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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

Vineyard in late winter (repost from Greater Boston board)

You might enjoy Lucky Hank's on Main in Egartown. They serve 3 meals and their primary supplier seems to be Morning Glory Farm (can't go wrong there). It is small, and casual with prices similar to Park Corner and a limited menu, but have only been open around 6 months.

We have only been once- for dinner. The vegetarian meal my wife ordered was good, but not on a par with Red Cat which seems to have that type of thing mastered. My half roasted organic chicken with Vidalia onion puree was outstanding, easily matching State Road's similar dish and for less money. Huge piece of apple pie for dessert was very nice and we barely finished the one slice.

Friends we know out there say it's getting a good buzz, so it'll probably stick as it is year round and a lot of locals like it.

I don't like their coffee much. I have also heard one reviewer complain the lobster roll is not good. You decide.

Mar 05, 2013
thos in Southern New England

Martha's Vineyard this weekend

We'll be out there with you. We have a car so State Road is on our list. Red Cat Kitchen may be as good.

Offshore Ale is OK, but we don't like Alchemy. Atria has 2 for 1 burgers Sunday evenings and is worth a try. Park Corner is fine. Consider the Grill on Main in Edgartown. They have good, if not great food for decent prices and will be offering two for one entrees as per usual.

We like Detente, but aren't sure if it will be open (was 2 years ago not open last year) Same w Lattanzi.

Get the Best Read Guide while your on the ferry. They list what's happening at the various clubs, but call ahead as plans can change on short notice.

Last year Sharky's Cantina had live music on the weekend.

Dec 06, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Harry's Pizza- Glastonbury

Great news. Barb had been thinking about this for 20 years, I bet. Glast gets another great place.

Nov 16, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Visiting University of Connecticut in Storrs for 2 day

Gotcha

Nov 08, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Visiting University of Connecticut in Storrs for 2 day

Yes we have been and it is the best place in that "quiet corner"/Putnam part of the state. I'd choose Victoria Station for a pastry, muffin or breakfast though.

As for closed- you must mean Sharpe Hill Vineyard where they serve dinner right next to their tasting room, but as you have noted- it is seasonal. Didn't think they closed for good.

Nov 08, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Reasonable Thanksgiving Dinner near Canton CT

I know it's a drive, but the T Day buffets at either Villa Louisa or Georgina's( both in Bolton) are tremendous values- $25 for adults and around $15 for children. Multiple entrees are the draw I think (carved sirloin, ham, etc) in addition to turkey. So you would save around $100 for a family of 4, and , who knows, a drive might be nice after such a huge meal! Have to book now though.

Nov 08, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Visiting University of Connecticut in Storrs for 2 day

85 Main, while close to Pomfret, is in Putnam actually

Nov 07, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Best apple cider donuts in CT?

Not many purveyors around here, but Faddy's are great. Ask Cabela's shoppers. These really have an apple cider taste.

Nov 07, 2012
thos in Southern New England

Asian Fusion (S. Glastonbury, CT) - new Thai/Vietnamese/Japanese/Korean: GO!

Our one experience was very good, They will give Char Koon some competition. Didn't care for the music- they can do better, but the staff is very friendly and has a good sense of humor (kind of rare for Asian restaurants generally, in our experience). The shumai were tasty, but not a bargain- $5.95 for 6. The maki rolls (spicy tuna) were very good. Crisp outside, nice clean flavor and relatively cheap at $5.95 for 6 pieces.

When trying a place for the first time I try to stick with a basic dish I can compare to other places offering the same. The pad thai was very good, though I feel Sukothai's version in a bit better. Could just be my taste. The portion however was more generous and a bit less expensive than at Sukothai. My wife's mango curry (a "Chef's Special") was also very good- chicken, shrimp, mango in a mildly hot yellow curry sauce. $16.95 for that. There is a small upcharge for brown rice.

Everything came to about 40 bucks. A good deal I think. We'll definitely go back

Oct 29, 2012
thos in Southern New England