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Stamford lunch places

My office just moved to Stamford. We are downtown near the UBS building. Can you guys help me out with lunch suggestions? I feel like I am in a culinary wasteland here. I am happy to walk, drive or have delivered, just as long as its good. No preference for cuisine either since I need a bunch of different ideas.

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  1. Lots of options a couple blocks north on lower Summer St: Barcelona, Napa, Tawa, even SBC for brewpub fare or Kujaku for hibachi. Go north of Broad St and you'll find EOS, Kotobuki, Dragonfly, Siena. One block east on Bedford has some options also: Remo's pizza, Egane Korean/sushi, Tigin Irish pub.

    Further afield, south of 95 you can head to Colony Grill on Myrtle Ave for their unique pizzas. I also like Royal Guard's fish and chips. (Get the haddock. Avoid the friend clams and scallops, they're of the institutional, frozen variety.) Up north in Bull's Head Coalhouse Pizza is very good.

    Head east to the STM/Darien line for Smoky Joe's BBQ. Purists may debate its 'Cue cred, but it's good for a fix.

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    1. re: plien69

      Thanks for the tips. I generally want to take out my food, so thats always one caveat. I am thinking pizza today. Should I do colony or coalhouse pizza?

      1. re: Farfalle

        Coalhouse's pies are really thin-crust pies which probably don't travel well. If you're gonna do takeout pizza, I'd do Colony.

        1. re: Farfalle

          Neither Coalhouse nor Colony is a great take-out option unless you have a high-heat oven to pop the pie into for a few minutes when you get it home or to the office.

        2. re: plien69

          I really like this Peruvian place called Fiesta Cove. Here's my article about the place. Hope this helps.


          1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

            If you don't care about ambiance, Omar Restaurant is better than Fiesta, especially for the lomo saltado. For better all around peruvian, Port Chester is the place to go though.

        3. Your neighborhood is far from a wasteland but more of a waistland.

          Plien gave some good suggestions and let jfood add some more.

          At Bullshead (where Bedford, Summer, High Ridge and Long ridge meet there is a bunch of choices. Coalhouse pizza, Kam Pei, a new Chile Chicken (whatever that is) and a veggy typr place the name escapes jfood. All have received good reviews

          On Bedfor across from the Michael & CVS mall there is Little Buddha, jfood ate there this past weekend and enjoyed. On North avenue west of planet pizza (that is a landmark only do not eat there) there is an Italian Deli, Giovannis, where three Italian guys make the best red sauce, eggplant parm sandwiches and pasta.

          Not knowing where you are comparing to but Adamclyde can guide you on the Latin flair, Amanda will probably chime in on her favorite sushis and others will give you guidance on some great burgers.

          Do not dispair, STM has some great food...you should have been here in the 90s.

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          1. re: jfood

            I had very fine soup noodles with shrimp at Little Buddha last week. I was shocked at the truly excellent quality of the shrimp - the best I've had in five years working in Stamford. Very spicy and delicious.
            Agree with above comment about planet pizza. My first lunch in Stamford in 2004 was there - recommended by a colleague - it was so awful I thought I would rather find a new job if I couldn't find other options. Fortunately I did find things and the options have been getting better and better.

            1. re: jfood

              I would definitely not recommend Kam Pei. I used to eat & take out from there all the time when I lived in Stamford years ago. That is, until I found a staple in my sushi while dining at the restaurant. Never again after that.

            2. This guy's done a few good write ups on a couple Stamford places.


              Worth a look. I've been working in Stamford for 10 years now and it's come a LONG way regarding food options.

              Anyone remember Bank St. Brewing Co.? R.I.P.

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              1. re: LorenV

                Thanks for all the help. We went to a place called Katie's today and it was pretty decent. We are going to aim for pizza tomorrow when we have time to call ahead and order earlier. Someone also told me that Capriccio was good - any opinions? All other suggestions needed and welcome. Thanks!

                1. re: Farfalle

                  Capriccio is really good inexpensive Italian (pasta, paninis, pizza, etc). Across the street is Chez Jean Pierre which is decent bistro fare. Duo is the best sushi joint in town. Try Napa & Co underneath the Marriott Courtyard.

                  Definitely try out Colony Pizza tomorrow. It is STAMFORD pizza, not NY - but many of us find it delicious.
                  ETA: if you order take out from Colony...be sure and start calling them BEFORE noon (like 11-1130), they get so busy they take the phone off the hook.

