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chowgirl Dec 5, 2008 12:52 PM

Okay, so my husband and I have our kids' favorite sitter lined up for tomorrow night, but our checking account is not accommodating an expensive dinner out. Where can we go in a reasonable (25 minute) driving distance from Newtown for a really yummy, possibly ethnic meal that will cost us $35, $40 tops for the both of us (no alcohol but tax and tip)? I have a hankering for Peruvian roast chicken, that really good hot sauce, plantains, and a batados (sp?), or I could go for middle eastern or some other cuisine as long as it is good, cheap, and not too far from home. I don't need ambiance, but I do want to remember that my husband and I are having a night out sans kids.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!

  1. Scargod Dec 11, 2008 06:34 PM

    I know this is late, but check out my map. I see one or two that might fit the bill. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=106324921966915789140.00044a96c7a994f455333&ll=41.448388,-73.287735&spn=0.274837,0.703125&z=11
    TATA’S RESTAURANT might be close to what you are looking for, but it's a hike.
    104 Quinnipiac Street
    Wallingford, CT
    Not on my map, but close, is Las Delicias Latinas
    433 Main St
    Torrington, CT 06790
    (860) 482-8833

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    1. re: Scargod
      danieljdwyer Dec 12, 2008 08:50 AM

      I was looking at what you have marked on your map around Newtown, and noticed that you have Lake Zoar Drive In about five and a half miles up the road from its actual location. It's further east on 34, in Stevenson (Monroe), not Sandy Hook (Newtown), past 111, right on Lake Zoar (part of the Housatonic River).

      1. re: danieljdwyer
        Scargod Dec 12, 2008 05:16 PM

        How's that? I made that drive so many times and remember seeing the place but just can't visualize it from the Google map. What do you want from a lost Texan?
        BTW, thanks for the correction.

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      newhavener07 Dec 12, 2008 11:27 AM

      There are some good Peruvian places in Waterbury, or you could venture out toward us in New Haven and try Macchu Piccu--amazing chicken. Probably too far, sadly.

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        writegierl18 Dec 12, 2008 11:38 AM

        Well, it's not Peruvian but there is the Sesame Seed in Danbury, which is Middle Eastern. Would you venture to Ridgefield? There is a fun Mexican (can't remember the name) in the Copps Hill shopping center. Enjoy your night out!

        1. EastRocker Dec 12, 2008 01:20 PM

          The Sesame Seed or Hannah's in Danbury

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            Emory Palmer Dec 20, 2008 01:41 PM

            Danbury try Jim Barbaries.Excellent food at a fair price.

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            1. re: Emory Palmer
              Scargod Dec 21, 2008 12:08 PM

              When's the last time you went? It's been knocked (here) a bit in the last six months.

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