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Decent and/or local chow in downtown Hartford?

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Decent and/or local chow in downtown Hartford?

Ruth Lafler | Oct 18, 2006 09:39 PM

I'm going to be in Hartford, CT for the better part of a week (arriving next Tuesday dinnertime, leaving the following Monday lunchtime). I'm attending an event at the arena downtown and staying in that area; I won't have a car, nor will I have a lot of time to take public transit far out of the central area.

Any suggestions on good places to grab a bite -- either lunch or dinner -- *in that area* so I don't have to subsist on chains or arena food? Tips on delis and local markets would also be much appreciated.

I'm from San Francisco, so I'm not looking for anything "exotic" (although when I went to this same event in Reading, PA a couple of years ago a Vietnamese restaurant saved my life!). Good quality basic chow is what I'm after; suggestions for good "East-Coast" pizza and Greek/Middle Eastern food that can be hard to find here would be welcome. I'm a city girl, so don't worry too much about whether the neighborhood is less than nice, as long as the chow is good and I can get there easily. I might have a couple of "fancy" meals -- is there a great brunch place in that area? How about a place for a nice Sunday dinner?

Finally, are there any don't-miss markets (like Reading Terminal market in Philly or Lexington market in Baltimore) that feature local products or local chow?

Thanks in advance for your help -- I promise to report back!

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