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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

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

Agree with the Drumstik in Bridgeport recommendations.

Jun 20, 2014
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

Max Fish (Glastonbury)

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

Dec 19, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

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
JayCT in Southern New England

Gift card for a college student in Hartford area?

There are many great restaurants in Hartford. Maybe consider downtown since that is where most of the bus routes go (Despite the other comment, the bus system in Hartford is as good as any other city its size). Some places you might consider are Vitos on the Park or Citysteam. Jay

Oct 21, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Pepe's Pizza West Hartford

The place is new so there are bound to be some issues. Give them a little time to train everyone and it should become as good as the others. Jay

Oct 07, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Friendly's comeback

Nice to see that the management of Friendly's has come to realized why they failed. I have been saying that they lost focus and sacrificed quality for years. Hopefully they can turn things around.

Sep 10, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Friendly's goes back to the future

Nice to see that Friendly's has finally realized what the problems are. I have been saying this for years. They went off their original plan which was ice cream and sandwiches, plain and simple. The sacrificed quality for price trying to compete with fast food joints and expand their menu options. It just did not work. It is too bad the company had to be virtually distroyed before they realized this. The name Friendly's though could come back and mean something again. The company has a lot of work ahead of itself. I wish them the best.

Sep 10, 2013
JayCT in Chains

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

You are correct that Angelo's is Greek run Italian. Their existing location does a great bar business so I assume the new South Glastonbury location will be the same. I am also guessing that a family member will likely run the new restaurant. It seems that Angelo runs the pizza takeout and his wife runs the sit-down restaurant/bar. Maybe his daughter and/or son-in-law will run this place, though they did also own or have interest in a place in Manchester. Jay

Aug 22, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

I read in The Citizen that South Tavern is being taken over by Angelo's. It will be an Italian style restaurant like Angelo's Main Street restaurant further north. We have been going to Angelo's for year and know him (he was a former neighbor). I was just in there before I read bout it. Next time I will ask him. Jay

Aug 20, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Stella D'Oro, Middletown- a shame

Yeah I also thought it may be a relative who was kind of forced to work that night or something. Glad to hear you are reconsidering. There is no excuse for bad service but that is something that is usually easily correctable. The food is usually a lot harder to change.

Aug 05, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Stella D'Oro (Middletown, CT): new & noteworthy

Were other waitresses acting the same way? Did you report it to the manager? There is no reason for poor service but I also would not write the place off because of one bad experience especially if the food was so good.

Jul 31, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Stella D'Oro, Middletown- a shame

You said the food was fabulous but because you got a bad waitress you are never going back? That does not make sense to me. You should have complained to the manager. There is no reason for bad service and the manager will not know about it unless someone complains. Also if the food was good, I would give the place a second chance. Every restaurant has a bad night with one staff person once in a while. I would go back to see if that waitress is still there. I will bet she is not. Jay

Jul 31, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

Are you sure about Friendly's going into The Shoppes at Avalon? I believe the developer of that center sued Friendly's several years ago over access through their parking lot of their original store that closed. It still remains to be seen if that center ever gets built since the developer has minimal experience and hasn't done anything in years there.

Jul 31, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Wayback Burgers Old Saybrook

See now, my wife feels the exact opposite. She loves Jakes and thought 5 guys was not that great. I think they are comparable. Jay

Jul 03, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

Just read that a new burger place called b.good is coming to Somerset Square. It is a Boston area chain and provides all natural and farm table foods. It looks a bit pricey. We will see if it can make it. Jay

Jun 28, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

Best Sea Food "Shack" CT

Demmo's in Southbury is good. I have been there a couple of times. Westfair in Westport is also good but it is really more of a fish market. My favorite is Lenny & Joe's in Madison but that is not near Danbury. Jay

Jun 05, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

What's coming to Glastonbury (CT)?

I have found Patty Cakes to be very good. I wish they had rye bread but their others breads are good. And their bagels are excellent being that they come from Wes of Bagelz fame. Jay

May 24, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England

new haven business lunch

Carmen Anthony's on State is very good. Not sure of their Saturday hours though. Jay

May 22, 2013
JayCT in Southern New England