                  1. re: Farfalle

                    Capriccio is more of a scene than a restaurant at this point and extremely cramped inside. The food is decent, but the service is awful. Worse yet, the owner doesn't seem to care about the poor service. While not overly priced, the plates are not exactly overflowing with food as one expects in an Italian restaurant. We determined that another $.25 of Barilla pasta would go a long way on our $14 plate.

                2. Also, I noticed a few peruvian restaurants on Atlantic and elsewhere. Any suggestions on which I should pay a visit to?

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                  1. re: Farfalle

                    definitely try out fiesta. They have incredible chicken and steak dishes that are priced incredibly low for their value and what you get.

                    by the way-does anyone know the name of the yellow "sauce" they throw in with their entrees?

                  2. If you like Middle Eastern food you can try Layla's Falafel on Main St downtown and Myrna's on East Main Street. Both places do take out or eat-in.

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                    1. re: A avenue

                      A bit further north (same strip mall as Coal House) is Tabouli, which is quite good middle-eastern fare.

                    2. there are over 65 restaurants from fancy to funky within a few walking blocks of you and most of the good ones have been mentioned. In keeping with growing Indian population, there's a flurry-curry of new Indian restos from Tawa to Coramandel to a new vegitarian Indian on Atlantic. (and JFood, Chili Chicken out at Bullshead is Indian with a Chinese twist... it's terrific) Come spring, the vibrant but already legendary Taco Truck, El Charrito returns to Jackie Robinson Park, within sight of UBS. There's also Aria, an Italian on Washington close to you. And if you like franchises like PF Chang, Mitchell Sea Food, Capitol Grille, there's Town Center down Tresser. We prefer to frequent locals, but there's that option. Business Lunches in addition to Napa, are Columbus Park an Italiano down the block from you, Market on Main,. Also vastly underatted Pizza 122 on Broad off Atlantic. And a really delicious Garlic Toast and carmalized onion Burger at Brennan's on the corner of Main and Washington.

                      Katies is good and Phil one of the underated chefs in Stamford.. But slooooooooowww and confusing and exasperating. Lots of Frank Gifford sightings there, fortunately not his wife.

                      I do take issue with Smokey Joes. It's to bbq what Mrs. Pauls is to fish.
                      And Upscale faux diner at City Limits at Exit 6 off 95. Surprisingly good.

                      You won't run out of options in Stamford!!!!! Welcome to its dining diversity.

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                      1. re: louuuuu

                        Thanks a lot, everyone... this is really REALLY helpful. I think you cut my research time down to 1/10 of what it would have been.

                      2. This town has grown so much with new restaurants but from my own experience I can recomend a couple of authentic restaurants that have been arround for a while and still carry delicious flavor with quality and value. Remo's has excellent food with great prices, I love their pizza. Myrna's Mediterranean Bistro on East Main St. is definetly a hidden gem for fusion Lebanese and Greek cuisine, they deliver free of charge. They have great lunch specials. Try the Chicken Falafel wrap or their cabagge salad with chicken gyro on top.

                        1. Three words: Summer Street Deli

                          1. Going through my menu's here @ work, lots of repeats from prior posts so consider any aforementioned nominations seconded:

                            Little Buddha (Thai)
                            Tengda of Stamford (Sushi/Asian Fusion)
                            Casa Villa (Mexican)
                            Kotobuki (Sushi)
                            Bobby Valentine's (Burgers, Wraps, & Wings)
                            Fiesta (Peruvian)
                            Lucky's (Burgers, Shakes, Salads)
                            Remo's (Pizza, Salads)
                            Telluride (Southwestern/American)
                            Royal Guard (Fish-n-Chips)
                            Barcelona (Tapas)
                            Smokey Joe's (BBQ)
                            Bradford's (Burgers and beer)
                            Fratelli's (Italian Deli)
                            Coalhouse (Pizza)
                            Sunny Daes (Ice Cream & Gelato)
                            Saltwater Grille (Seafood, Cocktails)

                            As mentioned, Colony is the best pizza around here. Be sure you order a pie with the hot oil. Sausage made right across the street is delicious as well. Good photos here:


                            1. Couple of other places worth mentioning...
                              Brasitas for latin fusion: http://www.brasitas.com/menu.htm & Cafe Sylvium for really good Italian: http://www.cafesilvium.com/default.as...
                              (you will need to drive to both locales however)

                              1. I second Giovanni's for an eggplant parm. Casa Villa is an amazing authentic Mexican place on West main (I think). The Tacos al pastor is amazing. I had them cater a lunch at company full of fussy people and everyone thought it was fantastic.

