Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill's menu is brimming with savory sandwiches, bodacious burgers, and seafaring delights. Customers can confuse their taste buds with the chili burger nachos topped with jack cheese, ketchup, sliced pickles, jalapeños, chopped lettuce, and tomatoes ($8), or muddy their tongue with dirty wings in a choice of flavors ($9–$19). Heartier appetites can dive fork-first into the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, a bowl of fresh Maine lobster meat and penne rigate swimming in a four-cheese creamed sauce ($24), or let the wind blow through their fork tines with an order of meatloaf bolognese on the outdoor patio ($17). The tre carne flatbread pie, a protein-laden mix of garlic sausage, bacon, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, asiago cheese, and roasted tomato plum sauce, can sate meat-loving midsections ($11), while the tuscan veggie wrap, with eggplant, portobello mushrooms, garden greens, mozzarella, and basil and parsley pesto, can satisfy flora-favoring fauns ($10). Pair amiable eats with a glass of wine ($7–$9), sangria ($8), or beer ($4–$5) from the extensive drink menu.
The chefs at Gio's Restaurant & Lounge cater to virtually every taste with a menu of eclectic international and American cuisine. They craft hearty pizzas with freshly kneaded dough, whole-milk mozzarella, and signature red or white sauces, as well as 24 toppings such as ricotta cheese, bacon, and hot peppers. The cooks spend the rest of the mealtime hand-battering buffalo wings, shaving off slices of gyro meat, and grilling half-pound burger patties over one of the kitchen's many Bunsen burners. Neutral-toned walls and plenty of open space help to create a welcoming ambience in the dining room, while the lounge area's red sofas, flat-screen televisions, and pool table encourage diners to stay for a bit after eating.
Bluto's Bar and Grill's flame masters sizzle up a menu brimming with hearty appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, and salads within an activity-abundant nosh haven. Avoid gabbing about presidential candidates at the dinner table and instead argue about the electability of thin-crust pizza toppings, such as roasted red pepper, meatball, mushroom, or the inarticulate yet photogenic eggplant ($12.99 for a small with 4 toppings). Or create your own 100% Angus beef burger ($8.99 for a half pound), which flaunts your choice of cheese and sauce—such as honey mustard, garlic parmesan, or teriyaki— and nestles up to a side of sweet-potato fries. Cooks submerge bare or breaded chicken wings ($9.95 for 12) into a dunk tank of teriyaki, garlic parmesan, honey mustard, or barbecue before setting them free to roam the esophageal plains.
If you had passed by in 1978, you probably would have missed Vito's Pizzeria. The storefront was completely invisible from the street, an unfortunate reality that might have been the death knell for a lesser business. But the 600-square-foot, strictly-take-out pizzeria managed to survive and even thrive based solely on word of mouth.
It's been more than 30 years, and people are still talking. Thankfully, the pizzeria has expanded quite a bit in terms of space and menu. Today, Vito's chefs craft everything from deep-dish pies to Italian grinders, which, as their name suggests, taste just as good when ground up and served with a straw.
Voted Best Fish Market by readers of the Hartford Advocate, City Fish Market offers a menu of freshly prepared seafood meals. Lobster lovers can dig their claws into the hot lobster roll, pincered together with fries or a small chowder ($15.99). Ex-Red Coats can sample the fried fish and chips ($9.99) while pondering the best place to get their useless uniform tailored into a fashionable suit. Clammy hands find an accepting home around a bowl of fresh New England chowder ($3.50 half pint, $5.99 pint, $9.99 quart). Children can also wet their seafood appetites with kids' menu offerings such as clam strips and fries ($3.99).
Azucar Picante Restorante & Cantina pairs traditional Latin and Peruvian fare with upbeat salsa music and dancing. Weary explorers who have given up on the hunt for El Dorado's lost-and-found box can rest within the soft folds of Azucar's chimichanga, which envelops chicken, onions, peppers, and cheddar cheese in a grilled flour wrap ($17). Bistec a lo pobre accessorizes a juicy pane of fried steak with a fried egg-brooch ($17), and the lomo saltado plays a tasty trio of sautéed marinated beef strips, onions, and tomatoes ($16). Four varieties of taco dishes supply flavourful finger-food ($10–$11), and eyes and stomachs alike feast on the dessert menu's turron de chocolate in which a brownie cradles raisins and pecans ($6) in a luscious embrace.