Last night myself and two friends went to Hot Tomatoes for the special Taste Of Hartford menu that they were offering. One of my dining companions selected HT from the list of (I think) 32 participating restaurants. I did overlook all of the menus on this website prior to heading out for dinner and I have to say, I think Hot Tomatoes cheaped out pretty bad on what they were offering for their 3 courses.
First off, I am fairly sure that it was intentional that the hostess didn't offer us the TOH menu when we were seated. We had to ask the waiter for it. No big deal. Ok, so most of the other places doing the TOH had choices of each of their 3 courses. Hot Tomatoes only gave you a choice for the entree (and here's where I'm saying they cheaped out). Their first course was their garlic cheese bread (the cheapest appetizer on the menu...and as you know, most places give away their bread. I know, this bread was good and had probably a dollar's worth of garlic and perhaps a few dollars worth of cheese on it....yay---and we got one of their loaves to split amongst the three of us). Their second course was a teeny salad of greens...wow. The online menu actually implied a choice of two greeny salads but the printed one didn't. Now I will say both of these are good things to eat but it was weird that they picked super cheap stuff to put on this special menu.
Onto the entrees...I had what was called Asiago Tilapia (I think the real menu calls it parmesean tilapia) and it was off the hook good (yes, I have something good to say!). It was just a largish piece of fish that had a crispy covering of cheese, on a plate with lemon caper sauce. I found it semi strange that it didn't come with a starch or even a garnish but since it was good I was into it.
My dining companions had Pesto Chicken and Chicken Parm. They loved their entrees.
So...it's been about 10 years since I've gone to HT and it took the TOH and a convincing friend to get me there but I was surprised at what I thought was a kind of cheap offering. Most of the other places participating had several choices for an appetizer course as well as a dessert course in addition to the entree. Hot T's gave us bread, a tiny salad and an entree. It would've been "a whole lot cooler" if they ponied up a dessert choice instead of the salad...but that's just me.
Last year we went to Barca and I thought the options were great as far as the courses and choices.
how'd you all do in your TOH trips?