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Macaroni and cheese usually makes us gleeful, not physically aggressive.

Luke Gatti will forever be known as the mac & cheese kid. The 19-year-old University of Connecticut freshman was recorded over the weekend drunkenly ranting about macaroni and cheese at the school campus’ Union Street Market staff.Gatti both physically and verbally assaulted staff after being denied the bacon jalapeño macaroni and cheese because he was carrying an open container of alcohol.

Gatti was soon arrested for his behavior for breach of peace and criminal trespass, and will appear in court later this month. According to Gawker, he was also reportedly expelled from his school. Although the school will not comment on student records, Snapchat stories from other students allegedly show him moving out of his dorm.

Throughout the video, in which you can clearly see Gatti growing more and more frustrated as his requests for cheesy drunk food are repeatedly denied, the cafeteria workers remain calm, with the manager saying, “"You're not welcome here... You have booze on your breath. You told me you're underage. I just saw you with a bottle of booze — you just drank it in front of me."

This is not Gatti’s first run-in with the law. According to Hollywood Life, the young college student and competitive skier was arrested twice in September 2014 for similar incidents, one of which involved an “alleged temper tantrum” after being told to get out of the street.

A local pizzeria has also named a calzone after Gatti; it’s filled with macaroni and cheese of course.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

By adding your email you agree to get updates about Spoon University Healthier

Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.


The Ultimate Student Guide to Eating and Drinking at Trinity College

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Another fall semester at Trinity College is around the corner, and needless to say, we students can’t wait any longer. Freshmen, you will soon learn all there is to love about Camp Trin—the beautiful campus, the new independence, the nightlife, maybe not our dining hall food. But don’t freak out.

Hartford is home to some unreal food options: authentic Mexican, legendary pizza and Sunday brunch spots. Here is the ultimate guide to the Hartford food scene, so you’ll know exactly where to look.

1. When you want an epic brunch: Barcelona

Photo courtesy of @thnxbetofood on Instagram

Although Barcelona is usually known for their tapas and sangria, this atypical brunch spot is absolutely a must-try. Their brunch dishes are unique and delicious AND they have a build-your-own bloody mary bar. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, I don’t know what will.

What to order: I recommend the classic Barcelona Benedict. Or if you’re in the mood for dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, get the Dulce de Leche French toast. #brunchgoals

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107 (Behind bartaco)

2. When you’re trying to be healthy: Robeks

This juice counter is perfect if you’re desperate for a cleanse after a long weekend of drinking. Or if you just want a trendy açai bowl. Don’t forget to take a pic for Instagram before you dig in.

What to order: Definitely get your trip’s worth by getting one of their bowls. The Açai Especial Bowl is perfect for a refreshing and fueling breakfast.

Location: 967 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06207 (Right in the middle of town)

3. When you wanna grab a slice: Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of @hellcortez on Instagram

Ok, we lied. Pepe’s only sells their pizza by the pie. But you’ll definitely, definitely eat the whole thing because it’s that good. They aren’t kidding when they say “Best Pizza in America.”

What to Order: The ORIGINAL Tomato Pie. Dine-in or take-out. No matter how hard you try to pace yourself, you won’t have leftovers.

Location: 1148 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 06110 (Five minutes from campus)

4. When you’re hungover: Effie’s Place

Photo courtesy of @anaodea on Instagram

I don’t think I would have survived a few Sunday mornings without this nearby diner. The staff is super friendly, the food is inexpensive, and pajamas are totally acceptable. Effie’s is the cure to any hangover.

What to Order: The Big Breakfast. It’s literally everything you want on the menu for less than $10.

Location: 91 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119 (15 minute drive from campus)

6. When you’re celebrating a birthday: Ichiro

Photo courtesy of @megan971 on Instagram

This hibachi restaurant is the best place to go with a big crowd. Chefs are hilarious and the sizzling food is delish. The best part is the sake that you’ll be chugging all night long. Pro tip: make sure to ask for separate checks at the beginning of the night to avoid a chaotic (drunk) exit.

