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First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

I was reading the zoning notices in the Glastonbury Citizen yesterday and saw an application by First & Last Tavern to take over Hannifin's/Parma's restaurant on Rankin Road behind Eriktown Square. I think this would be a great fit there. First & Last is a good casual restaurant with a number of branches around the state. Glastonbury is short on these types of restaurants so I think it would do well there. Anybody else agree? Jay

Overheard: Is Costco coming to Middletown, CT?

The New Britain Costco is right off Route 9 by Westfarms mall. Very easy to get to from most anywhere in the state. Jay

DiFiore's Ravioli Shop (Hartford, CT) opening 2nd location in Rocky Hill mid-April!

This is good news for Rocky Hill but I wonder if that means that Hartford will close someday. I hope not but I would be more inclined to go to Rocky Hill than to Franklin Avenue. Jay

Mar 19, 2015
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Overheard: Is Costco coming to Middletown, CT?

The New Britain store is under construction and I believe the opening date looks correct. I think Branford is also under construction but I am not sure how far along it is. East Lyme has just been talked about but has not been approved yet. No way will it open this year. More like 2017 if that.

As for Middletown, I have not heard that either but maybe somewhere along Route 66, though they generally like to be near major highways for easy access. Still you never know. Jay

Mar 19, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Noodles & Company [Glastonbury, CT]]

I thought Aroy Aroy in South Glastonbury was just sushi which I do not like. Thanks for letting me know. Plus we live in the north end of town so a trip down there is not worth it for us generally. Do like Char Koon down there though. We generally just go to Ming Bao further out on Hebron Avenue for Chinese food.

Mar 09, 2015
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Noodles & Company [Glastonbury, CT]]

Looks like they are close to opening if they haven't already. Has anyone heard when the big day will be? Jay

Mar 03, 2015
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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

For real bagels and lox in Glastonbury try Patty Cakes. DW loves a good bagel and lox and that is the only place around she will go to for it. Jay

Mar 03, 2015
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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

I was just in there the other looking for something and they were very helpful. Found exactly what I was looking for.

Feb 11, 2015
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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

I have seen it opened on Friday nights when I go to Harry's next door for pizza. It does not look very busy though.

Feb 11, 2015
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Send me to the best cheese steak in the greater Hartford area

Piatti in Glastonbury makes a good cheesesteak sandwich. They also make a great stuffed burger. I like DeAngelo's cheesesteak but in a pocket.

Feb 11, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Glastonbury Restaurants Closed

I read in the Glastonbury Citizen that both the Pondhouse and Hannafin's had closed. The food at Hannafin's was not that good so I can kind of see why, though you would think they would have done well just by being next to booming Eriktown Square. I thought the Pondhouse was good but I will admit I had only been there a couple of times over the years. Sorry to see it closed.

Jan 16, 2015
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Noodles & Company [Glastonbury, CT]]

I was driving on Hebron Avenue this afternoon and saw that a Noodles & Company is coming to that new building across from Fountain Park. I see it is a chain and they already have a restaurant at Bishop's Corner in West Hartford. Is it any good? Any idea when it is opening? The website just says coming soon. Jay

Dec 22, 2014
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Bricco in Glastonbury update

I have not been to Bricco in Glastonbury in a while now but I hear it is still very busy. I can't believe it has been four years already but time does go by. All of the restaurants in Eriktown Square appear to be doing well. Nice to see a little nightlife in Glastonbury now. Hopefully more will be coming soon. Jay

Dec 10, 2014
JayCT in Southern New England

Jewish Sponge Cake

There aren't many good Jewish bakeries left in Connecticut. You don't say what part of the state you live though. Crown Market in West Hartford may have what you are looking for but if you are in southwest Connecticut it would be a long drive. There may be somewhere in New Haven but I am not sure where. There is Katz Deli there and a Kosher butcher. You could call one of them and ask. Let us know if you find it. Jay

Dec 05, 2014
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Sentimental journey to Branford, Ct on Sunday, 10/12 [lunch, please]

When down in that area, we usually like to have seafood. The Chowder Pot is decent and we like Lenny & Joe's in Westbrook. Even the fast food style Lenny & Joe's in Madison is good. JMHO, Jay

Oct 09, 2014
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Best fried chicken in Connecticut?

