Lunch in West Hartford - quick and ethnic?
You've received some excellent recs already from the other posters however the bulk of the recs are for REALLY quick/Take out-ish food. I would suggest East West Grill on New Park Ave. It's called Lao-Thai but it's much more (and I say that because I'm not a huge Thai fan but I love ALL of the food I've tried there).
If that's not your thing, the suggestion for Monte Albon on Farmington Ave in Hartford (about .5 a mile from the West Hartford town line) is really great too.
East West Grill
526 New Park Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110
re: masha bousha
Thanks all for the intriguing responses! Unfortunately circumstances (torrential downpours, an employee who doesn't like spicy food, unfamiliarity with the area, time constraints) made exploring impossible today. We ended up at Gyro Palace where I had a surprisingly good sandwich - Cubano panini - tasty and fresh. Salads looked good, too.
I will definitely be scheduling a ride back to the area for that banh mi! Didn't know they existed in CT.
Tangiers on the corner of Farmington and Prospect in Hartford will give you what you're looking for. It's owned and operated by some really good people from Lebanon and they serve middle eastern food. It's a store with a lunch counter that is almost always overflowing with people. The falafel is terrific. It is the best I've had outside of Israel!! I always buy a container of their homemade hummus and a bag of pita to bring home with me.
Take out or eat in?
For take out, you can't beat banh mi at Kien's on Park Rd.
When I'm in that area, I like to beeline for Monte Alban (x from Ichiban). It's Hartford, but it's heading toward W. Hartford. You'll see other reviews of it on this board.
I also like King & I for Thai (also Hartford, but heading toward WH). It's the little white house on Park Rd.
Warning: parking can be a PITA for all three of these places...but has never deterred me!