is a culinary wasteland (good pizza though). If you're on the ESPN side of town, you are close to Southington which has a few good restos. Try Anthony Jack's on Center St & Bonterra right around the corner from the same owners.

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      1. re: ctfoodguy

        Really? Good pizza that's not in Chicago or New York? Any recs?
        What's Anthony Jack's?

        1. re: attran99

          Actually, believe it or not, the ESPN Cafeteria is probably the best restaurant in Bristol. It's only open to employees and their guests but I guess you'll be able to eat lunch there since you're doing business at ESPN. I would agree with dmctexas that the Cottage in nearby Plainville is your best bet for fine dining. It's not stuffy or fancy but the chef, Patty Queen, does a great job putting her special take on common menu items. The Cottage is really quite good. About 10 minutes from the Cottage in Farmington at the intersection of Routes 10 and 4 is Piccolo Arancio, an excellent Italian restaurant. Further west on Route 4 is Apricots a Continental white tablecloth restaurant that is consistently good if not particularly daring or inventive. I also agree with dmc that West Hartford offers a number of excellent options such as Grants, Bricco, Max Oyster Bar and Mediza among others. Let us know where you end up dining.

          1. re: chowmensch

            I just posted a reply about Apricots on the other thread, but I probably should have put it here since this is more recent. I was at Apricots last November (2007) and was terribly disappointed. Freezing restaurant, unheated ladies' room, insipid food that tasted like the cleaning staff cooked it. I found out later that although this restaurant used to be very good, it has gone downhill.

          2. re: attran99

            No, not in the realm of Chicago, New York or New Haven but if my memory serves, there are two decent Greek style pizza places. One is on Stafford Ave called Max's and Bristol Pizza on West St.

            Anthony Jack's is a wood -fire grill steakhouse. Check out their website

        2. Not sure how far you will want to travel but nearby New Britain has some interesting and great Polish restaurants. There are a lot of great upscale restaurants in West Hartford as well. Jay

          1. Yeah, I'm partial because I live here, but I'd say make the drive to Plainville for at least some fun food spots. Susu for Asian Fusion on New Britain Ave., J.Timothy's for hearty American fare. Sliders or The Chicken Joint for yummy and oh so not healthy wings. Scooters has burgers as big as your head, or so they claim. Pralines homemade ice cream - the cashew caramel makes me so happy. We've got a little Italian bakery called Mangiafico's for fresh canolli and almond Italian ice. Oh, and First and Last Tavern just opened - Italian, and pizza. I've not been to the Cottage yet, but I've heard it's great, and they have takeout!

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            1. re: epiffani

              Sliders or The Chicken Joint...are any of those places home of the "Dirt" wings? My contacts at ESPN keep mentioning them, and as unhealthy as it is...they sound interesting.

              1. re: attran99

                I work at ESPN and I think the dirt wings are J. Tim's, not Sliders as others are noting. Maybe they have them there, too, but the ones at J.Tims are the ones I think are more "famous". People go there specifically for the wings.

                1. re: Patti0124

                  Dinner for one of the nights has been planned for J. Tim's...should be interesting. I'm not one for beer, but apparently, you have to have beer and wings...any good beer recs for a non-beer drinker? I'll drink wine and the top-shelf liquor...but have honestly, never tried beer before. Made the mistake once when I was much, much younger (when I was 10 or so), and have been to afraid to come back.

            2. Quite honestly, I'm not so sure I'll have an opportunity to go far from Bristol with business being conducted there. However, I am staying in Farmington at the newly remodeled Marriott.

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              1. re: attran99

                If you're staying in Farmington you should make the 5 minute ride into West Hartford center at least once while you're here.... I would hate for your impression of the area to be what lies between the Marriott and ESPN.... culinarily or otherwise...

                park anywhere in the center and you can walk to any of 2 dozen good - great spots... some of my favs are

                Also..most restaurants in the Center have sidewalk dining

                on Farmington Ave...
                Arugula... Mediterranean... great flat breads
                Max's Oyster Bar...Seafood and a good bar...
                Elbow Room...comfort food...nice roof deck dining...
      's hidden behind Toy Chest

                On LaSalle Rd...
                Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan
                Bricco..Modern Italian

                as well as dessert places and Starbucks

                Blue Back Square...

                haven't tried any of these new places yet...but maybe others will post