Where to eat inexpensively for lunch in New Canaan
Hi, Steve--I'm not jfood but I do often head up to NC for lunch and Pain Quotidien is my go-to place. Good, not expensive. Rosie's is always packed and has a good rep but I haven't been there. And I just noticed yesterday that CT Muffins also serves very simple lunches. For burgers you can't beat Cherry Street East. If you want to travel to Norwalk and brave the Post Road lunchtime madness, I do love Swanky Franks.
Lunch in NC -
West to East:
Tony's Deli - Great sandwiches; lots of HS kids
Roccos - Not a favorite of jfood's
Lemongrass - Never open when jfood has tried to eat there
Made it Myself - Basic sandwiches, jfood likes the sausage and peppers, he hears good things on the cheessteak
Sole - Does not meet the inexpensive criteria, but an option
Taste of Asia - basic chinese; owner a sweetheart but always empty
Pain Quotidien - Good option for sandwiches, soups and sandwiches. Tell them you are in a hurry when you order
Sushi 25 - Owned by same people as Ching's good Lunch Options (menu on line)
Harvest Supper - just started serving lunch, not inexpensive
Rosies - Best sandwiches in town, pricey, great prpared foods, great chicken tortilla soup
Reid's - Not worth the money
Pinocchio - inedible (others will disagree but let them)
Garelick and Herb - Prepared salads and nice selection of sanwiches
Plum Tree - Japanese and sushi lunch specials
Viccollas - Basic italian place with pizza and pastas
Ching's - Great Asian with Lunch Options (menu on line)
Gates - Good sandwiches, not bad burgers
Tequilla Mockingbird - nothing ever was good for jfood
NC Diner - Just opened, had breakfast there, always crowded and jfood hearing goo d things
New Canaan Pizza - Horrible
Forest St Deli - East side equivilent to Made it Myself. Basic Boars Head dsandwiches and they cook some items each morning. Owner a sweetheart
Joes Pizza - Best pizza around. Lorenzo always trying new things. All the local workers eat here.
50 Coins - $12 for a hamburger that noone likes
Cherry Street East - Great Burger in a cozy bar atnosphere
Club Sandwich - good combination sandwiches; taken a second seat with the addition of all the new places
Veggie Barn - Basic hot table and deli with some meatballs, sausage, deli
Bruegger's - Crappy CT bagels
New place, Filling Station, opening in a few weeks right near you. jfood does not hold out much hope.
Thats the brain dump. Jfood thinks he's missing one tho.
Welcome to town
I give a big endorsement to Lemongrass for the NC Lunch Scene. Their food is a classic example of why excellent ingredients make food taste excellent. Lemongrass' perfectly-sized wraps leave you with just enough room for one of the owner's most-amazing chocolate chip cookies. Jfood, they are open every day at lunch so not sure when you stopped by.
Jfood actually tried again this past Saturday at ~1PM. The front case was worse than Mother Hubbards Cupboard. There was one, yes one, half of a chicken salad wrap, a few chocolate chip cookies and some other hand things. Jfood waited for a few minutes to see if at least he could buy a cookie or have a sandwich made. Nope, noone came out of the back.
He'll try again, maybe thyey had a big catering event or something.
I worked in New Canaan for a couple years.
Quickest inexpensive lunch -- a slice at Joe's. Or I used to ask the girls at Forest Street Deli to make me a toasted ham sandwich with one slice of ham, one slice of cheese, lettuce and tomato, and a little mustard and mayo. They priced it accordingly. Till Bob told them it was a little too low.
I've always found Forrest Street's burgers to be over-rated. Too Charred.
Chings -- I had a great whole fish there for dinner once, but lunches were mediocre.
More expensive, but good food: Thali.
3 pm break -- gelato at Gelissimo on Forest Street.