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The wife wants to go here for her b-day. Any reports?

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  1. I'm guessing you're talking about the restaurant. I wasn't a fan personally. Try searching the Southern NE thread and I'm certain you'll find info about that place.

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    1. re: masha bousha

      I've tried the one in Middletown, CT a few times, I would rather eat at McDonald's, seriously. It seems like I will go with a group and have something 'safe' and I always feel like I wasted my money. There are so many good restaurants in this town now, I wouldn't even bother. Too bad it's so close to the movie theater.

    2. If she enjoys Mexican food I doubt you will be disappointed. Its a chain type restaurant, but at least its a small, local chain. The food may not be that memorable, but it is reasonably good. I've been to the Middletown location a few times, and though its not someplace that is high on my list, I would definitely go again. Very good chips and salsa. My favorite Mexican place is Monte Alban in Hartford, but its probably not the right ambiance for a birthday. Kind of a hole in the wall type place.

      Monte Alban Restaurant
      529 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

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      1. re: jkuhlen

        +1 on EVERYTHING you said--about both PV and Monte Alban. Oh, and if you like spicy salsa, ask for the spicy mushroom salsa next time you're at PV. It is CRAZY hot!!! Think there are habaneros in it. I also like their albondigas soup very much.

        Stormshadow, not sure where you are, but I'd say for a birthday dinner of Mexican food, try Besito in West Hartford Center. You'll find other reviews of it on this board.

        Monte Alban Restaurant
        529 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

        46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Thanks for the +1 Katty! How about these Spanish oriented thoughts for a birthday:
          Costa del Sol, Hartford - very nice atmosphere, great food, great service.
          O Porto, Hartford - pretty much ditto
          Agave Grille - young crowd (like I care), and you can stroll down to Black Eyed Sallies for some good music after dinner.
          Azucar, Hartford - On a Saturday night, if you close your eyes, you would think you are in Puerto Rico. Food, meh, music, unbelievable!

          Puerto Rico Restaurant
          152 Rifle St, Springfield, MA 01105

          494 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

          1. re: jkuhlen

            Well, the wife definitely wanted to go here, so we went. We were a bit disappointed. The food was only mildly seasoned for the American palate. The carnitas that I got tasted like yankee pot roast--in fact I would rather have had pot roast. My wife got the Arroz con pollo (labeled on their menu as their specialty) which tasted like sausage and peppers, but with chicken.

            Service was so-so; the waiter didn't even ask us if we wanted any more drinks.

            We'll stick with our go-to mexican place.

            Puerto Vallarta
            200 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

            1. re: stormshadow

              Sorry for the bad experience. Guess I'll forget about returning. Stormshadow, what is your "go-to Mexican place"?
              C oliver, you are correct, O Porto is a Portuguese restaurant.

            2. re: jkuhlen

              Isn't O Porto a Portuguese restaurant?

              1. re: jkuhlen

                Hi, jkuhlen:
                Have only been to Agave (from your list), but do remember liking it. I'd still vote for Besito for a Mexican b'day dinner and Monte Alban for Mexican any other time. I've never tried the other Spanish-oriented spots you mentioned--probably more fish dishes than this kat likes--but I did notice some standalone meat dishes that look pretty tempting. Any non-fish faves for you at del Sol or O'Porto?

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  I've never been to Besito's, but I checked out their menu and it looks great! Can't wait to try it!
                  I'm afraid my usual preference at both CDS and O'Porto is the Mariscada (squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, etc. in salsa verde), so I don't have a lot of experience with the non-fish options. I mean to try other things, but I always seem to end up with the Mariscada.

                  46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

                  1. re: jkuhlen

                    My go to mexican joint is Jalapeno Heaven in Branford, CT.

                    Jalapeno Heaven
                    40 N Main St, Branford, CT 06405

                    1. re: jkuhlen

                      J: I'm the same way with some of my usual haunts--I totally understand.

                    2. re: kattyeyes

                      I've always been happy with Coyote Flaco in Hartford.

                      1. re: foodwallguy

                        Used to go fairly often myself...not much atmosphere for b'day, though, you'd agree, yes? ;)