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Darien: new and upcoming

momof3 Sep 18, 2008 03:08 PM

The New: Ole Mole
I just spent this beautiful day up in gorgeous Darien. I met a friend for lunch at the new Mexican place on Post Road called Ole Mole. They spot is perfect. There is a huge parking lot with many available spots. There are a few outdoor tables with umbrellas and more seating inside. The decor is very fun and colorful without being over the top.
The menu was pretty varied, but as it was lunch I went with something light. I had the veggie soft tacos. They contained sauteed spinach, grilled onions, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and cojito (sp?) cheese. This dish was priced under $6! which is crazy cheap for the area and more importantly...delicious. There was a chunky fresh salsa on the side which was slightly different from the salsa that was served with the chips. Both salsas were super fresh and yummy, I could have dealt with a lil more spice (heat) though. My friend's dish came with some sort of smoky chipotle sauce which I used to heat things up a little. There was also a nice list of Mexican beer and I did see three varieties of Patron at the bar. That's all I need :) I will definately go back the next time I am in the area to try more dishes.

The upcoming: Ten Twenty Post
Being right next door, I popped my head into the space that will soon be Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Bistro. I kinda know the partners from Ruby's (one of my fave spots in Rye), so one of them gave me a tour and even showed me the mocked-up menu.
This place is beyond beautiful. There are I think they are called coffered ceilings, that are framed by the prettiest floral-ish moldings. While I was there one of the workmen was putting an antiquey looking glaze over it. The floors were black and white bistro tiles and the walls were half dark stained wood with the upper parts either painted or to-be-wallpapered depending on what part of the restaurant you are in.
I'm trying not to get too excited about the menu, because they said it wasn't set yet, but it looks soooo good!
There are many raw bar/oyster bar type offerings plus several other things for pretty much anyone I would be dining with. Anything from an omlette to steak frites to fab sounding salads to bouillabaise (sp?). I will be going there as soon as it opens to try it out and report back. The opening date is going to be somewhere in the begining of October.

  1. jfood Sep 18, 2008 04:22 PM

    Thanks M3

    If the Ole is the same as high ridge in stm, that's a good thing.

    where are these places in Darien.

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    1. re: jfood
      momof3 Sep 18, 2008 04:50 PM

      Ten Twenty Post Road, hence the name I suppose.
      I didn't know about the Ole in Stamford and I used to work there! I guess I missed out :(

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        sibeats Sep 18, 2008 07:49 PM

        There is an Ole Mole in Southport and one in Fairfield in Black Rock. Good stuff.

      2. re: jfood
        ChefBoyAreMe Sep 19, 2008 05:56 AM

        jfood,

        both will be located in the new building directly across the street from Griebs pharmacy (Between upper crust and the gas station on that side of the street. The building owner, a friend of ours, told my wife that Ten Twenty should be open in about a month (By end of Oct).

        Ole Mole is the same operation as Stamford. Haven't been yet, but I understand in is a more complete, sit-down restaurant, with bar, than High Ridge, which is more of a quick lunch place.

        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe
          momof3 Sep 19, 2008 06:29 AM

          thanks chef for getting the specifics. I'm a Westchesterite not all that familiar with the town. That new building your friends own is quite impressive. Good for them! So the other ole is on high ridge? What is it near? I'll check that one out too.

          1. re: momof3
            ChefBoyAreMe Sep 19, 2008 06:45 AM

            IT's a tiny place, just north of EMS on the same side of High Ridge road (closer to Merritt Parkway than downtown).

            Maybe 5 tables, a counter to order at, and a beverage fridge. not some place to go to dinner at, but nice for lunch if you are in the area, and looking for something quick.

            1. re: ChefBoyAreMe
              jfood Sep 19, 2008 07:04 AM

              same strip mall as blockbuster, peoples and gym source, isn't it?

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                ChefBoyAreMe Sep 19, 2008 07:10 AM

                Don't really recall, jfood. I do remember the camera place used to be there, before it moved next to County TV/Appliance, and there was a cell phone place there too (can't recall ATT or Verizon).

