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Edible food when driving from Boston to NYC on 84

This question is not about great food but looking for suggestions on an easy stop when timing demands a meal on the way to NY.
What I want is easy on-off the highway, non-fast food but reasonably quick, and fairly healthy - which leaves out the obvious Rein's Deli.
Is there any place good in West Hartford that you can walk into for Friday night supper?
I know I could post this on Southern NE board but prefer this one.
Thanks for any, any, any ideas.

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  1. This is a direct response to your title, but not the West Hartford part:

    There are many pizza destinations between Boston and NYC but outside of those I would say your best option (and a very good one at that) is BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge, just off of the 90/84 junction.

    BT's Smokehouse
    392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

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    1. re: Luther

      I'll second BT's but if ocean won't go to Reins because it isn't healthy I'm not sure he will miss out on BT's as well. Frank Pepi has added a branch in Manchester CT, in a mall complex just off 84.

      BT's Smokehouse
      392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

    2. Rein's Deli, exit 65 off 84 just north of Hartford is a favorite of mine and alot of my friends who drive frequently to NY. Great sandwiches and New York deli,/jewish soul food stuff. Chopped Liver, Kishke, Latkes etc. and massive pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.They have a huge dining room and a bar too if you want to sit down.

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      1. re: nachovegas

        lol...the OP speciofically mentions "Not Rein's Deli".

      2. I like Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford. To me, a raw bar is one of the healthier options out there. My trepidations (for West Hartford) are you're wanting a quick meal on a Friday night in a popular nightlife and education town. Plus the parking. You may be circling the block a few times. Where is your final destination in NYC, if I may ask?

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        1. re: David11238

          Actually Tarrytown on Friday night and into the city in the morning.
          And salad, seafood, homemade soups are more the type of food I'm looking for than barbeque, deli meats and a side of fries. Much as I'm tempted to try BT's given the claims of better than Blue Ribbon that I've read on this board. Must be good...

          1. re: ocean266

            Ah okay. I was going to suggest holding off until you arrived in NYC. But it's moot since you're not going until the next morning.

          2. re: David11238

            The food is good at the OB, but it will be packed on a Friday night.

            1. re: AdamD

              I believe I said that. Or at least inferred. I imagine most places in big towns and cities in CT will have this problem. It's also ironic that you have a better chance finding a parking spot in NYC on weekend nights than you do in most towns outside of it.

          3. In elmwood, which is pretty close to the highway:
            Tapas (good food, spotty service)
            Fernwood (pub like place)
            In west hartford center:
            Most of the decent casual sit down restaurants will be crowded on a Friday night. If you are thinking West Hartford center, where there are lot of choices, you will likely have to park in the municipal lot and walk which will take time. But you might be able to snare a spot on the street.
            I know you said fairly healthy, but there are a few decent burger joints as well
            Plan B
            Max's Burger joint
            The Counter

            You could also try First and Last Tavern for a white clam pizza. They have a few locations in the area-the maple ave location in Hartford being my fav.

            And hey, if you get a junk food craving you can always stop at Auggie & Rays in East Hartford for onion rings, fried clams, chili dogs and a shake. Skip the burgers though.

            Fernwood Restaurant
            1113 New Britain Ave, Hartford, CT 06110

            1. all 2 minutes north of I-84 on the Hartford/West Hartford line easy to park:

              Lena's: disorganized and messy but great soups, salads and pizza slices served cafeteria style so its pretty quick http://www.sullyspub.com/lenas.php

              J's Crab Shack (formerly Tinkers) order at the register, have a seat and you have your order in 5 or 10 min. fried seafood, good chowder and bisque, can get broiled too. http://www.menuchest.com/connecticut/...

              O'Porto more upscale Portugese specialties http://www.oportohartford.com/

              1. Exit 44 from Rt 84 will take you to GoldRoc Diner. Open 24 hours. Not a NJ diner, but damn close. Friendly wait staff, too. Good food.

                1. If you're looking for delicious healthy(guiltless) meal options on the road, definitely try Natures Grocer-exit 67 in Vernon (pay no mind to the weird billboard ad and dark store front. Promise when you walk inside you'll be pleasantly surprised. They have great wraps (try the chicken salad) and paninis as well as tons of healthy snacks- great gluten free options as well. They also have a large sit down area which is nice.

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