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Feb 12, 2008 11:53 AM

The Lime - please explain

I know alot of you have written about this good dish or that good dish at The Lime in Norwalk. Please do share what they are.

I walked in for an early dinner last night and walked right out. It's my second time doing that at The Lime. It smells crusty in there and something about the atmosphere simply doesn't gel with me, but I'll give takeout a try if there are some to-die-for dishes.

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  1. I concur with Jfood that the blackened chicken wrap is indeed good at lunch time. Also concur with FF that this place is better at lunch than at dinner.

    1. The last time jfood went for lunch mrs jfood was in the neighborhood and joined him. :-)))

      The waitress, who is lovely, suggested they come back for dinner. Just does not have the ambience for the jfoods for dinner. So jfood agrees that its a lunch, not a dinner event.

      The blackened chicken wrap, as Scotty100 states, is jfood's favorite. The hummus platter is OK, jfood's buddy loves it. The next time jfood is going to try the hamburger, though.

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      1. re: jfood

        thanks for the recs.

        i met the manager once, maybe it was your waitress & she's as sweet as can be. says she and some staff are trying to buy the place.

        agree with you on the ambience and think it's a shame. it could be turned into a funky, cozy place with changing it up just a little and adding teeny white candles to the tables. maybe become like a little cafe like you'd find in the streets of paris.

        it also annoys me how it's always included in the vegetarian categories. why, just because they offer a plate with tofu and a veggie burger? come on now.

        1. re: MasterofLightChick


          The reason for the veg designation is that many years ago it was totally veg. Never lostthe label.

          1. re: jfood

            oh, that makes sense! Any other tiny places you like along that road? After I walked out last night, I headed north up the road and couldn't figure out where to stop. An Italian place on the right not even a couple blocks down looked interesting but I drove by too fast then couldn't turn around. Ended up at the new Thai place, which was enjoyable.

            1. re: MasterofLightChick

              Northbound up Main-

              1 - A lot of people rave about the "Venezuelan Beach Food" place just north about a half a block on the same side. Jfood is not enamored yet, but will keep trying.
              2 - Fairfield Foody mentioned the Osteria place up near the light and Bulls Head Marketplace is good and is on the jfood Try List. This may be theplace you drove too fast by on the same side of the street as Lime.
              3 - A few miles up on the right on Main right before L&T is Wild Rice. Jfood likes it for lunch, never been for dinner
              4 - Other side of Merritt - Just across from 201 Merritt 7 is Amerigo. Jfood has been there for lunch a few times and likes it. He thinks AManda has been there for dinner and recommends
              4A - Brasitas underconstruction across from 401 Merritt 7 - Jfood thinks same owners as STM location.
              5 - Further up past DMV on the right is Leitizia Pizza, Micehele's Pies and a Chinese all in the same strip mall one light before WalMart. Great sloppy pizza, pretty good chinese and pretty good berry pie (not crazy about the apple, too much allspice)

              South Bound - Nothing until you cross over Route 1. Then you have

              1 - Mike Restorante - a cute little place with slightly overpriced old world Italian like Mona Lisa in STM. This might be the cute place you saw but it is on the same side as Lime.
              2 - BJ Ryans - Have not been yet but getting good reviews here
              3 - Fat Cat Pie Company - the ultimate thin cracker crust pizza
              4 - Some Spanish places but Jfood will not place any comments on them yet until he tries.

              One of Jfood's offices is in this neighborhood which is why he has been trying many places for lunch to get away from the phones. You know Route 1 east of Stew Leonards better than me so jfood will bow out here.

              1. re: jfood

                Yeah, I wanted to try Mike Restaurante as that gets good reviews but it was closed. The Spanish place a couple doors down also gets good reviews. But, it didn't catch my eye so maybe they are closed Monday night too.

                Oh, I've been a fan of Valencia for quite awhile. And, it's one of the few places my beau will actually eat out! Go for the specials - Michael is so creative on that front. There's also an Italian place about 2 doors down from him that's fairly good. I never went back after my first visit though because it was too high priced for what I got but it was good food, nonetheless. And, a brand new Mexican place opened right across the street. I stopped last week but I wasn't in the mood for the cafeteria style decor that particular day so bowed out.

