Culling its name from a miniature statue that was at the center of a bygone prank played by one of the owners, The Iron Frog Tavern is home to a menu of upscale pub fare—90% of which is prepared in-house daily. Decadent stacks of short ribs accent classic grilled cheese sandwiches, while signature "Nooks and Crannies" burgers beautifully boogle palates with a mix of beef, cheddar cheese, and crowning fried egg. Toe-tapping tuneage often echoes across The Iron Frog’s idyllic outdoor patio, treating ears to aural feasts as friendly servers package leftovers in eco-friendly containers and soybean takeout cups. Guests take in weekly entertainment, including trivia on Wednesdays, open mic night on Thursdays, and table-side magic shows on Saturdays. Those eager to assault early-rising appetites may partake in brunch served every Sunday.
Pond House Café is Zagat-rated with a 22 for food, 20 for décor, and 18 for service; Yelpers give it a four-star average. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes and rank it the fifth-best restaurant in West Hartford, out of 95. OpenTable users give it a 4.2-star average:
The Crown Market stuffs its shelves with food prepared fresh daily, including meat, produce, and kosher grocery items supervised by a diligent duo of rabbis. Crown’s to-go department comprises a rich variety of pre-prepared fare, such as rotisserie chicken ($5.49/lb.) and noodle kugel ($5.99/lb.) that remain studiously separated from their kosher counterparts and travel with ease from market to table or underground lair. Chomp on a hearty sandwich from the New York–style deli, stuffed with fillings such as chunky chicken salad ($6.99) or hot pastrami ($7.99) and escorted by a pickle and a choice of coleslaw, potato salad, or macaroni salad. Freshly cut watermelon ($0.69/lb.) holds court in the packed produce section, and scratch-baked brownies ($1.49 each) and black-and-white cookies ($1.69 each) coexist comfortably in the full-service bakery, squabbling only over dishwashing duties.
Plan B Burger Bar boasts a bevy of natural burgers that have received the a-okay from Certified Humane, ensuring that every beefy bite is pure, pristine, and chemical-free. Make friends with the menu and opt for one of the restaurant's 20 burgers, each hand-ground on the premises daily and served with a choice of fries or organic greens. Customer favorites include the bacon cheeseburger ($10.99), with American cheese, caramelized onions, and garlic mayo; the appealing appetizer of three mini cheeseburgers ($9.59) with parmesan fries; the blue-cheese burger ($11.99), topped with caramelized onions and bourbon barbecue sauce; and the signature Tavern Classic ($9.99), topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Plan B's special sauce. Non-bunned plates include a lobster mac ‘n’ cheese ($19.99), spaghetti and meatballs ($12.99), and grilled salmon ($15.99).
This casual, family-friendly restaurant caters to guests with a hankering for hearty home-cooked fare. Midday munchers can partake in a pastrami and swiss triple-decker club sandwich ($8.50) or a spinach salad loaded with apple and chicken ($8.95). For dinner, treat taste buds to a plate of baked meatloaf smothered in gravy and made with Effie’s own recipe ($7.95/small, $13.95/large). Gain a gastronomical understanding of Greece with a beef gyro ($7.95), chicken souvlaki ($7.95), spanakopita ($8.95), or an edible DVD of Clash of the Titans.
BagelC cravings are extinguished morning, noon, and night at Reuben's Delicatessen, with a menu composed of New York–style deli fare. Dine in on slow-cooked baked brisket ($13.95) in between bites of the complimentary kosher pickles at each table, or carry out a Reuben ($11.95) to enjoy over American Gladiator reenactments in your backyard. Other sammiches include a half-pound corned beef ($10.95) or a half-pound pastrami ($10.95), both of which go perfectly with a bowl of matzo-ball soup ($3.95). Or try a custom-made salad ($8.95) for a meal that's not bookended by slices of bread. Wash down dining with a Dr. Brown's Soda ($1.95) before concluding the culinary concerto with the four-piece rugelah ($3.95) or the babka ($4.95).