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Visiting University of Connecticut in Storrs for 2 day

maj54us Nov 4, 2012 10:03 PM

What are the not to miss places to eat at ?

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  1. bagelman01 RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 03:51 AM

    The better question is what places should I deliberately miss??? Most of them.

    There is a quant inn, whose name I forget, further out state 195 (about 8 minutes past UCONN going away from Hartford) that is good. Otherwise the area is a culinary wasteland of chains, wing and pizza joints, etc.

    30 Minutres away in Manchester or Glastonbury you will find the best choices East of the River.

    One kid went to UCONN, one kid to Eastern (10 minutes away) and they both always wanted to eat out of the area. and it was no different when my sister went there 40+ years ago.,

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      kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 Nov 5, 2012 04:16 AM

      Quaint inn = Altnaveigh?

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        bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Nov 5, 2012 10:15 AM

        yes, I was having a senior moment

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          chowmensch RE: bagelman01 Nov 6, 2012 12:48 PM

          I agree with Katty and Bman on Altnaveigh. Not amazing but fprobably your best bet in that area. Manchester isn't that far and the best place there is probably Cavey's.

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      brookerme RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 06:53 AM

      http://willimanticbrewingcompany.com/... has pretty good food

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        mels RE: brookerme Nov 5, 2012 08:09 AM

        Ditto this. The food is solid pub fare. I have never had a bad meal there but some dishes are better than others (so let's say they run from average to above average). I do heartily endorse their house made veggie burger, their beef burgers are very good *especially* if you add the beer glazed onions to them, and if you are in the mood for greasy beef, the Beer Tap Beef sandwich gets a thumbs up. Their ever-rotating list of house-made brews is the real star of the show.

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          bagelman01 RE: brookerme Nov 5, 2012 10:16 AM

          it is pub fare, adequate, BUT OP was looking for a NOT to miss place. My 24 year old was there Sat Nite (she went to Eastern unbdergrad) and was apalled at the level of drunkeness and roudiness (much greater than when she graduated 2 years ago). I would not recommend this to visiting parents.

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            LorenV RE: bagelman01 Nov 6, 2012 04:36 AM

            "I would not recommend this to visiting parents."

            Maybe not at night but it's perfectly acceptable during the day or early evening. We've been there many times with our kids (now 8 and 10) and never had a problem with drunks or rowdy college kids. Especially if you sit on the dining room side of the restaurant and not the bar side.

            And Willimantic sure is unique. How many other restaurants are in on old post office? The building itself is a marvel. Especially how they retrofitted the brewing system into the building.

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              kattyeyes RE: LorenV Nov 6, 2012 04:57 AM

              And how many other towns have frogs sitting on spools on a bridge--sporting scarves at holiday time, no less? :)

              I've always wanted to try WBC, but don't get out that way very frequently. The post office angle always sort of fascinated me, too.

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                bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Nov 6, 2012 05:16 AM

                Katty, during the 4 years our daughter was at Eastern we ate lunch at WBC at least 4 times a semester, always ok food, but thats it. Nothing great and by the time it was brought upstairs from the basement kitchen it was often NOT hot.

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                  LorenV RE: kattyeyes Nov 6, 2012 05:26 AM

                  We've been going there for over 10 years now. But mostly for the beer, sure. The food isn't OMFG chow worthy, sure...but David and Co. do a great job of making this place a continued destination whenever we're near the casino (two evils, beer is mine and gambling is my wife's). The house beers always take on a Post Office theme in their names too which is pretty cool (SWAK Stout anyone?).

                  And it's right around the corner from this place if you're into Christmas-y knick-knacks and collectibles.


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            vegas RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 08:06 AM

            the only things remotely chow-worthy up there is the UCONN ice cream at the dairy bar, and th wings at Bidwell Tavern in Coventry (about 10 minute drive)

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              bagelman01 RE: vegas Nov 5, 2012 10:18 AM

              Bidwell Tabern's wings are very good, but certainly not a Don't Miss destination.