          2. re: ChefBoyAreMe
            jfood Sep 19, 2008 07:03 AM

            jfood was wondering what was going in that space. Thanks.

            since darien currently is a food wasteland, it would be good if there is a choice or two.

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            ann34hale Oct 12, 2008 04:40 PM

            Ole Mole is on the Post Road in Darien the same building as Gopher's Ice Cream.You have to walk through and it will be on your right in the back. Across from Grieb's Pharmacy. 1020 Post Road. This message was for jfood who was asking about where this restaurant is.

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              jfood Oct 12, 2008 06:38 PM

              thanks ann, jfood passed last week and saw the location.

          4. amanda3571 Sep 19, 2008 07:07 AM

            It'd be great to have a new Oyster Bar around. With 211 gone, there's not a whole lot to choose from. Ocean Drive has gone downhill. RS doesn't really have a "raw bar". We need a new place like this.

            1. ChefBoyAreMe Oct 4, 2008 12:44 PM

              Update on Ten Twenty. Grand opening is Monday,10/13.

              CBAM

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                A avenue Oct 5, 2008 04:04 PM

                Any word on a Web site or more info on the grand opening? I'm excited to check this place out...

              2. adamclyde Oct 5, 2008 03:47 PM

                I didn't know about the Ole Mole opening in Darien. That's really interesting. I wonder how similar the menus will be?

                The tacos at ole mole are pretty bad, but I really like other things on the menu. to my knowledge, they are the only place in Westchester or Fairfield county that has mole negro on their menu. And while I've had better, more complex mole negro, they get lots of bonus points just for offering it.

                I wonder if the more formal sit down place in Darien will have more regional food or entrees?

                For those wondering where it is... here you go:

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                Ole Mole
                1030 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06905

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                1. re: adamclyde
                  jfood Oct 5, 2008 04:24 PM

                  jfood drove by the other night. looks like it's almost ready. Good parking behind.

                  1. re: jfood
                    ChefBoyAreMe Oct 7, 2008 08:54 AM

                    Ole Mole has been open for awhile...at least a few weeks.

                    Food is good. Not Adamclyde authentic Mexico good, but certainly among the best non-hole-in-the-wall "gringofied" Mexican in Fairfield County--I think it is much better than Tequila Mockingbird, for example, but that's setting the bar low.

                    One word of caution, service is terribly slow. Ate there once on a Sunday night, outside (which doubles their square footage), and waited almost an hour to get served, plus it was impossible to get your server's attention. So I wrote that off to new shakedown, getting slammed, and being short staffed to handle the extra outside space.

                    Second time was lunch this past Sunday, one other occupied table , and service was still painfully slow. After 30+ minutes of waiting for our orders, I asked where our salads and kids quesadillas were, and I think at that point, they decided it was time to stop running around doing who-knows-what and start preparing. If they don't get their act together service wise soon, they will have a hard time. I know people have been so annoyed, they've walked out, or left little/no tips. This is probably punishing the waitresses for the kitchen, but they need to get a clue that a town full of "A -types" like Darien is going to punish them for this. People are nice and understanding, but seriously, one other table occupied, and they can't get salads together without a push!?! Thanks just careless or inconsiderate or something.

                    Regarding Ten Twenty, I don't think they have a websitesite, but the menu is posted in the windows. Looks like a nice Balthazar-type French influenced seafood centric menu. Space is great, huge bar, nice area with a high table (a la Otto in NYC), and a small area to the right of the front door that can be closed off for private parties. they were working on Saturday, and trying to get it together for the opening on the 13th.

                    CBAM

                    1. re: ChefBoyAreMe
                      adamclyde Oct 9, 2008 07:08 PM

                      I went by Ole Mole in Darien for dinner tonight. The food is nearly identical to the Stamford location. Good, tasty food. ChefBoyAreMe captures it quite well, I think. The prices are comparable to Stamford, but possibly a dollar or two more on the main plates.

                      The inside is nice, clean and tasteful. It gets a little loud, but other than that I'd have no complaints with the interior.