                This mystery place must be Osteria. It looks like it could be a very nice little place.

                Wonder what BJ Ryan's is like? That was open last night but it wasn't even on my radar screen.

                Doesn't it bum you out to have these places floating in your head yet when you are on the road, you can never remember exactly where they are!?

                1. re: MasterofLightChick

                  Super, now the Italian place near Valencia will trickle in jfood's head as another gotta try.

                  The pizza place across from Lime G&G is a DNR on Jfood's list, Fat Cat way better.

                  And just remembered a friend mentioned the steakplace next to Brandman;s as pretty good.

                  Jfood needs to see a good review from a jfood-certified poster on the Spanish near Mike's or go himself before he feels comfy on those.

                  1. re: jfood

                    Hi all, the spanish place down on the other side of Rte 1 is La Paella. Went there for my birthday last yr - good & authentic, Only thing is they bring food out as ready. Not all at once, so you might be eating at different times.

                    BJ Ryans is decent. It's bar food. I only ate there once so it's not fair to pass judgement yet.

                    There's another Italian place down by Valencia & Lime....Maria's, I think? The people who opened Columbus Park opened this place first but it got sold a while back. Heard good things but have yet to go.

                    The steakhouse Jfood is talking about is Blackstone. Pasquale's Osteria is across the st at the 123 intersection. Have yet to try these too.

                    1. re: amanda3571

                      Maria's must be the place I went to then a couple doors down from Valencia. I really did enjoy it - the service was absolutely flawless and they had a nice selection of dishes. My only issue, which is not really an issue, is that's it just like my friend's place Tuscany in Bpt, so if I want that style Italian - northern and more formal, I'd simply prefer to head down to their restaurant. So, I do recommend to Maria's a try, if that's the name - you can't miss it though.

                      1. re: MasterofLightChick

                        I think Maria's was sold and it's called something else now. I went to Maria's a while ago...prefer Pasquale's.

                        1. re: Fairfield.Foody

                          I actually think it's called MariNA's

                          What is Ambrosia? Never heard of it.

                          1. re: amanda3571

                            It's in the same area as these other places around the corner from BJ Ryan's on a little side street. It's Greek, I believe, and does get good reviews. Looks like it has a nice outdoor seating area.

                            1. re: amanda3571

                              Here is an old review of Ambrosia from the's a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant...


                              I have been to Ambrosia for private parties. The Mayor of Norwalk is a close family friend and he swears by it, and has gotten my entire family going here. Everything I've tried has been good, although I feel like private parties are not always the best way to judge a restaurant. So for a regular meal it may be even better than what I've experienced.
                              It's a nice change of pace from the typical Italian/Asian options so prevalent in the area.

                              1. re: SweetPea914

                                Thanks both of you. Did a little digging and foud their website. Huge menu.


                              2. re: amanda3571

                                Yes, you are right Amanda (as usual!!!).

                                Marina D'Amalfi Trattoria
                                172 Main St.

                          2. re: amanda3571

                            Since we're talking places in this general vicinty, have either of you tried Meigas or Ambrosia?

                            1. re: MasterofLightChick

                              Been to Meigas's awesome. Big wine list, great Tapas and Paella. Pricey, doesn't get a ton of attention here probably because it's less gimmicky than Barcelona. But it has a great rep as the best authentic Spanish place in the area.

                              I really like Ambrosia, but have not been in a while. Good Spanokopia or the Rack of Lamb. Really good dipping sauces too...very friendly service, reasonable prices, kid-friendly.

                            2. re: amanda3571

                              Okeedokee a jfood-certified poster. Now it is on the Gotta Try List.

                              1. re: jfood

                                When I lived in Norwalk, I went to La Paella on a monthly basis. The food is incredible and my favorite appetizer is the little red peppers stuffed with tuna - amazing. The paella is excellent, but there are so many other good things on the menu that I seldom order it. It used to be called Mecca - but I think that the only thing that changed was the name. If you're going on a weekend, do make a reservation or you won't get in. Their mussels are great too!

                              2. re: MasterofLightChick

                                BJ Ryan's is Norwalk's version of Cheers. Pretty good Pub Grub, nice staff, 30-something clientele. Good wings. Bang Bang Shrimp is a must-try. Great Jello shots.

