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Need help for upper Cape Cod

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about 8 hours ago
thos in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

Another pizza place? Great. And I hear Harry's is sucking wind already.

about 8 hours ago
thos in Southern New England

A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

Up north here the consensus seems to be between Bear's and Nat Hayden. Little Mark is a "no" from me, as is Smokey Bones. There is Smoke & Bones on Martha's Vineyard that is decent

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need help for upper Cape Cod

My faves- Wellfleet: Ceraldi, Mac's Shack, Wicked Oyster and Winslow's Tavern.
Truro: Terra Luna and Blackfish.
P-town: agree w kevinricci but would add Victor's and omit Fanizzi

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need help for upper Cape Cod

Not for chowhounds IMO

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Los Sarapes (Manchester, CT): What's the scoop?

My experience echos that of Westie. We had lunch there late November. The guacamole was basically mashed avocado- that's it. No seasoning, onion, tomato- nothing! We mixed in some of the thin salsa . My taco trio was bland. Carne asado and pork were dry, chicken was better. Overall tasted OK. My companion had a burrito which was OK. Service was slow though there were only maybe 6 people dining.

We meant to try it again, but La Bamba opened and we find it much more to our liking.

Mar 24, 2015
thos in Southern New England
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La Bamba in Manchester, CT

I agree with your assessment. This place has a lot of promise. We tried a bunch of things, the only disappoinment was the underseasoned guacamole. We like it better than the place on Main Street. Plaza Azteca gives you a lot of food but it is very average, alas.

Mar 19, 2015
thos in Southern New England

veggie centric lunch in West Hartord area?

How about Arugula? Good food- used to have a lot of vegetarian dishes

Mar 10, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Need a private chef for Martha's Vineyard last week in June 2015

Been a few years, but Jan Burnham is among the best. Book early! If you need a cake Cakes by Liz is tops in our book

Feb 03, 2015
thos in Southern New England

Great restaurants in Springfield area

I think they can be persuaded to tone things down, though I don't find it particulary spicy- and I don't care much for "hot" food

Oct 13, 2014
thos in Southern New England

the knack- Orleans Ma

This place new? Never been but sounds good

Oct 13, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Great restaurants in Springfield area

How about Chef Wayne's Big Mamou?

Oct 11, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Cape Cod restaurants nobody EVER talks about.

We tried Captain Linnell house June 2013. We were impressed. The house is a beautifully restored home broken up into a series of elegant and nicely furnished rooms. Most of the fare was traditonal, but well executed with service a cut above the usual Cape restaurant. Our party of six especially enjoyed the Appleton salad, veal sirloin and panko crusted sole. My prime rib was a special and worth the $35.00 charge. Very large, served exactly as ordered and very flavorful. I was surprised. The bartender made a nice strong drink, the desserts were passable.

If I had to compare, I would say (as far as Orleans is concerned) that Captain Linnell is a cut above Mahoney's and The Beacon Room, but not as good as Abba.

Oct 10, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Fish Market on the Cape

Nauset Fish and Lobster Pool in Orleans

Jul 16, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Salty Market in North Truro

Wonderful news! May they last as long as the original.

Jul 15, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Martha's Vineyard advice

Yes, sadly, we went after the new chef came. Menu descriptions are inaccurate, service amateurish. The whole attitude seems to have changed. Crayons and paper tablecloth to draw on. Really? Not the elegance we once loved. Used to be you had to reserve weeks in advance to get in here. I'll bet you can walk in many nights right now.

Incidentally, the old chef (when it was starting to go downhill) moved to The Cave in VH. We don't like that place either!

Hadn't heard about Jimmy Seas, perhaps becuase we have been ignoring them for 5 years. Anything new there?

Jun 04, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Martha's Vineyard advice

Yes, right on Menemsha harbor, the "bite" technically. We just tried the chowder there and it wasn't so good, but for fried seafood out on the breezy porch near sundown with your own bottle of wine (no corkage) it's tough to beat. I wouldn't eat inside though. New owners also own Beach Plum Inn and so far both places have suffered.

Of course you can just as easily buy your items at Menemsha Fish or Larsen's and stroll down to the jetty or beach and eat there too. No tables though

Jun 04, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Martha's Vineyard advice

"Great food" seems to be getting harder to find on MV, so settle for merely good and you'll be OK in many places.