                                1. WARNING WARNING, Will Robinson. Stay away from Precious.

                                  Went to this supposed thai chinese malaysian fusion place in the old Uncle Dai spot on Atlantic. Mainly because I'd seen the film by the same name over the weekend and was blown away by the performances.

                                  Started off by asking if they had the signature Thai brew Singha. The waiter said yes and brought a Tsingtao. Told him "Singha" and he said he'd never heard of it. So much for fusion. Ordered the Thai soup Tom Kha Gai which should be a rich and creamy broth teeming with chicken and mushrooms and tickling both the sweet and tart tastebuds, This was dishwater flavored with tiny slivers of chicken carrots and onions with no sweetness or kick. The Sesame noodles were slathered in paste with no bite.

                                  Suspected this was the god awful Uncle Dai's under a new name, but waiter said new management.

                                  Precious this place ain't. But do see the flick

                                  And when will this town ever get a legitimate Chinese?

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                                  1. re: louuuuu

                                    we've reached an enviable place in this town with regard to Indian. Multiple, great options. Same goes for a few other cuisines, but for some reason, like 99% of the rest of the country, we are saturated with Chinese restaurants, none of which are good. This is the only thing that makes me envy New Jersey.

                                    And fusion... with almost no exceptions, fusion seems to be nothing more than a way to signify mediocre in multiple cuisines.

                                    1. re: adamclyde

                                      never envy new jersey. except maybe for hot dogs.

                                      1. re: steve h.

                                        Hot dogs and Chinese. Oh, and Vietnamese. And MTV reality shows. :)

                                        1. re: steve h.

                                          whoa dude....

                                          please add bagels, smoked fish, spiritos, and the piece de resistance...the nj sloppy joe sandwich (not the manwich crap),

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            does the sloppy joe herald from New Jersey? I've never known there actually was anything other than the stuff I ate as a kid. Do tell on where to go... (and is it actually good?)

                                            1. re: adamclyde

                                              This "sloppy joe" heralds from NJ since brought from Cuba almost 100 years ago.


                                              There are a few places in Essex County that do it correctly.

                                            2. re: jfood

                                              Grew up in Hillside. Have now been in Fairfield County for 25 years. Still nothing like the Jersey sloppy joe. Always stop at Deli King in Clark, whenever we visit relatives in NJ, to pick-up sandwich or two. Must order a few days in advance. Also, miss Jimmy Buff's and the Weequahic and Clairmonte Diners.

                                            3. re: steve h.

                                              I thought everyone envied NJ for that food invention called...the meat roll? I forget the exact name.

                                              1. re: LorenV

                                                That would be Taylor Ham on a roll...yup that's a NJ one that jfood forgot. Great with a cold beer when you are underaged at a bar.

                                                1. re: jfood

                                                  Underaged drinking in New Jersey? I'm shocked!
                                                  I grew up in northern New Jersey. Wouldn't trade those years for anything.
                                                  It's interesting to note that New Jersey's largest export is people like you and me. Ex-pats are everywhere.

                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                    "It's interesting to note that New Jersey's largest export is people like you and me. Ex-pats are everywhere."

                                                    NJ really is a great place to leave! :-)

                                                    On topic. and mentioned on this thread once, but a bit in passing, Capriccio on Bedford St is real, really good for paninis, and simple, we prepared real Italian food, owned and patronized by real Italians!

                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                      yeah and when you and jfood were there, drinking age was probably 18 so underaged was 15-17. Jfood's dad use to sing he left his heart in SF (even though he was from Yonkers) jfood left a piece of his liver in Elizabeth

                                                      1. re: jfood

                                                        born in nyc. liver is still intact but I'm working on it. i like to tell folk that every state should have connecticut's problems. lunch in downtown stamford and environs is pretty decent. I miss oysters at the bar at ocean 211, maybe the best i've ever had.

