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West Hartford dinner without breaking the bank

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Tinkerbelldee Sep 13, 2010 05:17 PM

Having dinner with a friend this week in WH. My usual spots tend to be pricey and she would like to keep the cost on the lower side.
We will be on foot since she lives close to Blue Back.

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Blue Back Cafe
51 Isham Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107

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    aldente1 RE: Tinkerbelldee Sep 13, 2010 09:10 PM

    If you split a pasta and a salad at Bricco's, you won't have to spend a fortune and you'll have a great meal.

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    Restaurant Bricco
    78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107

    1. masha bousha RE: Tinkerbelldee Sep 14, 2010 04:18 AM

      You could not break the bank at the Counter Burger or Cheesecake factory. Ditto for Max Burger (just depends on what you get). For something really cheap, hit the new Gyro place on S. Main Street. I think their most expensive item is $9.99 amd the gyros are excellent.

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        MacshashRIP RE: masha bousha Sep 14, 2010 05:46 AM

        these are not real Greek gyros....more like sliced steak on a pita...just my 2¢

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          masha bousha RE: MacshashRIP Sep 14, 2010 10:51 AM

          They're still yummy!

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            chrism23 RE: masha bousha Sep 14, 2010 01:28 PM

            sorry, i really wanted the gyros to be yummy, especially after recently returning from Israel where schwarma-gyros, are street food staples and outstanding. The new Gyro Palace beef gyros were dry, condiments were limited, and at $8.99 not a real bargain. The Gyros are Tapas, not in the center, are much better at about the same price.

            The Cheese Cake Factory is exactly that, institutional food, although the portions are enormous, its not real value because it is still mediocre.

            Best bet is to go to Bricco, split a salad and a pizza, or a pasta, even all 3 and you are around $30 bucks for a great meal. Max Burger trumps the Counter Burger only it is a little more expensive but much better. The Deli is average at best, which is a shame.

            I would also consider Arugula which has a great burger and flat breads and salads that can be shared.

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          Tinkerbelldee RE: masha bousha Sep 14, 2010 12:27 PM

          I think that Cheesecake factory is super overpriced...for the quality :)

          I forgot about Max Burger and Counter Burger, those are great options! Thanks

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          brookerme RE: Tinkerbelldee Sep 14, 2010 06:41 AM

          maybe McLadden's http://www.mcladdens.com/ or reubens http://www.reubensdelicatessen.com/in...

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            eater7777 RE: brookerme Sep 15, 2010 05:18 AM

            Max Burger is my choice in West Hartford for a casual meal. Try the spinach artichoke dip, the best i have ever had.

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            eds929 RE: Tinkerbelldee Sep 15, 2010 07:54 AM

            I know these numbers a little too well!

            Reuben's: Two reubens, two beers and tip=$41.00

            Max Burger: one 8oz burger, one 5oz burger, two beers and tip=$45.00

            I think both are great quality meals for a little over $20 each.

            Let us know what you decide!

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              judyd RE: Tinkerbelldee Jan 19, 2011 03:44 PM

              The Fernwood on New Britain Ave. Great friendly neighborhood place! Great soups and specials.

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              Fernwood Restaurant
              1113 New Britain Ave, Hartford, CT 06110

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