Restaurants within walking distance of Comcast Theater in Hartford?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like their ravioli flag post today!