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Nov 9, 2009 06:34 AM

Black Rock Tavern & Moe's on Black Rock Turnpike Fairfield CT

I just noticed Pizzeria Uno is gone on the Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield and a new sign is up "Black Rock Tavern. Anybody know anything about it? I thought Pizzeria Uno did okay at that location considering all the families in the area. Also, across the street Rye Ridge Deli has closed and Moe's Southwestern Grill is opening - I guess it is a chain - never been - is it any good?

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  1. same owners as greenwich tavern

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    1. re: mcllmlathd

      Then this may be worth a drive. Greenwich Tavern has been great so far. Even when we had an "incident" there a week or two ago - they more than made up for it and I'd head back in a moment!

      Greenwich Tavern
      1392 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06870

    2. I saw that too this weekend. I haven't heard anything about Black Rock Tavern, but will definitely check it out when it opens. Moe's Southwestern Grill is wonderful. There is one in Milford, CT in the mall parking lot. I love that place.

      Black Rock Tavern & Restaurant
      78 Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787

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      1. re: TracyJ67

        I just noticed today that Pizzeria Uno was gone myself. Figured I'd look around on the web to see if there was anything for Black Rock Tavern. The only one I could find was Chubby's Black Rock Tavern that was on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, and there's no answer when you call. Maybe one in the same.

      2. is that rye ridge deli in ct. or the one in rye brook? . the one in rye brook has been there a long time and always packs them in and charges you for the favor of eating there.

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        1. re: rich51

          Actually there were TWO Rye Ridge Delis in CT, The Fairfield location (VILE) closed, the Stamford location is open

          1. re: bagelman01

            i am glad it is not the one in rye brook, although very pricey, it is actually pretty good, although i was very happy when i learned chipotle was to be in that shopping center. i don't think it is still planned for there any more.not a great tragedy, but i do like chipotle for a moderate fast meal

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          1. Moe's is a fast food chain which they call it southwestern I'd call it Tex-Mex. You know burritos, tacos, quesadilla. Here's their corp. web site


            I've eaten at one of their outlets in Long Island a couple of times a few years ago. The food's not bad but nothing to pine for. That location had been one of the company's other restaurants, which I liked better but they dropped that pan Asian chain from the corp roster. Moe's is a franchise operation from the same company that does: Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s - inspiring?


            As far as restaurants in Fairfield, I think they will probably draw people from northern Fairfield & Easton/Trumbull who might have gone to LaSalsa er I mean Mr. Salsa. They are similar but I don't think that Moe's cooks their proteins a la minute (or is that short order) :)

            Vegetarians will like Moe's as they offer tofu in addition to beef, pork, & poultry but they don't have any seafood as Mr. Salsa does. Moe's has the salsa bar but less varieties I recall. (I do LOVE Mr. Salsa's roasted tomato salsa) Also Moe's is more like Subway where you tell successive "cooks" what to add to your meal at different stations. The photos on their web site will give you the idea.

            Final comment about Black Rock Tavern having put myself through grad-school by waiting tables in a few restaurants I've learned one should rarely eat at a restaurant until the staff has made the unlucky adventurous early dinner suffer for a few weeks. There are definitely new restaurants that open day one with a front and back of the house staff that work as parts of a Swiss watch but I've found that is usually only the high end restaurant or one that moves experienced staff from an older location to jump start a new outlet.

            I saw a video somewhere about how Nobu or maybe Morimoto served up the entire menu to the wait staff at huge expense before they opened their doors to ensure everyone knew what they were selling. I recall that the cost was hundreds of thousands to do this. I have also been to a pre-opening dinner at a NYC Thai restaurant where likewise the entire menu was served to friends of the owners.

            One restaurant I worked in it took me a couple of weeks to get the timing right on when to turn in an order so that the runner brought the main course out a reasonable time after soup/salads. And then it also depended on which line cook and what day of the week. I know that some of those customers got what looked like a bums rush or food so slow they thought we were growing it. In the end I learned the system. Just think of a whole wait staff doing that in a new restaurant.

            So I'll wait a few more weeks before I give the Black Rock Tavern a try.

            Happy New Year