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We couldn't really afford a get away but we're going anyway because I need a break from all the pressures of this summer. So price being the main guide here, I went to travelzoo.com and found a deal for $49 a night, which includes $10 a night dining credit at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford, CT.

So we're going there. :)

I know there's a couple of places that have at least gyros, if not other greek foods, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations along that line. Or for other, not-too-expensive-on-a-budget-meals (entrees for $15 or less, preferably) for us (just me and my husband, no kids). We really like getting ethnic foods that are not available to us in Vermont, and the hotel has WIFI so I'll be checking back here while we're gone (we're leaving in about an hour).

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. :)

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  1. There is a place in East Hartford, not to far from your hotel.That is mexican style,called Margaritas its at 350 Roberts st. Also not far from where you are is a lunch place that serves dogs and burgers and fish. Its a take out window or stand at the counter place. That is very good. Its on Pitkin st. Ask at the desk, they will give you directions im sure. http://www.margs.com/ This is the website for the mexican place. They have a nice Restaurant in the hotel your staying at also. http://yp.yahoo.com/yp/East_Hartford_... This site should help you finding some places to eat. Take a look at some of the places ,be careful some are expensive. Most of them in Hartford will be high priced My advise if you find one that looks good , ask at the front desk about them. There are also many pizza and grinder places with in 5 miles of where you are staying. There is a place on Main St. in East Hartford Called Savie's that is good. Good luck . Earle

    1. A couple of things in the area:

      I would head next door to Manchester for the famous Shady Glen cheeseburger.....and then their delicious ice cream for dessert!


      Also, First and Last Tavern in Hartford is fun and makes good pizza
      I would also head down Franklin Avenue for some great Italian pastries at

      Don't miss the Wadsworth Atheneum and Elizabeth Park while you're visiting.....

      Mozzicato de Pasquale
      329 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

      First & Last Tavern
      939 Maple Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

      Shady Glen Dairy Stores
      360 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040

      1. From your hotel you can walk across the CT River into downtown Hartford...you can probably dine at almost any restaurant on your budget by sitting at the bar and having appetizers, eating at more expensive spots at lunch, even Max Downtown's "tavern menu" served in the very nice bar is within your budget for dinner..

        a few downtown Htfd suggestions
        Max Downtown...upscale Modern Chop House on Asylum...
        Tapas on Ann...Mediterranean on Ann St..very casual and funky
        Hot Tomatoes...Modern Italian in Union Station...
        Bin 228..wine bar with Paninis etc...on Pearl St...

        downtown is pretty compact...you can walk around and read menus easily

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        1. re: LenaNE

          84 east to 384 east...exit 3...go to light...go left 200 yards...Mulberry St Pizza
          10 minutes 10 minutes away

          Breakfast...at light go right over bridge...up main to Oak st...turn right...100 feet...Sinnamon Shop for great food...cheap

          1. re: sodagirl

            My folks live right around the corner from Mulberry pizza and they really dislike it. They are big lovers of Modern and Sally's in New Haven...so maybe they just don't like the style Mulberry serves up...is it a thin, charred crust??

            1. re: Science Chick

              I have several friends who either like Greek style,..thick crust or have been to New haven and don't think it is worth going any where else...can't criticize anyonbes parents but Mulberry must be doing something right...they had a tent up at the car show a few eeks ago and couldn't keep up with the demand and there were several other shops on main street open as well

              My favorite is a plain cheese or pepperoni well done...

              it is as goodas anything I have had in New Havenm (that should get some feedback huh?)...the place is very busy...any specifics why they don;t like it?...everyone I talk to seems to think it has some great food...definitely in a weird location but I eat there frequently...let me know

        2. Tonight, why don't you get barbecue to go from B&J's Indoor Barbecue at 242 Burnside Ave, East Hartford. Then take it to the East Hartford Town Green (1021 Main St.) for the free concert. Tonight they have interesting group called Baka Beyond.


          Tomorrow for lunch, you have to go to Shady Glen for a cheeseburger. They have two of them. The one at 801 Middle Tpke E, Manchester, CT is the original.

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          1. re: Waquoit

            Yes, definitely go to the E. Middle Tpk one..much better than the one in the middle of the Parkade shopping center!

