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Nov 28, 2009 07:43 AM

hartford casual

burgers,pizza,any ethnic,whatever.going to see a show,so late night options too...thanks

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  1. I am surprised no one replied to this. City Steam on Main Street is good and is opened late. Also Vito's on the Park for pizza and Italian. Not sure how late they are opened though. Jay

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    1. re: JayCT

      <<I am surprised no one replied to this.>> Don't be (surprised). There are boatloads of current Hartford threads if one just searches this board by relevance. Here are the results of such a search--lots of great recommendations to be found here:

      1. re: kattyeyes

        i wish someone would have told us about all the jamaican places,luckly we found them,and ate at a jerk weve ever had next to JA.i guess everyones trying to keep it a secret....

        1. re: im hungry

          I only know of Scott's Jamaican Bakery--and they don't serve jerk as far as I know, so, c'mon now, what did you find?! ;)

          1. re: kattyeyes

            theres a bunch of jamaican restaurant on main st.,we tried 2 places,jerk pit cafe and a place called dunns river.both were really good,surprisingly different,and exteremely tasty.we also found a great west indian food grocery store in the area too,i think it was
            'ama food",accross the street from a big gas station on main st.there were alot of other little places all along there too,but its in kind of a tough area,so going during the daylight hours might be a good thing,we didnt have any problems on saturday night,but going back there sunday afternoon was alittle more comfortable.

            1. re: im hungry

              Good to know! Thanks for sharing your finds with us.

              1. re: im hungry

                Saw these places on the way to the new Science Museum. Dicey parking situation- there's a really creepy looking police building nearby that looks like a giant outdoor holding cell (complete w/metal bars!). Thanks for the specifics re:food and location. We are currently obsessed with the Jamaican spice bread purchased at the Prospect St. Super S&S (made by The Jamaican Bakery (Hartford, CT)-same company that makes the hard bread we love). Don't know if they have a retail space, but they should!

                1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                  Tell us more about the Jamaican spice bread--is it sweet or savory? And made by another Jamaican Bakery (not Scott's)?

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    I just had some- it's amazing w/cream cheese or just plain. I threw out the wrapper, but I'll check next time I go to Super S&S. I'm pretty sure it's not Scotts (I just love Scott's patties). The wrapper just says "Jamaican Bakery, Hartford, CT", but I'll check. The spice bread is medium-brown and full of raisins. It's dense and kinda heavy, like fruitcake, but lighter tasting when warmed/toasted My kids love it. I'll get some more and check the ingredient list.

                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                      Sounds like a 'spice bun' to me, and Scott's does make a good one.

                      1. re: ratbuddy

                        Yup! You are correct. Bought some more last nite (for the kids, of course).

                        Top Taste Jamaican Bakery, 551 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT, 06012
                        Spice Fruit Bun (raisins, cherries, cinn & spices...) Very good, but contains some bad, bad, bad oils-so go easy. It's a bargain at $3.00!

                        They also make a delicious Hard Dough Bread (white sand. bread) and these smaller, round Bulla Cakes that are made w/ginger and spice- YUM!

                        Is Top Taste Scott's? I'm confused. They're on the same street...

                  2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                    Laura--this week, I e-mailed you a recent recipe from the Hartford Courant that looked like it might be a good match for this bread. (but OT for this thread)..I don't know if you received it or it was stuck in your SPAM folder, however, if you are interested, check your SPAM folder.

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Oooh! Thanks, I don't use my personal e-mail that much-prefer to use my work-based one. I check my home e-mails about 1/week. I'm going to check now!

                  3. re: im hungry

                    Apron Strings is a really good Jamaican place too :)

                    1. re: krisrishere

                      Wait, where is that restaurant? What is good to order? Parking situation, please?

                      1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                        Katty it's been ages since I ate there too! I remember the curried goat being really good, oxtails..jerk pork is good and spicy. Everything is really spicy but flavorful.

                        I found a copy of the menu online, click view menu:

                      2. re: krisrishere

                        I only knew of them when they were in Richardson Mall...and now there is no Richardson Mall. I found this location on Blue Hills. They are a restaurant (regular and takeout) and also cater. I'll let Kris tell you what's good--it's been too long since I've eaten there. ;)