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Middletown CT Area/Dinners for 6

My family (4 adults, 2 teeens) will be traveling to Middletown this weekend and we're looking for good casual dinner spots for Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. Italian, (Northern or Southern), French bistro (yeah roast chickens!) and whatever the New American/Eclectic/Upscale Comfort Food thing is called. Was that a sentence? Anyway, two other things to note - we will gladly drive 1/2 hour to 40 minutes for an incredible meal & price is not an issue.

PS: If there is a pastry/doughnut/ice cream place not to be missed please let me know. We are shameless consumers of sugar.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

Sep 27, 2006
harshbeth in All New England Archive

Somewhere near Kimmel for appetizers/cocktails?

FYI - if you go early 5:30-6 (before a Kimmel event), Vintage is pretty quiet & smoke was not a problem for me & I am also a nonsmoker. They seem to have a more than adequate ventilation/fan system.

Aug 15, 2006
harshbeth in Pennsylvania

Seeking Solace in the form of Milkshake

My niece has just moved to Chicago, Lakeview area & I'd like to steer her to some great shakes. She's a big fan of Black & Whites and mochas..any suggestions?

Unfortunately, A lot of the stuff that showed up when I did a search seemed outdated. You guys have always been great at steering me to praise-worthy spots for specific foods (thank you thank you thank you for the roast chicken recommendations!) & I look forward to passing along your advice.

Aug 10, 2006
harshbeth in Chicago Area

Somewhere near Kimmel for appetizers/cocktails?

I've been to Vintage twice now & really like it. They have a great selection of wines (the servers/bartenders seem knowledgeable & made great suggestions) & the food is very good, fresh & simply prepared.
I loved the onion soup -though the portion was a little smaller than expected. Cheese & charcuterie plates are good for sharing & they do a good burger. Last time I went my friend & I split an excellent duck leg entree with black lentils.

The crowd is interesting, not intimidating, a nice mix of young & old. I prefer eating at the bar - the service was faster than when we sat at a table, so that may be a consideration if you're going on to the Kimmel.

Prices are moderate.

Aug 10, 2006
harshbeth in Pennsylvania


Sylvia - so glad you're enjoying August.

I think my husband's going to go through tilapia withdrawal - I may have to place him in some kind of program.

I'm going tonight to get my fix. There's a woody romaine sald with a parmesan/lemon dressing that I can't get enough of...

Aug 10, 2006
harshbeth in Pennsylvania