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Pepe's New Haven, Yale Graduation Weekend

You might have a long wait when you call in for pick up but this should be able to work. I would have tow people go to pick up, one to be in the car so they do not have to park and one to go in for the pizzas. Good luck, Jay

Apr 20, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Sonic in Milford

Sonic is really just a fast food joint that is really nothing special. I don't think it is worth a drive from anyplace to try. You will likely be disappointed. Jay

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

What is funny about it? Look it up and you will see that minimum wage was meant to provide people with a minimum amount of money to live. In today's dollars that would be $15. Why do you think so many people are up in arms about the fact that minimum wage has not been raised in decades? It is insane. Jay

Apr 10, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

Sorry, not to go off topic but if you compare the minimum wage from 40 years ago to today, you will see today's is significantly lower in current dollars. The minimum wage would have to be $15 per hour to be equal. If the business is truly a small business then the paid sick leave does not impact them. And I am not really sure the taxes today on business is that much higher, at least on the Federal level. Plus today's interest rates are significantly lower and inflation is under control which was not the case in the 60's and 70's. Still it is not easy to have a small business today but it was not easy back then either. Jay

Apr 10, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

Carmen Anthony's Waterbury & New Haven Closed

I just read that Carmen Anthony's Steak Houses in New Haven and Waterbury have closed. Their Woodbury fish house however, remains open. I will say I was surprised that Waterbury closed since it is their original restaurant. I have been to the New Haven restaurant for lunch and thought it was good but others I know thought it was not that great. Anyone else sad about a long time local restaurant closes? Jay

Apr 07, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

Maybe they don't get the sitdown crowd (I am not impressed by the d├ęcor) but they certainly do one hell of a takeout business. I find it hard to believe an insider would make that comment unless the rent on the place is high which it could be given that the center their in changed hands not long ago and many old time tenants were forced to leave by rent increases. Jay

Apr 02, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

First & Last Coming to Glastonbury

I don't know why you think Harry's in Glastonbury is not doing well. We go there fairly often and the place is very busy almost always. First & Last is more Italian dinners and sandwiches. They just happen to also have pizza. I think they will do well as long as the quality of the food is kept in line with their other locations. Jay

Apr 01, 2015
JayCT in Southern New England

The best of Connecticut?

I have seen Martin Rosol's at our Stop & Shop supermarket. The OP should go to the deli department of their nearest supermarket to see what locally made hotdogs are available.

The best of Connecticut?

My sister likes Mediterranean but we prefer Steffano's because they have an awesome antipasto. Unbelievable what you get for the price. Jay

Mar 31, 2015
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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

Mar 27, 2015
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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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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