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Glastonbury 5 Guys

Opened for business today in the old Friendly's location on Main Street near Route 3. They basically rebuilt the building, leaving only some of the walls. A welcome addition to town for a quick lunch / supper- IMO.

Feb 10, 2014
sbxstr in Southern New England

Capital Grille Hartford

I see the subject has opened. The courant did a "review" today, They mentioned a number of times that the beef is "dry aged" but never mention the USDA quality grade. Nor does the restaurants website. So I assume they are serving USDA Choice. Any insight? Has anyone been there yet?

Dec 26, 2013
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What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

Somebody began pushing dirt around behind the Friendys site last week or so.

Jul 31, 2013
sbxstr in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

We've tried them both over the last week or so. Been planning to write a review "B.good needs to B,better" because they are not so good. Burgers are okay - maybe 4 oz grilled. The fries though are terrible - tasteless, soggy. Their brochure claims they have less fat content than the competition, which suggests to me they use some kind of "healthy" frying oil. Yuk, especially factoring in the $$$s. Gideons BBQ Smokehouse, on the other hand, was pretty good. Some of the same staff from the Burger Co. We had brisket ($10) and pulled pork ($8) sandwiches which were both very good. Good smoke flavor, good sauces. Good side of coleslaw and okay fries. Only complaint is the size - huge! We'll go back again and probably split 1 sandwich - food capacity isn't what it used to be unfortunately. So, 1 thumbs up 1 thumbs down.

Jul 31, 2013
sbxstr in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

I hope "all natural" doesn't mean grass fed. It is tasteless compared to grain finished beef.

Jun 28, 2013
sbxstr in Southern New England

[Stonington] Noah's

Went to Noah's for the first time today for lunch. It was a nice bright winter day and we felt like a little food field trip from central Conn. We got there a little early, around 11:30, but lunch was being served, so we were all set. Took the front corner table in the bar, it was good for people and traffic watching on Water St. Down to the food, it was great! No disappointments whatsoever. Ms SBXSTR had a Bloody Mary that, while maybe a little on the small side, was excellent, some spiciness and a tad of horseradish. 5 out of 5. Next up for her was one of her benchmarks: New England clam chowder (they also served RI chowder).She said it was creamy (but not cream based, milk based) and buttery and full of fresh clams. Another 5 out of 5. For lunch, cheddar - potato cod cakes on a bed of spinach with a vinaigrette. It was a special and the menu said it was served with remoulade, whose zing would have made this dish another 5 out of 5. Otherwise, it was 4/5. I had the bleu burger, medium rare with a slice of onion. Best burger I've had in a long time. Coked a little bit more than asked for but still yummy. My only complaint was the bleu cheese was strong and a little overpowering. I'll let it pass. So it's also a 5/5. Probably moves to the #1 slot over the burger from Apricots in Farmington. And also a plus was that it was 6 oz, So many places serve 8+ oz today and they are just too big for my 63 year old appetite. Starch was hash browns, which were very good as well. We will definitely be back and often!!

Jan 18, 2013
sbxstr in Southern New England

Christmas Eve Dinner?

Having Christmas Eve dinner out is a wonderful tradition we started 4 or 5 years ago. Since we do a full-up Christmas dinner, it's a relaxing way to move into the holiday. We go to Ruth's Chris in Newington early and are home by 7 or 8. We're going with another couple this year who want to minimize some familial obligations. And even better, they have offered to drive.

Dec 22, 2012
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Looking for Dinner at "old country inn" - good food, roaring fireplace!

We like the Red Lion a great deal, but it is a pretty busy place and not particularly intimate. The Lion's Den does have seating near a fireplace and we've eaten there often. We've been spending a couple of days there over the last few years and plan to do so again next month. We're thinking you are being a little harsh re the food served there. Given the scale of the operation, we were actually expecting "indifferent" food but have been pleasantly surprised. We'll see in January.

Dec 09, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Looking for Dinner at "old country inn" - good food, roaring fireplace!

