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Dinner- Mass. State Line - Hartford off I-84

bropaul Jun 9, 2012 08:13 PM

I'll be driving from NH to NJ and want to stop overnight, probably between the Mass. state line and Hartford. Is there a food-worthy spot for dinner I should not miss? Am willing to drive about 20 miles from 84. Thanks.

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    edub23 RE: bropaul Jun 10, 2012 06:36 PM

    Rein's Deli is a popular spot. It's in Vernon, CT (Exit 65 off Interstate 84). I've only eaten at their West Springfield location, now closed, but the Vernon location certainly has a following.

    If you're staying in or near Manchester, the possibilities increase, although much of Manchester is mall hell.

    1. junescook RE: bropaul Jun 10, 2012 06:47 PM

      Off exit 62 from I84 westbound, there's a Pepe's Apizza. This is a branch of the original on Wooster St. in New Haven, You may have more good delis down in HJ.


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        awm922 RE: bropaul Jun 10, 2012 07:59 PM

        There's the restaurants at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in Manchester, CT. There is Bellini's which is a very good Italian place, there's Burton's grill for American fare and a Ted's Montana Grill for steak. All three are good at what they do. I have been to all 3 over the last couple of years and had good meals at all 3. They are not far from 84 just before you hit Hartford.
        The other suggestion would be Max Amore or Max Fish in Glastonbury, CT. Both are in a small, upscale shopping area about 15 min from 84, a little East of Hartford. Great meals at both. Max Amore does very good Italian food. J. Gilberts is across from the Max's and has great steaks. I would put it on a scale with Ruth's Chris and Capitol Grille.

        Outside of Rein's Deli, the area between Sturbridge and Manchester is a culinary wasteland.

        Have a nice trip and hope you have a great meal wherever you choose to go.

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          kattyeyes RE: awm922 Jun 11, 2012 06:11 AM

          Wait...you missed a few in Manchester! ;) Everyone talks about Pepe's Manchester outpost and forgets Mulberry Street on Main Street in Manchester--excellent, excellent pizza. And if it's pizza you want, try the Italian Job! I am overdue for a return trip.

          But if I was staying overnight and wanted more of a special meal, I'll second J. Gilbert's in Glastonbury (their crab bisque is killer, too) and add Cavey's in Manchester. Wasn't the chef there recently nominated for a James Beard award? Wow, was that two years ago already?! In any case:

          In West Hartford, Bricco is a great dinner option. If you'd prefer to be on the other side of the river, there's Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury (haven't gone yet, it's on my list).

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            CindyJ RE: kattyeyes Jun 23, 2012 10:11 AM

            We were visiting our son and his partner in West Hartford two weeks ago, and we all enjoyed a very pleasant dinner at Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury. That was our first time in Glastonbury in many decades and WOW -- how that town has changed!

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              kattyeyes RE: CindyJ Jun 23, 2012 03:24 PM

              Excellent! And yes, G'bury has come a long way, baby...yet the farms and country feel are still there (thankfully)!

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              kubasd RE: kattyeyes Jun 23, 2012 01:26 PM

              I dont' know how I lived in Colchester for 18 years without hearing of Cavey's.... I've been reading the menu and drooling.... A trip is being planned as we speak!!

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                kattyeyes RE: kubasd Jun 23, 2012 03:29 PM

                :) I keep getting very tempting emails from them. Hope you enjoy!

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              njmarshall55 RE: awm922 Jun 25, 2012 11:59 AM

              +1 on all the G'bury locations. Started working in E/H and had takeout from all of them.

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