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askeenan Sep 29, 2009 06:15 AM

Had dinner there last night and was pleasantly surprised. I am not well versed in Mexican food and typically do not go out of my way to find it. This restraunt may change that for me. The beef short ribs were exquisite and I am looking foward to the leftovers for lunch and dinner tonight. The wild mushroom and goat cheese empanadas were tasty and unique. Tres leches cake out of this world. The decor ir beautful! what are your opinions on Besito??

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  1. jquest619 RE: askeenan Sep 30, 2009 03:28 AM

    I am very anxious to try this place, as I just returned from Mexico.

    Here's the link to the advocate review:

    http://www.hartfordadvocate.com/artic...

    1. stuck in Hartford County RE: askeenan Sep 30, 2009 06:54 PM

      I have been to Besito 3 times- twice w/my teens and once by myself. Every meal has been absolutely fantastic. I could go on and on about what we ordered, but suffice it to say that everything we ordered was amazing. The taste and presentation of each menu item was, like, WOW!!! 10/10. The kids made me promise to re-visit, and I reminded myself to either pester the chef for the recipe or send a letter to Bon Appetit for the recipie. Either way, all three visits were memorable!

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      Besito - West Hartford
      46 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107

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        jquest619 RE: stuck in Hartford County Oct 26, 2009 07:22 AM

        I had the opportunity to go this weekend and I agree with SIHC about everything--definitely authentic, service was great, presentation was amazing and flavors of everything we had was soooo good. Well worth the visit. I cannot wait to return.

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        ratbuddy RE: askeenan Oct 29, 2009 06:42 PM

        Google's Street View isn't helpful, it just shows pre-Blueback West Hartford center. Where exactly is Besito?

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        Besito
        46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

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          aldente1 RE: ratbuddy Oct 29, 2009 09:38 PM

          46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

          (860) 233-2500

          It's not too far from Crate and Barrell.

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            stuck in Hartford County RE: ratbuddy Oct 30, 2009 06:12 AM

            If you drive down (or up) Main St. in West Hartford (south of Farmington Av. it's South Main, and north of Farmington Ave. it's North Main) you will see Town Hall (big white fancy looking buildings w/(ugly) statue of Noah Webster. Besito is kinda hard to find, but it is next to (to the right of) Flemmings Steak House (just after) the (ugly) statue on South Main St. There is a pretty main looking crossing in front- a light, a crosswalk, handicapped parking... Bring quarters and your patience- on street parking is next to impossible and the garages are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive (don't even get me started on this...) There is a small patio in front of the restaurant and an awning that says "Besito". I would suggest to the powers that be that they re-work their sign.

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              ratbuddy RE: stuck in Hartford County Oct 30, 2009 08:16 AM

              Hmm, I lived on South Main Street for almost 20 years and haven't much clue what you are talking about. I guess I've been avoiding the whole area since the Blueback thing. Time to take a walk around and figure out what's what, I suppose.

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                stuck in Hartford County RE: ratbuddy Oct 31, 2009 08:20 PM

                Sorry, in my opinion, the N.W. statue is ugly, bordering on creepily weird. Saw a movie Sunday morning, and paid $4.75 to park in the garage (plus the outrageous fee of $11.00 for the movie). Metered spots taken, plus I forgot quarters.

                Food was great, though. So who cares about the statue and parking woes.

                Had another amazing tapas experience at Barcelona tonite. Their (red) sangria is terrific, also. Walked into town to avoid parking headaches, and didn't have to see THAT STATUE!

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                  rbailin RE: stuck in Hartford County Nov 1, 2009 06:23 PM

                  The Cinema doesn't partially comp the parking like they do in New Haven? (You gotta ask at the ticket counter.)

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                    stuck in Hartford County RE: rbailin Nov 4, 2009 06:59 AM

                    No. Never. However, the library gives you a stamp worth 2 hours, but I feel too guilty to do this (and the movies are usually more than 2 hrs long). Luckily I live only a couple of blocks from the Center so we usually walk.

