Need some go-to spots in Hartford!
- Sam Mar 23, 2005 08:37 AM
Recently moved from Enfield to Hartford (West End area) and am in need of a few stand-bys. What do you all recommend for:
West End choices are great but anywhere in the Hartford city limits works. Thanks!
Welcome to the West End!
Our favorites are:
Tisane: really terrific food, ambitious menu. Service is a bit slow, but friendly.
Ichiban: their Korean menu is great. Try stone pot bim-bim-bap or any of the Gigae (soups). Very friendly service.
Chinese: China Pan (in strip mall in which Borders Bookstore is located, on New Britain Ave just west of WestFarms Mall in West Hartford)-- Amazing food, especially the vegetarian menu, which is extensive. Lovely service. Also try Szchezuan Garden, an excellent restaurant in front of the West Hartford Inn on Farmington. Make sure to ask for all the menus, because the default menu is somewhat limited.
Pizza: Many many choices. If you'd like to stay in Hartford, try Lena's on Park Street (just east of Prospect) and First and Last Tavern in the South End (also great for italian food, generally). West Hartford Center also is good, with Luna's and Harry's. Barb's is good too (Quaker and Park). And Harry's Bishop's Corner (in the Bishop's Corner strip mall at Albany Ave and Main, next to Waldbaum's grocery store) is really good, too.
I'm a hot dog lover from N.J. who's been to Connecticut a few times to sample hot dogs. The absolute best hot dog in Connecticut is Rosco's Big Dog. Located on Franklin Ave. in Hartford, this place serves the best beef/pork dog that I've sampled. And I've had dozens. Great flavor and excellent homemade toppings. I would go so far as to say that this is the best German style beef and pork dog in the country. Syd's in Union, N.J. makes the the best all beef dog. These 2 places are the best, in my opinion, in the US.
My wife and I moved to Kenyon st in October. Here are my recommendations for places near the west end.
Pizza: Lena's on Park st
Pub food: Corner Pug on New Park
Chinese: Butterfly on Farmington in W. Hartford
Thai: Siam Cuisine on Park in W. Hartford
Vietnamese: Pho hiep ... next to lena's on park
Pub: Half door in the summer, $2 irish drafts on wed.
Indian takeout: COsmos grocery on farmington in W. Hartford has a counter in the back with some good north indian selections.
Something different: If you have never had brazillian churassciaria try Braza. If you familiar with the concept it is pretty average. I think its worth the experience for the uninducted who like meat.
I really like Coyote Flaco on New Britain Ave (East of the Corner Pug)for maxican food. It's a small family-run place. The salsa, guac and hot sauce are all homemade and delicious. They have steaks and seafood but I have always stuck to the more traditional items like enchiladas and chimichangas and have never been disappointed.
I second many of the choices previously mentioned; Lunas and Harrys for pizza in West Hartford, Cosmos International for great Indian takeout, Half Door for pub food, Coyote Flaco for Mexican, Tisane, and Ichiban.
Siam Cuisine is under new ownership and I feel the food has really slipped. (The service has always been iffy) We go to the new Thai restaurant in the Wintonbury Mall in Bloomfield now. Its name escapes me at the moment. It is next to Ginza, which I believe has the best sushi in this area. For Mexican closer to home, Monte Alban is also good. Their tamales and shrimp cerviche are spectacular. Tangiers International has excellent hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and Greek pastries. You can also get pretty good gyros to take out or eat there. Both are right on Farmington Avenue. We also like Butterfly for Chinese, but our favorite is Chengdu on Park Road.
For pub fare you might want add Mayor Mikes to places to try. The brick oven baked mussels are my favorite and it is usually a fun place. Mozzacattos on Franklin Ave in Hartford is a great Italian bakery and a local icon. However, if you go to the café on a busy Saturday night you might find the wait staff reminds you of Soup Nazi episodes on Seinfeld.
There are tons more wonderful, reasonable places in the area. Enjoy!