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Veggie World Eastern European Deli - Newington, CT

Thankyou so very much for this recommendation! I find myself working out that way in Newington/New Britain often. I knew I would be out there during lunch today so i figured I would do a chowhound search. What a great find. First I scored some great produce and dried fruits at fantastic prices. Then I scored Boars Head etc deli meats at a fraction of the grocery store prices. I was dissappointed they had no soup today but was delighted with my hot pastrami sandwich. I will definately be a regular when I find myself out that way.
BTW, I noticed an Italian Public Market heading back towards Newington on New Britain ave. Does anyone know if it is worth a stop?

Feb 12, 2014
askeenan in Southern New England

South Glastonbury

it seems as if the plan is to restore the building first as we all know it is currently quite an eyesore. Slow going at the old South Tavern seems as if the place was completely gutted and they are certainly taking their time getting it ready to open.

Feb 05, 2014
askeenan in Southern New England

South Glastonbury

Another new restaurant coming this way! WooHoo http://www.courant.com/community/glas...

Feb 05, 2014
askeenan in Southern New England

Aroy Aroy Thai Sushi (South Glastonbury, CT)

I stopped in the other day to grab a takeout menu and boy was I surpised! I was told that it was indeed new owners and then was in sticker shock when i took a look at the menu. The atmosphere certainly does not lend itself to those prices.

Jan 24, 2014
askeenan in Southern New England

breakfast spot in near springfield?

First thought that came to me was Al's diner. Visited a couple of times when I was up in that area and fell in love with this 'greasy spoon" old diner. unfortunately when I did a google search to recall the name it seems to have some bad reviews as of late. My recollection is fuzzy but I remember thinking this was aplace I wanted to return too again and again and if in the area I would go way out of my way to for it.

Oct 28, 2013
askeenan in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

I have been wondering whats going on a South Tavern lately. I heard a rumor that it had been sold. It is still open but definately seems to be less of a crowd these days. Anyone know of anything?

May 08, 2013
askeenan in Southern New England

Cafe 56 (Middletown, CT)

Wow! Once again, thankyou Kattyeyes for a great recommendation! This place is hopping. Apparently, if you go once you cannot help but to become a regular. I had the baja tacandwich and it was chock full of zesty flavors creating a party in my mouth. A bit messy and required a fork and knife. The shrimp, the slaw, everything was delightfully seasoned. I cannot wait to get back and try everything on the menu. A true treasure for Middletown.

Mar 12, 2013
askeenan in Southern New England
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Looking for Dinner at "old country inn" - good food, roaring fireplace!

Sadlers ordinary in Marlborough is one of my faves for cozy atmosphere, good food and reasonably priced. My parents who live in nY go there every time they visit us in CT!

Dec 12, 2012
askeenan in Southern New England

Min Ghung Asian Bistro, Glastonbury

we were there a couple of weeks ago. I ordered the Bul go gi bento box. it was obviously microwaved. Some parts hot and others ice cold. Also, 3 groups of patrons were there to use there groupon/ living social and were dissappointed to learn that the establishment would not honor the deal b/c lunch specials were not included ( it was a coupon specifically for lunch). I ordered a non lunch special and still they would not honor it ( stating that while it was not listed under lunch specials it still is a special). The poor waitress has been having to deal with irate customers for a couple of weeks now. In fact, while there I witnessed a family leaving after having just been seated because they were so dissatisfied with the coupon policy ( which while for lunch excludes everything making it virtually impossible to use your coupon). After talking with other patrons, staff etc, it seems as if there are many dissatified customers. This is a shame b/c I used to love this place and always gave it positive reviews. Lets face it, it is not in the best location and I need to go out of my way to dine here. This would be fine if I were recieving the quality and service reminiscent of their past. There are far more easier and better lunch options in town so farewell Ming ghung!

Jul 12, 2012
askeenan in Southern New England

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

I have been meaning to start a thread on this place! I too had the same coupon and have been back twice now. We love this place. The Toscana salad is very similar to the one at max amores, the fig/arugala flatbread was unbelievable. My kiddos got the cheese calzone and my husband and I were not able to keep our hands away from it. The prosciutto panini was good but I would stick to the flatbreads and calzone next time!

Apr 15, 2012
askeenan in Southern New England

anyone try Taste of Hartford yet?

Went to peppercorns last night. Good, not amazing ! arancini - so so lacked flavor , Ossobucco very good. lasagna looked extremely ordinary as did the lobster ravioli but I did not taste either. crisp for dessert wa sgood but not memorable. All in all great value for a good meal. We are looking foward to Cassona next.

Jan 30, 2012
askeenan in Southern New England

Hanafin's Pub in Glastonbury CT

Funny you mention the dissappearance of Smithwicks on the Max menu. My biggest gripe about the Max chain is there dismal draft and bottle selection. I wish they would pay half as much attention to the beer list as they do to their wine list.

