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Ibiza, Danbury, CT

Can't wait to try it. Danbury desperately needs some world class food. Mezon was a huge disappointment.

Feb 02, 2013
Stylo in Southern New England

Need new brunch places around Westchester/Fairfield!

The Corner Restaurant in downtown Milford.

Impeccable brunch, great atmosphere and location.

Apr 24, 2012
Stylo in New York State (exc. NYC)

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Yes the cream puff is also amazing. Now I have to try the pudding. Lesli is very talented.

Mar 17, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Scratch Baking in Milford is a best-in-class bakery. Their eclairs are absolutely ridiculous. I love that place but if I go too often I'll become obese.

Mar 17, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

It varies. I've also had it amazing at Fairfield and disappointing at Danbury. The original location is far more consistent. I find the biggest problem with the satellite locations is their skill in building the pizza. They often do too thick crust, not enough sauce, etc.

Mar 17, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Looking for the best destination restaurants in RI, Mass, and CT

It is unique diner food, nothing more. Their problem is consistency, on the menu and in the kitchen. If the owner is there it's usually a good thing.

Mar 16, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Yes, The Place is a super cool stop.

Mar 15, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Check Yelp, unfortunately I'm not the only one.

Mar 15, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

New Haven pizza stands up to the very best in NYC and is DIFFERENT, and for that reason it becomes worth it - especially for someone looking for iconic food in CT.

Mar 15, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

I went to Abbott's recently after all the hype and it was TERRIBLE.

Runny bisque, sad lobster roll with very little lobster that was old and chewy, slow service. Just very bad experience overall except for the amazing location. Shame.

Mar 15, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

I always do small and medium too. Thinner crust usually.

Mar 15, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Modern and BAR. Or even Abate.

Mar 14, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Sally's is undoubtedly the best pizza (ever?). Long long wait though. Horrible service. I like the cruddy old decor A LOT though.

I never found Modern overly cheesy. They do their own thing. It's good and up there on the pizza scale, but not as consistent as Pepe's and Sally's IMO. It's still better than 99% of any pizza though.

Lenny and Joe's is really good. I will say though that I've had a better lobster roll at Seven Seas (personal favorite) and Citrus, Lenny and Joe's is on par with Westfair Fish and Chips. The freshness and abundance of lobster is the most important part to me.

Scribner's is definitely still open.

Mar 14, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Admittedly I haven't been at Scribner's in years. Seven Seas though I've never had a bad meal, the lobster roll is the best I've had in CT - and I've tried many. You call it low life, I call it a good mixed, down-to-earth crowd. That's all subjective. It's a younger bar crowd that can get rowdy, but that's the same in any pub dive. You have to like dive bars and the dive bar crowd to like the Seas. I've taken many friends, mostly very educated and successful types, and they love it and the bar atmosphere there. I much prefer it to the Jersey Shore crowd at Stonebridge or the pretentious lower FFC crowd in SoNo, etc. Also, if you go before 9 - the bar crowd is a non-issue. It's pretty low key during dining hours.

Mar 14, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

special lunch in New Haven on a Wednesday?

Barcelona right? Excellent restaurant, there's actually several in southwest CT. Ibiza is excellent for tapas too, as are Nini's and Pacifico. Ibiza straight Spanish, Nini's more Italian, and Pacifico more South/Central American. Then there's Bistro Basque in Milford which has excellent tapas and is Basque style, which is unique. You'd need a car though, but it's a lovely restaurant in a very nice setting in Milford's beautiful downtown and harbor area.

Mar 13, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Chipotle opening on Greenwich Ave (Greenwich, CT)

Not a store owner, just a Chipotle fan! Sorry I can't provide more info

Mar 13, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

special lunch in New Haven on a Wednesday?

Caseus, Ibiza, Zinc or Miya's Sushi.

Istanbul Cafe, Bentara, and Soul De Cuba are good options for something a little more ethnic.

Heirloom is good too, but I've heard it's inconsistent. Union League is excellent but not at all adventurous, it's very much traditional French and a little stuffy.

Edit: I see you went with Heirloom which was probably a better choice for what you wanted than Union League. But now you have a few other options should you come again. ;)

Mar 13, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Chipotle opening on Greenwich Ave (Greenwich, CT)

I don't know what that means.

Mar 13, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

New England not well represented on 101 best restaurant list.

It's a matter of hype. Any list that tries to summarize the best anything in restaurants across the nation is going to be a shot in the dark.

NYC/SF eateries are the most hyped in the nation, so it's no surprise. They're often not even that great, they just know how to build that cachet.

Mar 12, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

food truck Sports Authority Orange

Is it? That's too bad. It's actually in Milford.

It's called the Boudan BBQ truck.

I'm not surprised though. Even though the food/BBQ was excellent, his hours were terrible. Never open for dinner, and only for lunch like 3-4 days a week. Also, the location was lousy. He would've been better off near downtown/harbor, or even the park & ride off exit 40.

Mar 12, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Chipotle opening on Greenwich Ave (Greenwich, CT)

I'm all for them. High quality fast food. We need more of it.

Mar 12, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Good one. Old crusty awesome German place.

Mar 12, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Richter's closed about a year ago. The 116 Crown owners are reopening it soon though.

Mar 11, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

I forgot Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield!

