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  • taboo Nov 28, 2009 04:51 AM
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Going to be there for the first time next weekend. I am used to NYC food, so what will compare? I heard there is a good steakhouse, but what would you suggest for American or Seafood meals? Thanks!!!

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  1. There is a nice Steak place in Glastonbury called J.Gilberts Wood Fired Steaks. You could try, Including the web site, (http://www.jgilberts.com/Home.aspx?Lo...) Take a look and see what you think,, Personaly havent been in a while,But maybe some other Chowhounds have been and can give you a better idea than me.. Good Luck. Earle CT.

    1. So you think all we're "used to" in Connecticut is bread and water? Sheesh! Maybe we can arrange to charge you $20 an hour for parking so you feel more at home. Max's, Gilbert's, CharKoon, Hopewell on a good night are all very good in my opinion, especially after a long day of working the farm

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      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        HA HA....I was just looking for something along the same lines as NYC chefs would do as I have not been to Glastonbury before but I did grow up in CT. I have heard J.Gilberts is good as well as Max's. Thank you both!!!

      2. A good local place is 2 Hopewell in South Glastonbury. The food is excellent and the ambience is simple but charming. We also like Max Fish for seafood and Max Amore for Italian. Both have good food and excellent service IMHO. Max Fish and 2 Hopewell are our favorites in town now.

        J. Gilberts is very good too but I don't like the decor. It is nothing special. Gilberts is part of a large chain restaurant company too which kind of shows. I would rather go to a local place personally. Jay

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        1. re: JayCT

          Jay, Thank you...I will look into Hopewell. It sounds great. Max Fish is on my list too.

        2. Also, you should consider Cavey's in adjacent Manchester, (7 minute drive with two separate restaurants, French upstairs and Italian downstairs) as well as Tango on Main Street in Glastonbury. Not sure what "NYC food" is, (neither place I listed serves Papaya King hot dogs, and neither place has Daniel Boulud in the kitchen), but you will enjoy extremely well prepared food at Cavey's, and a metro chic atmosphere at Tango. For seafood, I would go to Max Fish. If you are at all interested in Italian, I would skip Max Amore and make the drive to Cavey's upstairs restaurant.

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          1. re: FoodieJim

            Thank you so much foodieJim. I am going to look into Cavey's as I do enjoy Italian food.

            1. re: taboo

              Please note that I transposed the two Cavey's restaurants in my post above. It is Italian UP and French DOWN.

              1. re: FoodieJim

                I looked on the website and the French part actually looks amazing and very pretty. I am putting it at the top of the list. I will let you know where I end up after the weekend.
                Thanks!

            2. re: FoodieJim

              I think you have Cavey's inverted. Isn't the upstairs Italian and the downstairs French. Also, Please tell me the route that gets you from, say, Main and Hebron Ave in Glastonbury to Manchester in 7 minutes. I might buy into 15 minuates.

              1. re: sbxstr

                1. I already posted about the inversion.
                2. Why would you use Main and Hebron as a starting point? Few people actually live in that area which is a business district. From Hebron Ave and Manchester Rd, 7 minutes is doable if you hit the lights right.

                1. re: FoodieJim

                  I think we should call you "WheelmanJim" instead of FoodieJim!

                  1. re: FoodieJim

                    I suspect the center of Glastonbury's population is much closer to Main and Hebron than Hebron and Manchester, which is in the northeast corner of the town. Sorry I missed your inversion post by 18 minutes.

                    1. re: sbxstr

                      Sorry, but the geographic center of town is Neipsic Bog/Gideon Welles School, which is much closer to Hebron and Manchester. Hebron and Main is far too close to: 1) E. Hartford; 2) the river; and 3) the business district to capture anywhere close to the center of the population.

                2. re: FoodieJim

                  Jim - glad you mentioned Tango - it's one of my favorite places but seems to be a well kept secret. The atmosphere is nice, the food is incredible and the price, very reasonable. I'm not sure why they're not busier - I did see a write up on their chef (forget his name - he's from Italy) in Hartford Magazine. You're the foodie - maybe you have the inside scoop.