                      Our service was actually quite fast, though there were a few minor issues. I assume they'll work that out though.

                      So, in summary, this is a nice little neighborhood Mexican place that is far better than most of the american mexican places around (like fonda la paloma and boxcar cantina in Greenwich). And because it has more seats than the tiny ole mole in stamford, it suffices for a proper sit down restaurant.

                      1. re: adamclyde
                        ChefBoyAreMe Oct 10, 2008 06:13 AM

                        Adamclyde,

                        Good to hear you had a relatively efficient service experience. Hopefully, they've heard the complaints, and are getting it together. I definitely want to see them succeed, its a great addition to town (The Melting Pot, on the other hand, I'd love to see fail...who every gets a frequent fondue jones, and wouldn't an American bistro type place be something people in town would frequent in this otherwise nice space?)

                        CBAM

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                  ann34hale Oct 12, 2008 04:30 PM

                  I heard that Ten Twenty Post will be opened tomorrow 10/13/08. They have the menu up outside and they have what I thought was a very nice menu where they have a little of everything and it is a nice size place opposed to Ole Mole.
                  I was in Ole Mole about a month ago and was not impressed with it. It was too crowded.
                  Maybe because I went on a Friday night with friends but I was not wild over the food either. I searched the website and Ten Twenty Post does not have a website.

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                    lucyis Oct 15, 2008 06:29 AM

                    Ten Twenty is open and the autumn vegetable risotto is wonderful, creamy with just enough texture from the diced vegetables to give it character.

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                      ann34hale Oct 15, 2008 04:22 PM

                      Lucyis: Do you know if Ten Twenty have a website.

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                        DarienJWC Oct 26, 2008 02:56 PM

                        tentwentypost.com

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                          ann34hale Oct 31, 2008 03:23 PM

                          Thank You for the response on tentwentypost.com website. I heard the food is great!
                          Thank You Darien JWC

                          1. re: ann34hale
                            jfood Nov 1, 2008 08:55 PM

                            Jfood and friends ate there this evening. Place was packed to the rafters. Very good show for two weeks old. Jfood preparing separate review. BTW - phone number, not on their website is 655-1020.

                  2. julietg Oct 18, 2008 07:59 PM

                    Went there this evening with my folks. Nice wine list, and good choices for by-the-glass, too. (Please excuse the misspelled franglais to follow) I had 1 doz. Kumamotos (didn't care for the mingnon since it was made with LOTS of red wine vinegar which masked the sweetness of the oysters), then moules meunieres with a wonderful sauce. Frites were cooked quite nicely, but I would've preferred a little parsley and garlic on them to liven them up. Then an uninspired short rib in a large plop of mashed potatoes. Mom had an iceberg wedge, and the chicken pot pie (about which the menu proclaims: "worth the wait." Jeez, I hate horn-tooting menus). Pate brisee on the pot pie was un-flaky and therefore not good, but the filling was tasty. Dad had unremarkable fillet, and ordered a side of asparagus. Those were grilled, but tasted of gas grill.

                    The service was, well, not great. Our entrees were probably fired right as our apps were dropped, and I noticed the runner trying to bring them out as we were still eating our first course. So back to the lamps they went, and they started to bus our table before we were finished. They left me my frites, but took away the meurniere sauce that I was sincerely enjoying dipping them in.

                    All in all, OK for an opening weekend. They have some kinks to work out. And maybe some menu editing (both the dishes themselves and the verbage of the dessert menu, which has more spelling errors than this here post).

                    Really wanted to like it more. Perhaps I will in a few months.

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                      LW1 Oct 27, 2008 01:14 PM

                      Went to Ole Mole in Darien. Expectations were not high, particularly since Mexican is not the northeast's strong point. But both my wife and i were fairly pleased. The grilled chicken burrito is very fresh on a homeade tortilla. The different choices of salsa (50c each) is a nice bonus. The quesadilla would have been good, but it was cooked in too much butter.
                      The prices were very reasonable, the sitting are comfortable, and they had a decent little bar with a tv to have a cold one.

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