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                kattyeyes RE: stuck in Hartford County Nov 7, 2009 02:47 PM

                A special thank you to you, Miss Laura. Your description was very helpful. Without knowing it's right after Crate and Barrel and before Fleming's, you could easily walk right by and miss Besito. Folks, note the yellow awning--that's Besito. I think it says Besito (in gold on the awning?) but it's like trying to ID marshmallows in a blizzard. ;) And, yes, parking is a challenge...definitely bring quarters!

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                Besito
                46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

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                  MamaRo RE: stuck in Hartford County Jan 10, 2011 08:06 AM

                  An update on the parking for West Hartford Center. If you shop at the Big Y supermarket in West Hartford (Bishops Corner) and accumulate a silver coin (check with the store for details) you can use that coin to buy reduced price movie tickets for Bow Tie Cinemas (one in West Hartford center, one on the border of West Hartford and Hartford.) This can save you about $2.00 per ticket. Parking is not any cheaper, but reduced cost of ticket takes some of the sting out of the total cost of going out. Don't know how long the movie tickets/ coin promotion will last at Big Y. Assume you could use silver coin from any of the stores in the chain and buy a reduced ticket at the West Hartford Store. If you shop in the area anyway, and often go to Bow Tie movie house, you can save some money.

              3. kattyeyes RE: askeenan Nov 7, 2009 02:21 PM

                We went for lunch today

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                Besito
                46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

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                  stuck in Hartford County RE: kattyeyes Nov 8, 2009 12:45 PM

                  Spill the details! What did you have? What did you think of it? Don't leave me hanging!

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                    kattyeyes RE: stuck in Hartford County Nov 8, 2009 02:28 PM

                    Oh, man! I had all the details in my post and apparently they didn't take. Grumble, grumble. Sometimes this site is not my friend!

                    Besito was wonderful! We loved it and are eager to go back again. To start, we shared a small plate of the wild mushroom and goat cheese empanadas--light and delicious! I wondered what made the dough such an interesting deep orange color, so we asked. It's guajillo chiles. Nice!

                    Even the chips and salsa to start are great--I love their roasted tomato salsa. So, so, so good. I love everything about Besito right down to the decor and the silverware. Do you not love those little spoons for the salsa and the lovely hammered flatware?

                    Adult beverages--two big thumbs up on both the drinks I had (belated celebration)...first the red sangria with the tasty diced fruit, then a mango margarita made with fresh mango puree.

                    We shared the enchiladas mixtas--a combo of chorizo, chicken and skirt steak. Now my only *minor* complaint (more like an observation) was I didn't notice any chorizo. The skirt steak and the chicken for sure, but didn't taste the chorizo. Still, the enchiladas were quite delicious. Again, to be fair, the meat was warm not hot, but still very good and so much better than any other Mexican restaurant where I've eaten in the state of Connecticut. The rice was especially moist and flavorful.

                    Service was great, including a check-in from the manager asking if everything was good so far...and to let him know if it wasn't.

                    Onto dessert. On our server's recommendation, I tried the pastel tres leches...I agree with askeenan. It was truly out of this world. But then...as if it's not enough that you've had dessert, out come the hot churros with the check and the little worry dolls. Now, clearly, I wasn't still hungry, but if you think I was gonna let a warm stick of cinnamony goodness hang out in that bag, no way. Much love and XOXO to Besito. Can't wait to get back...and I'm intrigued by the idea of brunch. Anyone tried it yet?

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                    Besito
                    46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

                2. geminigirl RE: askeenan Nov 21, 2009 01:49 PM

                  We went last night for dinner, and can't say we will be rushing back, it was ok, but not great....Started with a basic margarita and a mango one, I didn't try the regular one but the mango was pretty good. The chips and salsa are nice. We had the empanadas as well which were ok, a very mild flavor of the goat cheese but overall not a ton of flavor, they were a nice color though as mentioned above. I was a bit confused with the sauce they served with it, pretty thin and not much flavor either...