                  1. re: MarieLouise

                    We stopped in Tango for a drink and I want to go back to eat there....food looks wonderful

                    1. re: MarieLouise

                      100% my own opinion and not based on any "fact" whatsoever, but I believe that the reason this place hasn't taken off is that until you actually eat there, you have no idea what the restaurant is trying to be. With all the horrid South American restaurants that have waiters walking around with swords/skewers of meat waiting for you to flag them down, coupled with equally horrid "fusion-Latin" food (think: Azul of a few years ago), I think that naming the place "Tango" and trumpeting the Argentinian connection was a terrible mistake. Folks don't know if they are going to a Brazilian churrascaria, a new wave Latin wannabe, or a restaurant with Agrentinian food (whatever their idea of that might be). But what they don't get a sense of is the fact that the menu is of normal continental fare with Italian dishes mixed in. Once you go, you get it. But I'll bet plenty of people shy away from the place due to their complete lack of understanding of what awaits them. Yes, I get the fact that Argentina has a large population of people of Italian descent. But in this part of the country (where Italian food makes up a large percentage of "fine dining"), disguising Italian food as South American cuisine is simply a bad idea.

                  2. So last night we went to 2 Hopewell. GREAT service and food. The owners were there and could not have been nicer. Grilled shrimp and the beef carpaccio to start. Seared tuna over israeli cous cous and the veal chop as main courses. Great flavors infused all the dishes. Sorbet to finish off the meal. We had a really nice Paul Hobbs Pinot with the meal. We will go back for sure to try more! I will update the rest of the weekend on Monday.

                    1. The rest of the weekend was as follows: Dinner on Saturday night at Feng. Good not great. The service was wonderful, but the food was not impressive. Sunday night we had a wine flight at Esca and then ate at Mikado in Middletown. AMAZING. Sat at the sushi bar and had salmon in foil with vegetables, sashimi, a cucumber wrapped roll amongst others. Great presentation, service and sake. Everyone at the sushi bar kept raving about everything they were eating...a true find and I can't wait to go back.

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                      1. re: taboo

                        Mikado is great--I'm glad you found it. My only b*tch about it is the musty smell (because of its underground location). They remodeled a little over a year ago and it now looks as great as it has tasted for years. So your vote goes to Mikado over Feng, eh? I haven't been to Feng in a while, so I'll take your word for it as I am a fellow Mikado fan. If I knew you were going to Middletown, I'd have sent you to Luce, but glad you made out so well on your own.

                        Here is my list of hometown favorites if you'll be in the area again:
                        http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/1150

                        (I need to add Luce and Tschudin Chocolates to this list, too). Happy trails!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          Thank you. I will be in that area often now so I appreciate the list. Luce was pointed out to me, so it is on my list of places for sure. Feng was trying to be more of the fusion food and I prefer real traditional sushi when it comes to that.

                          1. re: taboo

                            Oh, and for a fast snack, hit Pattie Palace on Main St., Middletown--those are my Jamaican patties of choice--try the beef and cheese with a Ting! Welcome to town!

                            1. re: taboo

                              If you will be in the area often, you may wish to try the Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn --- Brooklyn, Connecticut. It is a wonderful experience. My NY, NY born and bred wife loves it. Take a look at the website and see what its about. www.goldenlamb.com; they have a hayride with cocktails and a guitarplayer, a working farm and winderful home cooked food. Not too far from Glastonbury and a unique type of place. Enjoy.

                              1. re: eat2win

                                Wow...sounds like a very interesting experience....thank you!

                        2. I like Max Fish. Good food, service and atmosphere.

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                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                            I want to like Max Fish but I just cannot seem too! I have yet to try any thing interesting or out of this world well done or tasty. I do however enjoy going at 9pm for a drink and theirapps are only $2 each. (Full cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, chowder, calamari, wings etc.) All only $2 a plate. So that is the only reason I go there. The apps. are decent but not great(what do you expect for $2) I am not at all impressed with the beer selection (so hum hum) In general I just find max Fish to be boring and would much rather dine at Max amores where the atmosphere may not be as fun but the food is much better!

