Hartford, Connecticut is home to one of the largest Hispanic communities in the eastern United States. Many of these residents are of Puerto Rican ancestry and are proud of it. Consequently, there is a great demand for Spanish and Puerto Rican food in the Hartford, Ct area. Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is a guide which briefly profiles the top Puerto Rican restaurants in the Hartford, Connecticut area.
A) Criollisimo Restaurant..340 Arch St, New Britain, Ct..(860)801-6259
This bright and cheery Puerto Rican restaurant has been awarded three stars by the Hartford Advocate newspaper and named one of the ten best local restaurants for 2005, in their City Guide. Serving what is billed as “The Best Puerto Rican Food in Connecticut”, Criollisimo regularly satisfies the appetites of many Hartford, Ct area diners, by offering a large selection of top- quality foods at reasonable prices.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, this wheelchair- accessible restaurant is staffed by friendly and efficient employees, who consistently provide great service. The interesting decor at this Puerto Rican restaurant features several photo montages of notable politicians, cultural figures and athletes. The late baseball great, Roberto Clemente, is especially honored at this excellent restaurant.
The extensive menu here features such favorite dishes as; fried pork chops with rice and beans, baked chicken with rice and beans, fried pork with rice and beans, steak and salad with white rice and beans and fried pork with rice and green pigeon peas. Other dinner entrees served here include; chicken stew with rice and beans, curry goat with rice and beans, cod fish with yams and roots and incredibly flavorful BBQ ribs with rice and beans.
Seafood items at this Puerto Rican restaurant include such delicacies as; cod fish salad, octopus salad with fried plantains, grilled octopus, calamari, conch with fried plantains, shrimp salad with fried plantains and seafood salad. Additionally, the following items are also prepared and served here; Potato Balls, stuffed with meat, banana or yuca fritters, beef turnovers, burritos, Jamaican Patties, sweet plantains, plantains with garlic and smashed plantains.
All menu- items here are available for take- out service and catering for all types of events is also featured. Criollisimo Restaurant is available for private parties and gift certificates are also offered.
B) Cuchilandia At El Mercado..704 Park St, Hartford, Ct..(860)525-0713
One of several restaurants in the food court at the El Mercado shopping center, Cuchilandia offers tasty, authentic Puerto Rican food at very reasonable prices. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this newly- renovated restaurant features many styles of beef, chicken, pork, ribs and seafood dishes, with special dishes, that change daily.
The menu here features very good soups and salads, including octopus salad, among others. Although the emphasis here is on Puerto Rican food, several American dishes, such as sandwiches and salads are also available. Inexpensive lunch specials at this Hartford, Ct restaurant include; rice and beans, with meat of choice and a soda. Some of the outstanding menu- items here are; Empanadillas (beef or chicken turnovers), Bacalaito (fried cod fish) and Tostones (fried green plantains). Three types of rice are served here; yellow, white and rice with vegetables. Take- out service of all menu- items and catering for all types of events is offered. Limited wheelchair access is available.
C) Humacao..245 Silver Lane, East Hartford, Ct..(860)568- 9500
This excellent Puerto Rican restaurant is known for serving large portions of delicious food, at inexpensive prices. The friendly staff members here are very efficient and always provide very good service. Several hearty soups and fresh salads are great meal- starters here. Some of the menu highlights include; roasted chicken, tender and juicy roast pork, fritters, beef stew, various kabobs, rice and beans and beef patties. Diners have their choice of white or yellow rice, both of which are expertly- cooked. Other standout items served at this Hartford, Ct restaurant are their fried plantains, stuffed with meat, and fried potatoes, stuffed with meat.
D) Las Delicias..2 New Park Ave, Hartford, Ct..(860)236-7462
Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, this Puerto Rican restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut offers home- style Puerto Rican cooking. A host of delicious meals are available here, including excellent beef, chicken, pork and ribs dishes. Specialties such as grilled steak, succulent slow- cooked BBQ ribs, beef stew and rice and beans are crowd- favorites at this establishment. Take- out service and catering are offered and this restaurant is wheelchair- accessible.