Gastropub with a wide selection of craft beers and whiskey bar
40% Off at McLadden's Irish Publick House in West Hartford
McLadden's Irish Publick House
50% Off American Cuisine at Hungry Tiger Cafe
Hungry Tiger Cafe
Comfort food classics include from-scratch soups, chili, and chowders alongside fajitas, wings, and lauded half-pound Angus burgers
50% Off Drinks at Chasers Bar & Lounge
Chasers Bar & Lounge
Enjoy a beer or cocktail at this sports bar, which features a pool table, dart board, video games, and flat-screen TVs
Golden-fried clam strips, fantail shrimp, and bay scallops anchor the tables at J’s Crabshack (formerly Tinker’s), sending up clouds of steam next to hearty steak and lobster dinners. Founded by chef and scallop fisherman James Tinker more than 20 years ago, J’s Crabshack has grown into a bustling seafood hotspot, where an aquarium teeming with eels and tropical fish overlooks the dining area. The shack’s market counter dishes out freshly snagged raw shrimp and scallops, earning recognition as runner-up for best fish market in Hartford from the Hartford Advocate in 2011. The restaurant’s culinary team, which includes James Tinker II in its ranks, works diligently to serve guests in the ocean-themed catering hall, then sticks around to burp everyone postmeal.
Rich Hicks and Todd Istre are the masterminds behind many a national food concept—from Rich's southwestern taco at Tin Star to Todd's spicy seafood dishes at Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen. When the duo joined forces to create Mooyah, however, they cleared the tortillas and crawdads from their mind in order to focus on formulating a quintessential American burger.
Today, within scores of Mooyah locations throughout the nation, chefs bustle behind counters, grilling up burgers in accordance to Todd and Rich's formula. Cooks pile beef, turkey, and veggie patties onto white or wheat buns before loading on cheeses and toppings of bacon, fried onion, and avocado. Meanwhile, freshly cut potatoes simmer in fryers, and blenders whirl with ice-cream shakes. Out in the dining room, tabletops and booths sit atop checkered floors beneath walls of chalkboards, where customers can write messages or draw portraits of what they wished they looked like, could they only grow a beard.
Floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect 2,700 square feet of glossy, hardwood floors ringing with the staccato of dancing high heels. Brass poles sprout from the floor, supporting whirling women as they learn sensual routines and build upper-body strength by suspending themselves skyward.
Pole Control Studios' owner, a seasoned performer with a BA in sports science, designs programs that scale up in difficulty while centering around fitness. The studio inducts exercisers in the flirtatious art with an introductory class, where each dancer learns correct posture, transition work, and how to use high heels to tap out Morse code. From there, guests foray into more than 75 types of empowering fitness classes that build on the basics, imparting techniques for climbing, controlled spins, or inversions. Pole Fit and Sensual Stretch supplement pole-dancing prowess with intense cardio, squats, lunges, and body-elongating posework.
At City Steam Brewery Cafe, the owners concoct some of the area’s finest beers, scoring “best of” awards from Hartford magazine and Connecticut Magazine. They also brew potent batches of laughter inside their 200-seat comedy show-room theater. Ensconced in the historic Brown Thomson and Co. building, which was the state’s largest department store in 1877, Brew Ha Ha once was known as the Last Laugh Comedy Club, where fledgling unknowns such as Ray Romano and Kevin James vied for laughs in the smoky rathskeller of a restaurant.
Reborn in 1997 under a new moniker, the standup speakeasy keeps its calendar packed with nationally touring comics and local joke slingers. During shows, guests can toast with mugs of handcrafted beer and make edible sculptures of their favorite comedian using menu’s custom burgers, pizzas, and omelets.
From alongside steaming ceramic coffee pots, gluten-free Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes at Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant radiate imported spices. In the golden glow of wall sconces, sautéed beef and chicken morsels marinate in butter, cardamom, and fresh ginger. Patrons sop up savory remnants with warm injera, an East African flatbread made from high-protein teff flour that lets fingers grab food, unlike trying to grab a frustratingly realistic painting of fruit. Meals flanked by complimentary portions of collards parade to tables, and caterers cruise past with brimming portions for meetings and shindigs.
In parts of Brazil, families and friends come together during a centuries-old tradition called churrasco. At these festive barbecue-style gatherings, hosts cook enormous amounts of food, and guests eat until they're stuffed. Inspired by that tradition, Elaine Lima opened Brazil Grill with a similar vision in mind. Here, the grill runs all day, rolling out an assortment of juicy meats that includes pork loin, ribs, lamb, and top sirloin presented in a colorful buffet alongside vegetables and other Brazilian-style sides. It's a simple setup that makes guests feel as at home as they would at their own friend's barbecue.
