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Lunch--Westbound from Windsor Locks, CT

kayrff May 14, 2012 07:49 AM

I am traveling next Sunday from Bradley Airport to the Hudson Valley and looking for a good spot for lunch: good value, reasonably prompt, and of course great food. A locally owned cafe bakery could be ideal but would consider lots of other chowish possibilities. I see we'll be traveling Route 20, then 44, through Granby, Winchester...places I've never been. Within an hour from airport traveling west would be best. A search here found Dorothy and Leroy's Barbecue and Poquonock Giant Grinder. But heavy Southern/BBQ is one of the few cuisines that doesn't apeal to me; maybe the grinder shop... What else should I look at, 'hounds? Thanks!

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    rudysmom RE: kayrff May 14, 2012 11:48 AM

    Chatterley's and Blue Sky Foods are both in New Hartford, about 45 minutes from Bradley. they are very different from each other but both fun. (Caveat: Chatterley's does not always fall into the category of "reasonably prompt.") In Granby, there is a brewpub called Cambridge House: stick to basics and you should be OK. if your stomachs can hold out just a little longer, Pastorale on Rt 44 in Lakeville is lovely, as is Le Laurentis which is right next door.

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      chowmensch RE: kayrff May 14, 2012 04:07 PM

      Also in New Hartford on 44 is Portabella, an excellent red sauce Italian restaurant that is consistently good.

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        Tinkerbelldee RE: chowmensch May 14, 2012 05:40 PM

        Blue Sky would be my pick, slightly off your route, but well worth it!

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          kayrff RE: Tinkerbelldee May 15, 2012 03:05 PM

          Thanks, all! Blue Sky is the plan, and will let you know how it goes!

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            rudysmom RE: kayrff May 16, 2012 03:01 PM

            you HAVE to get sweet potato fries with chili-lime dipping sauce ;)

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              kayrff RE: rudysmom Jun 21, 2012 10:51 PM

              A little late, but I wanted to thank you all again for your recommendations. We did go to Blue Sky, easy to find. I had fish tacos, which I always love, and I enjoyed the vibe there. My DC, who is pretty picky, ordered crab cakes...which is not something I would order out. She found them too bready and fried, so I shared some of my taco. I can't eat too many fries, so we didn't get them...but kind of regretted that. Next time!

              We spotted Chatterley's, and down the way Pastorale & Le Laurentis--definitely couldn't have held out that long. But good to know about for future trips.

              Thanks again. It was so great to be able to head straight to a local fave.

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        sbxstr RE: kayrff May 15, 2012 03:58 PM

        Pastorale right on 44 in Lakeville, Conn. They're open on Sundays for what they call brunch, but the menu is more than a traditional brunch. Excellent food, reasonably priced and good service. Pastoralebistro.com. Adjacent is Le Laurentis. I've never been there but they have been reviewed favorably in the NY Times. lelaurentis.com

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          lollie424 RE: kayrff May 18, 2012 03:59 PM

          Do not go to Giant Grinder. It's a really random place that does not get much business. Their grinders are sub-par.

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