One of the area's best restaurants, Black-eyed Sally's BBQ & Blues has barbecue, catfish, grits, fried chicken and plenty of other Southern favorites, all accompanied by live music. Open for lunch and dinner, this is one of the most popular eateries in the downtown area and a great place to "Pig-Out" (a dinner special that includes ribs, pulled pork and Andouille sausage). Be sure to get here early because it gets busy on weekends and game days!
Located in the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield, Pho Saigon Restaurant serves up very tasty Vietnamese meals for their loyal customers. Since opening in 1998, this family-owned and operated restaurant has maintained an authentic menu with spicy and flavorful dishes. A favorite is the classic pho soup with sliced beef and noodles, which is very much a meal by itself. Other menu items include the lemongrass chicken and rice and the sweet and sour shrimp. Dishes can be ordered for take-out as well.
Locals rave about the giant pizzas at Red Rose Pizzeria in Springfield's South End. Topping heavy, quality pies are the specialty here. In addition to the amazing pizza, Red Rose also serves up great, authentic Italian dinners. So come see what all the locals are raving about and try Red Rose Pizzeria.
White Hut, a Springfield institution since 1939, is one of the best and cheapest places to grab a great meal on-the-go or enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of the 1930s. Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers at this incredible retro diner where the simple menu consists of just cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. White Hut is a local favorite!
Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe has a little bit of everything: it functions as a cafe as well as a restaurant that specializes in fusion dishes. Tisane combines European and Asian cuisine into a new unique and delicious dish. Visit on Sunday for their amazing brunch, with options such as Cinnamon Daze, which is a cinnamon bun bread pudding, or Green Eggs and Ham Frittata. You can also stop by just for a cup of coffee or tea.
This trendy spot in downtown Hartford offers a wide array of burgers, cocktails, salads, sushi, tapas and much more. The eclectic menu has items from calamari to crackling pork shank and if you can't find anything on there, you're probably not that hungry. In fact, the entire menu is comprised of foods from around the world. The modern, hip ambiance also adds to the experience, with subdued lighting and aluminum/wood furnishings, it's a great place for lunch or dinner.
Grass Roots Ice Cream is clearly the hero in town when it comes to ice creams. Located at Park Place, the popular creamery is known for the range of delicious artisanal soft serves it offers. The flavors keep changing (sometimes many times in a day) and they're always experimenting, which keeps regular patrons interested. The use of a 100 percent natural and organic (whenever possible) ingredients is quite evident in intense flavors of the offerings at Grass Roots - it's a definite upgrade from your run-of-the-mill ice cream franchisees which serve over 25 factory-made flavors every single day. Open all week, Grass Roots is a gem of Granby which warrants a visit!