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Best Paella Bars in Westcheter or Fairfield County?

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LocalLover1113 Nov 4, 2009 07:01 AM

Anyone know of any great places in westchester or fairfield county for Paella? Looking to go with some friends one night but can not find any besides going to the city. Dont want to make the drive.

  1. jfood Nov 4, 2009 07:36 AM

    FFD county has several

    The Barcelona restaurants have Paella (located in G'wich, Stamford, SONO and Fairfield)
    http://www.barcelonawinebar.com/

    In Norwalk there is also Meigas
    http://www.meigasrestaurant.com/menus.htm#

    As well as La Paella
    http://www.lapaellatapaswinebarrestau...

    Jfood likes Barcelona (STM and SONO) and if you go also try the grilled meat platters

    Good luck

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    Barcelona Wine Bar
    63 N Main St, Norwalk, CT 06854

    Meigas
    10 Wall St, Norwalk, CT 06850

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    1. re: jfood
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      LocalLover1113 Nov 4, 2009 03:15 PM

      thank you for the info...

      Are they only good for paella or are there other dishes good as well?

      I never been to ether one of them. how are the ambiance at those restaurants?

      whats the grilled meat platter? sounds interesting?

      1. re: LocalLover1113
        jfood Nov 4, 2009 07:24 PM

        Let jfood describe Barcelona which would be jfood's choice.

        Jfood recommends

        Roasted Chickpea Purée House-Made Pita Chips
        Herbed Goat Cheese with Wild Mushrooms Balsamic Reduction
        Chorizo with Sweet and Sour Figs Balsamic-Sherry Glaze
        Crispy Calamari Smoked Tomato Aioli
        Gambas al Ajillo Sautéed Shrimp with Garlic and Sherry
        Chicken Milanese Arugula Salad, Lemon
        Grilled Steak Paillard Tomatoes, Onions, Thyme, Crispy Potatoes
        Mussels al Diablo Sautéed with Spicy Tomato Sauce
        Homemade Empanadas Spiced Beef, Smoky Pepper Purée

        The grilled meat platter consists of NY Strip Steak, Grilled Half Chicken, Gaucho Sausage, Pork loin, Papas Fritas & Chimichurri

        Stamford has a private room if you have 20+ and SONO has a great room in the back where they can set something up for you.

        1. re: jfood
          adamclyde Nov 4, 2009 08:14 PM

          jfood, have you tried the paella at Barcelona? I've heard good things about Meigas' paella, I haven't heard (or tried) it from Barcelona. Wondering if they do it as well as they do tapas...

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          Meigas
          10 Wall St, Norwalk, CT 06850

          1. re: adamclyde
            jfood Nov 5, 2009 03:17 AM

            jfood likes the paella at Barcelona but the Tapas are better. The flavors in many of the Tapas just sing on your tongue while the Paella is very good, the flavors in the Tapas (especially the mushrooms and paillard) are second to none.

          2. re: jfood
            Syphrite Nov 6, 2009 12:41 PM

            You forgot the pork and watermelon tapa! I think they only have it in Stamford, because when I went to the Barcelona in Greenwich I noticed the menu was slightly different.

            The one in Stamford has this carnitas tapa that has shaved watermelon. cilantro and a vinegary dressing. It's really tasty and one of my favorites. I also like the patatas bravas, but I'm into fried potatoes of any sort anyway.

            1. re: Syphrite
              jfood Nov 6, 2009 01:14 PM

              Rule in life is do not eat with anyone who does not like fried potatoes.

              Jfood found the STM location has more zing that the SONO location, especially the calamari.

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