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May 30, 2009 04:02 PM

Ralph 'n' Rich's in Bridgeport, CT

I have not been to RnR in years so when we needed to meet up with relatives today near Shelton I remembered it from some very satisfying business lunches i had there at the old location. the new location at 815 main street across from the pt barnum museum has plenty of parking, an inviting outdoor patio and garden, and bright and cheeful high-ceilinged bar and dining room. We needed a place with a broad and varied menu to accommodate varying tastes as well as a vegeterian. it fit the bill. You could order anything from a tuna sandwich to tuna tartare, raw and cooked shellfish, steaks, salads, italian, you name it. Service was very crisp and professional. The lunch itself was excellent. I had the tasty cold seafood salad with shrimp, calamari, scungili, clams, and mussels and enjoyed it very much. My wife had a perfectly prepared swordfish steak, the veggie had the very colorful grilled veggie plate and the two others had sandwiches that looked appealing and that they all seemed to enjoy. we saw a lot of red sauce italian dishes coming out of the kitchen that looked and smelled wonderful. I did not eat the bread as i am watching the carbs but it looked like Arthur Avenue bread and my wife agreed that it very well may have been. almost forgot they had a beautiful raw bar next to the regular bar. Next time I am going to try this lunch special 5 oysters and clams, shrimp cocktail, and king crab claw for $15. The total for 5 adults with soft drinks was a very very reasonable $65. even though its a bit of a hike for me from the westchester sound shore, I will definitely be back, perhaps for the $25 "sunday sauce" family style dinner.

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  1. I love that place. great bartenders/ wait staff, good solid food. Ralph or Rich are always there. That's why it is consistantly great. I had dinner at the bar the other night with 3 friends and it was fantastic. great oysters. try the tripe special , it kicks ass

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      1. re: biga290

        it is tripe stewed in tomato sauce, they make it every few weeks for the regulars. costs like 9 bucks and is a meal in itself. you have to like tripe or you may not like it.
        if not you will find other stuff on the weekly special or regular menu that you will love