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Good inexpensive eats near University of Hartford/Hartt School

Disneyfreak Dec 10, 2012 09:48 AM

I'm taking my daughter to look at the University of Hartford/Hartt school. I thought we would grab a bite to eat before we head home. Can you recommend some places nearby with good cheap eats?


  1. Disneyfreak Dec 12, 2012 05:41 AM

    Thanks for all the assistance! We were leaving a meeting at one of the Hartt Schools off campus buildings and as we were driving we passed a Scott's Jamaican Bakery -- the Albany location. I pointed it out to my daughter and we decided to stop. We got some patties to take home. The ladies inside were very nice. The parking lot was fine. After that we went to Trumbull Kitchen for the mid day menu and shared a couple things.

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    1. re: Disneyfreak
      kattyeyes Dec 12, 2012 05:51 AM


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        ratbuddy Dec 12, 2012 07:34 AM

        Cool, I'm glad you made it out alive ;)

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        TnTinCT Dec 11, 2012 01:44 PM

        Not too far in Bishop's Corner is Harry's Pizza - excellent thin crust pizza, salads

        In Elizabeth Park just a quick drive - the Pond House, really creative interesting restaurant.

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        1. re: TnTinCT
          ratbuddy Dec 11, 2012 03:26 PM

          I agree Harry's Bishop's Corner is amazing, but I wouldn't really call it cheap, and the website is http://harrysbc.com/ :


          The other Harry's is not related, and while good, isn't quite as good.

          1. re: ratbuddy
            hotwing Dec 11, 2012 05:23 PM

            Agree with you there ratbudy. Had their seasonal fra diovlo pizza this past summer. One of the best pizzas Ive ever had. Definitely not cheap though.

        2. kattyeyes Dec 11, 2012 04:16 AM

          My two favorites in the area that meet your criteria, speaking as a U-Ha alum:

          Vietnam Restaurant:

          Tapas (now with a location in Bloomfield that may be closer to campus):

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            brookerme Dec 10, 2012 01:19 PM

            I love Scott's but it is take out only

            Check out the shopping and restaurants in West Hartford Center http://www.maxrestaurantgroup.com/burger/
            Thai: http://www.blueelephanttrail.com/

            close to campus in Bloomfield: http://www.tapasonline.com/ordereze/D...

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              rudysmom Dec 10, 2012 12:17 PM

              I can't vouch for the place because I've never been there, but a lot of the Hartt kids (at least the string players) like Brazil Grill off of Park Street.

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                ratbuddy Dec 10, 2012 10:18 AM

                Scott's Jamaican Bakery on Albany. Make sure to grab some extra patties, you'll want them later.

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                  hotwing Dec 10, 2012 01:01 PM

                  I like Scotts too, but you should also add that this is a very dangerous area.

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                    Disneyfreak Dec 10, 2012 01:56 PM

                    Are they all in dangerous areas? I found their website and see that there is more than one location.

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                      NE_Elaine Dec 11, 2012 05:52 PM

                      Hi Disney, I checked the other Scotts locations and they are all in the North End of Hartford. The North End is a gritty, urban location which is well-know for violent crime.

                      I would suggest Tapas in it's Bloomfield location which is about 10 minutes away from U of H.

                      1. re: NE_Elaine
                        ratbuddy Dec 11, 2012 09:41 PM

                        Please don't scare people off. As I said before, the Albany Ave location is safe as can be. Only nervous suburbanites find that area to be dangerous.

                    2. re: hotwing
                      ratbuddy Dec 10, 2012 05:57 PM

                      That end of Albany Ave is by no means dangerous unless you are there to buy drugs. During the day, there is no problem going to Scott's. As long as you aren't jumping around waving money in the air, people will leave you alone. Use regular city smarts.

                      Yeah, my fair city has a crap reputation, but it's mostly from suburbanites who see news stories about shootings in druggie areas and assume the whole city is like that. It ain't.

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                        Disneyfreak Dec 11, 2012 04:07 AM

                        There are other Scott's locations that have more of a restaurant right? Would those be a better choice?

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                          kattyeyes Dec 11, 2012 04:21 AM

                          Re Scott's and that part of Albany Ave., maybe not dangerous, but not the nicest or most welcoming part of Hartford, either. Folks not from around here should be advised is all.

                          1. re: ratbuddy
                            hotwing Dec 11, 2012 07:03 AM

                            I don't see how you can steer somebody in that direction without some kind of forewarning. I would definitely not let my wife and child go there by themselves. Nor would I send a stranger to the area.

                            1. re: hotwing
                              kattyeyes Dec 11, 2012 07:08 AM

                              I used to drive Albany Ave. to school back in the late 80s. It always struck me as fitting that there was a beheaded statue of a deer on Deerfield Ave. I think it's gone now.

                              1. re: hotwing
                                ratbuddy Dec 11, 2012 09:34 AM

                                Guess we just disagree, because I don't find the area intimidating at all, and I don't hesitate to suggest Scott's to anyone. It's a local treasure.

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