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Connecticut is once again holding a statewide 2010 Restaurant Week from Monday Oct. 4 to Sunday Oct. 10. Details, including 101 participating restaurants, menus and links to their individual websites can be found at http://www.ctrestaurant.org/index.php...

This time around, in honor of the 375th anniversary of its colonization, prices are based on some combination of $3.75, $20.10 and $37.50 price points. Here is an alphabetical list of participating restaurants, along with a brief summary of their pricing scheme for the week (because clicking on 101 menu links would certainly result in carpal-tunnel syndrome). All are prix fixe unless otherwise noted:

Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar, Simsbury [no menu provided
]Agave Grill, Hartford [no menu provided]
Apricots Restaurant & Pub, Farmington (4 courses + coffee/tea - $37.50)
Aunt Chilada's, Hamden (3 courses - $20.10)

Besito Mexican Restaurant, West Hartford (3 courses - $20.10, $3.75 for additional items)
Bin 228, Hartford (3 courses + 3 wine samples - $20.10)
Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Brazi's Restaurant, New Haven [no menu provided]
Restaurant Bricco, West Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Bricco Trattoria, Glastonbury, CT Menu (3 courses - $20.10)
Boom Restaurant, Old Lyme (3 courses - $20.10)

Cambridge Brew Pub, Granby [no menu provided]
Captain Daniel Packer Inne & Pub, Mystic (1 entree + 1 glass wine - $20.10)
Carbone's Ristorante, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, New Haven (3 courses + 1 glass wine - $37.50)
Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Waterbury (3 courses + 1 glass wine - $37.50)
Carmen Anthony Fishhouse, Avon (3 courses + 1 glass wine - $37.50)
Carmen Anthony Fishouse, Wethersfield (3 courses + 1 glass wine - $37.50)
Carmen Anthony Fishouse, Woodbury (3 courses + 1 glass wine - $37.50)
Cavey's Restaurant, Manchester (Italian: 3 courses - $20.10; French: 3 courses - $37.50)
City Steam Brewery Cafe, Hartford (4 courses - [no price listed, presumably $20.10])
Close Harbour Seafood, Plantsville (3 courses - $20.10)
Columbus Park Trattoria, Stamford [no menu provided]
Confetti's Restaurant, Plainville (3 courses - $20.10 [entree < $18.95])
Cove Clam Shack & Cafe, Mystic (2 courses + beverage - $20.10; cod slider - $3.75)

Dish Bar and Grill, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Downtown at the Taft, New Haven [no menu provided]

Feng Asian Bistro, Canton (3 courses - $37.50)
Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford [no menu provided - link to Ginza menu]
Firebox Restaurant, Hartford (3 courses - [no price listed])

Gary's Rib House, New Milford [no menu provided]
Ginza Japanese Cuisine, Bloomfield (3 courses - $20.10)
Grant's Restaurant & Bar, West Hartford (4 courses - $37.50)

Hawthorne Inn, Berlin (3 courses - $20.10)
Hook & Ladder, Hartford (chili cheese dog + chips - $3.75 after 4PM)

J Restaurant Bar, Hartford [no menu provided]
J. Timothy's, Plainville (3 courses - $20.10)
Joey Garlic's, Farmington (large Bronx pizza + appetizer - $20.10)
Joey Garlic's, Newington (large Bronx pizza + appetizer - $20.10)

La Tavola Ristorante, Waterbury (Lunch: 3 courses - $20.10; Dinner: 4 courses - $37.50)
La Vita Gustosa, East Haddam (Appetizer - $3.75; Lunch for 2: 3 courses - $20.10; Dinner for 2 (2 courses) -or- 4-course dinner - $37.50)
Leon's Restaurant, New Haven (Lunch for 2 -or- Dinner for 1: 4 courses - $37.50; House wine - $3.75)

Max a Mia, Avon (3 courses - $20.10; 3 courses - $37.50)
Max Amore, Glastonbury (3 courses - $20.10; 3 courses - $37.50)
Max Burger, West Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Max Downtown, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Max Fish, Glastonbury (3 courses - $20.10; 3 courses - $37.50)
Max Oyster Bar, West Hartford (3 courses - $20.10; 4 courses - $37.50)
McLadden's Irish Publick House, West Hartford [no menu provided]
Michael Jordan's 23 Sports Cafe, Mohegan Sun (3 courses - $20.10)
Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, Mohegan Sun (1 course - $20.10)
Mill on the River, South Windsor (3 courses - $20.10; House wine - $3.75)
Morton's The Steakhouse, Hartford (3 courses - $37.50)

Nino's Trattoria, Waterbury (4 courses + coffee - $20.10)

