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Nov 8, 2010 09:01 AM

Need a suggestion for 90 year olds birthday near Middletown, CT

We are finally getting around to planning something for Dad's 90th birthday in December. Looking for a place for the family to get together for dinner on a Sat nite. Nothing too fancy. We will be anywhere from 9 - 12 people, youngest in college. Prime rib would be great, steaks, italian are also good choices. Folks will be coming from Middletown, Storrs, Waterford and New Britain. Close (30 min) to Middletown would be good but willing to drive down towards shoreline and east. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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  1. Hawthorne Inn is known for its prime rib and central for your group. You could also consider for Italian.

    Hawthorne Inn
    2421 Wilbur Cross Hwy, Berlin, CT 06037

    1. hawthorne IS central to your group, but the food is, uh, bleah. Reminded me of pre-prepared banquet/wedding hall food. Maybe is was better back in the day, but not so much anymore. Tuscanny would be a great choice, and if that price scale is in your budget, Luce in Middletown is nice too

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      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        I would add Esca to that list. On the corner opposite from Luce.

        1. re: chuck s

          Luce outshines Esca by far for food, tho'. +1 on Tuscany...same owners, Baci Grill in Cromwell...any of those would be perfect.

          FWIW, we celebrated my mom's 75th with a birthday luncheon at Luce this summer. They make their own desserts in-house, too.

          Baci Grill
          134 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Thanks for the suggesions. I know they tried Esca and weren't thrilled with it. I'll have to him if he likes Luce. Any other thoughts for Prime Rib? Even a good steak.

            1. re: annl

              Not sure about prime rib, but Luce has good steaks. We also like J Gilbert's in Glastonbury for steak. Only ones that might be a little worse for in your crowd are the Waterford people.

              Luce is my favorite restaurant in M'town...I say what's not to like? :) It's more of a love thing for me!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Thanks. Even if Dad desn't want to go there for his birthday I'll have to plan on on a meal there one of these days when we are up visiting.

              2. re: annl

                I always find a good piece of meat at Gilbert's in Glastonbury

                1. re: BiscuitBoy

                  BBoy, ooh, that's trippy...check timing. ;)

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    What about the Inn at Middletown?

                    1. re: rosieg

                      I haven't been in a couple of years...whatever I had was unremarkable and it was only lunch. Maybe someone else who has been recently (or for dinner) could give you better feedback.

        2. My parents are in their 80s. They like Luce and The Inn at Middletown. The food is much better at Luce, but when they are staying at the Inn, they sometimes just like eating there. It has an old school, tweedy feeling to it which they like. Luce is a treat, however. Best meal I have had in that area without exception. It's a bit more hopping in terms of atmosphere! And the food is seriously good.