L'etoile is probably the best restaurant on MV, but bring your checkbook. They do allow diners in the same party to order EITHER the tasting menu or a la carte- hard to find these days.

Detente is another good place w menu items out of the ordinary. The Grill on Main is underrated and they have a two for one entree special most nights which makes the place a relative bargain. Lucky Hank's is an up and comer and moderately priced.

Away from Edgartown- if the weather is good it's still fun to go out to the Home Port. But don't eat inside. Order from the takeout window, sit on their porch and sip your own wine. The raw bar it outside also.

Down basin Road is The Bite, a small clam shack w the best fried clams anywhere.

Red Cat Kitchen and Slice of Life Cafe are still good, both in Oak Bluffs. We feel Sate Road in W Tisbury is very good, but expensive.

A few places we feel are overrate: MV Chowder Co, Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta and most of amm Beach Plum Inn- this place has gone downhill dramatically.

May 30, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Roast Prime Rib in hartford area?

Try Fleming's Sunday special- a relative bargain.

Apr 16, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Hangar B Chatham - Early Opening

Thanks Phelana and CCG for mentioning this place. Tried last June and was first rate. Taking a weekend in April. A stop is definitely.

Mar 07, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Martha's Vineyard Off Season

We were on-island in mid December. Of the places mentioned Offshore, Red Cat, Slice of Life and State Road were open and have been year round for a time (though many places take a vacation in January). The other places must be checked individually for April as they were not open in the winter as far as I could see. Most places open around May first though the Bite has traditionally been a slow starter

Mar 07, 2014
thos in Southern New England

Vegetarian friendly restaurant in greater Hartford area

Tisane has several options as well

Oct 13, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Rock Harbor Grill- Orleans, Cape Cod

After lo these many years I have to finally disagree w Phelana. We went on a Friday. The place was crowded, very hot and the wait staff was amateurish. Had to canstantly ask for things, especially water. Had to flag down the busboy to find our waitress at times too. The food was the worst we have had on the Cape in years. Two of us ordered pizzas. Not one but BOTH were burnt (literrally burnt black) on the entire outer third of these small pies. My burger was decent tasting but pretty dry for "medium" and the bottom and top of the bun were burnt too! Curiously, this was a second visit for the 2 couples we were with and they both felt the place was not good, but wanted to give it another shot. No more I guess.

Moving on, my SO had the cod which sounded great on the menu but looked more like a stew and tasted pretty bland. One of us ordered the garganelli pasta which looked like cafeteria food. It was said to br "OK". We dared not try desserts

On a positive note, the cocktails were strong and well made at least.

This place may do well just because the Cape is so busy and, well, you have to eat somewhere, but I will be a long time before we return, if ever.

Sep 10, 2013
thos in Southern New England

1 day in Oak Bluffs (Martha's Vineyard)

For lunch I'd try Slice of Life Cafe. We have liked Park Corner Bistro in the Past. Offshore Ale has decent bar food. Smoke 'n Bones is good too. Lookout Tavern doesn't impress us. For dinner Red Cat is rivaled by Sweet Life Cafe with their new owner (haven't tried since the change but rep still excellent)

Aug 08, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Food Worthy Cape Cod Spots with Music

No need to quibble. Both the food and music are very good

Jul 01, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Seafood Westerly/Watch Hill

Any good seafood places in this area? Casual to mid level preferred, like you might visit after the beach.

Jun 20, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Martha's Vineyard best eats?

Both good choices though Detente does not bill itself as French in any way. State Road in W Tisbury and l'etoile (bring your wallet) in Edgartown are always solid. Grill on Main is a relative bargain.

Jun 10, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Karoo Kafe in Eastham

Where in Eastham?

Apr 14, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Anywhere interesting to have dinner on the outer cape this weekend?

I believe Victor's and The Mews, both in PTown are open. Both very good. Victor's does more of a "small plate" menu, pretty diverse. Mews a bit fancier.

Apr 13, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Need Special Restaurant for Group: ~30 mile radius from Hartford

Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury has a room but you need to have either 18 people or a minimum food/bar bill of $1200 to get it. Shouldn't be a problem if it's a celebration.

I love the place, find it as good, if not better than the WH Bricco.

And few do farm to table as well as Firebox

Mar 05, 2013
thos in Southern New England