                  We had the short ribs, which were good and an enormous portion. Also tried one of the specials which was 2 soft tortillas with escobar? (described as a buttery white fish) and shrimp. Overall the flavor was good, but not enough fish and overgenerous on the sauce...the rice was nicer then most mexican places but still pretty dull, as were the beans.

                  My favorite part of the night was the churros(?) served with the check, imho the best part of the meal.

                  Service was not so great, our waitress tended to forget about us, and I know at other restaurants other wait people serve you drinks, food , etc...besides your waiter, but it just felt really choppy. I like having a waiter who is with me soup to nuts, but just my opinion...

                  So, condidering the prices and the just ok outcome of the meal and the service, we will probably not be rushing back. Oh, and what bothered me, and I know some will say i'm being really fussy..the guacamole cart - at one point all the avocados fell on the floor were then picked up and put back in the basket (without a rinse) and proceeded to make more guac using the same knife to cut the avocado in half and score out the flesh...now I know this probably happens in the back of the restaurant all the time along with all other kinds of not so friendly food prep, but I guess I just don't want to see it table side...

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                    stuck in Hartford County RE: geminigirl Nov 22, 2009 01:38 PM

                    I'm so sorry you had a so-so experience! At least you tried it. Maybe something was "off" that nite- we've only had great food there, but I know you must be disappointed. Plus, it is expensive.

                    P.S. If you are given churros, try to order hot chocolate for dipping. It's delicious!

                  2. stuck in Hartford County RE: askeenan Feb 12, 2010 09:02 AM

                    A shout out to the Besito gang:

                    Friends of mine have been commenting on the "new" Besito yellow signs hanging off the front of the building. I've overheard various comments like "I thought the whole place was Flemings. I didn't know there were two restaurants...". I like them, also. Making the place more obvious to impulse diners is a smart move in a tough economy, although I haven't been there in about a month so I can't vouch for the food. Hope it's still great. We'll be back!

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                      thos RE: askeenan Feb 12, 2010 11:53 AM

                      We loved it. I am surprised no one mentioned that the space is really impressive, especially in the evening.

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                        kattyeyes RE: thos Feb 12, 2010 04:06 PM

                        I want to say I had mentioned what a beautiful space it is in my vaporized post that was truncated as I agree with you totally. It is beautiful and reminds me of a place I visited in Oaxaca. I am overdue for a return trip for sure. Would still love to know if anyone has gone for brunch.

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                          stuck in Hartford County RE: kattyeyes Feb 13, 2010 08:27 AM

                          I keep forgetting they have Brunch- the kids always want to go to Dakota. Maybe we'll give it a try soon, too!

                      2. javaandjazz RE: askeenan Nov 20, 2010 04:35 AM

                        We went up to West Hartfoird last night to stop at Connecticut Home Interiors and then drove downtown to look for a place to eat, every place we stopped was a 45 minute wait and even Arugula had 5 open tables and could not seat us(the tables were open for an hour but they said that wasn't enough time to take care of us) so we wondered over to Blue Back Square and found Besito and walked in not know what type of restaurant it was. Turns out it's upscale Mexican and very delicious. I had 2 apps, started with the chicken flautas and the crab cake. Our waiter said the crab cake was the best he ever had and he was so right. Last time someone said that to me, it was the worst but not in this case. It was served with a habanero cream sauce,roasted corn salad and some type of mexican cheese sprinkled over it. It was very good and not fishy at all, and I am not a big seafood person either. The flautas were delicious also, I could have eaten another portion. My partner had the ceviche with snapper and shrimp, I could not detect any fishiness again but it's not my thing so I didn't try it but he said it was very good. He had the enchiladas suizas and they were served in a tomatillo cream sauce. He enjoyed them very much. I didn't ask for a dessert menu but asked our waiter if they had tres leches cake and of course he said yes, so I cheated on my eating plan again and we shared the cake....yummy! The coffee was a bit milder but had a nice nuttiness flavor to it. With 2 drinks our bill was $81 plus tip. Not bad, we will definitely go back again!

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                        Besito
                        46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

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