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Jan 25, 2012 07:46 AM

Visiting Bristol, CT & vicinity - good eats?

hello new england chowhounds!

I am visiting family in bristol, CT this weekend and i am looking for some good eats. we're also willing to drive (to the coast) for food and adventure. wouldn't like to stray more than 2 hours or so from home base.

any suggestions or recommendations or tips would be much appreciated!


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  1. the Polish breakfast at Rodd's, Fried Chicken at Greer's, Bacon Roadhouse burger at Checker's

    1. Two hours from Bristol will take you to Boston or NYC...and with everything in between, that means ALOT of choices. Closer to home, are some of my local (Bristol, Farmington, Burlington) suggestions:
      Machiavelli's in Southington
      La Trattoria in Canton (on 44)
      Big Steve's in Plainville (used to be Pepper Pot)...their lobster bisque is to die for.. but VERY informal
      Apricots, Picolo Arancia, both in Farmington, but a bit pricey
      For touristy selections, you can also check out what is at the casinos.
      Only two diners I know of in the area is GoldRock (W. Hartford, just off 84) and Applewood (on Farmington Ave in Bristol). Not great, but family friendly and decent food.

      1. The Cottage in Plainville
        Cava in Southington
        Anthony Jacks in Southington
        Piccolo Arancio in Farmington
        Metro Bis in Simsbury
        Grants, Bricco and Max Oyster Bar in West Hartford
        Pip's at Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton
        Liv's in Old Saybrook
        tiberio's in Old Saybrook
        Lenny and Joe's in Westbrook
        (Last four are on the Shoreline, about an hour from Bristol).

        1. Just following up on an old post...wondered how you made out???

          1. I second Anthony Jacks in Southington or try Treva in West Hartford.