I would be interested in responses to this inquiry, but would not limit it to the Westport area. With the dreary weather we seem to be having, I was thinking lunch before a roaring fire would be great. I'm in central Conn, but the entire state is within an hours drive or so. So any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.

Dec 09, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

I retired from P&W in June, and I used to go there at least once a week for Philly cheese steak, which I thought was pretty good. Haven't been back since I retired -- feeling a tinge of guilt.

Oct 25, 2012
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Fall Folliage - help me out

Essex is not especially known for fall foliage, I would strongly urge you to visit Litchfield county and/or the lower Berkshires. Peak foliage would be the 2nd or 3rd week of October. You'd need to wait for the last week for the shoreline. I would second the West St Grill, but it's not "New Englandy." If you happened to be going on a Sunday, Pastorale in Lakeville is a solid bet.

Sep 25, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Restaurant for birthday lunch near Glastonbury, CT?

Neither J Gilbert's or 2 Hopewell are open for lunch.

Sep 06, 2012
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Restaurant for birthday lunch near Glastonbury, CT?

Can't go wrong with Max Fish, Max Amore, or Bricco. All have private rooms.

Sep 03, 2012
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Prime Dry Aged Beef In Fairfield County?

Stew Leonards usually has prime strip steaks at the Newington location that are delicious but not dry aged. Whole Foods has dry aged steaks but they are definitely not prime. The strips in their case in Glastonbury were barely marbled.

Aug 23, 2012
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Lunch in Farmington, CT tomorrow

Go to Apricots and sit outside by the river. Can't be beat!

Jul 31, 2012
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Another try at 40 Glastonbury Blvd?

That sounds more likely. There was a large box truck there earlier today.

Jul 25, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Another try at 40 Glastonbury Blvd?

I see a lot of activity at the former Angelicos on the Boulevard. This morning it appeared they were moving in tables and chairs. Anyone have any info?

Jul 24, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Lunch in Shelburne Falls?

We second the West End Pub. They have a wonderful deck, though small, overlooking the bridge and the river. I've built up my knife collection at Lamson's over the years. You can save some money on great knives, plus they offer free sharpening if you UPS the knives back to them, Ithink they pay for return shipping.

Jun 15, 2012
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Looking for outdoor lunch spot in CT RIver Valley

We think the Blue Oar is a wonderful experience - no pretension; good, but by no means fancy, food; BYOB; not the most comfortable seating (a ploy to turn the tables over me thinks); the river in front of The Oar and adjacent marina is a no wake zone, so there's not much boat motor noise. Not too pricey in our opinions. It's not much to look at, but you're going to be looking the river anyway.

Jun 14, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Lunch--Westbound from Windsor Locks, CT

Pastorale right on 44 in Lakeville, Conn. They're open on Sundays for what they call brunch, but the menu is more than a traditional brunch. Excellent food, reasonably priced and good service. Pastoralebistro.com. Adjacent is Le Laurentis. I've never been there but they have been reviewed favorably in the NY Times. lelaurentis.com

May 15, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Pepe's in Manchester

When first opened, I thought there was no real difference between Manchester and New Haven. But the last few times we've been there, over say the last 3 or 4 months, they seem to have slipped a bit. Still good, but not NH great. We went yesterday for lunch and ordered our usual: medium with mootz, pepperoni, and 1/2 sausage. When delivered to out table, it looked different. Looked like the build order was sauce, pepperoni, mootz, and sausage. Almost no pepperoni slices were evident under the cheese. Also, the crust was underdone, kind of soggy in the middle. Have any others had similar observations recently? Current favorite in central Conn is Mondo's in Middletown.

May 04, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Glastonbury,CT- the "Burger Capitol of America?"

My Goldburger opinion is at least a year old, but at that time it couldn't hold a candle to 5G, IMHO. The Burger Co in Gbury is a cut above the fast foods, and I wish them good luck, but the counter guy at lunch is creepy and the fries are not what they could be. One thing I do like about Max Burger in W Htfd is they have a smaller option. That's about all I like about any W Htfd location. Too much like New Yorkers.

