King & I
Hartford restaurants are plentiful, but for great thai food, check out the King & I Restaurant at 1901 Park Street. Pad thai with shrimp is my favorite, and this place offers the best. The noodles have the right texture, and there is lots of shrimp. Another good choice is their fried rice. If you are a vegetarian, they have several menu choices. The portions are good and the service is excellent. This place is very low key and relaxed. Be ye forewarned: Friday nights are very crowded, but still a great restaurant to go with friends or by yourself.
If you like Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, then make plans to dine at O’Porto Restaurant at 2074 Park Street. This Hartford restaurant is amazing if you are into fine dining. One of their specialities is their omelets, including the shrimp omelet. Or, the peito de galinha a chefe. Dinner has such entrees as paelha which is similar to the Spanish dish paella. There are several variations O’Porto including a vegetarian one. A three-course fixed meal is another option here. This is the place to go after work with friends to enjoy their happy hour menu.
For an upscale dining experience, try Firebox Restaurant at 539 Broad Street. This Hartford eatery uses local produce and ingredients to make elegant and tasteful dishes. For lunch, choose the smoked grilled cheese which is made from locally smoked cheddar or the river farm burger made with grass-fed beef raised in CT. For dinner, you can’t go wrong with the New England clam chowder with local clams, smoked bacon, and potatoes. You can enjoy unique foods like maple & ginger roasted chicken. Desserts include chocolate panna cotta or housemade cookies.