Blue State Coffee

← Restaurants Blue State Coffee Blue State’s mission is to create vibrant cafes that reflect, improve, and inspire our communities. They serve regular coffee, fancy coffee, snacks, sandwiches, baked goods, and use local suppliers for as many of their products as possible. In addition to you favorite coffee drinks, you should try the Chaider (half […]

Tangiers International Market

← Restaurants Tangiers International Market Everything at Tangiers is perfect. The family that runs this place are the most lovely (both personally and visually) people you’ll ever meet. The prepared foods are the finest of their kind in all the land; the falafel, the gyros, the tabouli, the hummus, the stuffed grape leaves, the baklava – oh […]

Bear’s Smokehouse

← Restaurants Bear’s Smokehouse Bear’s Smokehouse serves its Kansas City barbecue cafeteria style, and it is GOOD. It’s hard to decide what to order but the meat combo make it much easier. Otherwise you’d have to choose brisket over turkey, or sausage over pulled pork or kielbasa over burnt ends, and that’s just not fair.  […]

Polish National Home

← Attractions / Bars / Restaurants Polish National Home This spot is one of the coolest places in Hartford. Once you’ve been there and gotten the lay of the land you can bring all your friends and be the big shot who introduced them to the Polish National Home. This place is known for their Golabki, […]

Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar

← Attractions / Bars / Restaurants Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar Black-eyed Sally’s has been making mouths, tummies, and ears happy since they opened their doors in 1995. They’re famous in these parts for their award winning BBQ and Cajun cooking, and a stage that hosts some of the best recording artists on the […]

The Kitchen

← Restaurants The Kitchen The Kitchen Cafe at the Hartford Public Library was so good, they expanded to Forge City Works. They offer seasonal, farm-to-table, freshly prepared items, and everything is mmm mmmmmm good. Photo lovingly borrowed from The Kitchen. VISIT THEM 559 Broad StreetHartford, CT 06115 (860) 724-2168 Facebook-f Instagram Desktop

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

Franklin Giant Grinder

← Restaurants Franklin Giant Grinder No lie, these grinders are humongous. If you’ve never been before, you may want to ask them to see the bread before you decide what size to buy. “I have been going to Franklin Giant Grinder since I was a baby and my parents and grandparents were regulars. They make […]


← 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 […]


← Restaurants Ashley’s Q: Where can I get breakfast at lunchtime in Hartford? A: Ashley’s. Eggs, toast, bacon, omelettes, all things breakfast-y. Photo lovingly borrowed from Jeffery C. VISIT THEM 221 Main StreetHartford, CT 06106 (860) 247-8730 Facebook-f