What to Order: If your goal is to drink, definitely order the fishbowl (basically, a giant bowl of sugar and alcohol with a fire flame for special effect). And maybe some sake bombs while you’re at it. Sake Sake Sake Oye Oye Oye!

Location: 962 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

7. When you want to eat outside: bartaco

Photo courtesy of @bartacolife on Instagram

Ahhh, bartaco. This beachy-chic restaurant serves creative, bite size tacos and festive drinks. When the weather warms up, the front wall comes down and the margaritas come out. Get there early on a nice night, they don’t take reservations.

What to Order: The tacos range from $2.50-$3.50 and fan favorites are the fried oyster and baja fish. For a side, the grilled corn with cotija cheese is a must.

Location: 971 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

8. When you need some southern comfort: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ

Photo courtesy of @empurvis on Instagram

Bear’s is a fast-casual BBQ spot downtown, perfect for when you’re really, really hungry. The smoked entrees, saucy sandwiches, and comfort sides are unbeatable. Plan on not moving for a while after a meal here.

What to Order: Get your tray ready for The Bear Attack—smokey pulled pork, on top of gooey mac n cheese, on top of fresh crumbled cornbread topped with your choice of BBQ sauce. Mic dropped.

Location: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103

9. When you want real, authentic Mexican: El Nuevo Sarape

Photo courtesy of @kristenjfritz on Instagram

This hidden gem offers traditional cuisine like enchiladas, carne asada, and fajitas. If you love Mexican, El Sarape will become a staple in your diet. This restaurant is not in the best part of Hartford, so make sure to go during the day or order take-out.

What to Order: $9 for 3 tacos with rice and beans. Ballin’ on a budget!

Location: 931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT, 06106

10. When you want something greasy at 2 am: Goldbergs

Photo courtesy of @cteatsout on Instagram

Most of my nights out at Trinity have ended with a box of Goldberg’s mozzarella sticks. They’re open in Vernon Social until 2:30 am every night. So whether you’re cramming late in the library or just want some drunk food, this is the place to go.

What to Order: Use your Bantam Bucks to order the loaded fries, mozz sticks, or bagel sandwiches to satisfy your late night cravings.

Location: On campus in Vernon Social Center

11. When you want good Italian: Bricco

Photo courtesy of @japonte36 on Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a single thing on this menu. Their antipasti, pizza, pasta and entree dishes will make you feel like you’re at the table for Sunday dinner with Grandma. When the weather warms up, their seasonal patio is perfect for a date night.

What to Order: Need need need to order the wood oven baked rigatoni. Or try their classic spaghetti carbonara—it’s the family recipe that inspired the restaurant.

Location: 78 Lasalle Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107

12. When you need something fast and cheap: Pick & Mix

Photo courtesy of @biteofthebest on Instagram

This fast, casual Korean restaurant is a great option for when you’re sick of your weekly Chipotle runs. Definitely a well kept secret in Hartford, the food is awesome and you won’t spend more than $10.

What to Order: Try the Bi Bim Ba, a create-your-own bowl with a choice of rice or noodles, meat, added vegetables, and sauce.

Location: 1234 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

13. When your parents are paying: The Capital Grille

Photo courtesy of @churrascada on Instagram

Take advantage of your parents’ visit with a free meal at the most upscale steak house in Hartford. They serve classic American fare in polished, clubby setting. If they plan on coming for parent’s weekend, make your reservations now! This place fills up fast.

What to Order: The steaks are to die for but I’m also a huge fan of the bar menu. My favorite is the signature burger or the tuna tartare.

Location: 44 Front St, Hartford, CT, 06103 (Parking garage across the street)

So now when you get bored of the dining halls (and trust me, you will) you’ll know exactly where to go. From the big chain restaurants to the authentic local mom and pops, Hartford has it all.



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