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Family-friendly eats on route from NJ to VT?

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I am driving up to Okemo with my family next week, looking for something family (and budget-) friendly on the drive up from NJ. Any ideas welcome. My kids love Cracker Barrel so even something along those lines (or a decent diner) is fine. Thanks!

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  1. well if you are driving up 91 there is a cracker barrel just off the road in Holyoke MA

    1. what route are you taking?

      1. Assuming you're taking 9, that you will be in the Greenfield, MA area around the time you wish to eat, and that you don't mind driving 5 - 7 minutes out of your way, I would definitely recommend The Wagon Wheel on Rt 2 in Gill. Budget and kid friendly, low key, surprisingly interesting and tasty choices. Perfect for the entire family. Right off the Greenfield exit is the 99, a Massachusetts chain, but perfectly decent food with reasonable prices.

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        1. re: hilltowner

          The wagon wheel is my very favorite place but really really different from Cracker Barrel.

          1. re: magiesmom

            I was under the impression that the OP was looking for anything family and budget friendly, Cracker Barrel included. Hence the line "even something along those lines, (or a decent diner) is fine." I think Wagon Wheel fits the OP's query perfectly.

            1. re: hilltowner

              You are right, probably. WW is quirky so I thought it might not work.
              But it would be a great choice.

          1. There is also a Cracker Barrel in East Windsor Ct- exit 45 off I-91. Depending on your driving route, you might consider http://www.woodntap.com/ either in Southington or Hartford (I-84) or Rocky Hill (I-91) just south of Hartford.

            1. Narrowing in on a stretch where you like to stop (before / past Hartford?) and the route (84 vs. 95/91?) would be most helpful, but assuming you are hitting Hartford after noon, I highly recommend the Cromwell diner at exit 21 off I-91, just south of Hartford. It might also be of interest for the return trip.

              It's a very good diner (on par with the best of the NJ diners) with very good quality & selection and family friendly - FAR superior to a Cracker Barrel.

              1. Sofia's is right off exit 45 of I-95 North in E. Windsor, CT. Pretty good Italian food (mostly old school)as well as diner items. They are usually busy but they know how to handle a crowd and are good with kids. Prices are fair but you might want to check the menu before you go.

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                1. re: zackly

                  Sky diner at 4 Prospect Hill Rd in East Windsor, CT (exit 44 / I-91) is an alternative, a few miles / an exit south of Sofia's.

                  It's an average, OK diner with quick service which is family friendly. I've stopped a few times with good results. I particularly like being able to order smaller portions & sandwiches without the frozen fries typically added on in most places. Not great, but better than Denny's or Cracker Barrel.

                  1. re: zackly

                    exit 45 On I-95 north is on the West Haven/New Haven border,,,,an hour south of East Windsor

                    1. re: zackly

                      Sorry, Sofia's is off exit 45N I-91, not I-95