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springhaze Oct 29, 2010 03:41 PM

I'm coming home to CT for thanksgiving and am trying to figure out one great restaurant to go to. I'm willing to drive anywhere great in the Hartford or New Haven area. Basically, not willing to go as far as Fairfield County.

One of my all time favorites is the River Tavern in Chester. I like it because they have a seasonal menu and it's upscale, but casual.

So basically, I'm wondering if there's any place where there's a chef with an exciting and inventive menu.

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River Tavern
23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412

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    few Oct 29, 2010 05:16 PM

    I am a big fan of Brasserie Pip at the Copper Beech Inn over in Ivoryton

    Also ,Cafe Routier in Westbrook !

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    Brasserie Pip
    46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

    Copper Beech Inn
    46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

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      springhaze Oct 30, 2010 08:53 PM

      I have been to Cafe Routier many times and love it. Brasserie Pip may be a possibility.

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      Brasserie Pip
      46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

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      chowmensch Oct 30, 2010 01:11 PM

      I agree with few's picks and should add Still River Cafe in Eastford. Also, The Cottage in Plainville. Ambiance is nothing special at Cottage but food is very creatively prepared. SRC is far from Hartford but has a very invetive menu and a lovely atmosphere. SRC is also pricier than the others mentioned in this thread. Let us know where you end up and what you think.

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      Still River Cafe
      134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242

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        springhaze Oct 30, 2010 08:51 PM

        Wow. Still River Cafe looks amazing. And I'm going to be in East Hampton, so we can take back roads there and it won't be too bad of a drive.

        I'm not completely sure if we want to spend that much, but I'll keep you posted.

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        Still River Cafe
        134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242

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        SeoulQueen Nov 5, 2010 12:02 PM

        Well if you want to try an unusual concept, you could go to Umi Sushi & Tapas in West Hartford. It's the first kaiten sushi joint in CT (sushi on a conveyor belt). I haven't been yet so if anyone on Chowhound has been to it, I'd like to know what you thought of it. They are popular in Europe and the ones I went to in Paris were quite good.

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          newhavener07 Nov 5, 2010 01:14 PM

          They were a fad on the West Coast but generally the sushi tends to be low quality and doesn't benefit from being on the conveyer belt, in my experience. But it is a fun change of pace.

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            JudgeMaven Nov 5, 2010 01:16 PM

            We were not happy with Umi sushi. The portions were small, the prices high for the portion size, and we were not happy with the service. Nothing was labeled, and when I asked the waitress she said "Oh, we are having a pop quiz!" As my father and I have dietary restrictions it would have been nice if the pop quiz was held after hours instead of us taking things off of the belt and asking the waitress what everything was. We had seaweed salad, four very small salmon on rice (forgot the Japanese word), two tuna on rice, and four pieces of avocado roll. We went for the experience but we won't be back

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            TnTinCT Nov 6, 2010 07:24 PM

            Check out the Mill at 2T - a bit off the beaten path in Tarriffville, but daily menu changes, upscale food, casual great atmosphere.

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

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              Tinkerbelldee Nov 7, 2010 02:47 AM

              I agree about The Mill at 2T, if you want inventive and exciting, that is the palce to go.
              Make a reservation now, with only 9 tables, you generally need to reserve a month out.

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

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                NE_Elaine Nov 7, 2010 03:46 AM

                I just went there for the first time and loved it. We had a couple apps and split an entree. We will definitely be back.

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                  chowmensch Nov 7, 2010 05:54 AM

                  Definitely agree re 2T but be aware it is a small restaurant and it is usually booked up far in advance.

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