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good ethnic food

Ok, so i grew up in CT, but then moved to DC for six years and just moved back. I got seriously spoiled down there with all the ethiopean, el salvadorean, indian, thai, chinese, etc. I am now bored out of my mind here in boring white bread new london county. Does anyone have any good ethnic finds? I need help please!!

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  1. Well, I'm in Branford, so don't know if you travel close. For Indian, I love Darbar and for Thai food I think that Thai's One is excellent. For Chinese, we go to Clinton to Taste of China - the food there is really good, but the last time I was there I was put off by their attitude in trying to sell me an expensive bottle of wine. I chose a bottle of red at $28. but without even checking they said they were out of it, then I chose another bottle under $30 and without checking they were out of that also. But the food was very good.

    1. Bangkok City (Thai) and Little Tokyo (Japanese) are right in New London, and both are pretty good. There's an Indian place in Groton right across from Wal-Mart that I also think is quite decent...I'm blanking on the name right now. I really can't think of a stand-out Chinese place in the area...they're all pretty average. If you find an Ethiopean place, let me know...the food sounds good, but I haven't seen anything around here.

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      1. re: theferlyone

        I don't really care for Bankok City, but there is a new Thai place on Bank Street where Sophia's used to be. I've been there once, and liked it. I also liked Northern India on State Street, though I haven't been for a while. Darbar is better, but also farther. Chester's has barbecue that shouldn't be this good in Connecticut. They have a tiny space in New London and a larger one in a strip mall in Groton; I've only been to the one in Groton. Russel's Ribs in Groton is, well, not so much. I've also heard good things about Singapore Grill.

        For Ethiopian, I simply scrounge invites from my colleague. His wife's cooking is amazing! :-)

      2. You may have to come visit us in New Haven for some of these cravings.

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        1. re: EastRocker

          I'm getting that my choices are woefully inadequate. I've been to Bangkok city... and I've had way better (but it is a sentimental favorite). I keep telling myself i need to try mirch masala (the one in groton), so maybe i'll do that tomorrow. Which one is the new Thai place? And I've got to say, I'm jealous of anyone who can get homecooked Ethiopian food.

          East Haven? I think for some serious eats I might be persuaded to make the trek to New Haven...

          1. re: kubasd

            I believe the Bank St. place people mentioned is Singapore Grill & Sushi Bar. I haven't been.

            When I'm in that area, I have always enjoyed Bangkok City. Wonder what you and the others dislike about it? I love their pad prig sog and tom ka gai. I also like that you can order sushi and Thai simultaneously.

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            Singapore Grill and Sushi Bar
            938 Bank St, New London, CT 06320

            1. re: kattyeyes

              It's hard to say exactly what is wrong.... something with the spices.... just doesn't taste quite right. And, as usual with ct.... it just feels americanized.

            2. re: kubasd

              I wouldn't say that the choices are "inadequate." Merely that you have to look a little harder. You mentioned New London County. Are you living in New London or elsewhere?

              If you head over to Mystic, you have Rice Spice Noodle, which is Asian fusian. Their drunken noodles are addictive. If you head farther over to Westerly, there is the dubious looking Golden Chopstix, which makes it's own dim sum. No carts; just order off the menu.

              If you are looking for ethnic groceries, you have Lee's in New London, right under 95. Golden Choptix also has an Asian grocery next door, which is run by the same family. There's an Indian Grocery on Rte 1 in Groton, and they also run one in Norwich.

              I like Mirch Masala for other things than I like Northern India for. Northern India has great breads. I think Mirch Masala is better with paneer dishes.

              The other thai place I mentioned was Jasmine Thai, 470 Bank St. I've been there once for take-out and thought I'd like to go back next time I have time.

              There are also a couple of Caribbean places lurking in New London, but the one I went to is now closed. I also have seen a Dominican place, but I think that too has given up the ghost.

              When you explore more and make great discoveries, please share.

              Recently I've been focusing more of my searches on the Rhode Island side, which has yielded lots of stuff in Providence and Cranston. (Yummm, Sonia's.)

            3. Taste of China
              233 E Main St
              Clinton, CT 06413
              (860) 664-4454
              This is the best I can contribute. It's supposed to be the best Chinese on the coast.

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              1. re: Scargod

                Taste of China is good but so is Samurai--it's new in Westbrook (or is it Clinton--I think it's on the borderline) and is great for Chinese/Thai/Hibachi/Sushi. Under new ownership and very tasty. We found it one night when Taste of China had no parking. Taste of China has some real gems--like their Chengdu dumplings and a spicy duck dish we had. But Samurai has been consistently good all three times we've been...and they have 50% off sushi on Sundays. I don't mind driving 35 minutes to get there, either. There is not much Chinese in my neck of the woods that I like these days.

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                Lao Sze Chuan Chinese Restaurant
                1585 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  You listed Lao Sze Chuan, in Milford, yet talked about Samurai, in Clinton. There is one in Old Saybrook.
                  I put it on my map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?oe=utf...
                  Is that the one?

                  1. re: Scargod

                    OOPS! Because I misread your post as I was typing. :) I thought you said "best Chinese on the East coast" rather than "best Chinese on the coast"...so what I had started to type was that Taste of China is good, but Lao Sze Chuan in Milford (your neck of the woods, right) is even better. If the OP really wants to go for a ride...that's probably the best Chinese I've had in CT in a long time.

                    Yes, Samurai on your map is the right one--it is actually Old Saybrook, not Westbrook as I had said before. Thanks! I'll add it here, too.

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                    Samurai Asian Fusion Dining
                    1596 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      I'm going to give Lao Sze Chuan a try; it was already on my map!

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        wow.... looking at their menu (lao sze chuan's) makes me want to drive there right now and wait for them to open in the am....

                2. for ethnic food in new england i like clam chowder

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                  1. re: thew

                    Yeah, yeah, yeah...I knew before I even opened your comment that it would be a wisecrack on "ethnic." Funny how we get to "know" people just from their input on other threads.

                    But we do make some fine clam chowder here in the Land of Steady Habits!

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      and yet - i was entirely serious

                      1. re: thew

                        Though, of course, I think you realize the OP isn't looking for clam chowder or food indigenous to New England. ;)

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          yeah i do - but i maintain that that is the ethnicity best represented in the area :)

                          1. re: thew

                            (The area is) Totally represented by fine seafood places, too! Being a (Texas), flatlander, I love the seafood opportunities up here! The area OP is whining about is totally inundated....

                            1. re: thew

                              I love OUR ethnic food, of course!!! but.... when i want to taste something different... yeah that's when i have the problem.