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Family-friendly eats on route from NJ to VT?

nab71 Jan 27, 2014 12:17 PM

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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    magiesmom RE: nab71 Jan 28, 2014 01:12 PM

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

    1. L2k RE: nab71 Jan 28, 2014 05:49 PM

      what route are you taking?

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        hilltowner RE: nab71 Jan 28, 2014 08:39 PM

        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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          magiesmom RE: hilltowner Jan 28, 2014 09:43 PM

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

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            hilltowner RE: magiesmom Feb 1, 2014 01:01 AM

            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.

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              magiesmom RE: hilltowner Feb 1, 2014 09:34 PM

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

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          madisoneats RE: nab71 Jan 31, 2014 09:08 AM

          We love this place


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            brookerme RE: nab71 Jan 31, 2014 10:17 AM

            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.

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              Clams047 RE: nab71 Jan 31, 2014 11:40 AM

              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.

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                zackly RE: nab71 Feb 1, 2014 10:55 PM

                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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                  Clams047 RE: zackly Feb 2, 2014 06:52 AM

                  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.

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                    bagelman01 RE: zackly Feb 2, 2014 12:47 PM

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

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                      zackly RE: zackly Feb 2, 2014 11:19 PM

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

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