Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant - Sisson Ave

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 33 reviews )
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248 Sisson Ave, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, 06105

Its 1st location. Provides Rastafarian-influenced vegan food. Uses tofu and tempeh in many dishes. Mostly gluten-free. Open Mon 12:00pm-9:00pm, Tue-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Take-out, Caribbean, Jamaican

Reviews (33)

First Review by veganomics

LOVE IT! - Edit

Food is great, people are very friendly and helpful! Nice quiet place to get some good vegan food :) Also their house-made cucumber ginger juice is phenomenal! Worth the trip for sure!

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A unique place - Edit

All Vegan Jamaican cuisine.
I loved the food, wish I could go back.

Pros: Delicious and nutritious , Fast , Good Value

Cons: Staff was extremely rude 2 out of 3 visits, Bad Vibes, Im scared to go back because I feel unwelcomed

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phone ahead - Edit

My 2010 first impression: The online menu was merely a figment of the chef’s imagination. In reality, what was actually offered was similar to that of a homey restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica. I speak from experience. When I ate in Kingston where the Rastas of Kingston eat, there were only 3 dishes from which to choose. So here in Hartford we had only 4 from which to choose, and we ordered all 4, all which were fine examples of Jamaican cooking, in generous portions, and inexpensive at that. So the food was good, just not much variety.

My 2017 second impression: No misleading online menu, because nothing online, so no false impressions from their website. But some cautioning first impressions. While the neighborhood is out of the way (read, ethnically black) from where most out-of-town (read, ethnically white) visitors to Hartford would venture, it is safe. It is the scant, street parking that is dangerous. Exiting on your driver’s side, you risk you and your door being clipped by cars speeding down this narrow street. Stepping onto their walkway leading to their front door puts you in further peril, as the steep cement walkway is caving under. Step past their front door, beware the missing floor tiles in the vestibule that might trip you up. Fortunately, if you persist past these sad signs of urban decay, once inside you will find a clean and welcoming interior.

Food is served cafeteria-style, so not surprisingly the dining area, though small, is much like a dining hall. So don’t come here with a hot date. Do come here for a hot meal. The food is wholesome and all vegan, the choices are now plentiful, and the servings are large and inexpensive. This Jamaican-based cuisine has been Americanized, which for us honkies is a good thing. Spices are mild. The vegetables are familiar, nothing more exotic than okra. Several tofu dishes here for you, if you like tofu. The tempeh and tahini dish is especially good, and I prefer tempeh over tofu. From among the 3, 5, and 8 combo platters, choose the 8 combo platter, which costs only $13, and will surely fill you. If you pay by charge card, be sure to bring some cash with which to tip the very gracious server, as their charge card receipts do not enable adding tipping.

As of this 2017 update, their website has been permanently down for over 6 months, and their Facebook page had not been updated for 18 months. So best to check on them via phone at 860-899-1389, which indeed is a working number.

Pros: great food, very inexpensive , ample choices

Cons: scant street parking, out of the way location

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killer food - Edit

These guys know what's good

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Wow! Amazing experience! Tasty Vegan Food! - Edit

From the moment I walked in I was greeted with a smile. I was then asked was this my first time at their establishment, I answered yes, and was introduced to every food they had available today.

Now I'm eating this delicious goodness filled with herbs I smelled before they entered my mouth. The look, smell and taste of the food is everything! Great service and fresh vegan food.

Pros: Great Options, lots of variety, Drink Options (They have Spirulina Moss), The food taste sooooooo good!

Cons: Need more locations (Middletown), Need a delivery service

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Excellent! - Edit

Great (and spicy!) food, good prices, awesome atmosphere, and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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Flavorful Vegan - Edit

Found this place after arriving in town for a business trip. Happy to find everything is vegan. I didn't have to ask about every dish to make sure it was vegan. Full of flavor and spice. The jerk tofu was particularly excellent along with the caramel fudge ice cream. Highly recommended.

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First time eating in and trying food first - Edit

There was five parking spots in front of Fire and Spice but chose to park in rear.
The tall truly naturally beautiful women portioning my plate described each dish and explained all ingredients, very nice people I'm happy to give this establishment my money to help encourage these ideals.
Wonderful okra in tomato sauce, kale with garlic, Jamaican jerk tofu, my favorite was tempe dish and cabbage with vinaigrette I very much enjoined the cucumber ginger drink as well.

Pros: Best vegan food I've eaten at a restaurant , Great cucumber ginger drink, Super friendly people working there

Cons: not in Illinois where I live

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Great food! - Edit

Great food,
Great people.

I was really happy with this place.

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A strong option in Hartford - Edit

Had the opportunity to stop at Fire and Spice yesterday for lunch. As has been stated already here, it's a low-key place off a main drag in Hartford. Food is pre-made and not to order, but is a solid option for the area, and has the advantage of being all-vegan, so those of our tribe may order without fear of surprise ingredients. The jerked tofu was excellent, and I really loved the 'Papaya Don't Preach' smoothie. Staff was accommodating.

