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Hartford help please

I will be coming to Hartford on business in July -- never been to Hartford before. I am staying near the convention center and will not have a car.

I will have up to 4 nights do plan for -- possibly just 3 and will be with a coworker on an expense report. We can spend around $60 per day on food/bev/tip. Where would you recommend?


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    1. re: brookerme

      Thanks for the info -- I will have to look at those website and check out menus.

      Let me add -- I am interested in dinners -- usually during the day I can't get out of the convention center for lunch -- makes it nice because I save my $$ for dinner.

    2. Agree with Bookerme's choices and would add Vito's By the Park and Firebox.

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

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      1. re: chowmensch

        Second dthe Firebox, but you'll need a cab to get there. We've had some excellent meals there recently. Try the house Margerita -- it is made with jalapena-infused tequila and is great.

      2. For casual dining I would add Citysteam or Arch Street Tavern right across from the Convention Center garage. Jay

        Arch Street Tavern
        85 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

        1. If you will be around on a Friday, you have to check out On20. You may have to pay out of pocket for breakfast and lunch, but your per diem will buy you the best meal you can get in Hartford.

          1. yes i also agree on on20. its only a few blocks from the marriot. i heard very mixed reviews on vivo inside the hotel. the chef at on 20 is noel jones and he's one of the best in the state. if you have time call ahead for a tasting menu.

            1. I agree with all that has been posted, with exception to Vivo's because I have never been there and Agave, because I ate there once and found it pretty mediocre (though I don't know if one meal is really a fair shot).

              On20 may be serve you the best meal in the state, let alone Hartford. Do try to make it there if you can. Firebox is worth the cab ride, for sure.

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              1. re: mels

                Thanks to everyone who has replied lately. I haven't been on as much lately so I didn't see the replies since June 2. I have to see if I am staying Friday night -- if I am the On20 is definitely on my list.

                And I do have a list -- which I add to and remove from as the opinions change. Right now it consists of:

                Group 1 (the top contenders)
                On20 -- only open Friday for dinner
                Trumbull Kitchen
                Max downtown
                Dish Hartford
                Vivo – at the Marriott

                Second level:
                Costa del Sol
                Black eyed sally’s
                Bricco (West Hartford)
                Grants (west Hartford)

                Agave truck for lunch?
                Arch Street Tavern for happy hour

                Trumbull Kitchen
                150 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT 06103

                Arch Street Tavern
                85 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

                46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

              2. I would recommend Max's Downtown for one of your dinners. It is expensive but a nice treat and last time I was there the food was very very good and service excellent.

                1. Agave is a sit down place. I like the Habenero Pork tacos and the fresh Guacamole.

                  On a nice night, take a walk across the river to Mickey's Oceanic Grill and get the Fried Fish Sandwich. Roadfood has a nice write-up.


                  Mickey's Oceanic Grill
                  119 Pitkin St East, Hartford, CT

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                  1. re: Waquoit

                    Agave is a sit-down place but they also have a little cart that parks out on Bushnell Park during the day. They have great burritos at the truck!
                    Also, I would add O'Porto on the Hartford/West Hartford line. Great portuguese food.
                    Firebox is great. Wouldn't bother with Black Eyed Sally's. Besito is good food but overpriced for what you are getting. You are paying for West Hartford basically. Better choice in West Hartford is Bricco. Another WH suggestion would be Arugula.

                    46 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107