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Dining in the Manchester-Hartford area

I'm visiting my in-laws in Manchester for a week and I'm taking them out to dinner. Any suggestions in the area to take them? Firebox is a favorite, but trying to get out to somewhere new to us. I work in a top restaurant in Boston and eat out there frequently. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I believe Firebox is equal caliber to Boston restaurants, and I'm trying to find a place along those lines. My in-laws suggested Cavey's, but the online menu and reviews make it sound played out. I'm also trying to avoid a Max's type place since I get a food allowance from my restaurant for R&D. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

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Cavey's Restaurants
45 E Center St, Manchester, CT 06040

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  1. I have three suggestions....all fine dining with consistently excellent food and service:

    Still River Cafe is in Easton, north of Manchester.

    Metro Bis is in Simsbury.

    Mill at 2T is in Tariffville, a section of Simsbury.

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    Still River Cafe
    134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242

    Metro Bis Restaurant
    928 Hopmeadow St Ste 2, Simsbury, CT 06070

    Mill at 2T
    2 Tunxis Rd, Tariffville, CT 06081-9686

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    1. re: chowmensch

      Still River Cafe is located in Eastford, CT not Easton. Easton is just north of Fairfield down in Fairfield County. Jay

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      Still River Cafe
      134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242

      1. re: JayCT

        Thanks, Jay. Brain fade on my part.

    2. I went to Cavey's last month and am going on Wednesday and I didn't find it played out. I like Firebox, too. Feng, perhaps?

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      Cavey's Restaurants
      45 E Center St, Manchester, CT 06040

      1. The new Bricco's in Glastonbury is getting rave reviews. I also love 2 Hopewell in South Glastonbury. Jay

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        2 Hopewell
        2 Hopewell, Glastonbury, CT 06033

        1. On 20 in Hartford gets wonderful reviews.

          1. You could try Mill on the River in South Windsor, it has a deversified menu , and it is very quaint looking in the main dining room. I think you might like it!

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            The Mill on the River
            989 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074

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            1. re: Earle

              No offense, Earle but I think the OP is a sophisticated diner (works in a restaurant) and Mill On the River is not a good match. It's a nice place as you mention and while the food is okay, it's not very creative or inventive.

              1. re: chowmensch

                Thanks everyone. We'll probably end up at Cavey's (due to in-law politics...) and I hope to be proven wrong and pleasantly surprised. Even though Firebox and Bricco are a good match for what I typically go out to eat for in Boston.

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                Cavey's Restaurants
                45 E Center St, Manchester, CT 06040

                1. re: msgcook

                  Are we going to get a final report, msg?