Pros: All-vegan!

Cons: Street parking might be tough sometimes

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Jamaican take out. - Edit

A bit out of the way in somewhat residential neighborhood, they serve take out food from steam table. Vegan but not necessarily healthy food had been sitting there all day. The Jamaican patty was tough, dried out with a tiny amount of filling. The BBQ and other dishes were very tasty, comfort food (sugared, white rice). Server was slow, but friendly and accommodating when she got around to it.

Pros: all vegan, full flavors

Cons: steam table, not fresh, not very healthy

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Delicious & affordable! - Edit

Ate here for the first time and loved it. Returned the following day for dinner & ordered catering portions to serve at Easter dinner. Jerk Tofu, Red Lentil Dahl & Kale were especially yummy.

Pros: affordable , good portion sizes, friendly staff

Cons: parking can be rough

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to go to die for! - Edit

I always get 5 choices to go -- I love their greens, stewed cabbage, jerk tempeh, tofu scramble, and pumpkin rice, but everything is fresh, full of flavor, and delicious. They also have their own kombucha, vegan cupcakes, and hibiscus drink. Great food, great place!

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Any hungry person's dream - Edit

Even if you're a fast food fanatic, you'll be shocked at how delicious this vegetarian Jamaican food is! The food is always prepared, so it's just as quick as fast food, only 100 times healthier. The people on here who complain about long waits are probably ordering extra meals that aren't on the daily menu. The owners, Chris and Jamelia, and chef, Andrew, are the friendliest people in town!

Pros: health, taste, people

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They Should Charge More - Edit

I've had lunch here a few times. It's kind of a low-key, carry-your-food-away-on-a-tray-and-pick-a-table kind of place. You get to choose from a variety of already prepared vegan foods: vegetables, side dishes, tofu preparations, etc. Overall, the food all tastes good and, in my opinion, is an excellent value. My parting remark to them after my first time there was that they should charge more... I got a ton of good, vegan food for very little money. My only real complaint is that the selections don't change up very often (at all?) so it doesn't satisfy my desire to eat new foods and try new things.

Pros: tasty food, great value

Cons: fast-foody

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Awesome! - Edit

My husband and I stopped in for lunch during a weekday. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and they explained what each dish was. Everything was scrumptious-especially the pumpkin rice and jerk tofu. For dessert we had the best cupcakes...all for a very reasonable price. We will be back for sure!

Pros: Tastey food, Low price, Cozy atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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Awesome awesom awesome - Edit

What can I say, perfect restaurant experience. Everything we ordered was delicious, cheap and the service was friendly and inviting.

ALSO... I left my wallet on the counter and thank goodness the patrons are just as nice as the staff and they turned it in so I could reclaim it over an hour later. Thanks so much y'all!!!

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A Spicy Adventure - Edit

Being a vegetarian in VA is difficult. There are not any veggie spots to dine out and enjoy a good meal. The majority are veggie friendly. So traveling up to CT for a family reunion I had no idea there would be such a beautiful place to enjoy a good veggie meal.
Fire and Spice is THE essential place to go for a delightful veggie meal. Whether vegan or vegetarian, you will enjoy the food. Because it is a mom and pops establishment, the service is a bit slow, but it is counterbalanced with the beautiful energy and love from the staff and food. Fire and Spice is family-oriented with a deep rooted cultural foundation.
My family enjoyed the food so well we had take out orders twice during our 1 1/2 day visit. If you are on the west side of Hartford, CT, I highly recommend Fire and Spice as the prime place to eat. Peace!

Pros: Family-oriented, Great food, Loving aura of staff

Cons: Not one in my area

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Not open for breakfast - Edit

We looked this up on Happy Cow, got off of the highway, went through traffic only to find they don't really open for breakfast.

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Kind of Uncomfortable (nothing to do with chairs) - Edit

The food at Fire and Spice was good, but the dining experience was uncomfortable. When my husband and I walked in, the restaurant was completely empty with no one in front. We weren't sure if this was a seat-yourself restaurant or not so we stood there by the empty counter for several minutes. The door chimed when we entered, but maybe the people in back couldn't hear it or something.

Anyway, it felt akward, and we were about to leave when a guy came out of the back. He was somewhat friendly and asked us if it was our first time there, which was the case, and then he showed us the cafeteria-style selections.

We ordered and sat down with the food. He did not ask if we wanted anything to drink, or say if the other selections on the menu were available or not. We kind of got the impression that we were wasting his time somehow. By then there was already someone else waiting. We sat down to eat at the tables. The guy seemed too busy with other customers for us to try to get water, or anything else to drink. That was odd, since most people in restaurants ask you what you would like to drink.