                            1. re: askeenan

                              What would be the place that you suggest for amazing fish then? I would love to try some new places.

                              1. re: taboo

                                I'd recommend taking a look at this "Best Dishes in New England" thread...there are lots of great CT suggestions and plenty of seafood ones to boot! It is one of my favorite threads from this board:
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618916

                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                  Thank you....that is a great link!

                          2. Heard a rumor that Grant's will be opening a restaurant in Somerset Square. Not sure how true it is but that would be a welcome addition to the local restaurant scene. Anyone know anything about it?

                            And speaking of Somerset Square, I saw in the Citizen yesterday that a new Soup restaurant will be opening there next Friday. Somerset Square sure could use both of these. Now if they could just attract some good retail shops to replace what left, it might return to being the premier shopping center it once was. Jay

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                            1. re: JayCT

                              Ooh! More reasons to visit Glastonbury! I'm still mourning the loss of my favorite foodie store, though...*sigh* I keep thinking of all those wonderful cookbooks burning up in the back room. So sad.

                              1. re: JayCT

                                Oh that we be great for Grants to open there, especilly since he lives in town. The only thing is does Glastonbury really need yet another italian restaurant, I am starting to feel like I live in Jersey! I stopped by the soup place last Thursday to see if it was open yet. It appears as if it should be ready soon. I ended up going to spicy green bean instead and still really like it there.
                                I also really like The Mustard seed cafe, I have only had breakfast items (which are served all day) and have been very satisfied. The extra bonus is that the prices are quite reasonable (unlike Pickles before it) I am happy to report it was buzzing last friday at lunch time!

                                1. re: JayCT

                                  Went by Somerset today and Zoup is the new place opening on Friday...

                                  http://www.zoup.com/default.asp

                                  1. re: geminigirl

                                    Oh, dandy. A CHAIN! :(

                                    1. re: geminigirl

                                      What is Zoup????

                                      1. re: geminigirl

                                        Really? In Smith&Hawken's location? I drove by yesterday and didn't notice

                                        1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                          I can't imagine a soup place taking over S&H's prime location. That is a HUGE space. A shame a restaurant/bar like the old Great American (before its quality degraded) couldn't come in where S&H was. It would be a great spot for a nice bar + fine dining.

                                          EDIT: DUH, well, if Grant's is taking that space, THAT would be totally apropos. I hope that's the case! I'd rather drive to G'bury than WH Center for dinner.

                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                            Zoupe is a new soup restaurant. It is going to be where Gap Kids use to be. It is not the whole space, just a portion of it. It is scheduled to open tomorrow (Friday, December 18th).

                                            Askeenan - See now I like Max Fish because it is not different. I am so sick of going into restaurants and finding nothing but trendy foods and dishes that are so complicated that you can't figure out what to order. Maz Amore is a good example. We use to go often when it first opened but one time I could not find one thing that I wanted on the menu (they were getting very trendy back then) so we did not go back.

                                            Also I like the decor at Max fish. Again I find Max Amore to be ugly IMHO. Jay

                                            1. re: JayCT

                                              I am going to try Max Fish this weekend and Cavey's during the week...will report back on both.

                                              1. re: JayCT

                                                Zoup is a restaurant I tried a few times and the soup is mediocre. The employees are "out to lunch", as spacy as could be, mixing up orders, such as to go with to stay, and substituting 1/2 sandwiches on their own without such an order being placed. I spoke with the owner about having lunch delivery for my office this week, and he agreed and when the day came, I called and he said "sorry, they were shortstaffed" and couldn't deliver. So I went over myself to pick up the order and found, at 11:45 am, 2 people in line and 5 employees working. An employee was nice enough to help me deliver my lunches to my office, but not because the owner asked her to. So I decided NEVER AGAIN will I step foot in this place. Beware, you will not be happy with the service here! Out to LUNCH!