          2. For Greek try Tapas http://www.tapasonline.com/about_tapa... in West Hartford or now in Bloomfield both about 12 min. from your hotel. Don't try to walk into Hartford its too far. Its easy to park in Hartford on the weekends. The fried seafood stand mentioned is Mickey's,good but stand up to eat or a few outdoor tables. Great Thai, Peruvian, Jamaican, Vietnanese around. Search these boards.

            1. I was drained from driving and getting really lost in Hartford when we tried to find a gyro place that we think is closed. So we just went to Margaritas for lunch. It was tolerable. Had a fantastic chocolate dessert that was rich and decadant and I'm glad we shared because it was more sugar and chocolate than I usually eat in two weeks all at once.

              The nachos cowabung (oi what a name) was OK. Lots of cheese and a huge portion but I wasn't too fond of the beef. The beans were not great, either, so I ended up just pulling the cheese off the top and eating that. But as it was right across the road from our hotel and I was exhausted, I survived. :)

              Asked at the front desk about delivery and they gave me menus for a chinese place (China Jade) and a pizza place (Village Pizza). So we ordered from both. I was -really- tired last night and I just couldn't summon up the energy to go someplace better. Hence, why we were on this getaway in the first place. :)

              Both of them were EH. China Jade was marginally better than Village Pizza (we only had gyros from there, I wasn't expecting much from that). The pan fried dumplings were a bit better than the steamed dumplings, and the wonton soup was nothing to write about, but all the prices cheap and we did fill our bellies. We have some leftovers (because that was a lot of food heh) but I don't know if I'll bother with them.

              Today we're going to Mystic to the aquarium. I wanna see penguins! I'm scared of driving in Hartford again because it's really hard to see how the roads work with them all being stacked on top of each other on the maps, but I really want to go see the Bourne Ultimatum at the movie theatre there that has stadium seating, dolby sound, and big screens. Bow 17 or something like that? So we'll probably have Tapas for dinner tonight. Maybe take out so I don't have to worry about reservations there.

              You're all being so helpful and I really appreciate it! I'm so glad my friend turned me onto this site, I feel like I've come home and found a whole new pile of foodie friends!

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              1. re: Morganna

                Try having lunch at Mystic Market for a great sandwich or salad after the aquarium. I want to add my enthusiasm for Tapas if you are looking for great gyro or Greek salad and the like at a very reasonable price. Try not to miss that before you leave. There is also a Trader Joe's a little farther down New Britian Ave (headed away from downtown) Have a great time!

                1. re: HungryChris

                  Added links.

                  Tapas Restaurant
                  1150 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110

                  Mystic Market
                  63 Williams St, Mystic, CT 06355

              2. El Salvador
                514 Burnside Ave
                East Hartford, CT 06108
                (860) 528-2442

                Peppers Jamaican Bakery & Jerk
                603 Burnside Ave
                East Hartford, CT 06108
                (860) 282-0444

                Get the jerk chicken to go from Peppers it is great. El Salvador is a tiny Salvadoran place, food is good and the owner is friendly. I would also suggest a drive down Franklin Avenue in Hartford, it shouldn't be hard to find. There you will find some good Peruvian, Colombian, Italian, Brazilian, Guyanese, and more.

                1. Phew, what a day! We had breakfast at Sinnamon instead of the hotel, and I'm glad we did. :) It was a decent price and tasty. We went to the aquarium from there and after that we had lunch at a Wendy's, which is somewhat disappointing for most of you, I'm sure, but we never get to eat at Wendy's because there isn't one near where we live, so it was a nice cheap treat for us. :)

                  After we watched the Bourne Ultimatum we went for dinner at Tapas on Ann. Had a parmesan, romano garlic bread and ultimate gyros. It was really yummy and for decent prices!

                  Tomorrow we're checking out and having breakfast here at the hotel because we have this $10 coupon for JT's I think it's called. Not gonna turn my nose up at that. :)

                  Wish we could have spent more time at the other places mentioned by folks, but I'm very grateful for all the wonderful suggestions that came through. It was a big help!

                  Is downtown Hartford always that dead at night? :)

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