The food was good, but not terribly exciting. I had jerk tofu, greens, and potatoes. My husband had bbq tofu, okra, and stew. It was well-spiced, but kinda like something I would make at home, but I couldn't taste much love in it, if that makes any sense. I couldn't help but compare this restaurant, probably unfairly, to another vegan restaurant that also served vegan soul food like this, but theirs always tasted heavenly, and their attitude towards their customers was welcoming.

I am certain that the people who run Fire and Spice are really nice people, but I wish, for the restaurant's sake, that they would show it more. If they just had a couple of signs telling you to "ring bell for service" and "please order here" and "available today" it might feel a little more comfortable to people who come in for the first time.

Also, FYI: the sign on the door says they accept American Express, but they no longer do. (They still accept other credit cards.) All in all, I wished we had gotten our food to go. I felt uncomfortable there, and it had nothing to do with chairs or decor. I support their mission of veganism, but I wish someone from that restaurant would look at these reviews and make some small improvements about interfacing with people and possibly food selections that would make their restaurant a truly pleasant place to visit.

Pros: good tasting, healthy food, clean restaurant, great mission

Cons: uncomfortable atmosphere for us, unclear instructions as to how to order, not very welcoming

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improvement needed - Edit

The food was fine-nothing outstanding but it was tasteful and had promise. However, the service was awful! 20 minutes to make a panini and then it sat on the counter because friends of the staff came in and they just chatted. So now all four meals are cold but the friends who came in got served right away. Hmmmm. If you have mediocre food you better have exceptional service. I won't be back nor can I recommend it to veg friends without warning them about bad service and cold food. It's a shame because with limited vegan restaurants they could've cornered the market and really made a name for themselves. Not with the current staff that's for sure!

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Fantastic food, awesome staff - Edit

Had just finished a Mercy For Animals demo in Hartford, so my friend and I decided to stop in for lunch. Nicest, friendliest, most fun staff ever! Great Pomagranate/ginger juice, made by Jamelia. Tasty curried veggies and bbq tofu, too! Great prices, buffet style. Lots of good food at a great price!

Pros: healthy cuisine, good value, great staff

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really really delicious! - Edit

I just love this place! The cajun tempeh and tofu jerk is so delicious, it's what my dreams from now on will be made of. The other choices are great too. And the desserts! Both regular and gluten-free cupcakes are so fresh and tasty and very satisfying. I stayed in Windsor for work for a week and it was 20 minutes away (14 miles) and worth the trip every night.

Pros: friendly people, great food, friendly & pretty decor

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Authentic and tasty stop in Hartford - Edit

My boyfriend and I stopped here on our way west to NY. The place is conveniently located and easy to find. Likely due to the time of day, they were running counter service only. The woman at the counter showed all the combo-plate options available - I had an Ackee pattie, cajun tempeh, jerk tofu, and beans and rice. My boyfriend had a samosa, the tempeh, bbq tofu, and sweet potatoes. I also had a glass of their house hibiscus bev, which was lovely and refreshing. Food had good flavor and portions were generous enough for us to end up with leftovers. I'd go back, but I do agree with other reviewers: the impression given by the website was a bit contrary to what we experienced.

Pros: good quality food, helpful staff

Cons: limited selection

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Jamaican Hoestyle - Edit

I went for lunch one day on a Hartford trip. It's only a block or so down from the mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Friendly Chef and staff. Good, unique comfort food. They tell you what is spicy (if that's your concern) Also, had a refreshing hibiscus/ginger drink that was homemade. Plenty of tables and space to just relax and enjoy your food and no pressure to pay. Garlic greens (kale) was delicious. I especially liked the fact that it wasn't just "mock chicken" "mock beef", etc, but real food and vegetable dishes. Worth a trip if you are in Hartford. Parking available on street

Pros: Food, friendly staff, Clean

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Great food, friendly staff, - Edit

Ate at Fire and Spice for the first time this weekend. The woman working the counter was very friendly and explained all the many items available as it was ' buffet' style to be served. I chose a heaping plate of food: lentil soup, unchick'n patti, sauted kale, pumpkin yellow rice, jerk tofu, curried tempeh, chickpea stew, cabbage, beans and rice (this was my one meal for the day; don't judge!). There was a lot of other items that I could not possibly fit on my plate. Everything was very flavorful and delicious. I know other reviewers have complained about lack of variety and options but I thought they had a lot of choices, although it didn't necessarily follow the printed menu. The place was cheerful, clean and inviting; service very good. I liked it a lot and will certainly go again when I am back in the area.

Pros: Great food, good selection, friendly staff

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At least it's Vegan - Edit

The service was quite slow, our food took quite a while, servers were chatting with each other.
Our food was OK, but overpriced for the quality.
At least it was vegan right?!

Pros: Vegan

Cons: Slow/ Poor service, Food was bland

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