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Jan 18, 2009 07:25 AM

Joey Garlic's Newington,CT

Any information on the soon to open Joey Garlic's in Newington from people that have been to the other one? Thanks.

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  1. Been to the original "Joe's Pizza" in Canton. I LOVE the place. Eggplant Fries and Burgers are MUST tries. IMHO, the best burger in Hartford County (over all the hyped burger places). Pizza is pretty good too.

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    1. re: luvthemdogs

      I agree. They have the best burgers although a little sloppy. Pizza is OK.

      I live between the Canton location & the Farmington location and for some reason the burgers in Canton are better!

      1. re: ppmaysa

        Well, ,my family and I tried to go to Joey Garlic's in Farmington this afternoon for lunch (about 1:30) and there was not one space in the parking lot. Even the overflow parking was just about filled. I'm anxious to try it and will go back another time. If it was just my husband and I, we would have waited but we had our girls(8 and 4) with us and waiting wasn't an option.
        So based on the crowds and the Newington location soon to open it really must be that good.
        Anyone know an off time to maybe try to go there?

        1. re: Foodgirl29

          We frequent the Farmington location on the weekends and find the best time to go is around 4:00. If you get there after 5, there's usually a wait. Sometimes the amount of cars is decieving because there's a room for private parties off the bar area thats being used and there's not that much parking.

          1. re: hotwing

            I will try after 4:00 or maybe I'll run in next time to see if there's a wait. Appreciate your help!!! Thanks

    2. After hearing how wonderful Joey Galics is my family finally tried it. The wait was long...
      The eggplant fries were wonderful, even the kids enjoyed them. Pizza was good, nice crisp crust, but fairly bland...I had linguini which would have been great, had there not been grossly overcooked penne mixed in with it that pretty much ruined it for me, pasta must be al dente, by the time I picked out all the bloated penne the rest was cold. The meatball grinder was huge, but over toasted so the bread was hard as a rock and black around the edges.
      Also after we were done and waited 20 min. we had to hunt the waitress down to get food wrapped and get our check...all in all It seemed to me that they were very busy, and that the food might have been better had that not been, but for the prices I paid, $89 without tip for 4, I will probably not return.


        I love the appetizer for the Vietnamese style ribs. I crave it!

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        1. re: masha bousha

          You'll have to forgive doogiesgal, her business is across the street and serves food that is nowhere near as good as Joey Garlic's offerings.

        2. I was going to try this place out, but I found the menu online. Any place that charges 1.95 for a handful of french fries on top of the cost of the burger is too cheap an establishment for my taste.
          Also 11 dollars for .50 cents of pasta with sauce and 2 dollars extra for one meatball ... NO THANK YOU

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          1. re: sparkee

            There's a McDonalds right across the street if you don't care about quality and just want cheap.

            edit: Uhm, wait a minute. A fresh ground (over) 1/2 pound burger with any toppings you want (choose from Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Fried Onions - Fried Peppers - Fried Mushrooms - Fried Egg Chipotle BBQ Sauce - Raw Onions - Mayo - Horseradish Mayo
            Gorgonzola Dressing - Buffalo Sauce - Hot Pepper Relish Mustard - Ranch Dressing, list from their menu) for $6.95, $7.45 with cheese, and you want free fries? They're $1.50 more. The pasta pricing is also very reasonable considering the quality and portion sizes.

            1. re: ratbuddy

              I like your style ratbuddy. I hear the burgers are vg. What do you suggest?

              1. re: foodwallguy

                Same as Five Guys, don't go too crazy with toppings or it turns into a mess. I like mine with extra american cheese, sometimes bacon and/or raw onions, and that's it. The meat is good enough that you don't want to hide the flavor too much with tangy sauces or fried eggs or other nonsense.

          2. Can anyone confirm that Guy Fieri from Food Network's DD&Ds started this Johnny Garlic's chain?

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            1. re: cheereeo

              Nope, because he didn't. Those are in California.

              edit: Well, he did start Johnny Garlic's, but this thread is about Joey Garlic's.

              1. re: ratbuddy

                Aha! My brain doesn't work sometimes!