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Alternative dining in an area devoid of it? (ct)

ctdubbin | Feb 17, 200809:24 PM

anything special in the horrible route 8 corridor? (waterbury-ish on down)

anything worth eating seems to be far away, places like New Haven (A-BEETS!), West Hartford, Fairfield (Firehouse Deli FTW!), Danbury, etc.

i would like to try something new, exciting, fresh. i find a lot of the places around here to be quite unimaginitive, bland and cookie cutter. It's all your generic pizza/chinese/tex-mex/burgers/sushi. i can't really find any place that really tries...

maybe someone could point me in the direction of some good Thai, Latin American (Peruvian, Chilean, Columbian, Cuban, even Puerto Rican) or Polish Places? even if they're far away that's fine, i only want you guys to confirm that yes this part of the state is devoid.

plus I have a natural aversion to overly nice places...something about brand new huge buildings (that's you downtown Shelton) and valet service screams "super high overhead" which means high prices and a menu that seeks to hedge itself... Aka. put in a bunch of generic menu choices to appeal to as many people as possible so we can afford our super-high overhead.

PS. is the Katz's that's down on (I think) George St. in New Haven the same Katz's as in the city? are they open? i'd stab someone to bring back that diner (I think it was called Diner 21) that was on George St. The ambiance, decorations, waitstaff, everything about it was great for those nights of clubbing downtown and stumbling looking for food at 2 A.M. I distinctly remember the food being absolutely delicious, but come to think of it, i think the alcohol clouded my judgment most of the time :)

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