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Good Eats in Fairfield County (CT)?

I'm moving to Stamford (from nyc) in a few months and I'm looking for places to get food at that won't make me miss the city too much. :)

I am willing to drive up to an hour in either direction so feel free to recommend any places in Fairfield county (along the water preferable) that are good.

I'm particularly looking for recommendations for:

New American (something along the lines of Little Owl/Market Table)

Mexican (authentic tacos - not some taco bell crap :) )

Vietnamese (A good place for Pho would be awesome!)

Thai

Spanish/Cuban/Puerto Rican

Japanese (I like Blue Ribbon in the city)

Indian

Oh and if there are any gluten free stores or restaurants anywhere I'd love to know!

Thanks!

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    1. hmmm....not missing the city is going to be really hard, but here are some of our favorites:

      make sure you don't miss The Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton
      http://www.schoolhouseatcannondale.com/

      Harvest Supper in New Canaan
      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/nyr...

      Bedford Post Inn in Bedford
      http://bedfordpostinn.com/

      I don't eat Indian, but people love Thali in New Canaan
      http://www.thali.com/home.html

      You didn't ask for Italian, but we like Aloi in New Canaan and Strada 18 in Norwalk.
      www.strada18.com

      Hope this helps, can't wait to read the rest of the responses, there are some great FF county posters.

      1. Colony Grill for pizza in Stamford. It is NOT NY pizza, it's Stamford pizza and most of us are very proud and love it. Nothing else served there but pizza.
        http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

        You will need to travel up north to New Haven and try their pizza as well if you're a pizza lover.

        Duo has the freshest best sushi in Stamford. Entrees considered euro-asian and very good as well. Matsuri in Darien is good too.
        http://www.duoeurojapanese.com/

        The Schoolhouse is an excellent restaurant.
        There is also an excellent new american in Stamford located below the Marriott hotel. We are not allowed to speak of it on this board. Chef's name is Bill Taibe and perhaps a quick google search will dircet you to it. Chef Taibe deserves all the credit as he is quite talented.

        Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk is a board favorite for "Latin" flavors and was recently on DD&D on Food Network.
        http://www.valencialuncheria.com/dinn...

        Osetra in Norwalk is really good for creative seafood.
        http://www.osetrasono.com/menu_dinner...

        1. Let's just give you the picks up here:

          Sushi - Duo in Stm
          Mexican - Big Yellow Truck in Stm on West Main. Yes it is a truck, it is yellow and it has the best Mexican up here. That should reming you of NYC
          Viet - forget it....none
          Thai...Ibid
          Spanish - Wait for Adamclyde to answer, he is the maestro of that cuisine up here
          Japanese - Let's go Asian fusion and go to New Canaan and Chings Table
          Indian - Thali in New Canaan

          Others - Pizza, go to Coloby and BTW there are many pizza places up here that blow everything but Johns on Bleeker in its heyday to shame.
          French - Bonne Nuit in New Canaan
          Chinese - Wasabi Chi in SONO
          On the Water - FISH in Portchester, Rowayton Seafood in Roawayton. not on the water seafood - Elm Street Seafood in Greenwich
          Burgers - Well you are in luck because burgers, shakes and fries in greenwich is better than anything, yes anything, in nyc
          Hot Dogs - Super Duper Weenie - exit 24 of 95 in Fairfield

          Give us more info and we will help.

          Welcome to the 'hood.

          4 Replies
          1. re: jfood

            jfood: Going to Kent besides the great pastry spot you already turned me to , where to eat a great late big lunch? Thanks for this weekend.

            1. re: nbermas

              out of jfood's zip code. sorry

              1. re: nbermas

                If your going to Kent try Doc's its good food the service varies from good to fair. Try the soup or the mussles. For Desert you must go to Belgique Pâtisserie & Chocolatier, it is pricy but wonderful don't just try the chocolate try the fruit gellies they are amazing.

              2. re: jfood

                Super Duper Weenie is the spot, definitely go there.