Apr 17, 2012
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Glastonbury,CT- the "Burger Capitol of America?"

Goldburgers is a decent fast food burger, but the "end all" -- pullease! 5 Guys wins hands down and among the independents, Harry's in Colchester can't be beat. (Although 3 trips trips this year seem to suggest they are doing a little bit too much squashing the burgers.) IMHO, the best burger in the Hartford area is at Apricots. My biggest complaint is the 8 oz size of most offerings. When I was younger, that was fine. But how about a 5 or 6 oz version for us capacity challenged?

Apr 16, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Mondo (Middletown, CT) - you've gotta try a pizza here!

We've been twice to Mondo, most recently yesterday for lunch. Initially, a few weeks ago with the same $15 for $30 deal. Have to agree wholeheartedly about the pizza. We had our benchmark: pepperoni and half sausage, half hot peppers (which were!!). Delicious: thin crust spot on with a bit of char, as described above. Could have used a little more char yesterday though. House salad with balsamic vinaigrette was split - perfect size for 2 and a nice mix of field greens and shredded romaine, along with mozzarella, grape tomatoes, olives, and cucumber slices. Could have used some red onion though. We very highly recommend Mondo. On a par with NH we think.

Apr 14, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

Modern Apizza...Seriously? That's the best you can do?

It would be interesting to hear your definition of what abuse of the private number is. I would define it as using it at any time to avoid waiting in line. It is one thing to treat regulars with some deference, perhaps a comped drink or pizza, but is is another thing to let them jump the line. They are obviously free to run their business as they see fit, but I would never patronize an establishment that practiced what they do. If they didn't have a reserved notation on a table when they opened the doors, and then evicted someone who took an open table, someone should be visiting the public accommodations lawyers.

Feb 13, 2012
sbxstr in Southern New England

where can I buy tamarind paste?

I'll give you a non-snarky reply: amazon.com

Nov 20, 2011
sbxstr in Southern New England

Hot Tomato's - disappointing

Anyone remember the original Hot Tomato's -- it was a little hole in the wall on Ann Street around the corner from the Civic Center. First had Giobatto there I'm guessing in the late '70's.My wife did a pretty good job of re-engineering the recipe and has made it since then. Had it last night in fact.

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Hot Tomato's
1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT 06103

Oct 29, 2011
sbxstr in Southern New England

Update on Hanafin's in Glastonbury

We've been there 4 or 5 times since they opened. In general, they are good, but we see uneveness from visit to visit. Today I had the Gaelic Steak Wrap which was pretty yummy. Mrs SBXSTR had the fish and chips: fish was good. She likes big time the corned beef. Our biggest gripe is the chips. The menu says hand-cut but lately they've been serving frozen steak fries. Not good. The first few times we went there, the hand-cut fires were pretty good. Going to ask to substitute a small salad if they are serving frozen fires the next time we go. Our server said you never knew what kind of fries would come out. They also need to pay attention to the grounds outside the building. We parked on the right side of the place and used those steps to enter. Broken beer bottles and hundreds of cigarette butts were around. Not enticing. It seems a little attention to detail would help this place succeed. On the positive side, love the Guinness and Smithwicks. But we can get these nearby.

Sep 18, 2011
sbxstr in Southern New England

Jake's Wayback Burgers, arriving in W. Hartford, CT

Would that 5 Guys was peppering the state. Been to Jake's in Rocky Hill 3 or 4 times. It is a clear rip off of 5 Guys business model but fails miserably. IMHO, avoid Jake's at all costs. As to LorenV, I don't suffer from guilt about my lifestyle, I'd rather leave an order of great tasting 5 Guys fries 1/2 eaten then suffer through Jake's frozen garbage.

Aug 25, 2011
sbxstr in Southern New England

Hanafin's Pub in Glastonbury CT

I wasn't seated at the bar, so I didn't see it made. But it includes muddles cucumber and jalapeno, Hendricks gin, and a foamer including raw eggs. Maybe this weekend I'll go and request watching it being made. Yummy.

Aug 09, 2011
sbxstr in Southern New England