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Tinker's Downtown Hartford

citybrunette Feb 24, 2008 04:15 PM

So, there's been a banner up on Main St Hartford on a storefront across from the newly-remodeled library (gorgeous, go see if you haven't yet) that says "Tinker's Seafood, Coming Fall 2007". Anyone know what's up? Those of us that live in the 'hood are always looking for somewhere new to eat within walking distance...

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    Earle Feb 25, 2008 03:25 AM

    I cant shed any light on the move to Main st. But I have eaten in the one on new park ave. and the food is very good ,the price is very good, the ambiance is very bad, So if you can overlook the interior its worth the trip. for lunch. Earle Ct.

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      citybrunette Feb 25, 2008 06:10 PM

      I don't think they are moving, from their, um, charming, but de-lish West End spot. I think it's supposed to be a "branch office". But when, oh when? We be a-hankerin' for some fish-n-chips!

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      TimCat Feb 25, 2008 06:36 PM

      I heard today that it's just a second location. Parking is terrible there though, it seems like such an odd spot to put it. Not sure how much lunch traffic it would get. I guess some, but how many days a week can you eat fried seafood?

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        lexpatti Feb 26, 2008 05:32 AM

        We love the one in NH - great seafood market too with sushi grade tuna and salmon. I love their steamers, very sweet and don't have to wait until summer.

        1. masha bousha Feb 27, 2008 11:32 AM

          FYI, they also have a location somewhere in Bristol, CT.

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            pizza 36 Mar 22, 2008 07:34 AM

            That Main Street location has historically not been good for restaurants. For the most part, seafood restaurants do not fare well in downtown hartford. I used to be a line cook at Pastis, to me, Sally's Fish Camp is Pastis with a somewhat different menu.

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            citybrunette Jun 7, 2008 09:12 AM

            Update - They opened Thursday. I didn't find out until after I had already had dinner at Peppercorns down the street, but went in with a neighbor for a drink and to nose around. The staff was more than happy to give tours. The place was about half full at 9pm, many from the neighborhoods, and a fair number that were likely "friends of staff". About half the servers were from the West End Tinkers, probably since they know the menu (which is about 75% the same as West End) and definitely know the ropes. Smart move on the owners part. There is an upstairs bar and a few booths and bar tables, then downstairs there is another smaller bar as well as some more booths and lots of tables. The downstairs probably seats 70. Kind of an industrial look going on, with exposed brick, concrete floors, wire-cage lighting, an in-wall waterfall and saltwater fishtank (for display, not for eating), I didn't care for the lighting (ambiance, not fixtures, the fixtures were cool). The upstairs bar is the old one from the Muni ("The Municipal", which was next door to where this place is and was ripped out for a Dunkin Donuts). We sat at the bar but didn't eat, however, everything that was served to those around us smelled delicious and looked to be generous portions. Will go back for dinner sometime this week.

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              foodie1859 Jun 16, 2008 10:21 AM

              I went to eat there 2 times last week. It's a bare bones type of operation. The 1st time I visited, I had lobster bisque, which I have had and enjoyed at their Park Street location. It needed to be hotter, and I informed the waitress of this. I also ordered the fried sea scallops with fries, and the sea scallops were perfect, just as I remembered from the Park Street location. The waitress was eager to please, and I was one of a few folks in there at the time. The next time I stopped in was during lunch and had the fried calamari, which was good, although the calamari rings were quite small. The space could use some enlivening, as it is bare bones, and they could use specials, as the Park Street location has had. I have enjoyed every meal in the Park Street location, and wish them well at this location. I hope they do well and stay there a long time.

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                veronaraven Jun 22, 2008 11:47 AM

                Now you know why Sally's didnt make it. Tinkers does the same thing, and for about 1/2 the price and no martinis.

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