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Mar 8, 2008 08:43 AM

Must Eats - West Hartford, CT - 24-Hour Stay

Going to be in the vicinity of West Hartford, CT for about 24 hours. Seeking your suggestions on must eats for anything (and everything) from the greasy hole-in-the-wall that's been there since you can ever remember to the bakery that always seems to have a line out the door to the places that only locals know about (and want to keep to themselves.) Dine-In, Take-out, Pack-and-Ship, its all good.You get the idea. Looking forward to hearing your responses. Thanks for your assistance.

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  1. Well, I'm not sure its exactly what you have in mind, because its no secret and its not inexpensive, but to me Grants is the best in the area. Consistently excellent quality in my opinion. Lots of options for you in WH, though. I'm sure you will get plenty of suggestions.

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    1. re: jkuhlen

      I second Grants...also its sister restaurant Bricco for Italian. If you're looking for a Jewish deli lunch, the Crown Market makes great sandwiches (corned beef, pastrami, tongue, etc) to go. Middle eastern food: Go to Mediza.

      1. re: chowmensch

        The riggatoni at Bricco with the italian sausage, peas, tomato cream sauce, etc. is one of the best things I have ever eaten in CT. They have had the same dish at Max-a-mia for years (Penne ala buterra) and I thought THAT was good. Then I tried the Bricco. Wowser!

      2. re: jkuhlen

        I just wanted to add a plug here for Bricco. Having eaten at both Grant's and Bricco recently, I must say that I much prefer Bricco. We had a damn-near perfect early dinner there the other day. The quality of every item, from the bread and olives (the olives tasted as though they might be house-cured), to an amazing heirloom tomato salad, light and tender calamari, and all entrees--I opted for the glazed salmon cooked on cedar, which was absolutely delicious--were just impeccable. An exceedingly well-run kitchen and dining room. Loved it.

      3. Tangiers (668 Farmington Ave.) for falafel.
        Aby's Bakery (765 Farmington) for churros.
        Tapas (1150 New Britain Avenue).
        Shish-Kebab House on LaSalle.

        1. plan b for the east coast burger (burger topped with roasted tomato, fried onion, horseradish cream & lobster meat) and either truffle chive fries or green fries.. and great local microbrews.

          138 park road
          west hartford

          1. Tapas (1150 New Britan Ave) has a Greek salad that is outrageously good. Their lamburger platter will do it for you!


            1. Monte Alban on Farmington Ave for beef cheek and tongue tacos

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              1. re: garethblackstock

                I really enjoy Monte Alban- their mole is complex (try the Enchiladas Oaxaquenas), portions are more than generous and service is very friendly. Also, although far from a hole in the wall or local treat I do always enjoy the raw bar items from Max Oyster. Let us know what you decided!

                1. re: garethblackstock

                  I third Monte Alban. Stuffed Pancakes at Mo's Midtown (Farmington Ave., Hartford) are awesome too.

                  Monte Alban Restaurant
                  529 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105