                                1. re: Fairfield.Foody

                                  BJ Ryan's food upscale pub food. I've eaten there often recently and haven't been disappointed yet-- everything was delicious. The menu is very diverse and it's got amazingly reasonable prices.

                                  1. re: kiwijane

                                    We went there for lunch after reading all of the recommendations here and were sorely disappointed. I had the yellowfin tuna club and hubby had the burger. The burger came on a bread plate with a 1/2 inch thick slice of raw white onion and nothing else. A bread plate. It was bizarre. The tuna club was mediocre at best and the service was painfully slow. It seemed that every other person in the place was eating the philly cheesesteak with fries. That was the only other food we saw! We wouldn't return.

                                    1. re: sibeats

                                      The Lime serves fries now??? What is the world coming to???

                                      1. re: Fairfield.Foody

                                        My post was in reference to kiwijane's post about BJ Ryan's, not The Lime.

                              3. re: jfood

                                What kind of food is Bulls Head Marketplace? I searched but couldn't find anything on it.

                      2. I don't really get The Lime either. My coworkers loveit, but I find it uninteresting and overpriced for lunch.

                        Valencia, on the other hand, I adore.

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                        1. re: Avalondaughter

                          I agree about the Lime..Ive been here many times and Ive been less than thrilled to straight up disappointed. Their "homemade veggie burger" is compressed garbage. Valencia is hit or miss..Ive had amazing dishes there and some stuff Id rather forget like their "Paella". Which was basically sauteed rice with some shrimp and other stuff. Speaking of Paella, La paella is great and has a really nice lunch buffet. Everything is VERY fresh. There are still a lot of places on this road I need to try..Maria's, G&G, Ambrosia!

                          1. re: lovesublime

                            I wont return to The Lime either. Although there are a few good items like the blackened chicken, many things are not so good. But in particular I won't return because they refused to let in our service dog in training, even though he was wearing his service dog jacket and is allowed in any restaurant.

                            1. re: lattelover


                              Bravo to you for the training dog. The avatar is also a Therapy Dog. The jfoods have been raising seeing eye/therapy puppies for 15+ years.

                              Some restaurants allow and some do not allow the dogs whether with or without the harness, the jacket or the ID on the collar. Some just do not want to take the chance. One in his neighborhood won;t even let the jfoods bring his dog even if they sit on the terrace. And she is a graduate, fully certified and passed all her tests already, not in-training.

                              Please do not take it out on the restaurant if they decide this way. Remember why you are doing this wonderful task.Helping others and compassion.

                              1. re: jfood

                                Bravo to both of you...that indeed is an admirable thing to do...therapy/service dogs are amazing...and just so the mods don't nix this the lime needs to concentrate more on it's food and decor and less on the "door policy" if it wants to far we all agree it has one decent offering at a particular time of day...not good enough...

                                1. re: Scotty100

                                  i agree......not good enough in all areas.......but then why are the full everytime i walk in there? they must have a lot of "regulars".....

                                  1. re: Scotty100

                                    I would agree with you except that they were sort of nasty about it and we were not being pushy. Anyway, for me The Lime isn't worth a return visit.

                                2. re: lattelover

                                  Though I cant speak for the restaurant, I am not sure where the dog would be able to sit. The place is really tiny and most likely your dog would have to sit in one of the only two paths that the waitresses have. I would call myself a regular regular (as southlake suggested) there and usually dine once a week with a coworker for lunch (note I have never been for dinner). Some of my favorites are the falafel with grilled onions, the buffalo chicken wrap and the california burger wrap. I always feel like they feed you very well and the staff is very nice. I can also add avocados to basically anything. The daily soups very good as well, the last one was an excellent red lentil and curry, a real winner.

                                  Please don't take this a criticism to your experience, latte, I just wanted to post my experiences all under your reply instead of scattered through out the thread.


                            2. Well thank you all for rubber stamping my feelings about The Lime. I guess I really wasn't missing anything in the first place and my instincts were correct to head right back on the door on 2 separate ocassions without eating. And, boo hoo to them about not allowing the service dog - you know, if they had welcomed that little angel, I might have given them another dining shot!