When I was little, I remember the Taste of Hartford being on Constitution Plaza and consisting of what seemed like hundreds of booths with tasty treats. I remember it being pretty much the same as I got older, but it seemed like fewer booths and pretty darn expensive because I was a poor college student. Then it went away.
Now, version 2.0 of Taste of Hartford is another of the Beat’s attempts to be like NYC, Boston, and DC,–all of which have held Restaurant Weeks for several years. Personally, I’m all for this concept, thieved from the big cities or not. From now until August 9 (they extended it from the original August 2 ending), over 30 Hartford restaurants will feature a three-course prix fixe menu for $20.09. This gives those of us without fat paychecks the chance to eat at some of the pricier restaurants without going into debt.
The menus are enough to make your mouth water at 8:30 a.m. with some of my personal favorites like Costa Del Sol, Hot Tomato’s and Feng stepping up to the plate with excellent sounding dishes. There is wide variety of cuisine as well–from Japanese to Brazilian, from Italian to Indian. We plan on checking out O’Porto serving Portuguese fare on Park Street.
While the menus only feature two or three choices for each course, rather than entire menus, some of these dishes look like they were created especially for the Taste of Hartford. Also, when are you ever going to get to eat at a place like Morton’s (whose idea of a deal is dinner for two for $100) for $20 a person?
So, what are you waiting for…get moving!