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Where to eat in CT along 15 or 84?

We travel from NJ to MA frequently. We are looking for a place in CT along 15 or 84 to stop for lunch/dinner. We like all types of food, casual, kid friendly.

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  1. Katz's deli is right off exit 59 of the Merritt good corned beef, pastrami, salads etc., Also off that exit is Westville Seafood, I have only been there once, but had good fried clams. Off of exit 61 is the Glenwood Drive in great hot dogs, about a mile up on Whitney Ave.
    Lots of chain restaurants off of exit 60.
    I can't help you off of 84

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    1. re: mmalmad

      Thanks mmalmad - Katz's Deli was great!!

      1. re: missylrn

        Glad you liked it. I did not mention the matzoh ball soup, try it if you go again.

    2. Penny's Diner is in Fairfield, CT, right off the Merritt on Black Rock Turnpike. It's our go-to half-way between spot for any type of meal, any time of day. Reliable Greek diner food, kid friendly, for sure, clean bathrooms, and easy access on and off the parkway.

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      1. re: susan1353

        Thanks susan1353 - we hit Penny's on the way home - good food - great service. With a cranky kid & husband it was nice that everyone could get what they wanted. Breakfast for hubby, greek salad for me and an icecream sundae to pacify my daughter!

      2. Off I-84 exit 16 - Carol Peck's Good News Cafe

        1. Depends on the kids, but Barcelona in Fairfield, right off exit 44 on Rte. 15 is a good bet. My kids like it, and the Fairfield location is the most kid-friendly.

          1. La Tavola in Waterbury (Exit 18, Chase Parkway off 84). Excellent Italian food. A touch more upscale but certainly kid friendly. You will not be disappointed.

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            1. re: rifkind81

              I haven't been to La Tavola yet, but it's gotten great press on the New England board and it's on my list to get there!

            2. in the warm months, stew leonard's in norwalk off of 15 and danbury off of 684 has a nice outdoor barbecue with traditional cookout fare as well as soft shell crab sandwiches and lobster dinners. its a huge dairy store with picnic tables set up under a tent. also the dairy store itself is very entertaining for kids.

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              1. re: biga290

                Let's be honest--Stew Leonard's is fun for kids of ALL ages. I am 40 and get a huge kick out of that place. It's like the Disney World of food, complete with animated singing chickens, a giant Chiquita banana and a giant singing cheese that sings like Patti LaBelle!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Stew's in Danbury is easy-off I-84 (take the Route 7 North Connector). By the time one's sampled all the stuff they have to nosh on, you're not hungry any more! And it is indeed very entertaining for the kids. The barbecue is great for families.

              2. How bout a huge "grinder" at Nardelli's in Naugatuck?
                http://nardellis.com/