Tips for Dining in Hartford, CT

Aug 17th, 2009, 09:09 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Tips for Dining in Hartford, CT

We are traveling to Hartford, CT for the marathon in October and would like some dining tips.

1st Meal. We will arrive the day before the marathon and would like to find a neat place to have a sandwich and maybe a beer in downtown or on the way from the airport. Any suggestions?

2nd Meal. We will want somewhere to eat the night before the marathon that has good carb filled food that isn't too heavy. Normally a light pasta or a baked potato with a nice salmon is my favorite pre-race meal before a run. However, since we won't be staying out late nor drinking, we typically like to stay in a price range of less than 20 per entree.

3rd Meal. Following a marathon for lunch I always crave a nice salad and my husband will want something more substantial like a burger. Any tips on a good burger joint downtown that also has some decent salads.

4th Meal. This is when we celebrate! Someplace that has great food and a good wine menu but we would like to stay around $20-30 per entree.

We would like to find places to eat that are walking distance from our hotel, Crowne Plaza. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I normally get ideas from tripadvisor but there are so many options for Hartford that I am having problems deciding where to eat.
scolley06 is offline  
Aug 18th, 2009, 05:53 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 2,364
Not sure whether you're arriving by car, or from which direction, but you might want to check out this site:

They have several restaurants in Hartford & the surrounding vicinity. I can only speak from direct experience about Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford and Fish in Glastonbury, but they were both very good, so I'm assuming their other locations would be similar in quality.
Judy24 is offline  
Aug 20th, 2009, 07:55 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Thanks. They have several great looking restaurants.

We are flying into Hartford.
scolley06 is offline  
Aug 20th, 2009, 08:22 AM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,365
Agreed with Judy's recommendations. Would also add City Steam Brewery and Black Eyed Sally's to the list. Another great place would be Trumbull Kitchen.
tchoiniere is offline  
Sep 7th, 2009, 04:48 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 40
I'd like to echo the votes for the Max Restaurants as well as City Steam (great beer!). Also - you might want to try Vaughn's and Agave. I also like Bin 228 for drinks and light food. I find the Max Restaurants pricey, but tasty. They do have good happy hour specials though - $2 food when you spend $5 on drinks. Have fun and good luck.
Bethie020780 is offline  
Sep 8th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Thanks for the information!
scolley06 is offline  
Sep 12th, 2009, 07:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,762
which marathon? when? - search on me, seafox, for ideas. Where will you be staying? Downtown? (BTW City steam - I'm not impressed can do better)
seafox is offline  
Sep 22nd, 2009, 07:31 AM
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 45
Really when is this..... looking for Microbrew pubs
Broncett is offline  
Sep 27th, 2009, 06:14 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1
You can use the free star shuttle that takes a mile circuit around downtown up till 11 pm : map available at For sandwich and brew, try Arch Street Tavern across the street from the Convention Center. It's been popular for over 30 years
macouture is offline  
Oct 16th, 2009, 07:09 AM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,762
Scolley06 - I watched the race from my Window (I live in the tower that overlloks the park). Not sure if I saw you (Ha) - how did the race go and your dining?
seafox is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
May 6th, 2010 08:43 PM
United States
Nov 14th, 2007 03:57 PM
United States
Sep 16th, 2005 10:15 AM
United States
Jul 25th, 2002 02:46 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:03 AM.