New England Coast - but inland route.

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2014/06/06 11:11:33 (permalink)

New England Coast - but inland route.

I'm driving from Stamford Ct to Glouster Mass, but from Bridgeport CT I am going via Rt 15/I-91 thru Hartford then I-84/90/Newton MA. Then i-95 to Gloucester.
Any interesting meals around?
 
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    wanderingjew
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/06 11:14:23 (permalink)
    Yes
     
    http://www.jtimothys.com/
     
    But get there when they first open or there will be a wait
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/06 16:39:29 (permalink)
    Anything in particular you are looking for? Manchester (off rt 84) home to a branch of Pepe's pizza, there is a great burger place (working on a review for RF now) called Goldburgers in Newington off of Rt15. Good italian sandwiches (and other stuff) at Franklin Giant Grinder in Hartford, and good bbq at BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge, MA off RT 84 just over the CT line.
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/06 17:18:02 (permalink)
    Manchester also has the fabulous Shady Glen and the delicious and extremely friendly Chez Ben diner, both reviewed on this site.
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/06 17:23:31 (permalink)
    We were disappointed when we visited Shady Glen a couple of weeks ago. Other than the atmosphere we just didn't find anything special about the food.
     
    J Timothy's Taverne is a classic Western new England tavern specializing in wings and traditional Yankee fare. The type of roadfood restaurant  the Sterns used to write about in the older Roadfood books.  
     
    That was our favorite stop during our roadfood gathering two weeks ago. if you don't go, then you will truly miss out. If you do go, get there early, it's clearly a local's favorite and there can be a wait for a table, even on a weekend afternoon. 
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/06 17:50:22 (permalink)
    WJ: I haven't been to Shady Glen for about three years.  I know they were having trouble getting cheese that satisfied their particular needs.  So maybe it isn't as good as it once was.
     
    That said, on my last visit, I enjoyed their cheesefurter nevertheless.
     
    And I think their ice cream is (was?) terrific.
     
    And I love the little paper cups of water they give you as soon as you sit down.   (Please tell me they still do that!)
     
      
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/06 18:01:37 (permalink)
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    Yes, they still serve those little cups of water. We shared a burger which was barely average at best, I know everyone loves the cheese, but I guess you can put me in the "I just don't get it" category. We didn't try the cheesefurter or the ice cream. I did have a cup of corn chowder which was "weak" and downright disappointing. I'm afraid I have to put Shady Glen in the "been there/done that" category. 
     
    We also went to a fabulous Spanish Restaurant on the Hartford/Wethersfield line called Costa Del Sol for Paella. Unfortunately they are only open at dinner time on weekends
     
     
    ***edit***
    incidentally on a similar note to Shady Glen , last fall we did go to Harry's Drive In in Colchester and loved it. We look forward to returning this summer, unfortunately this is not in the direction that the OP is heading
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/07 09:33:43 (permalink)
    Thanks
    Re:TnTinCT: Anything in particular you are looking for?
     
    More "regionalish" food, things I won't get in NYC.
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/07 10:00:57 (permalink)
    NYNM

    Thanks
    Re:TnTinCT: Anything in particular you are looking for?

    More "regionalish" food, things I won't get in NYC.

     
    J Timothy's has "tavern classics" on the menu. Not only does the atmosphere "wreak" Western New England but the food does too.
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/07 16:57:47 (permalink)
    J Timothys is a good choice - I am particularly fond of their "dirt" wings - sauced and fried twice.
    As 15 connects to 91 - you have two choices - Ted's for steamed cheeseburgers - totally CT, but I admit I am NOT a fan of them, but others swear by them, and you certainly won't see them elsewhere, Guida's dairy - Roadfood reviewed, we haven't been in years but it was (and still may be) a great roadside place for burgers and dogs.
     
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/07 20:32:49 (permalink)
    "things I won't get in NYC"
     
    Ice cream at the UConn dairy bar in Storrs, CT - about 9 miles / 12 minutes south of I-84 at exit 68 (rt 195).
     
    Best ice cream you ever have.  Only comparable quality I've ever had was at Univ WI dairy bar, but I'm told Penn State has comparable product.  Not coincidentally, all three have agriculture colleges with courses in ice cream making.  (Uconn has better, more interesting flavors.)
     
    Whenever we travel I-84, we make the trip.  Today (first time this year), I had a double scoop cup - toasted Almond amaretto  plus cinnamon caramel swirl.  Never saw the later before, but I always get the toasted almond - best flavor in the world - plus a new flavor to try.  The latter is now my second favorite.  Both were / are simply outstanding.  Downside is that you may never enjoy ice cream elsewhere again.
     
    http://www.dairybar.uconn.edu/
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/17 09:40:07 (permalink)
    That UConn Ice Cream Bar sounds great. Maybe I'll return and get some.
    The best food item on my trip was White Clam Pizza at Remo's in Stamford CT.
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/17 09:41:54 (permalink)
    Same for Timothy's - I may return and give it a try.
     
    PS: Has there been an eating tour of Connecticut yet?
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/17 09:43:48 (permalink)
    There have been several recent eating tours of Connecticut all announced here on the forums
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/17 11:30:09 (permalink)
    I thought so. I'm an on and off reader these days. But I think I'll do my own tour soon.
    Now we need a Westchester County tour (?)
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/17 12:47:24 (permalink)
    If going up the I-91 corridor, you could always try Plan B Burger Bar and tavern (a good burger place, not a joint) in Glastonbury.  Although in a minimall, is a terrific restaurant.  they have one in Simsbury and West Hartford but may be a little more out of your way.
     
    Allegedly, there's a world class German restaurant in Springfield, Mass which I've never eaten at and have heard rave reviews about.  However, if you're going to Ipswich, then you want to go to the Clam Box for fried clams.  That is the place.  
     
    There is (of course) world class pizza in New Haven (Pepe's, Modern, among others), but that is obvious and well known.
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/25 15:19:41 (permalink)
    Once you get closer to Gloucester, Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, MA is a MUST STOP...
     
    Everything on their menu is great, but the Roast Beef can't be compared to any others... simply the best...
     
    Also, I agree with the previous comments on the "Steamed Cheesburgers"... for me, not so much...
     
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    Re:New England Coast - but inland route. 2014/06/26 13:07:08 (permalink)
    The Student Prince and Fort is in the process of being sold.  It will be closed for a while then reopen under new owners.
     
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