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Restaurants within walking distance of Comcast Theater in Hartford?

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callah2000 Aug 26, 2013 07:11 PM

Are there any restaruants within walking distance of the Comcast Theater in Hartford? Revies on the theater itself haven't been too good . . . neighborhood and such. Any sugguestions would be most welcome.

  1. kattyeyes Sep 2, 2013 04:06 PM

    There's plenty of good food in Hartford and no one said not to go or not to eat it. Just need to be careful.

    Some quick shoutouts:

    NY, NY Pizza on Franklin Ave. for cevapi from the Balkans - fantastic!

    Di Fiore Pasta is EXCELLENT and has been for years. Try their manicotti! I gave up making them after buying theirs. ETA: this is to buy and take home, not to eat on site.

    Maple Avenue Giant Grinder - Adelaide St. - massive Italian grinders just like I grew up with. Ordered a whole last week--it is and was more than two adults should eat in one sitting. THEY'RE HUGE. Hey, while you're there, ask them about the chunk of asphalt on display under plexiglass on their counter!

    Those are just a few. There are many more, depending what you want to eat or where in the city you are. Just be advised it's not exactly Mister Rogers Neighborhood these days.

    Oh, and on the opposite side of town, heading toward West Hartford, Monte Alban was always great. Haven't been in a while. Perhaps someone who has can chime in.

    ETA:
    https://www.facebook.com/DiFioreRavio...

    I like their ravioli flag post today!

    1. Joanie Aug 30, 2013 06:00 AM

      In a similar vein, I'm going to a show at the Webster tonite and was thinking we'd walk from Trumbull down Washington to the club. I'm not one to get scared easily but is this an issue? And what do you think about J Restaurant? Thanks.

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      1. re: Joanie
        BiscuitBoy Aug 30, 2013 06:12 AM

        2nd murder in a month at Up or on the Rocks, usually a safe club to hang at...Hartford is quite the hole these days

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          Joanie Aug 30, 2013 06:59 AM

          Is that in the area I plan to walk thru? I've never heard of this club, it's not in the Webster area is it? I assume some bozos had a beef and it went bad at the club but maybe you're saying Hartford isn't safe in general.

          1. re: Joanie
            kattyeyes Aug 30, 2013 07:13 AM

            I wouldn't walk it, Joanie. I just wouldn't. Drive where you need to go and please be safe.

            ETA: I've always wanted to try the J Restaurant, but haven't had the chance. It looks good to me!

            1. re: Joanie
              The Chowhound Team Sep 2, 2013 03:30 PM

              We've removed some posts here, as is our custom, about neighborhood safety, and not about chow. They were unanimous in recommending against walking to restaurants from the Comcast Theater.

          2. re: Joanie
            Joanie Sep 3, 2013 10:22 AM

            I'll do a quick report of our short time in town. We made it back alive, haha. Drove from the HIlton to the Webster then walked to J Restaurant and sat at the bar. It's a pleasant space with an interesting menu. We split excellent crabcakes and a salmon BLT, both about $14. These were some of the best crabcakes I've had in a while; two large cakes, no filler, nicely sauteed with a little bit of greens. The sandwich and fries were decent too and my cocktail was decent. The woman bartending was also a waitress so missed the hanging out that often comes with a dedicated bartender but it was a good bite to eat. It took about 10-15 min to walk and wasn't a big deal.

            We then came back downtown and had a drink at Trumbull Kitchen which had a mellow vibe except for two intoxicated dudes who could barely pick up their water. We then ran into one of them again at East Coast Dogs, kid was a mess. Hot dog was pretty tasty, a lot of fun combos. The crowds were out in downtown Hartford, music thumping, police sitting by barricades, interesting scene.

            The next morning we went to the Wadsworth and I desperately needed a pastry and coffee before walking around so we were stuck with Panera which is fine in a pinch but the dude working the counter was horrendous. Ended our time in Hartford with a hot and cold lobster roll from Mickey's Oceanic ($5 off 2 of them on Sat.) along with a fried fish sandwich. Fish sandwich was really good and lobster rolls okay. Interesting guys working there.

            1. re: Joanie
              kattyeyes Sep 3, 2013 02:37 PM

              :) All right, Joanie! Thanks for the J report, too.

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            callah2000 Aug 29, 2013 04:35 PM

            Thanks to all who took the time to respond. We do enjoy Goldfish crackers but are leaning toward the Firebox Restaurant and are very much looking forward to Sunday night in Hartford with the Zac Brown Band. Thanks for the words of wisdom.

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            1. re: callah2000
              kattyeyes Aug 29, 2013 04:53 PM

              You can always BYOG if that's important. ;) Have fun!

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                AdamD Aug 30, 2013 05:32 AM

                Taligate!

                1. re: callah2000
                  kattyeyes Sep 2, 2013 04:08 PM

                  Let us know how Firebox was. :) Did you see the community garden there? I walked through it a couple of weeks ago.

                2. BiscuitBoy Aug 28, 2013 06:10 AM

                  Burger king? You really don't want to be walking too far away from the Meadows

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                    kattyeyes Aug 28, 2013 08:57 AM

                    ^True statement.^ Best to eat before you go, lots of options in Hartford or its environs.

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                      mels Aug 29, 2013 05:08 AM

                      Agreed...I wouldn't wander too far on foot. As others stated, it is in the middle of nowhere. There are many car dealerships, a Super 8 motel, an old landfill, and a couple fast food joints. That's it. Downtown is close but you couldn't pay me to walk that route. Leave early, dine at one of the many great options in Hartford, then drive to the theater. It isn't the most convenient thing but unfortunately the neighborhood around the theater doesn't support the kind of places you are looking for.

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                      sakeandgin Aug 27, 2013 01:27 PM

                      The BMW dealership next door to Comcast has great snacks(goldfish my fav) in the service department along with coffee, tea, water and free internet service. That's as good as it gets. If your in the market for a new car double the fun.

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                        rudysmom Aug 27, 2013 04:13 AM

                        theater is located in the middle of a wasteland (almost literally; there used to be a garbage dump nearby, which is now buried). the only thing I can think of nearby is McDonald's.
                        come in a bit early and eat downtown. many options there, but you will need to drive.

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