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Mo's Midtown

25 Whitney St., Hartford, CT - (860) 236-7741
Posted By James Bransfield on 6/12/2005 7:36:00 PM
I stopped at Mo's Midtown in Hartford last Saturday morning for first time in many years. Don't know why it took so long to go back. I had blueberry pancakes and bacon, a friend had eggs over easy, homefries and toast.

The blueberry pancakes are to die for! Each pancake overflows the plate, and a full stack (3) must weigh nearly 3 lbs. They were served piping hot and with some spice in the batter which I can't identify, but provides a unique flavor. The pancakes were light and contained just enough blueberries to add a zest to the taste, without overpowering everything. The bacon was crisp, but not all dried out. Clearly the work of a cook, who takes pride in his work, and a good eye on everything on the stove.

My friend's eggs were done just right and the homefries were something else. When the meal was served my friend said he'd never be able to eat all the homefries. Suddenly he looked up and said, "I can't believe I ate all of those homefries. I wonder if I could order just a small portion more?"

The help are all attentive, without being pushy. Good service, a friendly smile and a quick joke or two to start the morning off. It's easy to see why Mo's has been a West End favorite for so many years. These folks never met a stranger.

The only disappointing thing was the coffee. It was fairly bland. A good quality Guatemalan Antigua or a French Roast would have really set this meal off. But why quibble? You can always find a Starbucks for the coffee...

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A pair of sunnyside-up eggs with a serving of home fries under a blanket of cheddar cheese.
"A pair of sunnyside-up eggs with a serving of home fries under a blanket of cheddar cheese."
Michael Stern





Hot off the griddle, this buttermilk 3-stack is still smoking. Their shape is irregular and their color muted, but these are magnificent pancakes.
"Hot off the griddle, this buttermilk 3-stack is still smoking. Their shape is irregular and their color muted, but these are magnificent pancakes."
Michael Stern


We love the view from Mo's counter: a mountain of hash browns on the grill, ready to be loaded onto plates alongside eggs and omelets.
"We love the view from Mo's counter: a mountain of hash browns on the grill, ready to be loaded onto plates alongside eggs and omelets."
Michael Stern


Not far from I-84 in a strip mall alongside a nail salon, Mo's is a small gem that is treasured by Connecticut breakfast hounds.
"Not far from I-84 in a strip mall alongside a nail salon, Mo's is a small gem that is treasured by Connecticut breakfast hounds."
Michael Stern


Served four to an order, Mo's potato pancakes are shatteringly crisp on the outside, but that crust encloses a creamy center with rich potato flavor. In the background, of course, are sour cream and apple sauce.
"Served four to an order, Mo's potato pancakes are shatteringly crisp on the outside, but that crust encloses a creamy center with rich potato flavor. In the background, of course, are sour cream and apple sauce."
Michael Stern


No one ever said Mo's pancakes were the the prettiest. As this closeup of a blueberry flapjack attests, they are asymmetrical and a little lumpy ... and delicious to eat!
"No one ever said Mo's pancakes were the the prettiest. As this closeup of a blueberry flapjack attests, they are asymmetrical and a little lumpy ... and delicious to eat!"
Michael Stern


This was the view from my counter seat at Mo's: a heap of semi-cooked bacon, ready to heat and serve. It's not my favorite way of bacon preparation, but I asked for an order well-done, meaning it spent extra time under the bacon press and got good and crisp. Still, flavor-wise, these strips aren't among the greats.
"This was the view from my counter seat at Mo's: a heap of semi-cooked bacon, ready to heat and serve. It's not my favorite way of bacon preparation, but I asked for an order well-done, meaning it spent extra time under the bacon press and got good and crisp. Still, flavor-wise, these strips aren't among the greats."
Michael Stern


Robots made of tin cans used to populate Mo's brick walls above the booths. On a recent visit, we noted they had been replaced by two-dimensional art.
"Robots made of tin cans used to populate Mo's brick walls above the booths. On a recent visit, we noted they had been replaced by two-dimensional art."
Michael Stern



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