Taste Test: Max Burger

Burgers have gone gourmet in the last few years, and for some, no one does it better than Max Burger in West Hartford.

Video and more after the jump.

Any local knows that West Hartford boasts enough pizza parlors to stuff all of Hartford County eight times over. We thought it was time to eat through the clutter and uncover the very best of the best.

Harry’s Pizza (Bishops Corner)

732 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06117-2407
(860) 236-0400

Why it’s great: The best thin-crust pizza in the area, and a solid list of $10 bottles of wine. For real.

Luna Pizza, West Hartford Center

999 Farmington Avenue

West Hartford, CT 06117

(860) 233-1625

Why it’s great: Luna is your best bet for super fresh, natural ingredients. They are the priciest of the bunch, but the quality outweighs the guilt of spending nearly $20 on a cheese pie.

South Main Pizza

137 South Main Street 

West Hartford, CT 06107-3431 

(860) 521-5350

Why it’s great: Hands down the best veggie pizza in the 860. Thick, Greek-style crust and copious amounts of cheese offset perfectly tender veggies (and fried eggplant).

Backstage Pizza Cafe

968 1/2 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107-2172
(860) 232-2228

Why it’s great: The newest player in the local pizza scene, Backstage serves up crisp, well-priced thin-crust pizza. The pies are on the small size, so they’re perfect for parties of two or a quick lunch.

Eat My Sheentini

In preparation of Charlie Sheen’s upcoming visit to Connecticut, we spent a little time thinking about what outrageous food requests he might make for his dressing room on tour. We took our question to Twitter and soon realized, Charlie most certainly doesn’t eat. He drinks!

Dave Rudman, Sommelier and Chief Mixologist at Uncorked Wine Bar in West Hartford, whipped up a Tiger Blood-themed cocktail to get the bonafide boozer ready to rock.

The Sheentini -

·         2 large strawberries, sliced

·         .5oz. simple syrup

·         .5oz. balsamic reduction

·         1.5oz. Campari

·         1.5oz. Bluecoat Gin

Muddle strawberries, syrup, and balsamic reduction.  Add ice and remaining ingredients.  Shake vigorously.  Strain over ice into rocks glass.  Garnish with flamed orange twist.

This cocktail’s deep shade of crimson and complex potent flavor are eerily reminiscent of tiger blood (not that we’ve tried it). Charlie will most likely swill this one out of a 7oz. rocks glass.  Because that’s how he rolls.

The drink is delicious— think subtle strawberry Kool-Aid with a hint of bitter orange. Excellent numbing agent before an hour with Charlie Sheen.

Uncorked: The Wine Tasting Bistro

Blue Back Square
63 Memorial Road, West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 216-2620

Joey Garlic's, Beachland Tavern and Sugarbelle Cupcakes Coming to West Hartford

Several restaurants are slated to join the West Hartford lineup this summer, including a new watering hole and a cupcake bakery.

Perfect Pair
It’s a cold, snowy(ish), wet and miserable day for most of Connecticut, so  we thought it’d be a good night to grab an extra-large bowl of Pho Boston’s Mi Ga Xe Lua (chicken noodle soup) and a great bottle of wine on the way home.
We stopped in to see Ian Halpern, Chief Wine Guy at Harvest Wine and  Spirits in West Hartford for his under $20.00 vino recommendation. We  weren’t even sure wine was a good match for soup, but Ian was kind  enough to remind us that wine, in fact, goes with absolutely everything.  Fair enough.
Ian’s Perfect Pair:
Chicken Noodle Soup & La Ferme Saint Pierre Rose, 2010 ($16.99)
Ian says he’d typically recommend a buttery Chardonnay, but this wine  is a fun reminder of the warmer weather ahead. It pairs well with  vegetables, poultry and individuals looking to have a good time. Most  importantly, Ian says it’s really easy to drink, so it’d the perfect  wine to buy if you’re planning on opening a second bottle. Let’s be  honest - who isn’t?
Buy it here:
Harvest Wine and Spirits
842 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, Conn. 06119
(860) 906-1623

Perfect Pair

It’s a cold, snowy(ish), wet and miserable day for most of Connecticut, so we thought it’d be a good night to grab an extra-large bowl of Pho Boston’s Mi Ga Xe Lua (chicken noodle soup) and a great bottle of wine on the way home.

We stopped in to see Ian Halpern, Chief Wine Guy at Harvest Wine and Spirits in West Hartford for his under $20.00 vino recommendation. We weren’t even sure wine was a good match for soup, but Ian was kind enough to remind us that wine, in fact, goes with absolutely everything. Fair enough.

Ian’s Perfect Pair:

Chicken Noodle Soup & La Ferme Saint Pierre Rose, 2010 ($16.99)

Ian says he’d typically recommend a buttery Chardonnay, but this wine is a fun reminder of the warmer weather ahead. It pairs well with vegetables, poultry and individuals looking to have a good time. Most importantly, Ian says it’s really easy to drink, so it’d the perfect wine to buy if you’re planning on opening a second bottle. Let’s be honest - who isn’t?

Buy it here:

Harvest Wine and Spirits

842 Farmington Avenue

West Hartford, Conn. 06119

(860) 906-1623