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Jambalaya Mar 22, 2010 10:48 AM

In early May I will be doing some house sitting in this area, will have access to a car as well as a GPS. Please give me an idea of what unique and/or local spots I should hit both for dinning out as well as food stores. Particularly interested if there are any local specialities here that can be gotten no where else, or are best purchased here. I like most any cuisine including Thai, Mexican, Sushi, Indian, Italian, Greek, Seafood, white table cloth establishments, little dinners etc. Most specially interested in any veggie or healthy choices. Also cafes or nice fresh bread places for breakfast as well as good lunch spots are interesting to me. Would like to concentrate in an area of a radius of no more than about 30 miles. I will be cooking in some nights, eating out others. Recs for a good wine shop or imported food store would also be helpful. No need to include TJ's or Whole foods since I can look up those locations easily and will certainly hit them if in the area. Is there any place I can get some good fresh oysters, mussels, shrimp? Are there any farmers markets or good fresh produce places that would be interesting to check out? Lastly, I will have daytime as well as evenings free to explore. This is quite an all inclusive request, but would appreciate any info you can send my way.
Thanks

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    hungrykids Mar 22, 2010 11:29 AM

    Given your list, you might be better off housesitting somewhere other than Newtown!

    Very little in the way of special/interesting/unique/local within Newtown itself. Danbury has some ethnic that might be worth a trip (Pho Vietnam, Pancho's Tacos, several Brazilian places) but it may not compare to wherever you normally do your dining out. Also in Danbury under your "veggie or healthy choices" I would recommend Sesame Seed.

    Head to Good News Cafe in Woodbury for a special lunch or night out.

    Your 30 mile radius covers a LOT of territory, but Newtown is very spread out, so depending on where you will be you might be able to head up to Litchfield, for example, or to Greenwich, but not necessarily both.

    If you're not familiar with New Haven pizza that's worth a trip under the local specialties category. There's a long thread on the subject that was just revived which is worth reading, IMO.

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    Sesame Seed Restaurant
    68 W Wooster St, Danbury, CT 06810

    Good News Cafe
    694 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798

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      Ima Foodie Mar 22, 2010 01:49 PM

      If you're willing to go 30 miles there are loads of options in Fairfield, Westport, and potentially Norwalk (depending on your exact location in Newtown). In Newtown itself, the choices are limited but I will recommend Kings for a breakfast/brunch (they also have home made raspberry bread, apple bread, and another flavor or two) as well as El Coyote for Mexican.

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      1. re: Ima Foodie
        bagelman01 Mar 22, 2010 03:23 PM

        Kings is highly overpriced and without any ambiance, tables with attached benches that are usually found in the cheapest of fast food chains, and a lavatory the opens directly into the dining room, Yecch....................

        As for New Haven style pizza (and I am a native), try Carminuccio's on Rt 25 Newtown, save the trip into New Haven.

        If the OP goes up RT 25 over the line into Bethel, there is a new Asian Fusion>>>Fuji J Asian Bistro-Sushi Bar
        68 Stony Hill Road, # 7,
        Bethel, CT 06801

        (203) 730-9993
        in front of the Big Y supermarket and next to the Starbucks. My wife and I had lunch there this week. It is absolutely gorgeous (they must have spent well in excess of a million dollars, far too fancy for the area) with excellent Japanese and Chinese with other choices. My wife had Chinese, I had a duck Pad Thai that was out of this world. At lunch it was $7.95 including soup and choice of rice. IT was one of the best I have ever tasted and easilly worth $15.95. There is a sushi bar and the fish looked very fresh. Lots of well trained staff.

        5 minutes further up the road is the Old Heidelberg German Restaurant>>>
        55 Stony Hill Road
        Bethel, CT 06801-1157
        (203) 797-1860
        Excellent German food and beer www.restaurantheidelberg.com
        worth the trip

        Avoid El Coyote, bad Mexican-American food.
        Franco's Pizza in the RT 25 shopping center with TJ Maxx had passable red sauce italian. The Chinese restaurant in that center:

        New Wok Restaurant
        228 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470-2780
        (203) 270-3738‎

        Has very good food, but is overpriced for the portion size. You will not feel overfull, and don't expect to take home leftovers, or be able to have 4 people dine on 3 mains.

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        El Coyote
        838 Main St, Monroe, CT 06468

        New Wok Restaurant
        228 S Main St Ste D16, Newtown, CT 06470

        Franco's Pizza
        228 S Main St Ste E1, Newtown, CT 06470

        Old Heidelberg German Restaurant
        55 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT 06801

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        harrie Mar 22, 2010 04:20 PM

        Not technically a healthy choice, but there is Ferris Acres Creamery on Route 302 (Sugar Street) in Newtown - they're planning to open late April or early May, specific date TBD.
        http://www.ferrisacrescreamery.com/
        Really, really good ice cream made from their own cows' milk.

