I ate lunch at Monte Alban in Hartford the other day. I have been meaning to try it and finally got around to it. It is a fairly small place, located in a strip of stores with Tisane (coffee bar) on Farmington Ave, has outdoor seating (bonus), great attentive service, and has a nice ambience inside. You can order off the regular menu but the back of the menu lists the cheaper lunch plates, of which there are only a handful. I had the burrito al pastor. As a lunch special it was $7 and change for the burrito, refried beans, rice, and some delicious corn cake type thing. Very reasonably priced.
The rice was nothing special though that may be my personal bias as I am kind of picky about restaurant rice. The refried beans were as you’d expect, very good and not stiff and awful like the canned stuff. The burrito was delicious, with the pineapple flavor really coming through on the al pastor. Dining companions both had burritos and were happy with them. I checked out Yelp before heading there and saw many people there commented on the fantastic mole, which I will try next time.
My previous favorite location around Hartford for Mexican was El Serape, however this was just as good and in a decidedly better neighborhood.
Monte Alban Restaurant
529 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105