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Spock's Brain May 19, 2005 08:29 PM

Moving to the Springdale area of Stamford CT next week. I need some dining recs. All types of cuisine welcomed!

Thanks in advance.

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    sabra May 20, 2005 09:40 AM

    Welcome to town!
    Casual Italian: Pelicci's by Stamford Hospital
    Pizza: Michalina's behind Main Wah
    Deli: Fratelli Ravioli next to Michalina's
    Mexican: Viva Mexico on Summer St
    Italian/Steakhouse: Giovanni's on Long Ridge Rd
    Chinese take-out: Main Wah on High Ridge Rd
    Chinese eat in: Pearl East on Summer St
    Search this board and you should be able to find many other threads on this topic.

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      MissAnnie May 21, 2005 01:14 AM

      Just a word about Michaelina's Pizza. A couple of my teen daughter's friends worked there and told us a few stories that would curl your hair---I wouldn't touch their food. There's so many pizza spots in town, especially in the Springdale area, and pizza is so subjective, just work your way through them till you find your favorite.

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        Miss Sue May 21, 2005 12:21 PM

        How about Hope Street Pizza for some good Greek-style pizza? Do check that one out.

        Susan

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          whereisevan May 23, 2005 09:03 AM

          Wish Cafe is great for new american cuisine. I'd also highly recommend Zanghi on Summer St if you want something upscale...delicious food.

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            SUZANNE Jun 2, 2005 03:32 PM

            Special occasion, perfect food and service.

            The chinese on high ridge road is horrible, and giovanis on long ridge is nothing special.

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              shasha Aug 2, 2005 01:47 PM

              agree that giovanni's is nothing special.

              Kam Pei on High Ridge is actually pretty great (especially their japanese...usually I don't like places that have chinese and japanese but this is an exception), and they own a great more upscale asian fusion place in Wesport called Tengda which is fantastic...and the owners are a really nice young couple. They also just opened another more upscale place in Greenwich.

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                JdB Oct 13, 2007 08:27 AM

                Can I chime in with another recommendation for Kam Pei? I ordered delivery from there last night and was very pleasantly surprised. When the words, "Chinese Take-Out" came out of my boyfriend's mouth, I totaly cringed, but after I read your post about Kam Pei Shasha I decided to give it a go. Ive been to both Tengda's in Westport and Greenwich and they're pretty good, if a little pricey.

                We stayed to the Chinese side of the menu with some coconut shrimp, steamed vegetable dumplings, and a Happy Family combo, and they were all great -especially the shrimp. To boot, the delivery man arrived within a half hour, speedy!

                Having just moved here in March, it feels pretty great to have nailed down a staple Chinese take-out place. Especially now that those words won't make me cringe anymore.

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            gunksny Nov 7, 2008 06:23 AM

            Hope Street has great Greek style pizza in a diner-ish setting.

            I also really like Colony Grill for their thin crust pizzas served in a divey bar like environment - sausage + onion and the 'Stinger' - hot oil are a must try in Stamford.

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              circitmage May 19, 2009 09:33 AM

              Colony Grill pizza is revolting ... yes it is thin crust, but I can't stomach calling it pizza ... more like cheese covered cardboard - no sauce, toppings or choices really ... atmosphere is tres' dive ... good for a pint/pitcher but not food

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        MissAnnie May 21, 2005 01:40 AM

        Here are some of my favorites (but I'm not too familiar with Springdale, so don't know if there's anything worthwhile right in your neighborhood):

        Chinese/Japanese: Kam Pei on High Ridge

        "Nice" Italian: Columbus Park Trattoria, downtown--the best for miles and miles!

        More Upscale Italian: Il Falco, downtown

        Take Out: Mexican--Ole Mole; Middle Eastern--Layla's; Thai--Kit's Thai Kitchen--all of thse within a mile stretch on High Ridge

        When you just gotta have an old fashioned greasy burger and onion rings: Pat's Hubba Hubba on Atlantic downtown

        Ice Cream: Emack and Bolio's on Summer, Gofer Ice Cream on High Ridge (it has another location I can't recall)

        French: Bistro Bonne Nuit in New Canaan (10-15 minutes from Springdale)

        Japanese: Kotobuki on Summer

        Yummy gelato (and great soups): Cafe Bria in the Newfield Green shopping center on Newfield Ave.