              3. New American: Harvest Supper in New Canaan
                Mexican: Los Cabos in Norwalk
                Vietnamese: Thang Long in Danbury
                Thai: Galangal in Stamford
                Spanish: Meigas in Norwalk
                Venezuelan Beach Food: Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk
                Japanese: Kazu and Wasabi Chi in South Norwalk and Matsuri in Darien
                Indian: Coromandel in Darien
                Bagels: Quaker Ridge Bagels & Bialys in New Rochelle, NY
                Burger: Burgers, Shakes, & Fries in Greenwich
                Italian: Columbus Park and Mona Lisa in Stamford, Pasquale's in Norwalk
                Diner: City Limits Diner in Stamford, Post Road Diner in Norwalk
                Steakhouse: Capital Grille in Stamford
                Sports Bar: Bobby Valentine's in Stamford, Tavern on 7 in Norwalk
                Pizza: Colony Grill & Remo's in Stamford, Letizia's in Norwalk, Joe's in New Canaan (though you will not find the same level of pizza quality here as in your former home).

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                1. re: CTburgerlover

                  As far as pizza is concerned, skip Letizia's in Norwalk. I live 5 minutes away in Wilton and have been going there for years; it used to be very good up until two years ago, when the quality started to slip. The pizza there now is very watery compared to what it used to be. I still go back every couple of months, hoping something has changed, but it hasn’t – very average on most visits (by CT standards). Colony Grill in Stamford is very good - a tavern style pizza, which is very thin, yet sturdy, but still pliant. I would suggest topping it with their "hot oil" (i.e. spicy), which adds some flavor into an otherwise bland crust and average quality cheese. Also, if you want toppings, definitely ask for the pepperoni or sausage, which are great and made right across the street at DeYulio's Sausage Co.

                  I would suggest traveling to New Haven to try Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, or Modern Apizza. New Haven has many other high quality pizzerias, but the aforementioned are considered “the big three.” All three are great, but I am partial to Pepe’s, which is the best pizza I have ever tasted. Better than John’s or Lombardi’s in NYC (although those are the only two big NYC pizzeria’s I have been to). Pepe’s also has a branch in Fairfield, near the Bridgeport line.

                  As far as Remo’s or Joe’s, I cannot attest to either, only saying that I haven’t heard very much about either, which leads me to believe they are nothing special, but maybe my assumption is wrong.

                  1. re: JBarry713

                    New Haven pizza is severely overrated, IMO.

                    You must do your research as far as Joe's and Remo's go, both are discussed on this board every time local pizza places come up.

                    To say Letizia's has gone downhill is not accurate. The pizza is the same as the first time I tried it 10+ years ago.

                    1. re: CTburgerlover

                      Sorry CTburgerlover, but Letizia's has gone downhill. I'm not saying it's terrible, just not what it used to be. I've noticed this on my last 15-20 trips. Some of the problems are with construction (too much sauce, turns he middle of the pie flaccid - on plain cheese mind you ), I've noticed other problems in the components and taste (I feel the they have changed their sauce, very bland; the cheese is missing the vibrant orange oil that seperates from it when cooked). Maybe they have a better pie man on shift when you go, but the ingredients should be the same, no matter when you have had Letizia's recently.

                    2. re: JBarry713

                      Jfood is a huuuuuge fan of Joes in New Canaan. And he highly recommends the baconand tomato. Jfood was extremely lucky when he was first married and worked 75-100 hours per week. MIL had boat east of New Haven and jfood lived in NJ. On their way home they would bring pizza from Sallys every weekend. Absolutely perfect. Two years ago he tried Pepes in Fairfield and would not return, so to each their own.

                      So to your ears about hearing nothing about Joes, let jfood place a great seal of approval in your ears for Joes. Please try it. It is fantastic. Only Colony is in their league around here. And just below Colony and Joes is Strada 18 and Fat Cat in Norwalk.

                      1. re: jfood

                        I'll have to give Joe's a try Jfood, thanks for the tip. If you think it is in Colony's league, and better than Fat Cat and Strada (I've been to each of the two once - both are solid), then it should be good.

                        I would say to give Fairfield Pepe's another try, but I went last Thursday night, and while still good, it was missing that Pepe's greatness that I am used to. First of my four trips to Fairfield where I have been (relatively) disappointed. Next Pepe's trip will be to New Haven.