Black Rock - Bridgeport, CT
Has anyone recently been to either Viale, Cafe Tavolini or The Field in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport? Interested to hear if these places are worth checking out, and if so, what's good/recommended. Also, any other Black Rock restaurant suggestions would be appreciated.
I'd love to see more discussion on this board of the unique dining options in Black Rock.
We tried The Field after several different friends gave it high marks. We enjoyed it the first time. We split a salad to start and then each ordered a different fish dish. Everything was good, if not particularly memorable. The second time we decided to make a meal out of appetizers as there were many tempting choices on the menu. This was a better way to go, we thought. There was a lamb dish that was very tasty and the portion was so generous it might as well have been an entree. We especially liked the tuna tartare. I just checked their menu, though, and neither of those items items are on it now -- hopefully they will return in the fall.
I haven't tried Viale or Cafe Tavolini -- would be interested to hear from someone who has.
I'm also curious about Baxter's at the Bitter End. I've heard their food is a lot better than one might think. Not just bar food:
(I just posted this on the TriState Region board -- thought I'd repeat it here since it's relevant)
Helados Vazquez - another original in Black Rock
We tried this new gelateria on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock this weekend and highly recommend it. The name and sign out front are a bit misleading, as Helados Vazquez is more than just an ice cream place, and only somewhat Latin in its ambiance and menu.
They had about 20 different flavors of delicious gelato made with fresh ingredients such as peaches, mangoes and lemons. We liked the yogurt gelato which they served with a little fresh berry sauce on top. Pistachio gelato was also very good. Other flavors included: coconut, strawberry, passion fruit, tiramisu, pineapple and hazelnut-chocolate (I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few).
There were three lunch/dinner meal specials which were a good value at about $8 to $9 each. We tried the tamales and the pork ribs in salsa verde, both of which were excellent. The meals came with a variety of side dishes, including: rice, black beans, avocado, plaintains, corn salad and homemade jalapeno bread with hot sauce on the side. Everything was yummy. Since they don't have their liquor license yet, they were happy to let us bring in our own beer.
Everything is made on the premises with high-quality ingredients and the husband-wife team who run the place are very friendly. Helados Vazquez is two doors down from the new Ash Creek Saloon location (where the Black Rock Castle used to be). The owners have done a great job of fixing up the building and you can see on display some of the unusual items they found inside the walls when they renovated.
A great addition to the neighborhood! Try it and tell us what you think!
I went to Viale once - had the chicken marsala and it was pretty good. I've been meaning to go back to see how they do with other dishes as well but there are so many great Italian restaurants out there.
Cafe Tavolini is amazing. It has a posh but yet comfortable atmosphere with delicious food. The staff is always friendly and very willing to tell you what is best on the menu that evening. I would say it is definitely a place to check out and think it can easily become a place to frequent often.
Taco Loco is a cute little Mexican restaurant in Black Rock. They've won a bunch of local food awards over the years. It's simple, Mexican and inexpensive.
Tonight was my first time in Helados Vasquez and I will definitely be back soon. Everything is made from scratch on the premises. David & Sonia serve authentic and fresh Mexican food using local and organic ingredients. They have 20 flavors of homemade gelato that is made with real fruit and is true to the authentic Italian style of gelato. I had a beef soup and chicken enchiladas. The tortillas were made this morning with a tortilla press and the dish was far superior to the typical overly sauced, heavy with cream, doused in cheese type of enchiladas. The menu changes daily & on Sundays they serve a few different flavors of tamales. Helados Vazquez is also one of the only BYOB restaurants around. I highly recommend it and will be back this weekend.