Aug 07, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Hanafin's Pub in Glastonbury CT

Ahh you got me on the Kilkenny! A weakness for me ...guess I will be heading there real soon

Aug 06, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Hanafin's Pub in Glastonbury CT

Thankyou for the feedback! while plan B is not cheap, I can still get a great pint of great quality beer like Arrogant Bastard Ale for around $5. Whats the draft list like at Hanafins? Any standout offerings?

Aug 06, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Rooftop 120, Glastonbury, CT

Thanks for the update as this place has been on the radar. Still looking foward to the Irish pub opening. Has anyone heard of any recent developments?

Jul 28, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

So i posted this all the way back in January and now it is April. I still had not found this cask ale anywhere in my limited travels. I walk up the street, .02 miles from my home, literally a stone throws away and what to my astonishment do I find. an entire case of it. better yet it was on clearance as they were trying to clear it out for spring. Amazing!!!!

Apr 16, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Best Vietnamese restaurant in Hartford area

I adore pho 88 on park street in Hartford. Not so much for the pho as for the Bun and Ben xeo (sp?). I found out about this place from the people at Pho 501 in East Hartford when I asked where there favorite non pho joints were. Le's in East Hartford enjoys much praise but i am not a huge fan. Of course pho 501 in east hartford is the go to place for pho and fresh rolls.

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Pho 501
501 Main St Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118

Apr 07, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Plan B Burger Bar/Milford? - Ct.

The main reason I go to plan B is for the beer list! One of the best in the area and constantly changing. There is always a great selection. I wish some other local establishments would follow suit. I might enjoy Max restaurants more often if they would up their game in the beer department. Their beer offerings are completely inadequate. one great beer with a decent burger is nirvana.

Mar 03, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Hmm so that's strange because during the shamu show tonight they referenced annheiser busch as a partnerin conservation or something but clearly mentioned A -B. And unfortunately the parks only seem to carry Bud, b light , and lime etc.

Feb 27, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Was at discovery cove today and it was all budweiser products and the sinks had the a-b in scripted on the faucets. Hmm so now I am wondering. Guess I have some googling to do.

Feb 26, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Great news! I am in ct so I may just start calling around and head up to Ma for a beer run. I certainly would like to get my hands on some, I was at the blues brew and barbecue this weekend at sea world and it was not there which given the a-busch relationship I thought I may get lucky. Unfortunately there were no standouts of the sixty brews they offered! At least nothing that I was impressed by!

Feb 25, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Thanks for filling me in! So i guess it does not look good for me trying to snag a couple of cases :( Go figure

Feb 07, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Ahh glad to hear you enjoy it as well! I think just putting the words Annheiser Busch (sp) on the post deterred people from checking it out. But hey I cant argue with my palate, I think it is great! Do you know if they bottle and distribute it? Obviously I had it from a keg and not had a chance to get to a package store recently to try and find it.

Feb 06, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Winters Bourbon Cask Ale- Annheiser busch

Attended the mohegan sun wineferst this past weekend (do not judge me, free tickets meant free mediocre beer, not a BAD deal!) anyways, between the kegs for Shocktop and landshark was this winter cask ale. I was not very hopeful but to my surprise I was pleasantly surprised. When my face lit up with surprise the distributor said "hey we have a ton of money so we can make anything we want" gotta say I am glad they are starting to put their funds to some good use.
Has anyone else out thee tried it and if so what where your thoughts

Jan 31, 2011
askeenan in Beer

I want to enjoy beer, but I don't. Can you help me?

Totally agree with Josh about skipping the Lindemanns etc. as it seems it would be too sweet for your palate. I know it is for mine.

Jan 24, 2011
askeenan in Beer

Growlers a good choice for cocktail party?

I love a fresh growler as much as anyone, however I find one of the best fringe benefits of a cocktail party is having some great beer selections leftover. Dinner parties are a great excuse for me to stock up on a wide variety of our faves and then hope some will be left for our pleasure for weeks to come. With growlers you loose that benefit .
Also, some local beers are served in growlers only at package stores. For instance my fave is dirty penny ale. I only can get this at whole foods or a package store and it is only available in growlers. These will keep much longer if unopened than fresh filled growlers from a tap.

Jan 23, 2011
askeenan in Beer

CWs Chops n' Catch!

Just wondering if anyone has been yet and what they thought. I love Pastami on Wry and dream about their potato salad. Corey Wry also owns Catsup and Mustard which I also have not tried yet. If any one beats me to it please post your thoughts! Thanks

Jan 19, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

Any good donuts in the Hartford, CT area?

while you are selecting the beautiful donuts make sure you put in an order for his amazing sandwiches. So far everyone has been great. (Pastrami, cuban, cheese steak)

Jan 18, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

La Estrella Bakery, Park Street, Hartford

Oh and that reminds me....stale portugese bread from estrella makes for a mighty tasty french toast or bread pudding.

Jan 06, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England

La Estrella Bakery, Park Street, Hartford

Funny you say that about the bread getting stale, because that is exactly why I have not gone back there. I must have hit it on an off day and the bread seemed stale at the bakery. I guess I will have to try it again in hopes to get a fresh loaf.

Jan 06, 2011
askeenan in Southern New England