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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


← Bars / Restaurants Sorella Sorella specializes in traditional wood fired Neapolitan pizza, fresh pasta, and antipasti. The restaurant is comfortable – cozy even. This restaurant will go very quickly from “Why don’t we try Sorella,” to “Why don’t we go to Sorella again.” Take a look at the menu, and know that every single […]

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


← 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 […]

First & Last Tavern

← Restaurants First & Last Tavern This place is a Hartford institution. The atmosphere is boisterous without being too loud or rowdy. The food is awesome, old-school Italian. First date? Perfect spot. Out of town guests? Bring them to First and Last. Young kids? Absolutely. Grandparents in town? Bring ‘em over. TRIVIA: Open since 1936, […]

Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant

← Restaurants Fire-N-Spice The Jamaican heritage of the owners of Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant might not directly influence their love of raw food, but it certainly informs some of their vegan and vegetarian recipes. Eastern-inspired red lentil dahl, hearty tempeh burgers, delicately barbecued tofu- is your mouth watering yet? Outside of the fire-kissed specialties, […]

Tisane Euro-Asian Café

← Bars / Restaurants Tisane Euro-Asian Café Tisane is a tea house, coffee house, martini bar, regular bar, dance club, and restaurant in the West End. Some people consider it their own version of Cheers, but cocktail-centric, with a much cooler and more handsome Norm. Closer to the weekend you get Karoke, great DJs and […]