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Downtown Hartford Pre-Theater?

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Living in West Hartford, the restaurant mecca of CT, and not venturing into the city much anymore, I have lost touch with the downtown restaurant scene.

I have Stage Co tiks Friday and was looking at my choices. Some limitations. I want to park and walk, which rules out On20 (imho the best restaurant in CT and its not pre-theater you have to do the tasting menu and eat for hours!!!!). It also rules out Peppercorns, which I wish was closer, for its not too bad. There are the old reliable Max places, Trumbull Kitchen, and Max Downtown. I have been to Feng and its ok but not great.

In reading reviews on Yelp and elsewhere, Dish seems sort of mediocre. So does the newish Italian place Salute? I don't know whether you can snag a table at a bar like Vaughn's on a Friday night for simple but ok Pub food.

So what the hell does one do. In thinking about this I am thinking that its a shame that downtown seems to have become a foodie wasteland. So hounds what the hell am I missing.

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  1. How about Firebox or Vito's By the Park?

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    Vito's By the Park
    26 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103

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    1. re: chowmensch

      I would not classify Hartford as a foodie wasteland. We often bypass WH Center in favor of Firebox, one of the finest restaurants in the area. Bin 228 is also a great choice for pre-theater. Enjoy the show!

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      Bin 228
      228 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103

      1. re: Meesch70

        Firebox is sometimes great, but not walking distance. Morton's is a chain, and is expense account dining, the epitome of average. Dish was possible but steered away because of alot of negative comments on Yelp and elsewhere about the pedestrian quality of their food-big portions of mac'n'cheese or meatloaf. Bin28 I confess I haven't tried but should, but looking at their menu it seems they do more lite fare, sandwiches, tapas like plates.

        I stand by my comment that downtown is a foodie wasteland. There is not one place, outside of On20, and perhaps Peppercorns, that I would go out of my way to go to. And yes JayCT, I am being particular about food because after all, that's what this site is supposedly about.

    2. I would not call it a wasteland. You are being pretty particular about food and location in what is essentially a small downtown. Dish is not far nor is MAX and Trumbull Kitchen. City Steam would offer you pub food plus and it is practically right across the dtreet for Hartford Stage. Mortons is at Statehouse Square which is a couple of blocks. I know Bin 228 has a theater menu since it is across from Theaterworks. Not sure more you would need or want. Jay

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      Trumbull Kitchen
      150 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT 06103

      Bin 228
      228 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103