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Dinner Sunday near University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford)

THewat Oct 17, 2012 02:48 PM

I'm looking for a great dinner spot for a foodie date this Sunday around 7:15 - if possible near University of Saint Joseph. We can drive anywhere in town, and I'll search the board for Hartford recommendations too, but if there's something sweet, near by, and serving on Sunday night, that would be blissful. We really eat everything, and would happily spend up to $100, but we'd be equally happy in a great hole in the wall. Ethnic is great but not required. It is a date, so "bustling" is fine, but I'm shying away from anything really loud / crowded.

Thanks in advance to all of you with opinions. I appreciate it.

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  1. njmarshall55 RE: THewat Oct 18, 2012 06:27 AM

    I would recommend going south on Main Street to the Blueback Square area (Main and Farmington Ave.) I think you'll have better selections than in the immediate St. Joe's locale. That said, Bricco, Max's Oyster, Flemings...not sure of Sunday availability, but have yet to find a good place that's NOT open on Sunday.

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      THewat RE: njmarshall55 Oct 18, 2012 10:00 AM

      Thanks - I don't know the area at all, so your response is super helpful.

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      brookerme RE: THewat Oct 18, 2012 08:19 AM

      West Hartford center http://www.billygrant.com/grants/
      http://www.besitomex.com/
      http://www.trevact.com/
      http://arugula-bistro.com/
      http://www.afghancuisine.net/

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        THewat RE: brookerme Oct 18, 2012 09:58 AM

        Thank you, thank you!

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        ratbuddy RE: THewat Oct 18, 2012 02:17 PM

        Definitely put Firebox on your short list. Great (new American, if that's still a thing) food, good date spot, and last I knew, they had bluegrass on Sunday nights in the bar area. Just my opinion, but the West Hartford center dining scene is pretty played out, except maybe Bartaco. If they were open on Sundays, I'd send you to Pond House Cafe in Elizabeth Park in a heartbeat. Right up the road from St. Joe's, and awesome for dates. Consider heading there if you find yourself in the area on a non-Sunday.

        http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/
        http://bartaco.com/

        Brookerme.. I gotta mention, it drives me apeshit when you post those lists of links with no information on why they might be good. How about giving a little more info? :)

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          THewat RE: ratbuddy Oct 18, 2012 05:33 PM

          Thanks ratbuddy. Both Bartaco & Firebox make me hungry. Any place with a Cato Corners cheese plate is high on my list.

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            kattyeyes RE: ratbuddy Oct 19, 2012 05:05 AM

            You think Bricco is played out? Gotta disagree with you there. Here's our dinner for four back in the spring:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8420...

            I have wanted to go to Firebox for too long...

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              ratbuddy RE: kattyeyes Oct 19, 2012 07:47 AM

              It's possible I'm a bit jaded from having worked in the center for many years.

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                kattyeyes RE: ratbuddy Oct 19, 2012 08:09 AM

                Ah, gotcha.

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                THewat RE: kattyeyes Oct 19, 2012 05:15 PM

                Thanks kattyeyes! I didn't realize you were in CT.

            2. THewat RE: THewat Oct 22, 2012 08:24 AM

              We didn't make it due to illness, so I can't report back. I'm suspicious that we'll have another chance soon, however... Thanks to each of you for your suggestions.

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