Olde Tymes Restaurant, Norwich (Chicken dinner + dessert for 2 - $20.10; Dessert for 2 - $3.75)
Olive Tree Restaurant, Southbury (3 courses + coffee - $20.10)
On20, Hartford [no menu provided]
O'Porto Restaurant, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Osteria Applausi, Greenwich [no menu provided]

Papacelle, Avon (3 courses - $37.50; Selected wine bottles - $20.10)
Penny Lane Pub, Old Saybrook (3 courses + glass of house wine/beer - $20.10)
Peppercorn's Grill, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10; 4 courses - $37.50)
Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury (2 courses + glass of house beer/wine - $20.10; 1 course + glass of house beer/wine - $20.10)
Plan B Burger Bar, Simsbury (2 courses + glass of house beer/wine - $20.10; 1 course + glass of house beer/wine - $20.10)
Plan B Burger Bar, West Hartford (2 courses + glass of house beer/wine - $20.10; 1 course + glass of house beer/wine - $20.10)
Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant, Hamden (Lunch: 3 courses - $12; Dinner: 3 courses - $20.10)
Prospect Cafe, West Hartford (Dinner for 2: 3 courses - $20.10; Appetizer or Dessert - $3.75)

Rein's N.Y. Style Deli, Vernon (2 Reubens/Rachels + fries + 2 beverages - $20.10; 2 dinners + cole slaw/fries + 2 glasses house wine + dessert - $37.50; Glass house wine - $3.75; Slice cheesecake - $3.75)
Reuben's Deli, West Hartford (Dinner for 2: 1 appetizer + 2 entrees + 1 dessert + 2 beverages - $37.50)
Rizzuto's Wood-Fired Pizza Kitchen, West Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Ruth's Chris Steak House, Newington (3 courses + glass house wine/beer/beverage - $37.50)

Sadler's Restaurant, Marlborough (3 courses - $20.10)
Sage American Restaurant, New Haven ($3.75 discount off any 1 food item [limit 1 per person])
San Marino's Ristorante, Waterbury (3 courses + dessert -or- glass house wine - $20.10)
Savin Rock Roasting Company, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Sol Toro Tequila Grill, Mohegan Sun (3 courses - $20.10)
Spris Italian Restaurant & Bar, Hartford [no menu provided]
Stone House Restaurant, Guilford [no menu provided]
Stonebridge Restaurant, Milford (Appetizers - $3.75; Entrees - $20.10)
Strada 18, Norwalk [no menu provided]

Tarantino Restaurant, Westport [no menu provided]
TD Homer's, Southington [no menu provided]
The Counter, West Hartford (2 burgers + 2 beverages + fries - $20.10)
The Half Door, Hartford [no menu provided]
Time Out Tavern, Durham [no menu provided]
Tisane Euro Asian Cafe, Hartford [no menu provided]
Trumbull Kitchen, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Tuscan Oven, Norwalk [no menu provided]

Umi's Sushi & Tapas, West Hartford [no menu provided]
USS Chowder Pot III, Branford (4 courses - $20.10)
USS Chowder Pot IV, Hartford (4 courses - $20.10)

Vasi's Restaurant and Bar, Waterbury (Lunch: 2 courses - $20.10; Dinner: 3 courses - $20.10)
Vaughan's Public House, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
Village Restaurant, Litchfield (Pumpkin ice cream - $3.75)

Wicked Wolf, New Haven [no menu provided]
Willimantic Brewing Company, Willimantic (Rib dinner + house draft beer - $20.10; Dessert - $3.75)
Wood-n-Tap, Hartford (4 courses - $20.10)
Wood-n-Tap, Farmington (4 courses - $20.10)
Wood-n-Tap, Rocky Hill (4 courses - $20.10)
Wood-n-Tap, Southington (4 courses - $20.10)
Wood-n-Tap, Vernon (4 courses - $20.10)

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Close Harbour Seafood
959 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville, CT 06479

Vaughan's Public House
59 Pratt St, Hartford, CT 06103

La Tavola Ristorante
Waterbury, CT, Waterbury, CT

Nino's Trattoria
91 Scott Rd, waterbury, CT 06705-3202

Restaurant Bricco
78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107

Carbone's Ristorante
588 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

Max a Mia
70 East Main St., Avon, CT 06001

Stonebridge Restaurant
50 Daniel Street, Milford, CT 06460

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

Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT 06103

Willimantic Brewing Company
967 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226

Ruth's Chris Steak House
2513 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111

La Vita Gustosa
9 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423

Olde Tymes Restaurant
360 W Main St, Norwich, CT 06360

Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant
150 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Bin 228
228 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103

