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where to take out of towners - stamford/norwalk area

JoJo4862 Jan 31, 2008 06:00 AM

My family is coming into town from Pennsylvania on Saturday and always count on me to find interesting and delicious restaurants. These outings typically become the discussions of family get-togethers for the next year. (i.e. Aunt Mildred turning to Uncle Pete at the table at thanksgiving: "OHHHH JoJo took us to the cuuutest little restaurant when we were in CT a few months ago.") Needless to say the bar is set pretty high.

In the past I've taken them to Black Duck Cafe in Westport (which they LOVED but can't go there now as we would quite possibly turn into an icicle while we eat), Silvermine Tavern, Gates Restaurant. I've done some digging online and found some neat looking places, but thought that maybe someone on here might offer up some unique suggestions?

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    MasterofLightChick Feb 1, 2008 04:37 PM

    And, if your budget is higher, quintessential CT are the oldies - Cobbs Mill Inn (lovely setting on the river), the Spinning Wheel Inn or the Three Bears - all old buildings with plenty of history and pretty decent menus - all available on line. But, definitely not the Red Barn, that place is gross and doesn't even have an interesting atmosphere. Oh, and the Tavern on Main in Westport also has a traditional New England atmosphere along with a nice fireplace.

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      MasterofLightChick Feb 1, 2008 04:34 PM

      Go to Valencia Luncheria - definitely in the price range you mentioned. In my opinion, it's gourmet food at great prices in a fun atmosphere. It will definitely be a unique experience for them.

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        Avalondaughter Feb 1, 2008 05:57 AM

        I've never been to the Burger Bar, but my coworkers are obsessed with it. I'd give it a secondhand recommendation.

        1. jfood Jan 31, 2008 03:20 PM

          what kind of food are you looking for. The places that you mentioned jfood considers as burger and sandwich places (silvermine does have a dinner menu). So if you could help with type of food, price point, lunch/dinner and what you might be considering.

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            JoJo4862 Jan 31, 2008 04:06 PM

            we're looking to go to a place for maybe a late lunch. nothing too expensive. Maybe $10 - $15 a person. The family doesn't like anything TOO exotic, so I normally try to take them to places that have really interesting looking sandwiches or burgers.

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              jfood Jan 31, 2008 04:32 PM

              Thanks JoJo, jfood was a little confused with the restos you mentioned and "the bar is set pretty high."

              Some ideas:

              STM (jfood would not call any of these great, but OK, but they do have burgers and sandwiches)
              Black Bear Saloon
              Telluride (more than $15

              Stamford - non-burgers and better choices
              And the best pizza around:
              Colony Pizza (*****


              jfood can recommend
              - The Lime
              - Fat Cat Pie Company
              - Strada 18
              - Burger Bar
              - Letizia Pizza

              Hope this is a start. The $10-15 is a tough one.

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                JoJo4862 Jan 31, 2008 05:20 PM

                definitely a start. but i guess that it is less about the price range and more about finding a place with a really unique atmosphere. my family likes to go to places that are quintessential connecticut or something very unlike places that they have at home.

                1. re: JoJo4862
                  rbailin Jan 31, 2008 06:26 PM

                  It's not Stamford or Norwalk, but close enough:

                  I'd recommend you try the Red Barn in Westport, right off the Rt 33 exit of the Merritt Pkwy. Very attractive grounds, and their lunch menu has a good sandwich selection in your price range. Check it out at www.redbarnrestaurant.com .

                  Red Barn
                  292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880

                  1. re: JoJo4862
                    jfood Feb 1, 2008 05:04 AM

                    Okeedokee, not like central PA should not be difficult (jfood's in laws lived west of Philly for 20 years).

                    And if the $10-15 is not a driver you have two real nice choices:

                    Lower Summer St/Broad in Stamford and South Norwalk.

                    There are probably 15 restaurants on lower Summer and another 15 on Washington and North Main in SONO. Each are very unique.

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                      ChefBoyAreMe Feb 1, 2008 09:30 AM

                      For burgers and sandwiches, I'd toss Tigin, in Stamford into the mix. Not quintessentially CT, more quintessentially Ireland. Nice replica of an Irish pub, down to the individual cozy little seating areas. Good burgers, too. Probably not like something at home..they may have a bar with an Irish name, but Tigin is really like stepping into Irish pub in County Cork or somewhere, at least for someone who has never been there...

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                      amanda3571 Feb 1, 2008 04:56 AM

                      Siena is way out of range for a 10-15 price point. I would definitely recommend doing Colony Pizza. Best pizza around for miles.

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