I tried some Chowhound and non-Chowhound recommended places on a recent trip to Hartford. Here are my thoughts -
- Mayor Mike's - clam chowder was flavorful, but gritty. probably the clams had not been washed well enough. Taco salad was thoroughly mediocre. Service was nice. The place was totally empty on a Monday evening.
- Black Eyed Sally's - recommended by a couple of employees at my hotel, New Orleans-style food, gumbo was allright (too watery for my tastes), Louisiana beer very good (Abita?), burnt ends were mostly tasty - though I got one pure fat burnt end that melted unpleasantly in my mouth, cheese grits were awesome, some of the best grits ever. Place started half-full and got emptier. I think they have live music and are much more lively Wed-Sun (I was there on a Tuesday).
- Mark's in Glastonbury was just so-so. Took 10 minutes to make a sandwich. They have no restroom!
- Service was very good and the BLT wrap sandwich at Lonnie's Country Kitchen (also in Glastonbury) was meaty, but not that great and a little pricey. Iced tea was bitter. Opinion in town seems very divided over whether Lonnie's is amazing or over-hyped.
Overall, not very impressed with Glastonbury or Hartford from a dining standpoint. My favorite food from the trip was a sundae at Friendly's and a giant chocolate croissant and flavored green tea at Panera - now Panera is one excellent chain!