The aromas of Indian and Himalayan spices mingle in the kitchen at Royal Masala Restaurant and Bar, where chefs simmer curries and roast lamb and prawns in a tandoor. Guests dive into specialties such as flavorful biryanis, creamy chicken tikka masala, and vegetarian stuffed naan. They savor these dishes in an elegant, comfortable dining room with brick walls and a central chandelier.
The quaint eatery plays host to a delectable menu containing a cluster of deli treats for breakfast, second breakfast, pre-lunch, and lunch. Remedy eyelids stuck in the down position by grabbing an eye-opening ham-, bacon-, or sausage-and-egg sandwich on your choice of bread ($4.50, add $0.25 for cheese). Embrace the traditional sandwich middleman with a tuna, chicken, or seafood salad plate ($7.50). Breaded delights include the peppercorn-turkey sandwich, which comes adorned with your choice of condiments ($6.35, extra charge for certain condiments). Sandwich connoisseurs can paint their perceptive palates with Max Bibo's own creation, made with imported aged-prosciutto ham, roasted red peppers, leaf lettuce, mustard, and a generous slice of provolone ($7.95). Gourmet coffee and piping hot teas ($1.35–$1.95) warm from tip to tail, while freshly baked brownies ($1.95) contain more chocolate than all the world's s'mores-based economies combined.
Alchemy Juice Bar Café's packages are available for pickup Wednesday through Thursday; home delivery is available for an additional fee.
Family owned and operated, Casa Mia specializes in central and northern Italian recipes. The interior of the restaurant, adorned with stone, brick, and wrought iron, creates a romantic atmosphere fit for a relaxed or intimate meal. Authentic cuisine from the dinner menu includes more than a dozen pasta dishes, along with popular items such as veal scaloppine alla boscaiolo (veal sautéed with garlic, porcini, white wine, butter, and lemon, $24.95) and chicken suprema alla parmigiana ($20.95). Committed to consumption for all mankind, the chefs cater to a variety of diets. Vegetarian options such as melanzane alla parmigiana (eggplant with mozzarella and tomato sauce, $19.95) and pasta primavera ($19.95) embody all the elegance of the Italian flag’s green third, and are much tastier than common flag-making materials.
An unlimited parade of palate-pleasing platters greets diners from Churrascaria Braza's Rodizio prix fixe dinner menu, a tasty Brazilian steakhouse tradition ($29.95 adults, $14.95 children under 12). Fill your digestive Trapper Keeper with loose-leaf lusciousness from the stacked salad bar, or cast a tongue trap to reel in a haul of the peel-and-eat shrimp. When you're sufficiently appetized, a friendly tableside server commences the main protein procession, carefully and continuously slicing as much of the seasoned, slow-roasted, and skewered meats as you desire. The assortment of 12 meats changes nightly, yielding such savory selections as the roasted pork loin, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, or Perna de Carneiro (freshly sliced leg of lamb). When you're nearly full, flip the table's circular dual-sided chip from green to red, which signifies the start of dessert. Hang a sweet fang on the decadent layer cake ($7) or spongy and succulent tres leches cake ($7).
The epicurean alchemists at The Asylum Cafe populate their menu with New York–style pizzas, pastas tossed with fresh tomato sauce, and thickly stacked sandwiches. An opening act of little neck clams simmered in white wine ($9.95) warm up the audience before a 14-ounce Angus rib eye shares the stage with garlic mashed potatoes ($24.95). On its way to becoming a lasagna pie laden with hamburger, ricotta, and parsley ($17 for small; $20 for large), pizza dough endures punches more stoically than a pillow auditioning to be the fourth Stooge.
MasalaWok® is a Casual Asian and Indian Diner featuring best of Asian and Indian dishes.
Asian menu features a blend of typical Asian and Indian inspired Chinese dishes.
Indian menu features traditional curries prepared with fresh herbs and seasonings, and meats cooked in tandoor oven.
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Coyote Flaco lights a fire in its diners' eyes and mouths through a multifarious menu of authentic Mexican eats. In the relaxed comfort of the outdoor patio, matador tongues become targets for the chorizo norteno ($7.99), a lushly layered dish featuring sautéed Spanish sausage blanketed by a chipotle and cactus sauce, and the carne a la tampiqueña ($16.99), a skirt steak framed by a palatable posse of rice, beans, sausage, guacamole and an enchilada suiza. The Coyote wrap ($11.99), one of Coyote Flaco’s signature menu items, boasts a Spanish flour tortilla stuffed with rice, black beans, cheese, pico de gallo, plus a choice of meats or vegetables. Amp up any Coyote Flaco feast with a liquid pairing such as margaritas by the glass or pitcher, and all talkative tablemates will be free to kick back, cheers, and dispel their fears of autonomous dancing hats.