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Dinner near i-84 from Waterbury through Hartford

Hello Chowhounds
Driving with my son Thursday evening to Boston from Westchester County. Any recommendations for a good pit stop dinner close to I-84 in the corridor of Waterbury through Hartford? Looking for honest road food, could be a diner, local dive, etc. Thanks.

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  1. West Hartford: http://www.tapasonline.com/ordereze/D...
    http://www.planbburger.com/flash.html
    Hartford: Lena's (in the same building as Sullys Pub) cafeteria style with great soups, pizza slices, calzones etc. http://www.sullyspub.com/lenas.php

    Southington: chili dogs http://www.saintsct.com/SaintsLunchan...

    1. We often stop at Nardelli's grinders in Waterbury (east of the city proper). It's just off I-84 (b/w exits 24 and 25)

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      1. re: SteveSCT

        Is that the place that has the sign/billboard for the "Best Grinders..."?

        1. re: viperlush

          Yes it is. They won the Connecticut Magazine poll for best grinder in the state for several years in a row. I can't say I've done an exhaustive survey of the grinder options in the state (and I'm sure there can be a lively thread if one doesn't already exist), but we first stopped there because of the awards and haven't been disappointed.

      2. Blackie's in Cheshire is about as honest road food you can get in the area. Yeah, it's hot dogs, but the history is pretty cool too. Great hummel hot dogs with homemade relish and no fries. Right off 84. http://www.blackieshotdogs.com/index.php

        1. I have always stopped at the Blue Colony diner in Newtown (in between Danbury and Waterbury) and had good, fast meals. Easy off/on.

          http://www.bluecolonydiner.com/

          1. Exit 44 on I-84 will get you the GoldRoc Diner...open 24/7. If travelling East, take exit, turn left at light, go over highway. Turn left at light, look for sign AFTER gas station on left.

            1. Thanks for all your suggestions. My list is in driving order:
              Blue Colony
              Blackies
              Nardellis
              Plan B Burger
              Tapas

              Depending on the time we arrive in the area (some close early) and my son's preference will decide where we go. Will report back early next week.

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              1. re: moreeatsathome

                Thanks again for your replies. We ate at Plan B Burger on the trip up to Boston, and highly recommend it. The burgers were great, the beers on tap were extensive, and the selection of bourbons was impressive. Too bad I couldn't sample them as we had a two hour drive ahead of us after dinner. On the trip home Sunday afternoon, we stopped at Blackies. Truly historical spot with good hotdogs and their special relish. We also enjoyed the white birch beer.

                I would not call either places culinary destination on their own (but I wish we had a Plan B burger near us), for road food they were perfect.

                1. re: moreeatsathome

                  Thanks for the note, I always enjoy reading a follow-up. I love Blackies, I consider them less dogs than relish delivery vehicles.

                    1. re: jonsull

                      They always, always, always get something wrong on our order, and the side portions are laughable (disco fries, I'm looking at you!) for the money, but we still love the place.