help!! where is there ANY good food in Fairfield County?????
With the exception of Rebecca's, Rowayton Seafood, and the seafood joint in Westport...any suggestions?
Also, does anyone know of any gourmet groups out here?
man am I glad that you posted; we're looking for the gamut - just great food. From high end to dives with awesome food - cuisine doesn't matter. It just seems like there's a lot of really below average food out here in all price ranges and cuisines, and any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated!
you are right that there is a lot of average to below average food. And, to a degree, even the great places are probably great on a relative scale. However, for a suburban place, there are certainly lots worse than fairfield county!
What town are you in? that might help narrow what you are looking for.
I'll let others chime in on the high end sort of places. bunches of little tykes prevent me from frequenting them with any sort of regularity. Lower priced ethnic places (don't you hate that term, "ethnic"... sounds derogatory... alas, i digress) are where I hang out. My nabe for the current moment is Stamford, though I moved from Greenwich.
In stamford, there are lots of pretty darn decent latin places. Mi Terruno is a good colombian place. Antojitos Chapines, which CTEats (another chowhound poster) and I often talk up on this board, is a guatemalen place that I think is quite good.
Casa Villa, if you hit it on a good night, just down the road, does decent tacos and carne asada (though... I'm posting from California right now, so the term "good" seems more relative right now, swimming in the midst of superb mexican food).
La Sorpresa in Norwalk is great colombian as well. Just order Bandeja Paisa and you'll be happy (and full).
Layla's on high ridge road and Myrna's on the post road both do good falafels.
The Carribean Market and Bakery on Main (next door to midas shop) does pretty good jerk chicken. Their beef and chicken patties aren't too terrible either. But goat curry is the best thing there, in my opinion. They do it very well (though it's been a year or two since I had their curry). Their jerk isn't quite what it once was...
Anyhow, that's off the top of my head. Lots more stuff if you are interested in both Norwalk and Greenwich, etc. In greenwich, particularly good for the mid to upper range. Norwalk has a few of those too, but also some very good "ethnic" places too. If you want more info on any of those places, just do a search here on Chowhound and you'll find lots of past write ups.
So, don't discount the place too soon... you'll find some good food around if you look. Good luck and please post back!
Greenwich Ave has a fish market that is pretty good. Bon Ton Fish Market - 343 Greenwich Ave. Not cheap, but pretty good. Port Chester has a good fish market that is cheaper, but also as good. Can't remember the address offhand, but you'll see the sign off of Abendroth, near Willet st.
As to grains, etc, whole foods is probably your best bet. You could go to Stamford, to Mrs. Green's for organic grains (high ridge).
As to other meat... I find whole foods just overpriced. If you want really high quality meat, go to either the Pork Store in Port Chester (359 Willet St), or to Crisfield's Meat Market in Rye. They are true butchers and you can get very high quality meats (niman ranch pork, etc.) for prices that are better than whole foods.
61 Purchase St, Rye, NY
Good scoop on the Pork Store.. I'll have to try it. Is it a butcher only, or is it a "pork store" in the oldfashioned italian neighborhood sense, with salumi hanging from the ceiling, and store made italian sausage in the display?....that would save me trips to Calabria Pork Store on Arthur Ave.
PS, for fish, I like Fjord, near patio.com; expensive, but impeccable quality. Plus Sandy's farm stand in the back for local corn, berries, tomatoes, etc in season.
Wild Oats in Westport is a good source for bulk foods, including grains. They have organic and traditional offerings and a good selection of bulk spices. Penzeys is just down the street from there on Rt. 1 in Norwalk.
Agree. Whole Foods is well packaged hype. Some really good stuff, but overall too expensive.
Ida Red, if you are willing to drive:
The Pork Store in Portchester is excellent for pork. There is a butcher in Mamaroneck with good meat, but for myself I use Stop and Shop in Portchester, where the manager of the meat area, Vinny, makes sure I get excellent meat.
Imperial Seafood in Mamaroneck still is the best I've found for seafood.
If you don't mind a million people on line, Apple Farm in White Plains is good for produce.
As to grains, I have no idea.
re: steve h
much better choice is New Wave Seafood on Camp Street across from thepost office. that's where most of the retail stores buy their stuff so its fresher and they have a retail side as well. They have whole fish in the back on ice, unbelieveably fresh. Jfood can go on and on about how great that place is.