Agave Grill
100 Allyn St Ste Frnt, Hartford, CT 06103

Rizzuto's Wood-Fired Pizza Kitchen
6 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT 06801

Max Amore
140 Glastonbury Blvd Ste 2, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Feng Asian Bistro
93 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Vasi's
1700 Watertown Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708

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

Joey Garlic's
372 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032

Max Downtown
City Place, 185 Asylum St., Hartford, CT 06103

Peppercorn's Grill
357 Main St, Hartford, CT 06106

Chowder Pot IV
165 Brainard Rd, Hartford, CT 06114

Carmen Anthony Steakhouse
496 Chase Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06704

San Marino Restaurant
Colonial Plz, Waterbury, CT 06702

Hook & Ladder Restaurant
207 Main St Fl 1, Hartford, CT 06106

Plan B
120 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Hawthorne Inn
2421 Wilbur Cross Hwy, Berlin, CT 06037

Olive Tree Restaurant
418 Heritage Vlg # D, Southbury, CT 06488

Aunt Chilada's Restaurant
3931 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518

Spris Restaurant
10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103

Max Fish
110 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Papacelle
152 Simsbury Road, Avon, CT 06001

Besito
46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

Ginza Japanese Restaurant
14 Wintonbury Mall, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Reuben's Deli
West Hartford, West Hartford, CT

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  1. Nice post--thanks! Gotta say, I've been wanting to try Billy Grant's G'bury digs, but NOT for this RW menu. Where you headed first, guy? I poked around a few of my favorite places or "wish list" spots...seems like no one wants to make things too interesting at the $20 price point. Did you notice that, too?

    ETA: I notice Chocopologie's missing from this list--maybe b/c they're part of SoNo Restaurant Week (10/3 - 10/8), but I'm adding it here as I went last year for RW, loved it and would love to return this year...compare/contrast...kinda kicks some of the CT RW's offerings directly in the @$$ in terms of creativity AND price, does it not? :)

    LUNCH MENU
    $14.99pp + Tax & Gratuity
    Appetizers
    (Choose One)
    (Also available as an Entrée substitute)
    Lobster Ravioli
    Served in a Creamy Lobster Bisque
    French Potato Nachos
    Thinly sliced Potatoes crisped up, topped with melted Blue Cheese & drizzled with Truffle Oil
    Mussels
    Served in a Red Curry, Coconut, Lime & Basil Sauce
    Or
    A Classic White Wine Sauce
    House Salad
    Mesclun, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots & Raspberry Peppercorn Vinaigrette
    Caesar Salad
    Romaine Lettuce, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan Reggiano & Homemade Caesar Dressing
    Entrees
    (Choose One)
    Curry Chicken
    (Choice of Whole Wheat Wrap, Flour Wrap or Demi Baguette)
    Cubed Chicken Breast mixed in a Curry Mayonnaise with Cranberries & Arugula
    With a side of Mesclun Greens & Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Arugula Crepe
    Goat Cheese, Fresh Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes & sautéed Portobello Mushrooms
    Tuna Salad
    Served on a Flaky Croissant, with Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato
    BBQ Chicken Crepe
    BBQ Pulled Chicken, Caramelized Onions & sautéed Mushrooms
    Enveloped in a Savory Buckwheat Crepe
    Quiche Lorraine
    A light airy Egg Custard with Cured Ham, Swiss Cheese & baked in a Flaky Pie Shell
    Desserts
    (Choose One)
    Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Whipped Cream, Poached Apples & Apple Sauce
    Rice Mousse
    Wrapped in a Marbleized Chocolate band, topped with Berry Compote
    Served with Mixed Nuts in a Caramel Sauce
    Individual Patisserie Cakes
    You may select one of our many individual cakes offered from our display case

    DINNER MENU
    $29.99 + Tax & Gratuity
    Appetizers
    (Choose One)
    (Also available as an Entrée substitute)
    Lobster Ravioli
    Served in a Creamy Lobster Bisque
    Popcorn Shrimp
    Baby Rock Shrimp breaded and fried, served with a Chipotle Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce
    Mussels
    Served in a Red Curry, Coconut, Lime & Basil Sauce
    Or
    A Classic White Wine Sauce
    Ropongo Salad
    Mesclun Greens with layers of Avocados, Mangos, Eggs & Shrimp, topped with Peanuts & Oriental Vinaigrette
    Caesar Salad
    Romaine Lettuce, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan Reggiano & Homemade Caesar Dressing
    Entrees
    (Choose One)
    Chocolate Braised Short Ribs
    Served on a bed of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables & Chocolate Mole Sauce
    Mushroom Risotto
    Risotto made with Wild Mushrooms, drizzled with Truffle Oil & topped with Shaved Asparagus
    Peppered Shrimp Penne
    Sautéed Shrimp, Peas, Prosciutto & Garlic in a Peppered Parmesan Cream Sauce
    Seafood Crepe
    A combination of Shrimp & Crabmeat sautéed in a Seafood Bisque with Mushrooms,
    Red and Yellow Peppers & Shaved Asparagus
    Desserts
    (Choose One)
    Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Whipped Cream, Poached Apples & Apple Sauce
    Rice Mousse
    Wrapped in a Marbleized Chocolate band, topped with Berry Compote
    Served with Mixed Nuts in a Caramel Sauce
    Individual Patisserie Cakes
    You may select one of our many individual cakes offered from our display case

