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Hartford to Salisbury, CT, and any Chowish points in between

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I have to take a quick trip to CT. I'm flying into the Hartford airport and then driving to Salisbury, all in a day. Are there any must-see spots either in Salisbury or on the road (mainly Route 44) in between the two cities?

I'm an adventurous eater on a modest budget (about $50) who will try just about anything. I'm not from New England, so any local fare would be much appreciated.

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  1. In Salisbury itself is the White Hart Inn, which uses local beef and produce from Twin Lakes Farm on Rt 44 which you'll pass on the way into town. The NYT recently reviewed Chatterly's in New Hartford, (about halfway between the airport and Salisbury on Rt 44), and gave it a positive recommendation.

    1. Four additional thoughts....

      Near Salisbury is John Andrews in South Egremont, MA, a very nice fine dining restaurant. Food is outstanding and service has received mixed reviews on this Board. You can search here for more details but I love the place.

      On Rt. 44:
      Canton: Great burgers at Joe Pizza.
      New Hartford: Portobello is an excellent old school red sauce Italian place.
      New Hartford: Blue Sky is a nice casual lunch place with a Jimmy Buffet inspired decor.

      1. Given your limited budget and taste for adventure (and if you don't mind a rough neighborhood), you can swing by Scotts' Jamaican Bakery in Hartford (right on Albany Ave./Route 44) and get a beef patty or chicken patty. Truth-in-advertising alert: the place I've mentioned looks *nothing* like the picturesque house shown in the image on the site. ;) http://www.scottsjamaicanbakery.com/
        Good patties, tho'!

        You can detour briefly off 44 in Avon for Luke's Donuts. I might do just that, but I am donut deprived--or depraved!--and don't get good ones very often! I just had one again for the first time about a month ago and it was as delicious as I remembered (chocolate/chocolate frosted). http://lukesdonutshop.com/

        As to local fare such as clams or a lobster roll or seriously mind-blowing pizza (trying to think what out-of-towners consider uniquely "here")...that might be a toughie on your route. Will you be looking for lunch soon after you land? Would you want to eat in Hartford then head to Salisbury? What's your plan or on your wish list?

        1. As you're not from around here, you might want to sample some CT style pizza, which is unique and excellent. But I don't know where you can find it between Bradley and Salisbury, but maybe some other hound knows a good spot.

          If you're willing to dip down to the Hartford region there's plenty of options. In West Hartford either Harry's or Harry's Bishop's Corner are terrific (separately owned, long story).

          1. It might be a bit of a detour off Rte 44 but in Torrington I would suggest The Venetian Restaurant on East Main St. It has been there for more than 60 years and serves excellent Italian specialties.

            1. Max-A-Mia has great food. It's in Avon, CT just off Rt. 44. If you are by yourself, you could sit at the bar and order.