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Old 01-02-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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NewHavensFinest, you are underestimating the Mexican in the area. All the places you mentioned are not Mexican, they're Americanized Tex/Calimex. Nothing wrong with that, but totally different cuisine.

My friend just moved here after a lifetime in Mexico City and loves places like Mezcal, Milford Pizza and Mexican (yeah, I know - the name doesn't suggest much), Los Molcajetes, and Tortilleria La Michoacana. And trust me, she has insane high standards! She actually wasn't impressed by the food truck at Long Wharf she tried at all.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:06 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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No no dont get the wrong idea im not underestimating the Mexican cuisine around here. Ill eat anything Im not very picky. I know how it is to have someone who is super critical though, sometimes even myself included, but ill eat it anyway lol

Im trying to stick around the Downtown area, I think anyone visiting CT would want to be around the energy that is New Haven you know? See what its really like here. The food trucks.....usually theres about 6 different trucks I guess it depends which on you go to. The one with the line I guess lol.

Just sharing my knowledge on some places that I bet anyone visiting NHCT would probably consider.

It all depends on how authentic you want it I guess.. What would you expect way up here in CT?
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Western NC
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Stylo~ My boyfriend is from Mexico City as well. So his standard would be more like hers. He likes other food as well, not just Mexican, but I just wanted to show him that CT has some good Mexican places to eat at as well.

We are not just visiting New Haven. I am from New Britain and we are staying at the Extended stay in Farmington because it is close to my family. I just want him and his uncle to see all the different areas of CT. We will probably visit New Haven when we go to Groton and all that so just 1 day.

I want to sell CT to my boyfriend, so he will be more willing to move there. I miss being around my family and want to move back home. I hate it here in NC. I know a lot of people love the mountains, but I hate them. I rather look at the beach or rolling hills then a stupid mountain. I don't like the people here and how judgemental they are or how they try to shove their religion down your throat. And just to clearify, I know not all of NC is this way.

This is why I want to show him things he will enjoy and want to be around.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Unfortunately all the good Mexican places I'm aware of are on the coast, don't know any authentic places near Farmington. You may want to try Yelp. There is some good food in West Hartford however.

Btw, some beach recommendations:

Madison - Hammonasset State Park, our largest beach state park. It's gorgeous, especially when not crowded in the low season! I believe parking is free or at least reduced before Labor Day. The Surf Club in Madison also has an amazing beach. Not sure if it's paid parking in March, doubt it. In the summer it's a little spendy. You could try it. The sand and view is spectacular.

East Lyme - Rocky Neck State Park is noted for its sand quality. Nice little beach.

Milford - Silver Sands State Park has a beautiful mile+ boardwalk hugging the coast. Free, ample parking all year round. You can walk to Walnut Beach, which another nice beach. I'd also recommend the Connecticut Audubon Center. It's a bird sanctuary and feels very wild and removed. Free to park and visit. There's an observation tower over the inlet marshland, and a beautiful sandy beach on the other side. It's a beautiful piece of nature. The nicest beach in Milford IMO is Woodmont Beach. It's one of my favorites in the state. The sand is beautiful, the houses are beautiful, and it's easy to access. You can't park in the lot, but you can park on side streets where it's allowed.

Branford - Not a beach per se, but the Thimble Islands tours are really cool. A boat takes you on a tour of all the islands, many of which have historic homes on them. An inexpensive and scenic treat.

Westport - If down that way, check out Compo Beach. While not quite as nice as the more eastern beaches, it's definitely one of the best in FFC.

Do keep in mind that due to the recent hurricane, the beaches won't be at their best. Significant erosion means they won't look as picturesque as normal. The towns and state were pretty good about replenishing the sand after Irene, but based on how long that took - I doubt you'll see more sand by March.

Madison, Westport, Branford and Milford all have very charming downtowns with shops and restaurants you can visit too.

If you do New Haven, do not miss the Yale art galleries. They're across the street from each other and rival any art gallery in the country. The new main gallery was recently tripled in size and is stunning. It has a very broad range of art from ancient to modern. Also, I highly recommend talking a walking tour of the Yale campus. The architecture is second to none in the state. http://www.yale.edu/visitor/tours.html
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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New Haven is a great place to walk around and visit sights for a few days. The other locations and towns mentioned above are also interesting but you'll be driving a lot.

Aside from New Haven, a list of some of the smaller towns to drive to and walk/drive around might include Kent, Madison, Branford, Greenwich, Essex, Niantic, West Hartford, Westport.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Stylo~ My boyfriend is from Mexico City as well. So his standard would be more like hers. He likes other food as well, not just Mexican, but I just wanted to show him that CT has some good Mexican places to eat at as well.

We are not just visiting New Haven. I am from New Britain and we are staying at the Extended stay in Farmington because it is close to my family. I just want him and his uncle to see all the different areas of CT. We will probably visit New Haven when we go to Groton and all that so just 1 day.

I want to sell CT to my boyfriend, so he will be more willing to move there. I miss being around my family and want to move back home. I hate it here in NC. I know a lot of people love the mountains, but I hate them. I rather look at the beach or rolling hills then a stupid mountain. I don't like the people here and how judgemental they are or how they try to shove their religion down your throat. And just to clearify, I know not all of NC is this way.

This is why I want to show him things he will enjoy and want to be around.
I can't vouch for authenticity, but if you're going to be up near Farmington, do check out Besito's in West Hartford Center. It's pricey, but I've never been disappointed with food or the ambience, and for sure it's NOT Tex-Mex!

Save room for the complimentary churro at the end.

Besito Mexican Restaurant | Huntington | Roslyn | West Hartford
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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Thanks guys. I will write all the suggestions down.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Southeastern Connecticut is my favorite part of the state. Old Saybrook is a very scenic quintesential New England coastal town at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Westbrook has some scenic shoreline. New London is a nice small coastal city that has a very historic feeling though somewhat gritty downtown. Stonington is very quaint. You can hit Mystic along Route 1 in between all these towns. And since it's so close check out the RI shoreline and beaches around Misquamicut and Westerly just over the state line.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Southeastern Connecticut is my favorite part of the state. Old Saybrook is a very scenic quintesential New England coastal town at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Westbrook has some scenic shoreline. New London is a nice small coastal city that has a very historic feeling though somewhat gritty downtown. Stonington is very quaint. You can hit Mystic along Route 1 in between all these towns. And since it's so close check out the RI shoreline and beaches around Misquamicut and Westerly just over the state line.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Ubique
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Senor Pancho's in Prospect claims authentic Mexican. Been there a few times, yet I think we used to like the one in Monroe better, but that closed. Maybe better memories there with live Mexican music on nights (a band of 3 brothers IIRC).

March might still be too cold to enjoy the outdoors, so I would add the Mystic Aquarium as an indoor attraction. You might fit both the Aquarium and the Submarine Museum in Groton in the same day. And even go for some night-time entertainment at the casinos nearby.

Surf Club in Madison is free until Memorial Day, so if a nice sunny day you might enjoy it there for some fresh air. The food shack might be open in March too.
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