From Valet Parking to Seasonal Fare, Peppercorns Grill Delivers

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When a restaurant receives the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 years straight, you know that it has a solid formula. Peppercorns Grill was purchased by brothers Sal and Dino Cialfi in 1989, and they’ve transformed it into Hartford’s must-visit Italian eatery. When you pull up, free valet parking awaits, and that high-class service […]

Max Downtown: An Upscale, Downtown Spot

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Make your downtown spot Max Downtown restaurant. Located just a short walk from the Lilly Pad at Bushnell Park, Max Downtown is everything you want a fancy downtown destination to be. First, there’s the modern decor and cool, comfortable seating. You’ll have a clear view of the colorful murals on the wall, as well as […]

Grab a Cocktail and a Pizza at Hartford’s Sorella

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Billy Carbone and Dan Keller are Hartford culinary royalty, with their incredibly successful Dish drawing crowds daily. So it’s not surprising that their sister restaurant Sorella (which translates to “sister” in Italian) would also be a success. Begin your meal with one of the house cocktails, which use fresh juices and other ingredients to good […]

Go for the Hungry John at Effie’s Place

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If you’re having a hard time getting your day started in Hartford, follow the advice of locals and get down to Effie’s Place. This homestyle favorite has been knocking out some of the best breakfasts in town for years, and it’s bound to become a favorite of yours, as well. The menu is extensive, covering […]

Mo’s Midtown Restaurant: Favorite Hartford Brunch Spot

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Looking for a great brunch spot? Check out Mo's Midtown Restaurant. The cozy Hartford favorite gets crowded so come early to avoid a wait. The open kitchen lets diners watch as all your breakfast favorites are being cooked. Try the Huevos Rancheros, fluffy pancakes in an array of flavors, or the delicious potato pancakes. Pancakes […]

Dish Bar & Grill Does Deep Dish Tomato Pie to Locals’ Delight

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The NY Times describes Dish Bar & Grill as a "large, chic, industrial-style space," which is all thanks to its location inside a former Sage-Allen Department Store. Although the former store has been completely made over, Dish retains its former spacious, airy feel. The main difference now is that the aromas of cooking food waft […]

Brazil Grill: Brazilian Barbecue in Hartford

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Currasco or barbecuing is a family tradition in Brazil, and the Brazil Grill has brought it to Hartford. Brazil Grill specializes in, well, grilling. Beef, chicken, lamb, and pork: they're all grilled here. Set up as a buffet, you first go to the buffet station to get your veggies and side dishes. Then, you go […]

Italian and Californian Fare Mingle at Hartford’s Vivo

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Hotel restaurants often get a bad rap for serving substandard food to travelers who are too weary to venture far from their rooms, but Vivo in Hartford bucks that tradition. This classy Italian bistro serves up beautifully composed plates that burst with vibrant flavors. Walk in the door and you’ll be immediately entranced by the […]

Kitchen at Billings Forge: Hartford Farm to Table Fare

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Hartford has no shortage of truly excellent restaurants, but locals will tell you that one of the best is the Kitchen at Billings Forge. Not only is the food exceptional, but the mission behind the restaurant is equally great. Founded as a training facility to educate students in running a farm to table restaurant, the […]

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