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CT Native coming back to visit, need rec's for Middletown, Glastonbury, shoreline

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Coming to CT in the last week of September, beginning of October. We haven't been back to CT in a couple of years. We will be staying in Portland. What's new in Middletown and Glastonbury and the surrounding areas? We don't mind a little traveling, and we like all kinds of food, but don't need any burger or pizza rec's.
Also, what's open for seafood along the shore at that time of year other than Bill's or Lenny and Joe's?
Thanks, can't wait to be back home!

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  1. Bricco just opened in Glastonbury in July (not sure if you are familiar with Billy Grant's restaurants) which was a highly anticipated opening. A few other consistently good places (in my opinion, of course) are the 2 Max Restaurant Group offerings (Max Amore, Max Fish) and J Gilberts. You said no burger recs, however Plan B burger bar is in Glastonbury (not sure if it was there last time you were around) which is always great. It is an upscale burger place with a phenomenal beer menu. Whole Foods also came to town in 2008 (the old Shaw's near Hebron and Main). There are a decent amount of not so great restaurants still kicking around in the area (Tango aka the old Bamboleo; Piatti on Hebron Ave; Chili's).

    I also love Pho 501 in East Hartford just up Main Street (their beef pho knocks my socks off) but it is very casual..go for the pho, not the atmosphere. Also, great Indian can be had at IndiGo (ShopRite plaza, Spencer St Manchester). I like Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme for whole belly clams and the like but I know some on this board don't feel the same way as me :)

    I'll let someone else take Middletown, there is a lot going on downtown.

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    Pho 501
    501 Main St Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118

    Max Restaurant Group
    249 Pearl St Fl 2, Hartford, CT 06103

    Amore Restaurant
    921 Hope St, Stamford, CT 06907

    Plan B
    120 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033

    Max Fish
    110 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033