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Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant
517 W Main St, Meriden, CT 06451
Since 1996, the Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant has been dishing up take-out for the locals. Try the double friedMore noodles—this is the only Chinese restaurant in town that makes them, according to Yang Qi, who manages the counter. Another popular dish here is General Tso's Chicken, Qi says. Jade Garden will deliver orders of $10 or more. Catering for parties is also available.
La Perla Restaurant
295 Cook Ave, Meriden, CT 06451
La Perla is a little gem of a neighborhood restaurant. Owned and operated by the Rosado family since 2002, it servesMore homemade Puerto Rican food cooked fresh daily. Mofongo (plantains stuffed with shrimp or fried pork) is the specialty of the house at this friendly establishment.
Rincon Criollo Restaurant
133 Hanover St, Meriden, CT 06451
Rincon Criollo serves Spanish food at very reasonable prices. Customers can order breakfast all day at this littleMore downtown restaurant, which also offers lunch specials Monday through Friday. The menu includes white or yellow rice, beans, beef stew, roast pork, and shrimp or octopus salad. The house specialty is mofongos -- plantains stuffed with pork, shrimp, octopus, or mixed seafood. You can also order a steamed burger and fries here.
Barry's Liquor Store
754 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450
This local liquor store is located right next to Tim Horton's Restaurant and carries wine, beer and an assortmentMore of liquor.
Ruby Tuesday
470 Lewis Ave, Meriden, CT 06451
Ruby Tuesday is the only restaurant in the Meriden Mall outside the food court. It has thrived here since 1993. The menuMore offers a wide range of choices including burgers, sandwiches, pasta, steak, seafood, soups, sides, appetizers, desserts and more. The menu changes frequently, but the restaurant's popular make-your-own salad bar has remained a constant for years. Ruby Tuesday also offers lunch specials, specialty drinks and a kids' menu.
Pappas J&T Restaurant & Pizza House
90 S Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450

Since 1975, J&T Pappas Restaurant & Pizza House has been serving up quality, homemade comfort food. TheMore Pappas family has been in this location under this name since 1975 and for 19 years prior relatives ran Pappas Luncheonette in the heart of downtown Meriden. The Pappass are proud of their Meriden connection and have worked and lived in town for generations.

Come in to Pappas to experience delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, homemade pies and baked goods.

Roti Boti Restaurant
2103 N Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450
Like its sister location in New York City, Roti Boti on the Berlin Turnpike  serves Pakistani, Indian andMore Bangladeshi food. You can order everything from appetizers like chapli kababs and pakora to desserts like rasmalai and falooda. Entrees include lamb, goat, chicken and beef dishes, as well as vegetarian fare and tandoori barbecue. Sample fresh baked naan and other breads. To quench your thirst, try the lassi. Roti Boti also offers catering for special occasions. The restaurant serves only halal meats and does not serve alcohol.
Cucara Macara Mexican Eatery
1371 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450
Burritos and tortas are the most popular items at this small, bright Mexican restaurant. Order at the counter, and haveMore your food cooked fresh while you wait. The atmosphere and the service are both friendly.
Subway Subs
470 Lewis Ave, Meriden, CT 06451
This Subway restaurant is conveniently located on the second floor of the Westfield Mall in the food court. It offersMore 6-inch and foot-long subs, as well as combination meals that include chips and a drink. Popular sandwich choices include Philly cheese steak, meatball, cold cut combo, chicken teriyaki, tuna and chicken Parmesan. The food court area offers ample seating.
McDonald's
783 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450
In this location since 1970, this McDonald's may look old style on the outside, but it is a modern McCafe on the inside.More Customers can order all the usual McDonald's menu items, from Big Macs to Happy Meals to salads and shakes. Along with free Wi-Fi, this restaurant offers McCafe menu items such as smoothies, cappuccinos, lattes and other coffee drinks. It also has a 24-hour drive-thru.
Family Pizza Restaurant
81 W Main St, Meriden, CT 06451
Stop into Family Pizza for a slice, or have a pie delivered. The pizzas at this downtown shop come in five sizes, fromMore small (12 inches) to party size (24 inches); it serves 14 gourmet-style varieties. The menu also features grinders, salads, sandwiches, Italian and seafood dinners, and more. Combo meal deals are numbered for easy ordering. Unlike most pizza places, Family Pizza cooks its pizzas directly on a pizza stone without a screen.
City of Meriden Fire Marshal
142 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450
Planning to open a daycare or shoot fireworks off on the Fourth of July? First, head to the Fire Marshal's office in theMore ground floor of City Hall to make sure you're up to code. Fire Marshal Steve Trella and his handful of staff provide the necessary inspections for everything from restaurants to rooming houses, and also license those who handle incendiary material. The staff also investigate fires and perform public fire-prevention and survival education. 
Il Panino Eatery & Bakery
290 Pratt St, Meriden, CT 06450
This casual Italian eatery serves breakfast and lunch during the week. Owner and chef Sal Figliomeni's specialties areMore his chicken dishes and Italian cookies. Located in the bowels of an old factory building, the restaurant can be hard to find, but it is worth the effort. Catering is also available. The menu features pasta, eggplant, chicken, fish, beef and pork dishes as well as antipasto, stuffed breads, pastries and more.
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