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xsivjosh Jul 23, 2010 03:56 PM

Stopping for 1 night at Farminton Inn on our way home from Maine to Bucks County, PA. Need some recommendations for fine dining. We've spent the last week with 2 three year olds and have eaten many lobsters. Time for something nice with a bar and decently priced wine list.
We eat everything.

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    SeoulQueen Jul 23, 2010 07:20 PM

    Check out the Max group of restaurants

    http://www.maxrestaurantgroup.com/burger/

    I've been to Max burgers - diverse range of great burgers - and Max Oyster Bar - nice upscale type restaurant with bar. These two are very close to each other in W. Hartford, Max Oyster Bar is on Farmington Ave about 5 miles down the road from your inn.

    Also check out the restaurants at Blue Back Square - 2 blocks further down on Farmington Ave after Max's Oyster Bar. A few of them are chains, like Cheesecake Factory, but I think one or two are independents, like Besito Mexican (looks good although I have never been).

    http://www.bluebacksquare.com/

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    Max's Oyster Bar
    964 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT 06107

    Besito
    46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

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      bcsuka Jul 23, 2010 04:30 PM

      My experience in Farmington is admittedly limited, but I can at least offer the following feedback:

      I've eaten at both Cugino's (http://www.cuginosrestaurantfarmington.com/) and Piccolo Arancio (http://www.piccoloarancio.com/) for Italian at lunch, and had good experiences at both.

      Ann Howard Apricots (http://www.apricotsrestaurant.com/) has a gorgeous location right on the banks of the Farmington river, however I found the food to be a bit long in the tooth. To be fair, it was only one time and at lunch, so perhaps dinner is better?

      J. Timothy's is pretty casual hearty American fare (wings, rings and beef, plenty of beef) but may be closed for a few days as I think they sustained a little bit of storm damage. I'd call first (http://www.jtimothys.com/).

      West Hartford is very close, and from what I understand there is a pretty interesting dining scene there although I am not qualified to offer any recos. I'm sure that there are threads that can provide some details.

      Best of luck!

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      Cugino's Restaurant
      1053 Farmington Ave Ste C, Farmington, CT 06032

      Piccolo Arancio
      819 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032

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        chowmensch Jul 24, 2010 06:36 AM

        Bcsuka's list is good. If you can only pick one Italian place, I would go with piccolo arancio over cugino's. Green Tea is a good choice if you want Chinese. J. Timothy's is in Plainville which is not too far away. It's okay but nothing special....mostly known for its wings. Also in Plainville but better are The Cottage and Confetti. Cottage has a very creative and inventive menu and Confetti (right next door) has a nice deck and lots of fresh fish choices.

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        Green Tea Restaurant
        2 Beacon St, Framingham, MA 01701

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          chowmensch Jul 24, 2010 06:52 AM

          One more....if you like barbecue, check out Flagstead. The owner is from Texas. The brisket is quite good

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