I want your favorite casual restaurants (from diner to 5 star) in New England (but not Boston).
My husband and I will be travelling all over New England in Mid-November for almost 2 weeks. I'm doing most of the very detailed [She means anal! - her husband] Hey! Um, most of the planning, including possible food stops. We do not have a planned itinerary, though we do plan to hit all 6 New England states. We're skipping Boston since we're sticking to smaller places we don't know and Boston is familiar to us. We're not snobs; we'll try any decent place from diners to 5 star restaurants. I'm the adventurous foodie - I love trying new cuisines and new meats. My husband is more of a classic meat and potatoes, white bread kinda guy, though I'm working on him. We're both allergic to shellfish, though I can eat (and do eat, and love)fish. He likes his fish finely chopped and from a can. :) More than one or two $100+ dinners on this trip is probably not a great idea. We tend to order dessert more often than we order wine (or any alcohol, for that matter), though we both drink it on occasion. Places that don't require reservations (or at least don't need them days in advance; we should have a cell phone) and allow casual dress (we won't be any worse than neat and clean jeans with a non-t shirt) are preferred. Mexican, Italian, Chinese, sushi (with cooked non-fish stuff on the menu), barbecue and somewhat adventurous contemporary American/eclectic are our favorites, but if they have a menu online (best) or in front of their building (adequate), we'll give them a looksee. Currently planned stops include West Hartford, Portland, Northampton, Nashua, Providence, Burlington, and probably others. Any other vacation recommendations are happily accepted as well. The URL that should be below is to a little form I built for people to email suggestions; feel free to use that in addition to any posts here.
In payback, I'll be posting trip reports after (and maybe during) the trip, digital photos (if we get the camera) and my utterly anal but extensive Excel spreadsheet with lots of New England travel info. That'll be at the same place.
Thanks for all your suggestions, and if you need any Central Jersey (Somerset/Hunterdon esp.) recommendations, give me a holler.