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              LorenV RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 08:36 AM

              Definitely Willimantic Brewing Co.

              But Willington Pizza nearby is a decent spot with some good pies.


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                jms123 RE: LorenV Nov 5, 2012 12:42 PM

                Take 384 back to Manchestser...go up Main Street

                1. Mulberry Street ...on Main St...wings, pizza and pasta...desserts are great,,,food is from scratch...packed at night
                2. Cavey's...top of main ...very high end ...Geno's favorite
                4. Brass Key for Breakfast..half way up Main .the best omlettes in Manchester...New Englander for breakfast
                3. Shady Glen...Clean Neat expensive...sort of not my favorite any more

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                  kattyeyes RE: jms123 Nov 5, 2012 01:26 PM

                  I enthusiastically second your top two pics!

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                    bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Nov 5, 2012 02:47 PM

                    agree with Kattyeyes, nothing near UCONN

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                      kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 Nov 5, 2012 04:26 PM

                      I was sad to read Kathy-John's had closed. They had some killer milkshakes!

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                        bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Nov 6, 2012 05:17 AM

                        Yes, but the last time I was there was in the 1970s

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                maj54us RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 01:40 PM

                Thank you for the replies. We are ready to travel maximum 45 minutes away from the area of Storss for a great meal. Not looking for fine dining but for a unique experience that you can't find elsewhere. Thank you again.

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                  kattyeyes RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 01:51 PM

                  AHA! Now that you gave us 45 minutes to work with, here's a unique experience you can't find elsewhere. I am long overdue for a return trip--Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret. You need to make reservations in advance. You need not be dressed overly fancy.



                  Also in Pomfret on my gotta-get-there list (good reviews from trusted sources), 85 Main:

                  I definitely think you'd love Mulberry Street as recommended above--unique to our area to be sure. Try the Italian Job!

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                    maj54us RE: kattyeyes Nov 5, 2012 02:37 PM

                    Thank you Kattyeyes

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                      thos RE: kattyeyes Nov 7, 2012 11:03 AM

                      85 Main, while close to Pomfret, is in Putnam actually

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                        kattyeyes RE: thos Nov 7, 2012 11:08 AM

                        Thank you for the correction! Still in the 45 minute window, thankfully. You been? Oh, and what is that place that maybe is a wine tasting room + restaurant, same area??? Help me...

                        ETA: Nevermind, it's closed (the tasting place--not 85 Main). I love the concept of these wine by the glass tasting places, like the one that closed in Mystic (same exit as Mystic Village & the aquarium)--why don't they last? :(

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                          thos RE: kattyeyes Nov 8, 2012 04:43 AM

                          Yes we have been and it is the best place in that "quiet corner"/Putnam part of the state. I'd choose Victoria Station for a pastry, muffin or breakfast though.

                          As for closed- you must mean Sharpe Hill Vineyard where they serve dinner right next to their tasting room, but as you have noted- it is seasonal. Didn't think they closed for good.

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                            kattyeyes RE: thos Nov 8, 2012 04:49 AM

                            No, no, no...Sharpe Hill is NOT closed, nor is it seasonal! Only sitting outside is seasonal. ;)

                            The wine tasting place that closed is Pangaea--I had linked it above. Never had a chance to go, unfortunately. Glad to hear another positive review for 85 Main, tho', thos.

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                              thos RE: kattyeyes Nov 8, 2012 12:53 PM


                  2. kattyeyes RE: maj54us Nov 5, 2012 01:58 PM

                    Sorry, one more since you said NOT fine dining This is far more casual: Little Mark's Big BBQ in Vernon. LOVE their brisket sandwich, peanut butter pie...

                    All right, enough from me!

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                      Clams047 RE: maj54us Nov 6, 2012 09:09 AM

                      #1 should be the Uconn Dairy bar - their toasted almond amaretto is absolute heaven.

                      Doesn't matter much after that.

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