Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT

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2014/07/20 10:53:46 (permalink)

Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT

I was in the mood for something different yesterday, and I couldn't remember the last time I'd had Korean, so I gave this place a whirl.  It's basically Chipotle as applied to Korean and Japanese-ish food, except instead of a national chain it's just two locations, in Avon and West Hartford.  You pick your base (rice or noodles), veggies (as many as you want, and a big selection that includes bean sprouts, radishes, and zucchini), meat or tofu, and various sauces.  And egg, if you like.  They also offer bulgogi, Korean-style fried chicken, fried/steamed dumplings, dumpling soup, and a few other things.
 
For $8.95 I got a noodle bowl with spicy chicken, sprouts, broccoli, carrots, hot paste, and sesame oil:
 

 
And six steamed pork dumplings for $4.45 (fried would have been $3.95), which is rather less than what I've paid at sit-down Japanese and Chinese restaurants:
 

 
The guy at the counter warned me that the spicy chicken was "really spicy" and advised getting half-spicy, half-regular chicken, but I dismissed this as it didn't seem like the type of place to offer true heat (I was right).  Overall, everything was pretty good; I'd rate it a smidgen higher than the Chipotle/Panera tier of fast-casual.  The shredded chicken was a little dry, but the oil and sauce compensated.  I dined in at the Avon location, but they had one of the most forbidding, depressing interiors I've seen - any future visits would definitely be to-go.  
 
Oh, and I really think they need to change their name!
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/07/20 13:15:15 (permalink)
    Looks good. But you're right -- they need to change the name.
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/07/25 15:01:21 (permalink)
    I went to the West Hartford Location today. It was great!  $8.95 + tax for the lunch special.  I got the noodle bowl, soup and soda all included in the price.  I told the server that I wanted it spicy but I did not want them to kill me.  He got the spice just right for me. 
     
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    post edited by waltpiii - 2014/07/28 10:39:34
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/08/14 14:54:41 (permalink)
     
     
    I went there a second time
     
    This is the brown rice with beef.  The soda, soup, pickled radishes and noodle bowl are included in the luncheon special.
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/08/14 15:27:55 (permalink)
    That looks tasty Waltpiii, may have to make a trip up north, lol.
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/08/15 09:38:35 (permalink)
    We stopped at the Avon location a couple of weeks ago - the people there are really nice. My dinner not quite as good as last time, but I skipped the hot sauce, and I think that's necessary to give it some kick - it was pretty flavorless and boring without it. The dumplings, however - great!
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/08/15 10:41:40 (permalink)
    I think that with any Asian food the secret is in the sauce.  Without the sauce, steamed vegies are pretty bland.
     
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    Re: Pick & Mix - Avon/West Hartford, CT 2014/08/15 12:12:07 (permalink)
    Someone please suggest that they need a Los Angeles location so that they can be on both coasts.
     
    That is my kind of dish!
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