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Nuggets by Judy Henderson

Proof positive that good things
come in threes.

Like so many local businesses, Sally & Bob’s Eatery is a family affair, the saga beginning 71 years ago in mid-town Manhattan, when Sally’s father Norman invited his new son-in-law to work at his deli. And oh, how it thrived — until 1962, when redevelopment forced the business to close. So Bob and Norman found themselves a little deli in Hartford, made it theirs, and in no time, it, too, was thriving — right up until 1969, when more redevelopment (no, we’re not kidding) forced them to close again. Well, this time Norman was ready to retire, so Bob and Sally found a little breakfast/lunch restaurant in West Hartford, bought it, named it after each other, and not surprisingly, it thrived, too. In fact, it became so popular that when they decided to retire and handed the pot holders over to their daughter and her husband, Sally & Bob’s Eatery not only continued serving their hit parade of good-morning favorites and noonish delights every single day of the week but serving it to an ever-growing family of regulars that count on this little gem for reliably great food and a truly warm welcome. So go introduce yourself. If it’s early, order the French toast. Otherwise, try their Reuben. You’ll be hooked, too. — J.H.
Sally & Bob’s Eatery
10 North Main St.,
West Hartford
860-236-5392
sallyandbobs.com

 

Bravo!
Now in its 11th season, The West Hartford Community Theater has been a hit ever since it was founded by two Conard High graduates anxious to showcase the town’s talented residents — residents literally wandering the streets just looking for a place to break into song, gather and dance, or deliver a dramatic monologue. OK, maybe not quite that literally. But there are a lot of gifted people living in West Hartford who relish being part of a good musical…a bit of high drama…some children’s theater…a delightful comedy...a series of one-act plays…or a night of Broadway melodies. And once the lights go down and the curtain goes up, it’s not just show time but an evening guaranteed to please. So! Got a good voice, tap-happy feet, or a way with words? Audition! And if performing isn’t your thing, there’s a whole world of roles behind the scenes, including helping out with set design, construction, and painting. The stage crew. Costumes. Concessions and ushering. Marketing. Or fundraising. And for everyone else, there’s a starring role in a very appreciative audience that returns regularly. After all, who doesn’t love an encore! — J.H.
East-West Grille
526 New Park Ave.
West Hartford
860-236-1627; 860-236-3287
eastwestgrille.com

 

Well, well, well…
Seems nothing sums up the experience of this lovely little wellness boutique, gift shop, and collaborative event space better than “Well, well, well…” — that simple phrase, often used to express surprise and pleasure, because b. kind is a great source of surprise and pleasure for so many. Their delightful assortment of wonderfully organic natural living items, all hand-chosen to “promote mindfulness,” is unique and engaging and full of unusual treasures, with everything from organic tea and calming bamboo baby swaddles to a host of other items all blessedly free of toxic chemicals and dyes. And a wide range of events and activities fill b. kind’s serene space, drawing community members inspired to improve and enhance their lives, their community, and the world around them. Fact is, it’s the kind of place you’ll want
to b. — J.H.
b. kind
1000 Farmington Ave.,
West Hartford
860-338-5499
facebook.com/wellnessboutiquect

 

Just need things to get better?
Then start by getting better care.

And better care is just what everyone discovers when they or a loved one turn to Hughes Health & Rehabilitation for short-term convalescent or rehabilitation needs requiring physical, speech, or occupational therapy…for the long-term skilled nursing care necessitated by a chronic illness…for the respite care that allows families a break from the routine and stress that often accompanies long- or short-term at-home caregiving…and for hospice care, should such support be needed. You see, now in its 59th year serving generations of West Hartford-area residents, Hughes is widely recognized for offering total care — and that means quality medical care delivered family style, with healthy doses of warmth, attentiveness, trustworthiness, respect, and compassion. Indeed, Hughes recently enjoyed the distinction of being among the “ten top performing skilled nursing facilities in the United States” to receive a visit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of their effort to learn more about Hughes’s best practices — and that’s just one of many honors they’ve received for their excellence in caregiving. The truth is, having an injury or illness of any sort is never pleasant. And it’s never easy deciding that someone you love needs more assistance than you can offer at home. But should that kind of health concern arise, Hughes will provide the kind of care that will make you all feel better. — J.H.
Hughes Health
& Rehabilitation
29 Highland St., West Hartford
860-236-5623
hugheshealth.com

 

Is this place really that good?
Naturally!

Though still fairly new to West Hartford, having opened in early 2019, Connecticut Organic Pasta is a dream first dreamed more than 30 years ago, when the owner learned how to make fresh pasta at the Culinary Institute of America and discovered that when tossed with a nice sauce, there is “no more perfect food.” Open daily from seven to seven — seven days a week, this lovely little café/market has a menu for both dining in and taking home. Breakfast features a full coffee bar with many sweet and savory pastries with a brunch starting this Fall.Lunch promises many seasonal salads, rich soups, gorgeous composed salads, lots of pasta and innovative sandwiches and more. And dinner is the take-out version of everything — so you can go home, put on your comfiest clothes, and enjoy the flavors of this amazing eatery with the family, watching the news, or listening to some great jazz. Be sure to order dessert. They’re made by a pastry chef who bakes with butter. (That’s right. Real, melt-in-your-mouth butter.) And you can even call ahead to place your order. Sound good? Then use your noodle (which, by the way, is not the same as pasta).Give this awesome place a try. And write this down: They cater. — J.H.
Connecticut Organic Pasta
1142 New Britain Ave.,
West Hartford
860-308-2042
ctorganicpasta.com

 

Putting the “Din”
in Dinner

There’s only one place we know of where you are guaranteed actual sizzle with your meal, and that’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Fact is, Ruth’s Chris Steak House learned a long time ago that broiling the finest cuts of beef to perfection, topping them with a buttery mix of freshly chopped parsley, then serving them on a 500-degree plate so customers can actually hear the savory flavor isn’t simply the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. It’s the shortest route. And when they discovered that they could make chicken and chops and seafood deafeningly delectable, it sort of lit a fire under them — and before you knew it, Ruth’s became an international favorite. The good news is there’s one close by in Newington. Where? Just follow your ears. — J.H.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2513 Berlin Tpke.
Newington
860-666-2202
ruthschris.com

 

Sea for Yourself
Located just above the borough of Fenwick, Saybrook Point sits at the mouth of the Connecticut River, its vistas of Long Island Sound, historic Saybrook Breakwater Light House, and the river itself splendid — the endless parade of fishing and recreational vessels in every shape and size mesmerizing. So it’s no wonder Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa is one of the best seats in the house for those who love the smell of salt air, the cool touch of a sea breeze on a warm summer afternoon, the sounds of sails luffing when the tide is slack and the air still, the muffled hum of inboards and outboards, and the sound of halyards clanging on the sloops and catboats and daysailers docked nearby. If all of that isn’t enough, this luxurious resort also offers exceptional spa services at Sanno Spa. Superb dining at Fresh Salt or lighter fare in the Marina Bar — both with menus featuring locally sourced, seasonally fresh ingredients and tables with stunning views. The Inn offers stylish accommodations, from cozy rooms to impressively spacious suites, with close proximity to a host of other shoreline attractions you can enjoy right away — or save for your next visit. Or the one after that. Because once you’ve discovered Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa, you’ll be back.— J.H.
Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa
2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook
800-243-0212
saybrook.com

 

 

 


all nuggets copyright Judy Henderson