Welcome to our Five to Try series. Here we detail five places we know that our readers will love. Whether it’s spicy quesadillas, hot curry or authentic pho, we’ve got you covered.
531 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105
Monte Albán was established by brothers Alfonso and Wenceslao Martinez. Originating from Oaxaca, the Martinez brothers emigrated to the United States in the 1980s in search of a better life. Starting out as dish-washers and working their way through the kitchen, Alfonso and Wences opened Monte Albán in 2001. Serving delicious and flavorful tamales, quesadillas, gorditas, tostadas, fajitas, tacos and burritos, you’re spoiled for choice at Monte Albán and will be helping to support Alfonso and Wences on their incredible journey so far.
648 Beechwood Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Stop by Ruuthai’s Kitchen on any given day and you’ll be guaranteed a meal that’s full of fresh ingredients made with good nutrition in mind. Their authentic Thai dishes promise to deliver a hit of real flavor on a budget. With a great selection to choose from across their lunch and dinner menus, give their sizzling range of delicious sauteed dishes a try. Or perhaps venture into their range of delicious curries where they utilize their mouth-watering array of curry pastes. Perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a mild chicken massaman curry or venture into their highest spice ratings with a beef panang curry with hot peppers.
493 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854
Sitting at the end of a strip mall, this unpretentious, well-decorated Mexican flavor house will serve you tacos, empanadas, burritos and tres leches cake all day long. Ingredients are fresh, flavors are delicious and the service is friendly. You’ll be surprised at how big the portions are and even more surprised at how little it costs. This little Mexican stop is exactly what the doctor ordered when it comes to big flavorful portions on a budget.
Pho Boston Restaurant
144 Shield St, West Hartford, CT 06110
When you’re in the mood for a delicious, hot steaming bowl of noodle broth, look no further than Pho Boston in West Hartford. Their delightful, authentic Vietnamese cuisine is served with freshness in mind. Try a plate of thinly sliced steak marinated in fresh lime juice, topped with fresh basil and peanuts. Their shredded chicken and clear noodles combined with fresh vegetables is not to be missed. Their wide range of sauteed meats will leave you unable to decide and will guarantee you’ll be back to order again in no time.
Burgers, Shakes & Fries
800 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
With a location in Greenwich and a location in Darien, this delightful duo of joints have everything you need for a quick lunch bite or a casual evening setting. Sink your teeth into a mouth-watering, juicy medium-rare burger topped with all your favorites. In the mood for chicken? Design your own succulent crispy chicken sandwich and order with a side of house waffle fries or onion rings. A sweet tooth to satisfy? A straw-slurping range of cold, creamy milkshakes served straight to your table will ensure you leave satisfied whilst not paying over the odds.