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Feb 25, 2009 10:10 AM


What's your favorite Danbury places? Why?
Haven't been in a couple of years and want to go exploring.
Thanks for the leads

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  1. I'm giving this thread a bump, as I'm going to be in Danbury, and am looking for good places for dinner. Thanks!

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    1. re: CookieLee

      in Danbury .... tough. Sesame Seed is about the only dinner place I can really recommend. Chris' American in BRookfield is ok, but pricey. Osaka on Federal Road is pretty decent. errrrr.

      1. re: CookieLee

        Old Heidleberg (technically in Bethel) - German
        Thali's down in Ridgefield for Indian
        Kabukis for sushi
        Sinapis or Michaelangelos for Pizza
        Hannas MiddleEastern - although mainly for the hummus
        Panchos Tacos for Mexican
        Tapei Tokyo for Chinese
        Bangkok for Thai

      2. For really fun, authentic German food Old Hiedelburg is great, they have fantastic impossible to find German beers and the food isn't bad either. Festivus year round (all the traditional German Fests with the band occasionally) The spatzle is not to be missed.

        1. Rizzuto's on the Danbury/Newtown/Bethel border is good
          La Zingara in Bethel is excellent
          House of Yoshida is very good sushi
          Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel. Excellent wood-fired neapolitan pizza

          Pizzeria Lauretano
          291 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

          La Zingara
          8 P T Barnum Sq, Bethel, CT 06801

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          1. re: scapegrace

            So happy I found this thread! SO is in Danbury (Newton) tonight and needs a place to eat :)

            Rizzuto's is it.

            I'll ask him to report back.

            Its been years since I've been to Danbury . . .

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              SO said the service was very good. It was very crowded (takeout, etc.).

              He had the baked clams which were cold and raw. He didn't say, but I'm guessing if he told his server they were properly cooked and returned to him :)

              He said the pasta was okay. He had a pasta dish with asparagus, broccoli, garlic, etc.

              No espresso.

              Looks like it opened in 2004 and there are 4 restaurants (family owned or a chain?):


          2. I noticed a sign for a Middle Eastern restaurant on Mill Plain Road (same complex as Panda House) last time I drove by. Does anyone know if Hanna's moved or is it a new place? I noticed it too late to stop for a menu.

            PS Frank Peppe's pizza is opening on 1/31.

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            1. re: MisterBill2

              I don't think it's Hanna's... I saw the sign last week and it was something like "Kebbeteria." I don't know anything more about it, though, sorry... I am definitely curious, though.

              1. re: MisterBill2

                Between the hard to read sign,non visible location and a web site still not completed that was created in August. This shouldn't last too long.
                Anyone know about the "Max 40 "restaurant up the street from there it looks like it is going to be a huge place


                1. re: luv2eatct

                  Actually, the date on the website is 08-01-2011, so unless they created it 6 months in the future, I think it's probably in European date format which means it was created 11 days ago.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    thanks for pointing that out Mr Bill .My dislexia strikes again! I am retracting my point about the website. But I do think they need a better sign

                  2. re: luv2eatct

                    Whoops. I sure did mangle the name! LOL! Thanks for the correction and the website.

                    1. re: luv2eatct

                      Update on Kibberia - I emailed the address shown on the website and asked for a menu. Within a few hours, they had emailed it to me, calling it a "temporary" menu. Apparently, they're tweaking it for final printing, which is why it's not yet on the website. Looks pretty interesting and worth checking out. Lots of variety on the kibbe front (beef, chicken, fish, lentil, pumpkin or potato) plus shewarma, kafta, falafel, hummus (several varieties), tabouli, baba ghanouj, fattoush and other salads, soups, breads/desserts.

                      If anyone tries it, report back. I'll do the same...

                      1. re: saturngrrl

                        I stopped in when we were driving past on Saturday. It's not really what I would call a full service restaurant. There are tables and a couch, not clear there was waitress service or if you just had to walk up to a counter to order. Prices are reasonable, nothing more than $8.49. I hope the hummus is homemade -- the varieties looked like what Sabra sells at Costco. Did not try any of the food.

                      2. re: luv2eatct

                        Stopped in last week to see if it was open and was told next week (2/23/11). Max 40 only takes up about ¼ of the building so not as big as it looks. The space looks beautiful. Custom wood ceiling, butiful red chandelier (yea Red…it actually looks great). Big circular bar…..Real nice. Took a peak at menu and looks like an upscale Pub or American menu. Everything from burgers, pizza, dinner salads to Salmon and Filet. They even had a wine rack that took up the entire wall. Looks cool and hip. Not like anything I’ve seen in Danbury. Can’t wait till it opens!!!

                        1. re: CTfoodNut

                          Based on your description CT, I can't wait either!

                          1. re: CTfoodNut

                            Max 40 isn't open? The parking lot looked crowded when I drove past recently.

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              Max 40 is open. Went for dinner Friday night (3/4/11). We sat at the bar for a drink first. They have a projector that plays old Black & White movies on the wall ( cool). Then we sat down for dinner. We had a onion and mushroom pizza for an App (good). Then I had a Filet w/ gorgonzola for dinner & wife had a salmon salad. Fresh baked bread was warm. All was good even the service. Looks like they will be opening an outdoor patio soon. After dinner around 10pm the we went to bar for a drink and it was full. Nice bar crowd and music was pumping. Not a quit romantic scene but a fun upbeat feel. Prices were fare. Think we spent about $70 on dinner with an App and a drink each. Will go back.

                              1. re: CTfoodNut

                                Thanks so much for the review! I wish they had a menu online! I like the sound of the salmon salad... right up my alley, and my SO would probably love the filet with gorgonzola! We will have to check it out one of these days...

                            2. re: CTfoodNut

                              I wish they'd publish the menu online/have a website...I really don't feel like driving 20 minutes just to take a look at the menu.

                        2. There is very little. Bangkok on Mill Plain Road near Exit 8 is worth trying. The good thing about Sesame Seed on West Wooster Street is that it's affordable and funky. A new pizza place on Mill Plain Road is pretty darn good. It's called Stanziatos. If you don't mind a half-hour drive and a pricier meal, Carol Peck's Good News Cafe in Woodbury is better than anything you can get in the Danbury area. The restaurants in Ridgefield, an upscale town just to the south, are not very interesting but tend to be expensive. Do a web search of Ridgefield restaurants, and see what you think.

                          Sesame Seed Restaurant
                          68 W Wooster St, Danbury, CT 06810

                          Carol Peck's Good News Cafe
                          694 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798