This "Restaurant Review TA Connecticut Willington" is
review of the restaurant at the TA (TravelCenters of America) in
USA, based upon our
own expectations of what a restaurant that caters to
professional truck drivers of commercial motor vehicles should be like
-- as well as our own preferences in foodstuffs.
This location is also called the Willington Travel
Center. The restaurant's name is the Country Pride Restaurant.
Restaurant Review TA Connecticut Willington
Location: TA (TravelCenters
Willington, CT, I-84, exit 71
Overall facility: Restaurant Review
- This restaurant was laid
out a little differently from other TA restaurants we've been in. The
hot bar separated booth seats from seats at a counter. There were also
tables on the other side of the restaurant.
- On this day, we ate a
late dinner and were told that the hot bar items would be taken down at
Pros: Restaurant Review TA
- Mike chose to eat from
the buffet. He selected two rounds of fried chicken. Along with his
first helping of fried chicken, he got mashed potatoes and collard
- Vicki chose a menu item, a
steak with a second steak for an additional charge, the second one of
which she got "to go" for a meal in the
truck. She requested butter and sour cream on the side for her baked
- The salad bar had a nice,
small, selection of items. We both got lettuce, cherry tomatoes and
shredded cheddar cheese. Vicki also got diced hard boiled egg and
cucumbers. Mike also got croutons and salad dressing.
- Hot rolls were available, which
Mike really liked. It was kind of funny because when Vicki asked Mike
if he wanted a roll, he responded favorably, she got two (one for each
of them), and he ate both! (Mike says he isn't a big "bread eater" but
when the bread is good, he will enjoy eating every crumb.)
- We were greeted by a young man
as we entered the restaurant.
- Our waitress, Jan, was
friendly. She even came back to our table just a few minutes after
having delivered Vicki's steaks to find out if they were cooked
- Mike said that there was a
chocolate dessert on the hot bar. Of course, this was off-limits to
Vicki who ate a menu item.
- Mike also got some dessert like
bread dressing off the hot bar.
||This photo shows our two
salads and the two rolls from our dinner at the Country Pride
Restaurant at the Willington Travel Center in Willington, CT.
|On Mike's first trip to the
hot bar at the Country Pride Restaurant at the Willington Travel Center
in Willington, CT, he got fried chicken, mashed potatoes and collard
||Mike had to tap the sugar
dispenser to get the sugar to flow into his glass of tea at the Country
Pride Restaurant at the Willington Travel Center in Willington, CT.
|This was Vicki's menu
selection from the Country Pride Restaurant at the Willington Travel
Center in Willington, CT: two steaks (one of which she got "to go"), a
baked potato with butter and sour cream on the side, and Texas toast.
Cons: Restaurant Review TA
- Someone from the kitchen
occasionally would yell, "Kyle!" -- obviously to get the attention of
the young male waiter -- which was really irritating. There should be a
better way to summon wait staff to the kitchen than by yelling.
- There was no cottage cheese on
the salad bar.
- Mike said that the fried could
have been a little juicier and been seasoned a little better.
- Both the sugar and the salt
that were on the table were damp and clumpy and refused to flow freely
because of high humidity. Vicki hailed Jan to let her know how to
remedy the problem, at least as far as the salt shaker was concerned.
Jan said that they had tried that but management told them not to do
that any more.
- Mike said that the "sweet tea"
could have been sweeter (hence his needing to add more sugar from the
- Vicki observed that the baked
potato was a little dry.
Overall grade for this
facility on a scale of A+ to F- (with A+ being the best, F- being the
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