        Indian: Coromandel in Darien (15-20 mins. from Springdale)

        Breakfast at the diner: The Lakeside on Long Ridge--genuinely kitschy, small, cozy, homemade donuts and a lake view--I like the Belgian waffle

        Happy Eating, and welcome to Stamford!

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          Miss Sue May 21, 2005 12:19 PM

          I like your list! Thanks for posting it. I think Coromandel is one of the best Indian places around, too, and I've been meaning to try Bonne Nuit in New Canaan. Your mention of Bonne Nuit inspires me to make a reservation soon. Would it be a nice place for an anniversary dinner, and do they have steak frites?

          Gracias.

          Susan

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            MissAnnie May 22, 2005 12:44 AM

            It's a bit noisy and the tables are a bit close together for what I think of as a classic romantic anniversary dinner--but it's very pleasant, so it depends what you're looking for. Don't miss the duck with polenta and the profiteroles! Not a wine expert, but I think their list is interesting.

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            xf Jun 2, 2005 01:05 PM

            where can i find the lakeside resturant? address?

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              Miss Sue Jun 2, 2005 06:50 PM

              Big Yellow, the online yellow pages, is a great resource.

              www.bigyellow.com

              Lakeside Diner
              1050 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903

              (203) 322-2252

              Enjoy.

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                gunksny Nov 7, 2008 06:18 AM

                Lakeside Diner is pretty much right off exit 24- Long Ridge Rd onthe Merritt (Rt15) across the st on the water. Great pancakes.

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              joseph Jun 24, 2005 10:18 PM

              there are excellent places in your area:

              Cafe Bria in Newfield Shopping Center (GELATO and PAnini open all day) They have starbucks too!

              Pizza: Belltown and HOpe street Pizza;;;; YUM
              Panda Garden Chinese; clean and good
              Donuts Delight... they have good donuts
              Vinnys backyard... good family stuff

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                Rebecca Loonin Aug 2, 2005 12:37 AM

                I'm going to throw in a couple more places for you to eat in Stamford but first I will take the liberty to make what I think should be a correction to the Japanese restaurant suggestion.
                Over the past few years I have come to learn that Kiku Sushi on Hope St is by far the best sushi I have ever had. It is worth giving a shot at least once but I'll tell you, I was obsessed from the start. Its a tiny place, very clean, same people working there everyday and its strictly Japanese. Pretty much, the fish there is just really amazing, really fresh and I cannot get enough. And if youre into tofu- try the Age tofu...youll have to stop yourself from salivating afterwards
                For *casual* italian head to Mario the Baker on High Ridge Rd. I have been going there since birth (theyve been there for 30 years, same owner). The food is always excellent, the prices are great, service fast, and its really just such a great Stamford gem.
                Hope you try em out!

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                  yngvai Mar 25, 2009 04:59 PM

                  I realize this is a 3 1/2 year old post, and Mario's is still very good, but the past couple times I've gone it's just not the same as it used to be.

                  My new go-to place in Stamford for Italian pizza is Villa Italia on East Main St. Try it out and you'll forget about Mario's.

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                    rebloonin Jul 31, 2009 09:31 AM

                    Agreed about Mario's, not the same. That's ok. I just get my pizza in Brooklyn now :)

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                cteats May 22, 2005 08:30 PM

                Stamford has been discussed extensively on the Tristate board. Do a search there for info on just about everything in town.

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                  PizzaFace May 24, 2005 02:16 PM

                  In Springdale:
                  On Hope Street in the same shopping center as the IGA supermarket (which is across the street from the ice skating rink) is a Japanese restaurant, Kiko. Pretty good sushi at a decent price.
                  A little farther south, 934 Hope St, is an Italian Place, Bella Luna that people like. I remember a huge portion of friend calamari, but I forget the other food. My friends like their salads.
                  In the same area on Hope Street, Fireside is your typical local bar that has a wing night (not sure when), burgers, and skinny french fries.
                  Parkway Diner on 1066 High Ridge Rd has good diner "brunch" on the weekends. Not diner cheap though, about $10 for a brunch item. Always crowded on the weekends. I used to like it until they charged me a "sharing fee", and I haven't gone back since.

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                    Lambira Nov 8, 2008 06:14 PM

                    We frequented the Parkway diner for YEARS. But in the past 2-3 years, sadly, I find that their food quality has gone downhill while the prices have gone up. I can't say I recommend it anymore, unfortunately.

