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jfFood and other CT chowhounds - your special places in CT besides Napa?

hey jfood - you're generally a good source on Fairfield County. I posted re: anniversary dinner - romantic but under $200 - for this weekend and had very light response. I'm calling you out for some help with the CT possibilities - as far east as Norwalk I'd say. Mr. Layla and I are wine drinkers but may bring one of our own special bottles and do corkage which should never be more than $25. Any thoughts on a romantic environment with great food btwn $100 and $150 and where we might actually be able to score a reservation w/such short notice - our bad I know.

Thanks,
Layla

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    1. Laylag - I'm not jfood, but please try Schoolhouse at Cannondale in
      Wilton - it's a great place!!

      www.schoolhouseatcannondale.com

      1. hi there laylag. I went through this exercise about 2 months ago... looking for something probably a little more inexpensive than you are, but in the general vicinity (I was looking for around $75 total, but we don't drink so that helped). Some good responses, I thought: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/427154

        We ended up needing to bring my 3 week old at the time, so didn't go to any that we'd planned on, but still had a nice enough meal.

        1. jfood is out taking care of business.
          in the good dog's absence, tell us about your food favorites and personal likes/dislikes. any restaurant favorites from your home turf only helps seal the deal.

          1. jfood just brought me back in, hey a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do. i yelled at him for being delinquent and i sat him down and gave him a good tongue lashing. So here's his list. BTW, M&M jfood can eat anywhere for this price point as they do not drink, so cannot give input on wine list. He apologized but on conference calls since 6am this morning.

            Romantic with great food:
            Greenwich - L'Escale, Hennemann's and Rebecca's
            New Canaan - Bonne Nuit (ask for Roe and tell her its your anniversary)
            Ridgewood - Bernards
            Vista/South Salem - Le Chateau

            Great food, a little less romantic
            Greenwich - Gaia, Baang, Oyster House
            Stamford - Ocean 211
            New Canaan - Sole (very noisy), Aloi
            Ridgefield - Elms
            SONO - Ocean Drive (ask for upstairs in a booth), Rowayton Seafood, Barcelona

            He would reco Schoolhouse because Amanda below has been a great source as well and if you give more info to adamclyde and steve h below they have also been super contributors.

            Happy anniversary and hope you get a reso. :-))

            please let us know.

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            1. re: jfood

              Normally I am totally on the same page with Jfood, but I don't think of baang as romantic (too noisy) and last time I ate there (about 2 months ago) I left feeling nauseous. It reaked of fried food and it may have been the fried spinach that made my stomach turn, but there were four of us and not half of it was eaten, so I couldn't have had THAT much of it :-)

              I do however second Le Chateau, and have also been hearing good things about the new Emily Shaw's in Pound ridge, just didn't mention them since you were looking into FFD County. My Mom and Dad got engaged at the original Emily Shaw's and the new one seems to be tres romantique :-)
              http://www.emilyshaws.com/
              I was also going to mention Ocean Drive, but have not been there in a while so I initially didn't want to recommend in case they have gone downhill.

              1. re: SweetPea914

                baang is fun, not romantic. some may also think the same of barcelona, but if you get a table in the back room next to the wine fridge it's very nice, but inthe front roomis as noisy as baan.

                sorry for the confusion.

                thanks sweetpea