        If you did venture into New Haven, the Saturday Farmers' Market goes weekly in May. Fresh veggie-wise --- well, it's early May in New England, but there is always something available.

        The market also has seafood - local lobsters, clams, and oysters from Dolan Brothers in Guilford. And local meats - mostly-grass fed, pastured beef from Four MIle River Farm; goat meat and pasture/mother-raised veal from Blue Slope Farm; and chickens (which you do have to pre-order because they slaughter to order) from Stone Gardens Farm.
        http://www.cityseed.org/city_markets/markets/schedule.shtml

        Speaking of Stone Gardens, the farm is in Shelton, a town neighboring Newtown. Their farm stand opens in May. http://stonegardensfarm.com/index.htm

        I also second the Carole Peck's recommendation, or John's place across the street from her (they're both on Route 6).

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          hungrykids Mar 22, 2010 04:45 PM

          oooh - I completely forgot about the creamery!! Great call, harrie! Forget about healthy and go for the great taste and the UNBELIEVABLE value for the money. (Trust us...order a small...there's no way you'll finish a large!!!)

        2. DonShirer Mar 22, 2010 07:39 PM

          The Newton General Store at 43 Main St (Rt. 6, West of Rt. 25 -look for the nearby flagpole) is a deli and grocery and a great option for lunches and take out. We have often stopped there for lunch while travelling on I84. They make tasty and filling sandwiches to order (egg sandwiches are a specialty). They might be related to the Misty Vale Deli on Rt. 34 but have not stopped there. There is also a pretty good Newtown Deli at 79 S. Main (Rt. 25).

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            claregirl Mar 25, 2010 01:16 PM

            I think by the time you are house sitting the Organic Farmer's Market will be open for the season in Sandy Hook. It's on Tuesdays from 2:00-6:00. http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M8643

            This site will help also: http://www.locavores.blogspot.com/

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              Jambalaya Mar 27, 2010 06:08 AM

              Thanks everyone for your great suggestions.

              1. fcmenutalk Mar 27, 2010 01:55 PM

                For Newtown, I would recommend the following:

                The Inn at Newtown - good american cuisine and decent wine
                Sal & Pepe's - Italian, nothing TOO special, but it gets the job done and the atmosphere is nice.
                New Wok - good bang for your buck for Chinese cuisine.

                If you're willing to travel out of the largest town in CT, head towards Norwalk or Fairfield. Hop you have fun!

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                New Wok Restaurant
                228 S Main St Ste D16, Newtown, CT 06470

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                  LAC06488 Jan 30, 2011 06:27 AM

                  I think this place is more than OK ,,,We had dinner there last night ...I thought it was terrific..all of the pasta is homemade except the ziti..in particular, I recommend the seafood ravioli in a tomato sauce with artichokes.. the ravioli are stuffed with shrimp, scallops, tilapia and lobster..the portion size was just right...I was full but no doggie bag..My husband had the veal ricotta meatballs with cappellini.The goat cheese fritters are light and fluffy. Order them as an appetizer or as part of one of the speciality salads.The lasagna bolognese is a standout as well...hearty and rich ...the portion is quite large. Another nice feature is that with a meal, you can order a small mixed green or cesaer salad foe $3.95....if you ask for bread they serve it with a butter olive oil dip.... The nutella mousse dessert was a standout - plenty for three to share..Service is a bit slow but the food is well worth the wait. I will be returning there soon.

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                  Sal E Pepe Restaurant
                  97 S Main St, Newtown, CT 06470

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                    claregirl Jan 30, 2011 08:37 AM

                    I find Sal & Pepe's way overpriced. You might as well be in Greenwich or Darien when you get the bill. We stopped going there and instead go to Carl Anthony's on Rt 25 in Monroe.

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                  scapegrace Mar 28, 2010 02:03 PM

                  We had dinner at Toro last weekend, which is an 'asian fusion' restaurant on Church Hill Rd., just west of Queen st. We had sushi, which was excellent. Several of the house special rolls were very creative and quite tasty.

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                  Toro Restaurant
                  28 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470

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                    fcmenutalk Mar 30, 2010 06:04 AM

                    Ah, yes, Toro. Forgot about that one. Been there once, sushi/sashimi was very good, but we did hear the calamari was supposed to be great (I know it's an Asian place, but still) so we ordered some. It was way too salty! If I ever go back, I'd try again, hoping it was a one-time thing.

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                    Toro Restaurant
                    28 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470

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                    foodsnob14 Apr 6, 2010 08:00 AM

                    I would avoid Inn at Newtown at all costs. I live in Newtown and since they have changed chefs and management it is a big expensive dissapointment.
                    I don't know why El coyote wasn't given a thumbs up as it is not amercan mexican. It is fairly authentic and our friend from Mexico has said that the mole is some of the best he has had.

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