                                            4. re: louuuuu

                                              Funny I've had good experience with Precious. I can't vouch for authenticity, but as someone who finds most prepared foods WAY too salty I could actually eat food from Precious and not swell up.

                                              1. re: Silli

                                                Tried takeout from Precious recently and as much as I don't like to dis particular restaurants on here, let's just say it definitely is no improvement on an already dismal Chinese food scene in Stamford. Recent decent experience was Wild Ginger and had like Republic Grill but it appears to have changed to Tengda now.

                                            5. I just wanted to share that so far we have tried a few places.
                                              Fiesta - was very enjoyable peruvian food on Atlantic. It's pretty greasy though, so be prepared... this is not where you go when you want to eat healthy.

                                              Colony Grill pizza: good, not great. ultra thin, but a touch undercooked. I would give it a 7 out of 10 for pizza

                                              Coalhouse pizza: also good, much more traditional napoli style pizza. I would rate it 7.5 out of 10.

                                              The Sandwich Maestro - horrible, stay away. The food here is old and nasty.

                                              Jenna Marie deli - good for sandwiches and salads. Not incredible, but selection is solid and delivery is ultra quick.

                                              Katies - Also good but not great. They are super close to making this place top notch, but they just miss the mark by taking some shortcuts. For example, their salads use top notch ingredients, but the dressing kind of stinks - reminds me of Kraft out of the bottle.

                                              We also tried a pizza place on Atlantic that does chicken parm and other types of italian sandwiches. Decent but not great. I cannot recall the names right now.

                                              We tried a few of the chain restaurants too - Kona Grill, PF Changs and they were all terrible.

                                              Dinner at Capital Grill was horrendous. It's just so-so in manhattan as it is, so I did not expect much. However, I did not expect the worst porterhouse of my life. They have no business serving that quality of food for the prices.

                                              Dinner at Columbus Park Trattoria - surpsisingly good pastas here. I only had pasta and a prosciutto special to start with. Both were good, but next time I will have to try some of the full entrees to get a better sense of overall quality.

                                              Thanks for all the help everyone.

                                              1. no one has mentioned Ole Mole on High Ridge Rd. AMAZING mexican food!

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                                                1. re: nkmontero

                                                  Hey guys, I have to tell you, after living in Stamford my entire life, and now residing in
                                                  Southport for the past 12 years, you all need to try some new places!!
                                                  GREAT FOOD NOT TO MISS!!

                                                  Cafe Madeloine..Casual/soups paninis,and pastas
                                                  Molto...french fusion
                                                  Via Szvorza... Best Italin around!!(westport)
                                                  Kid friendly (great burgers!)..5 Guys(westpot)
                                                  Golds Deli...Best fresh meat..(just like N.Y.C.) it's KOSHER you know, so don't forget
                                                  your matzoh ball soup!

                                                  1. re: temilove

                                                    Back to the original posting for Lunch in Stamford, I walked by Lola's Mexican Kitchen on Bedford street today and they had "$8 Lunch" on a sidewalk board. Said Tacos, burritos, fajitas, etc...
                                                    I placed a posting about Lolas from the other night and if their lunch is as good as the dinner ill be there 3 times a week.
                                                    I only mentioned it because i noticed no one else has.
                                                    Good luck picking a spot in stamford..i think you went from having zero options to 100 in a short time...

                                                    Lola's Mexican Kitchen
                                                    135 Bedford St, Stamford, CT 06901

                                                    1. re: JackO9919

                                                      "Good luck picking a spot in stamford..i think you went from having zero options to 100 in a short time"

                                                      The lunch options in Stamford are only slightly more varied and abundant today than they were 5 years ago. Though I've yet to try it (being unimpressed with its sib Butterfield 8) I can't imagine Lola's is a game changer... for lunch or dinner.

                                                      1. re: louuuuu

                                                        You would be surpirsed but i guess thats only my opinion.

                                                        1. re: JackO9919


                                                          Since I haven't tried it, perhaps I shouldn't be so dismissive of Lola's. While I like riffs on both music and food, and don't demand authentic, just can't believe it's brought a sea change to Stamford's lunch scene. That said,, I notice you've only made three contributions to CH ever ... all in the past 24 hours and all extolling the virtues of Lola's. Of the "100 options" you mention that have recently come to Stamford which --- besides Lola's -- would you recomend for lunch? Fresh persectives and new finds would be welcome, especially for lunch in this fair town.