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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Café
“Coffee shop by day morphs into a lounge serving Asian-fusion fare & caffeinated cocktails at night.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“There's a reason this place is voted best of Hartford breakfast year after year! Very reasonable prices. Quick service (if you find a seat). Don't miss french toast or pancakes! Only two min walk away”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Seafood headlines the eclectic menu at this casual, industrial-chic eatery with a lively bar scene. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great place for drinks and food. Their Moscow Mule is great, as well as, Bolognese Pasta.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Wonderful Southern cuisine, frequent live music, free music on Thursdays Jazz, blues, soul, R&B, etc”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Greenway always puts a smile on our faces with their healthy, lighter meal choices. They make fresh salads, cold pressed juice, paninis, sandwiches and wraps daily and they come in very delicious flavors. There is also a fully stocked green market and grocery store where vegans, vegetarians, GF, soy free and anyone with any kind of dietary restrictions or preference can find something filling. It is about a 15 minute walk from Buckingham”
  • 2 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Located on Front Street in downtown Hartford, Nixs Hartford is spacious, opulent, and lively. Nixs is the place in Hartford to visit for after-work cocktails or to hang out with friends for a fun-filled evening, as they have a great DJ playing most days. Everything revolves around their enormous bar and comfortable lounge booths. The restaurant specializes in small plates of local specialties, which in Hartford means superb fresh oysters, crabs, shrimp, and lobsters. Chef Al Soto knows exactly what to do with these excellent seafood options, and with his skilled touch and a few unexpected ingredients and combinations, he manages to produce delightful surprises. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Firebox takes their farm-to-table philosophy seriously. They work with a large number of local farms and food producers, shaping their menu around what is available seasonally and grown locally. Add to that the expert skills and fruitful imagination of Chef Ed Jones, and the results are delightful small plates bursting with flavors. The restaurant is warm and inviting with exposed brick walls and original beams on the ceiling. Their policy of working with local talent extends to the local artists who have the opportunity to show their art on the restaurant’s walls. Firebox’s brunch has received rave reviews, and you will see why after you try their eggs Benedict. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“Vegetarians, beware: Bear’s Smokehouse is an unapologetic carnivores’ heaven. The meat is delicately smoked in hickory and other fragrant woods, rubbed to perfection, and barbecued until it is charred on the outside and pink on the inside and falls off the bone. Chef Jamie “The Bear” McDonald has perfected his own sauces and rubs, and he chooses everything from the wood to the meat cuts very carefully. You can find all kinds of meat on the menu, from briskets, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and sausages, along with a whole range of sides. The ambiance fits the feast – the restaurant is located in a converted garage and has a counter service and a sink.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Live piano music Friday and Saturdays upscale restaurant with prime cuts & seafood, extensive wine list, cocktails for expense account crowd. - ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a fun little pub with a warm and dim underground feel. A good beer selection and late night bites, including their infamous soft pretzels. They also have live music every Wednesday night! (Also one of my favorite brunch spots for Saturday or Sunday mornings). Only a 10 minute walk or 3 minute drive away.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Excellent food with a corresponding bakery across the street. A reputable establishment with a range of food and excellent pizza! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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  • 3 locals recommend