Swanky Franks is also popular

Mar 11, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

It all depends on what you want. Obviously hole-in-the-wall means less fancy, so I do have some suggestions. It's kinda hard to find holes in the wall closer to Greenwich as they cater to a wealthy audience, and the places I know that are great there tend to be pricey. Although Burgers, Shakes and Fries in Greenwich is pretty good. Kinda like Shake Shack. IMO New Haven is a foodie's dream with the most varied, interesting and high quality food scene in CT and mostly without pretentiousness.

Here's some suggestions:

Greenwich - Burgers, Shakes and Fries
Stamford - Colony Grill (I personally hate the pizza, but a lot of people love the hot oil topping with stingers, and it's a CT institution)
Norwalk - Valencia Luncheria (Venezuelan beach food with a twist), Beach Burger, Jeff's Cuisine, Cactus Grill, Los Molcajetes
Westport - Westfair Fish and Chips, Christie's Market
Bridgeport - Merritt Canteen, Pho Saigon, Bloodroot
Stratford - Gaetano's Deli, Danny's Drive-In, Salerno's Apizza
Milford - Bobette's (known for mussels chowder), Mr. Mac's Canteen, The Corner Restaurant (superlative brunch in a quirky grandma's house setting), Seven Seas Restaurant (known for fish n chips and some of the best lobster rolls in CT), Scribner's Seafood, The Lazy Lobster, Walnut Beach Creamery (ice cream), Scratch Baking
West Haven - Dive Bar (great, rare view of the sound and amazing burgers! great local place with a laid back fee)

New Haven - Any of the famous pizza places: Frank Pepe (arguably CT's most famous institution), Sally's Apizza, Modern Apizza, BAR. Louis' Lunch (1896 - invented the burger), Prime 16, York Street Noodle House, Miya's Sushi (funkiest sushi ever and a Yale/New Haven staple), Zinc/Kitchen Zinc, Caseus, many food trucks (Tijuana Taco Company, The Cheese Truck, etc. etc.), Soul De Cuba, Mamoun's Falafel (although they're in NYC too), Kasbah Garden, Koffee, Libby's Italian Pastry Shop, Mezcal ('mazing Mexican dive). I could go on!

There are a few CT institutions worth noting that might not be worth the trip. Archie Moore's is all over (Fairfield, Milford, New Haven, etc), they're all about the bar food and specifically wings. Southport Brewing Company (SBC) too (Stamford, Southport, Milford), thinking of them as a higher end Chili's type food, but they brew their own (not bad) beer. The beer at BAR in New Haven is better though. Plan B is another CT-specific chain that has an outpost in Milford. Tengda is an Asian group of restaurants in Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Stamford, Milford. They ain't a hole in the wall though. Neither is the Spanish tapas staple Barcelona in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield and New Haven.

Roadfood.com is a great resource.

Mar 11, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Looking for the best destination restaurants in RI, Mass, and CT

I can't believe I forgot Caseus (and their famous food truck) in New Haven. They've been on a TV a handful of time and are an amazing cheese shop and bistro.

Mar 11, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Looking for the best destination restaurants in RI, Mass, and CT

Yes I agree on Artisan. It's very good but not really different enough to warrant a trip.

I couldn't disagree more on Bistro Basque though. I've been there near a dozen times, as have a few friends and we all find it superlative. Barcelona is great too but a different style of food. As far as I know Basque is the only restaurant in the region that specifically focuses on Basque cuisine, and the owner is from there. It's all subjective though...

I also disagree on Coromandel just being "decent". I find it to be best in class, but I do question it being a destination as they just do Indian really, really well. I wouldn't call it unique, just some of the finest Indian in the tri-state.

Barcelona is well known, have a nationally published cookbook, and are a staple in CT food with outposts all over southwest CT. They do more than tapas, and the tapas they do are very good. In that sense it's a destination.

Community Table is definitely a keeper too.

Mar 11, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Looking for the best destination restaurants in RI, Mass, and CT

Also, in the summer - Dive Bar in West Haven, right on the Milford border.

Why? Not only some of the best burgers in the area (only Prime 16 rivals it IMO), but one of the only casual eating places/bars with a direct view of the Long Island Sound in its full glory. The fact that the front window opens up to the sound like a garage door is the icing on the cake.

It's not well known necessary, but it should be!

Mar 01, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Looking for the best destination restaurants in RI, Mass, and CT

Famous New Haven pizza is a must:
Pepe's, Sally's, BAR, Modern

In CT, here's some of what I would consider the best, most known, etc. Mostly in the western part of CT.

Community Table in Washington
Schoolhouse in Wilton
LeFarm in Westport
Louis' Lunch in New Haven (invented the burger)
Miya's Sushi in New Haven
Bentara in New Haven
Bistro Basque in Milford
Ibiza in New Haven
Mezcal in New Haven
Prime 16 in New Haven
Any of the Barcelona restaurants in CT
Napa & Co in Stamford
Capital Grille in Stamford
Sycamore Diner in Bethel
O'Rourke's Diner in Middletown
Artisan in Southport
The Place in Guilford
Toymakers Cafe in Falls Village (a little bit in the middle of nowhere, but very unique!)
Belgique Chocolatier in Kent
Walnut Beach Creamery in Milford (ice cream)
Any of the Coromandel Indian restaurants

I could go on!

Mar 01, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England

Stanziato's - Great pizza - Danbury, CT

I wasn't that impressed. Solid toppings and whatnot, but the crust was seriously pedestrian and lacking. Laurentano in Bethel, Kitchen Zinc in New Haven and Tarry Lodge in Westport serve much better gourmet pies.

And the service was lacking.

Feb 29, 2012
Stylo in Southern New England