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Dinner Recs needed along 84 and 91 between CT and Vermont

The goal would be to find really high quality food that can get us in and out relatively quickly. Close proximity to the highways is important. This is our route up to the ski slopes, so we don't want to kill too much time, but I hate to let a meal go to waste. Any and all suggestions would be welcome.


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  1. From 84East you can take exit 43 and follow the signs to West Hartford Center... it's maybe a mile from the exit... if you're traveling on a weekend night it's not going to be a quick in & out anywhere...but Max Burger on the edge of the center may have easier parking...they don't accept reservations... they have awesome tuna burgers and sweet potato fries among other things...search the board for West Hartford and you'll find many posts for other restaurants as well...


    1. Right off Rte 84 in Vernon, CT is Rein's Deli. Excellent New York Deli style food along with a full bar too. Their traditional deli sandwichs are great as is their matzo ball soup and cheesecake. My daughters used to crave their Mac & Cheese too.

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      1. re: RoyRon

        Except that Vernon is not on their route... it's past the 91 interchange...

      2. El Serape in Enfield, CT, perhaps?

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          1. re: cowgirlinthesand

            Sarapes (Enfield, CT) was featured in this past Thursday's Hartford Courant:

            Please don't ask me why there are two different names for this restaurant. Suffice to say, head to Enfield and you'll find it, I'm sure. :) It's been on my list (to try) for a while.

            El Sarape Restaurante
            917 Enfield St, Enfield, CT 06082

        1. Thanks everyone, we're heading up again tomorrow and will definitely be dining according to suggestions.

          1. Tapas in West Hartford, CT http://www.tapasonline.com/ordereze/D...

            Lena's in Hartford: you can go waitress service or cafeteria style for some great soups and ready to eat pizza slices, calzones, stromboli etc. http://www.sullyspub.com/lenas.php

            north of Hartford some good polish food at Belvedere Deli http://belvederedeli.com/
            (closes at 7 pm) or Polish Deli in Enfield

            1. I also make this drive frequently, but am typically looking for something Springfield and above. Occasionally, I stop at The Student Prince in Springfield or Max's Tavern, also in Springfield. I have tried to find a easy-on-off place in the Northhampton area, with no luck.
              Any suggestions appreciated.

              Also not sure what mountain you are going to - but if Okemo/Killington is the destination, be sure to try Curtis' BBQ.

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              1. re: xilinxchic

                My fav easy on/easy off 91 is Mi Tierra right off 91 in Hadley.
                Great homemade tortillas, good tacos, great chili rellenos with queso!

              2. On our last trip to Vermont, we stopped at Paul&Elizabeth's at 150 Main in Northampton MA for lunch. We just had sandwiches, salads and soups, but they have fish and vegetarian dishes plus other cafe items for both lunch and dinner. Everything was fresh and good. They are located not too far off I-91 in a sort of arcade. We parked in the city lot south of them since street parking was difficult. There is an Ice Cream store nearby if you want a quick dessert.

                1. For good sit down Chinese I like Bamboo Garden on Day Hill Road in Windsor, CT. Take Exit 38 off of I-91.