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Tonite I went to the Hawthorne Inn to finally try their much acclaimed prime rib. They were one of the few outside of downtown Hartford (wanted to avoid the debate crowd) that had an interesting and varied $20.10 menu with bang for the buck. (My other 1st choice was Close Harbour, but only their fax machine answered the phone.) I hadn't been to the Hawthorne in at least 20 years, but my older brother (a real meat&potatoes type) swears by it and visits twice a year, at least.

      I had the Cesar salad for starters, my friend chose the pear & walnut salad (the soup du jour was chicken noodle, no thanks). Both were competent, but nothing extraordinary. A complimentary bread basket with whipped butter packets was also provided, with pumpkin bread, olive bread & dinner roll mini-muffins.

      My prime rib was exactly medium rare as requested, a 10 oz or so "junior cut" that normally goes for $28, with a baked potato & 4 thin asparagus spears which could have been a trimmed a little better at the bottoms. Fresh grated horseradish was cheerfully supplied on request; nothing like it to counter the richness of the meat.

      My friend ordered the half roast duckling with orange sauce, rice pilaf & asparagus. A huge portion, half of the half went home with him.

      Desserts were any choice from their 15-item dessert menu. I chose a Baked Alaska simply because I haven't seen one on a menu in years, and it was one of the first things I learned to make in an afterschool cooking club when I was a kid. My friend ordered the Grand Marnier chocolate mousse, absolutely delicious and, suprisingly, house-made. After such a meal, I was absolutely stuffed, not usually the case with most RW meals.

      The place was typically empty for a Tuesday night, no evidence of a RW rush at all. But I did overhear the bartender in the lounge exclaiming what a deal the RW menu was to a couple of barflys. She was right.

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      Hawthorne Inn
      2421 Wilbur Cross Hwy, Berlin, CT 06037

    2. This is suppose to be state-wide? Yet they only managed to get 3 restaurants in all of Fairfield county to participate (1 in Greenwich and 2 in Norwalk)?? Not very encouraging.

      1. Updated info:

        Agave Grill, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
        Brazi's Restaurant, New Haven [Not participating]
        Cambridge Brew Pub, Granby (Lunch for 2: Choice of Burger or Steak Sandwich - $20.10)
        Columbus Park Trattoria, Stamford [Not participating]
        Downtown at the Taft, New Haven [Not participating]
        Feng Asian Bistro, Canton (3 courses - $20.10; 3 courses - $37.50)
        Feng Asian Bistro, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10; 3 courses - $37.50)
        J Restaurant Bar, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10; Appetizers - $3.75; Desserts - $3.75)
        McLadden's Irish Publick House, West Hartford (2 entrees - $20.10; 1/2 doz. wings - $3.75)
        Meigas Restaurant, Norwalk (3 tapas + dessert - $20.10; 3 courses - $37.50)
        On20, Hartford [Not participating]
        Osteria Applausi, Greenwich [Not participating]
        Spris Italian Restaurant & Bar, Hartford (3 courses - $20.10)
        Stone House Restaurant, Guilford [Not participating]
        Strada 18, Norwalk [Not participating]
        Tarantino Restaurant, Westport [Not participating]
        TD Homer's, Southington (3 courses - $20.10 for 1, $37.50 for 2)
        The Half Door, Hartford [Not participating]
        Time Out Tavern, Durham [Not participating]
        Tisane Euro Asian Cafe, Hartford (3 courses - $37.50 for 2)
        Tuscan Oven, Norwalk (4 courses - $37.50)
        Umi's Sushi & Tapas, West Hartford (3 courses - $20.10; Any red plate on the belt - $3.75)

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        Meigas
        10 Wall St, Norwalk, CT 06850

        Agave Grill
        100 Allyn St Ste Frnt, Hartford, CT 06103

        Feng Asian Bistro
        93 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103

        Spris Restaurant
        10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103