K. LaMay's Steamed Cheeseburgers charms taste buds with trademark patties, which have garnered a Best Burger ranking from the Record-Journal in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in addition to hearty press coverage. Slices of sharp cheddar cheese migrate from Wisconsin to roost atop beef slabs fresh from the steamers, creating single ($4.50) or double ($6.50) steamed cheeseburgers engineered by vapor king Kevin LaMay and his jovial staff. Diners can veer jaws and dexterous elbows away from the joint's namesake to nosh on a steak sandwich ($4.99) or a dozen chicken nuggets ($3) and repose their meaty treats on crispy beds of fries or onion rings ($2.50). Patrons can prompt bubbly abdominal sensations with sips of locally made Foxon Park sodas ($1.50), which perch in a cooler alongside hunks of the signature cheese available for purchase.
The menus at Sakimura's two locations change regularly in order to incorporate the freshest seasonal ingredients and the chefs’ newest culinary muses. The Simsbury location is known to intermingle traditional Japanese flavors with contemporary flourishes, with specials taking forms such as foie gras with sweet miso sauce. Both locales’ sushi chefs also invent their own creative rolls, such as a deep-fried Godzilla roll and an Out of Control roll filled with shrimp tempura and topped with seared pepper tuna.
Diners seeking a hot dinner can gather around hibachi grills and watch as chefs sear their choice of shrimp, chicken, scallops, filet mignon, or any number of other gourmet ingredients. The hibachi rooms' smokeless grills and modern yet warm decor combine to create a pleasant dining experience.
Tabaq Masala Restaurant and Banquet Hall whisks diners away on a pan-Asian sojourn through Indian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi cuisines. In the 100% halal kitchen, chefs spice dishes with fresh chili, pan-fry whole pomfret, and crisp roti flatbread within the clay confines of a tandoori oven. The dining room walls reflect the kitchen’s cultural mélange with a mix of Indian and Chinese artwork, and a private prayer room facilitates diners' devotions. The red carpeting in a spacious banquet hall gives large group celebrations a glamorous atmosphere without smuggling in paparazzi inside chafing dishes.
Primo Pizza's chefs smother a menu of thick-crust, Italian-style pies with a cornucopia of traditional and creative toppings. Like the great zambonis of ancient Italy, cooks roll out dough on-site daily, unveiling smooth stages of large, 16-inch pies draped in a sumptuous, saucy curtain made of custom spices and whole, peeled tomatoes. A dance floor of fresh-cut mozzarella completes the scene, which Primo Pizza's resident epicureans craft from whole milk into seamless swaths of rich, creamy flavor. Accent cornerless comestibles with a choice of up to six toppings from Primo Pizza’s savory options, which include such classic pie pleasers as sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms alongside more adventurous choices such as steak, hot cherry peppers, and clams. This Groupon is valid for dine-in, carry-out, or teleported orders only.
The culinary artisans at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main rein in ravenous appetites with a hearty menu of traditional Italian-American meat, pasta, and seafood dishes. Diners can prime palates with appetizers such as fried cheddar mushrooms ($7.99) topped by a tangy horseradish sauce and a stylish pillbox hat. Sandwich selections include the pastrami bomb, sporting sweet and hot peppers, melted swiss cheese, and russian dressing ($8.99). In the shrimp pfnaush ($19.99), meanwhile, sauteed shrimp rest in atop savory angel hair pasta pillows embroidered with fresh basil, plum tomatoes, spinach, and homespun adages. Diners can quell carnivorous cravings with the new york strip au poivre, a boneless sirloin steak adorned with brandy sauce, peppercorns, and mushrooms ($25.99), or opt for the chicken gorgonzola ($17.99), surrounded by artichokes, roasted peppers, garlic asparagus, and gorgonzola cheese atop penne. Diners can enjoy Gaetano's lively nightlife from its exposed brick tavern, family-friendly dining room, or anti-gravity chamber.
That New Place Restaurant's experienced chefs craft an afternoon menu brimming with made-from-scratch soups and sandwiches. Send fork excavators navigating through the crisp drifts of several refreshing salads including a caesar ($5.25–$8.25) or a triple combo, which showcases tuna, egg, and chicken ($10.95) attempting to capsize each other's leafy rafts. A variety of breads, freshly baked and delivered daily by storks, include rye, marble, and cranberry, and house savory sandwiches such as crab salad ($7.75) and corned beef ($6.75). Quarter-pound hamburgers ($4.25) slide in nicely next to a pile of sweet-potato fries ($3.75), and a black-bean chipotle burger ($5.25) provides herbaceous eats. Culinary compounders can also craft a soup-and-sandwich combo ($6+), which simultaneously satisfies crunching and slurping cravings.
Thai Hut's chefs ignite taste buds with a menu of traditional Thai fare, spicing seafood, duck, and beef with zesty sauces in a choice of four heat levels. Couples can warm up their palates on an appetizer of chicken satay paired with peanut sauce or the Money Bag, deep-fried parcels of prawn, chicken, corn, and peas used to pay off grumbling tummies. A pair of Thai Hut salads clears out leftover flavors with crispy vegetables and a delectable dressing of peanut sauce. A broad array of entrees encourages diners to select the ingredients and spice levels in any dish, such as letting fans of thai basil mix the dish’s eponymous herb, green beans, and bell peppers with a choice of seafood, chicken, beef, or duck. A plate of pad thai hides eggs, peanuts, and bean sprouts in a labyrinth of fried noodles, and spicy red or green curry tempers tongue-tingling heat with cool notes of coconut milk, bamboo shoots, and scales from Rhapsody in Blue. Ornate touches, such as tablecloths zigzagged with intricate patterns, bright flowers, and a rich wood bar, make for an elegant atmosphere in the dining room.