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                    mc Jun 29, 2005 10:30 PM

                    Telluride is the best restaurant in Stamford, hands down. I challenge anyone to find a more extensive delicious menu, cozier decor, knowledgable staff, and better bartender .

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                      shasha Aug 2, 2005 01:49 PM

                      love telluride

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                        circitmage Oct 27, 2008 02:35 PM

                        Napa

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                          circitmage Oct 27, 2008 02:36 PM

                          Napa may be better

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                          rebecca Aug 2, 2005 12:38 AM

                          i forgot to mention! Kiku is *right* in Springdale shopping center! Youve got to go. :)

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                            circitmage Oct 27, 2008 02:35 PM

                            We like Edo in Darien much better, but Kiku will do in a pinch

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                              gunksny Nov 7, 2008 06:13 AM

                              Kiku may have decent food, but the atmosphere is really lacking. Lights too bright, and you really feel like you're eating in, well, a strip mall or food court. (Tengda in Darien is in a shopping center, but still has a real restaurant feel).

                              Anyway, Kiku was recommended to me as one of the better sushi spots around here and I took my wife there for our anniversary which was pretty horrifying - good thing she has a sense of humor. Food was ok, but it was prety anti-romantic so just be aware of that.

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                                rebloonin Mar 25, 2009 11:04 AM

                                Just found this post- wow, long time.
                                gunksny- I never said Kiku was high on my list for decor, nor did I recommend it for a romantic date so I can see why you would have been disappointed. For sure Kiku is not romantic or cozy. When I eat sushi though I'm after the food, the freshness of the fish and the temperature of the rice- not the decoration really. But I can respect where you're coming from. Or at least where you were coming from that evening.

                                For me though, fancy decor and a candelit table doesnt make up for crappy sushi. I'm a sashimi eater so I'm not always able to accept sushi as good when its covered up with sweet sauces (which of course I can also love)

                                I still stand by Kiku.

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                                  circitmage May 19, 2009 09:30 AM

                                  hmmm ... Kiku is very decent sushi/sashimi but agreed not high on decor ... Staff is attentive and polite - service is excellent, but you are eating in a local strip mall ... the Tengda scene in Greenwhich is too much of the "hedge fund BSDs" and the women who want to date them on the bar side, the sit down side is ok I don't love the decor the food is passable ... Edo remains my fave Korean/Sushi/Sashimi place - but it is not "romantic"

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                                Kellysmith22 Oct 17, 2007 01:50 PM

                                La Hacienda Awesome Mexican!! Next the the movie theater and Grand are my favorites

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                                  debvil Mar 25, 2009 05:46 PM

                                  Fiesta for Peruvian gets my vote - I think the Shippan location edges out the one on Atlantic.

                                  Get the lomo saltado, Jalea especial or Tallarines saltados con pescado.
                                  and of course an INKA Kola

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                                  biga290 Jul 31, 2009 10:09 AM

                                  Smoky Joes for barbecue.

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                                    Janeygirl May 13, 2013 06:00 PM

                                    just moved here---am in LOVE with Hope Pizza!

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                                      Nikki NYC Jun 23, 2013 06:26 PM

                                      Hope Street Pizza is the best!!!

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                                        stamfoodie Jul 1, 2013 06:28 AM

                                        Greek pan pizza... much different than Italian... a lot gooyier. I luv gooye.. Also they are famous for their salads.

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                                          AdamD Jul 1, 2013 11:23 AM

                                          I have to try this. If it is the same as the greek pizza I ate growing up, I will be a very happy man.

                                      2. Syphrite Jun 26, 2013 06:43 PM

                                        Mexican: Casa Villa or Bar Taco (more hip/cool) or El Charrito (taco truck)
                                        Tapas: Barcelona
                                        Asian: Little Buddha (they have gone a little downhill, but still pretty good)
                                        Indian: Coromandel is good, but I also like Tawa
                                        Pizza: Colony (people are also raving about Riko's)
                                        Burgers: Five Guys (I don't care, it's convenient and I like it!)

                                        There are a lot of great places in Fairfield county (and even the towns in NY that border us), many within a 20 minute drive, so don't limit yourself to Stamford. I particularly love Port Chester for all kinds of Spanish food deliciousness.

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