Anyone try NY Chicken & Biscuits on Farmington Ave in Hartford? We are trying to find a fried chicken place like the Drumstick in Bridgeport in the Hartford area. Greer's in Bristol is kind of far and out of the way for us. Any others around the Hartford area we can check out? Jay

Sep 03, 2014
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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Thanks for the information. It looks interesting. My wife would probably like it if the salads are good.

I was wondering what was going on with the kitchen store there. The last time I was in the place was practically bare. I was looking for a dishwasher safe ice cream scoop and they did not have it. Ended up going to the place in Berlin for it. Thanks again, Jay

Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Sorry but does Glastonbury really need another sandwich shop? This is not really a deli in the true sense of the word. I can get just as good a sandwich and for less money at Highland Park Market. How about some real Jewish corned beef or pastrami, not the Boars Head versions.

Also saw that they are opening a panini shop next to Bertucci's in the Griswold Mall on Main Street. Anyone know anything about it? Jay

Aug 25, 2014
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Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

They canceled all the events planned there. I know because I had something planned there in a couple of months and got the email saying they were closed. I feel sorry for people who had plans in the near future. It is hard enough to plan something well in advance let alone in a few days. Fortunately I already found a place for the event. Now we just need to get our deposit back.

Jul 24, 2014
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Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

I just found out that the venerable Hawthorne Inn on the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin, CT has closed. This is surprising since the place has been around for decades. Not sure what happened but I am kind of sad to see it go. Hopefully someone will reopen it at some point soon. Jay

Jul 23, 2014
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Procaccinis - East Hartford, CT

We have gone there a number of times over the past couple of years but that was primarily with a discount coupon. The food is basic Italian, not bad but not great either. Their pizza is not that great though they tout it because it is the same recipe from a long time Glastonbury pizza place (Geno's) which I never liked. My wife does love their Shred Salad which is a basic salad that is shredded instead of chopped and served with an olive oil and vinegar dressing. I have had veal there and it was good but I like Angelo's better. Anyway it is worth a try but I suggest you wait for a disount coupon to come out to save some money. Jay

Jul 11, 2014
JayCT in Southern New England

iSO Fried Chicken for take-out in FFCfor improntu get together Saturday afternoon

Agree with the Drumstik in Bridgeport recommendations.

Jun 20, 2014
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Fun, seafood, and drinks in CT?

Costello's in Noank has entertainment some nights. Check their website for the nights. The location is beautiful overlooking the water not far from Mystic.

Jun 10, 2014
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Roast Prime Rib in hartford area?

Chuck's Steak House in Rocky Hill has a decent prime rib. Not sure but Gilbert's in Glastonbury may as well. Jay

Apr 09, 2014
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Glastonbury 5 Guys

My son went on Monday after school. Said a lot of kids went too. He loves 5 Guys and was not disappointed.

Feb 12, 2014
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Carbone's recently?

We were there in December and it was excellent as always. The veal was wonderful as was the beef. I do not think you can go wrong there. Jay

Jan 13, 2014
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Steamer Clams and Non-fried Seafood in New Haven

Lenny & Joe's and Chowder Pot have non-fried seafoods. I am not sure if they have exactly what you are looking for but they do offer them. Check their menus online. Jay

Dec 31, 2013
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Max Fish (Glastonbury)

Max Fish is one of our favorites. We have always had a good meal there. Jay

Dec 19, 2013
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Webster Bank Arena/ Bridgeport area restaurants?

What are you talking about? There are many great restaurants in downtown Bridgeport. Ralph & Rich's on Main Street just north of the arena is excellent. Park at the arena garage, go under I-95 and walk one block and you will be there. Maybe consider making a reservation since it is so close to the arena during an event. There are a number of other great places also downtown that are a bit further away. Two Boots, Barnum Public House and Joseph's Steakhouse are all good. Jay

Dec 16, 2013
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New Year's Eve 2014 ideas Fairfield County, CT

Last year we went to the Downtown Caberet in Bridgeport for a show and party. It was a lot of fun. I am not sure what they have this year but it should be on their website. Jay

Nov 13, 2013
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