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algct Mar 28, 2011 06:34 PM

Any recommendations for a medium-priced joint for dinner?

Atmosphere is not an issue - good food is. Don't need a wine list either.

Ethnic is OK, chain/corporate feed troughs are a no-no.

Mexican is out (capsacin intolorant member of the party).

I'd love real Japanese but ...

So what's left? Italian, American, Chinese, French, German (yeah - New Britain is not too far away).

Thanks for your favorite haunt in advance.

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  1. DonShirer RE: algct Mar 28, 2011 06:42 PM

    I moved out of Wallingford several years ago, but at the time Michael's Trattoria was pretty good and from CH comments I guess it still is. Friends tell me that Fratelli's is another good Italian restaurant but I have not been there.

    Michael's Trattoria
    344 Center St, Wallingford, CT 06492

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      stormshadow RE: DonShirer Mar 29, 2011 12:06 PM

      An overlooked town between north haven and wallingford is north branford. Doody's Totoket inn is an American "pub grub" establishment on Rte 80. The food is wonderful, but there are some quirks--service is not stupendous--we have complained about a particular waittress who thinks she's 'all that' and doesn't have to serve her customers--she'd rather talk to the next table over. Also, the hours on Sunday are not dependable. Events are often scheduled and they'll close the place to accomodate the event--very bad business policy. I will repeat though--food is good.

      Since you mentioned New Britain, you can't help but try one of the polish restaurants in the area. I can vouch for Staropolska--classic Polish fare, decent prices. Great soup!

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        madisoneats RE: DonShirer Mar 30, 2011 01:08 PM

        love michael's

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          Pipenta RE: DonShirer May 13, 2012 09:04 AM

          I recently went to Michael's in Wallingford and the service was nice, the food was decent, but the choices at the bar were budweiseresque mainstream yucky & dayglo martinis and the place itself, once you looked below eye level, just filthy. The walls are GRIMEY man! And the restroom walls had splatters of brown flecks and it was not at all appetizing.

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          Td61 RE: algct Mar 29, 2011 06:36 PM

          Give this place a try.... http://www.fratellipizzarustica.com/
          It may surprise you!

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            Ctcomfort RE: algct Mar 30, 2011 12:23 PM

            I would second Michaels Trattoria, Bellinis 2 Broadway in North Haven good also

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              ljulian RE: algct Apr 13, 2011 06:06 AM

              I would highly recommend J. Christian's in Wallingford. Absolutely wonderful food, great service, and very reasonably priced. We came in from out of town and had one of our best meals there. We also had a good meal at Fratelli's, although not remotely in the same league as J. Christian's.

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                AlanZ RE: algct Jan 27, 2012 09:16 AM

                If Cheshire isn't out of your way, Yellowfins Seafood grille is a great hidden place to eat and drink...reasonably priced, clean, and consistant food....Everybody's Plaza on Rte 10.

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                  gomer53 RE: algct Jan 27, 2012 02:35 PM

                  Dusitra is a very good Thai restaurant in North Haven just north of the Big Y. I especiallly love their fried squid appetizer. Soups and seafood, in general, are very well done.

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                    orlo RE: algct Feb 7, 2012 12:25 PM

                    We've tried Kayumangi in Wallingford a couple of times recently and enjoyed it. It is a Filippino grocery + take-out place in a strip mall. Atmosphere = 0, but staff are friendly and you can eat in at a couple of tables or take out. We've gotten the rice-based breakfast dishes and two types of pancit; there's a steam table during the day as well and a bin full of exotic flavored ice cream. It's also right near Neil's Donuts if you are there during the day time.

                    The Puerto Rican place near the train station in Wallingford (name escapes me) was also good the one time I ate there.

                    After re-reading the original post, maybe you are looking for something more up-scale. But there you have it if not.

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                      stormshadow RE: orlo May 14, 2012 09:37 AM

                      I assume you'rereferring to Tatas (Puerto Rican).

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                      chowmensch RE: algct May 13, 2012 03:18 PM

                      I highly recommend Ludal's in North Haven. It's mostly Italian but there are other choices as well. The rigatoni bolognese is right up there with the best I've had anywhere and the meatballs are light and tasty. Prices are very reasonable. Open for lunch and dinner. Urge you to try it.

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