El Sarape

← Restaurants El Sarape El Serape is one the best. Mexican food experiences around. TripAdvisor and Yelp both rate El Sarape as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the entire state for good reason. This little family owned and operated gem is equally loved by locals and people from Southern California, which says a […]

Kien Company Oriental Market

← Restaurants Kien Company Oriental Market Go for the mouth-watering Bahn Mi sandwiches, stay for all your Asian cooking needs. This small market doesn’t show any signs of of being a restaurant from the front, but if you walk in, and go all the way to the back there is a small kitchen serving traditional […]

Destiny Awaits Restaurant

← Restaurants Destiny Awaits Destiny Awaits Restaurant & Jerk Center is a great little take-out spot. The jerk chicken, jerk pork, pigtail stew peas, curry goat, pepper steak, and oxtail stew are all on point. And they serve breakfast. Sometimes.     VISIT THEM 3343 Main StreetHartford, CT 06120 (860) 856-1136 Facebook-f Desktop

Dunn’s River Restaurant

← Restaurants Dunn’s River Restaurant From the mural of natural scenery on the wall, to the wooden placemats on the tables, nowhere in Hartford gives off the ambiance of an island quite like Dunn’s. Their offerings span the menu of Jamaican cuisine, from ackee to oxtail, and there’s nary a miss in sight. Wash everything down with […]

Lion’s Den Vegetarian Restaurant

← Restaurants Lion’s Den Vegetarian You don’t have to be a vegetarian to LOVE the Lion’s Den. Traditional dishes like curried chunks, ital stew, and ackee with saltfish are local favorites. Be careful heading into the Lion’s Den, you might come out with a painfully full stomach. Photo borrowed lovingly from Lion’s Den Vegetarian. VISIT THEM […]

Island Cuisine

← Restaurants Island Cuisine Island Cuisine is tucked away in a little commercial strip on Farmington Ave. It’s a great little take out spot when you’re craving Caribbean food. They’ve got you covered from breakfast, porridge, oxtail, jerk chicken, and soups to seafood, stew peas, plantains, and peanut punch. Photo lovingly borrowed from Auline Kong. […]

Sun Splash Jamaican Restaurant

← Restaurants Sun Splash Jamaican Restaurant Sun Splash is a great spot. Their pretty dining room gives you plenty of room to sit and relax, and their oxtail is “FIRE” (Jessica R., Yelp).  Photo lovingly borrowed from Sun Splash Jamaican Restaurant. VISIT THEM 692 Maple AvenueHartford, CT 06114 (860) 548-3050 Facebook-f

Ichiban Japanese & Korean Restaurant

← Restaurants Ichiban Korean & Japanese Restaurant The best restaurants are embraced by their neighborhoods, and this one is almost always filled with locals, multi-generational families, hipsters, and suits. They do Japanese food and family-style Korean BBQ. You can request to sit at one of the tables with a small grill in the center and […]

Piolin Restaurant

← Restaurants Piolin Restaurant Piolin serves some of the most amazing and authentic Peruvian dishes anywhere in the state. The portions are enormous, so plan accordingly and bring friends.  Photo lovingly borrowed from Piolin Restaurant. VISIT THEM 417 New Britain AvenueHartford, CT 06106 (860) 293-1255 Facebook-f Desktop


← Bars / Restaurants Salute Salute has, hands down, the best garlic bread in the entire world. THE ENTIRE WORLD. Please read that in not just all-caps, but quintuple all-caps. Other house faves are the sweet potato ravioli in a sage cream sauce, their house-made ricotta gnocchi with chicken, and a salad with a big […]