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Jun 20, 2010 01:45 PM


Hi All,

My friend and I will be running the half-marathon in Fairfield next weekend. We are looking for a delicious, low-key restaurant in the area for Sat evening where we can have a good, hearty meal (probably pasta and chicken, and the like). Also, any good places to have brunch (and a much-needed Bloody Mary) the following morning? Thanks.

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  1. Within Fairfield itself, Quattro Pazzi would be my favorite for pasta, but it can be crowded and a bit loud. For more low key italian, Coppia is very good. Molto is a newcomer - food is good but more of a "scene". For brunch, Home on the Range in Bridgeport is tiny (like 6 tables) with very good food but no bloody marys. Ash Creek Saloon does a brunch now and definitely has bloody marys - I haven't tried their brunch yet but I love the restaurant overall. Not a ton of brunch options in Fairfield, I'm afraid - these two recs are technically in Bridgeport but are right on the border.

    937 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

    Ash Creek Saloon
    2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

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    1. re: Ima Foodie

      +1 on Quattro Pazzi, it's the perfect night-before pasta place. Depends how many of you there are, but even if it is crowded, you shouldn't have to wait terribly long for a table, as it's not quite so much of a lingering place.

      Not sure about brunch, but I'll keep an eye on this thread - I'm running the half, too! Good luck!

      Quattro Pazzi Restaurant
      165 Fillow St, Norwalk, CT 06850

      1. re: Mrs.Sean

        Thanks so much. There are 3 of us and we plan on eating relatively early (so as to ensure a good night's sleep), so we should be ok. Good luck to you as well!

    2. I haven't been myself, but I remember researching Cafe Lola for Sunday brunch.

      Cafe Lola
      57 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

      1. I'm not very familiar with Fairfield but last night I ate dinner with friends at the Circle Diner (near the Fairfield Inn at Rt. 1-Rt. 130 junction). It is definitely on the low key end you prefer, and has many hearty salads (with optional chicken or ham) and sandwiches as well as the usual Greek specialties on their menu. It would also be a good place for brunch except that I did not see a bar and they do not list alcohol on their website.

        Circle Diner Restaurant
        441 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

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        1. re: DonShirer

          I have had beer and wine at circle's your typical diner menu but we think it's the best diner in fairfield area. Cafe Lola is a french bistro type place and the food is excellent so if you want a fancier brunch I would go there.

          Cafe Lola
          57 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

          1. re: foleyd7

            Great - thanks so much - will make sure to write it down!

        2. Hi All - we ended up eating dinner at Quattro Pazzi, which was perfect - salad and a bowl of pasta, delicious, reasonably priced, and a cute place. We had brunch at Ash Creek Saloon, which was also nice, although I was surprised that there was nobody there. Is brunch not a big deal up there? I live in NYC where brunch seems to be the most important meal of the weekend. Anyway, I got my Bloody Mary and French Toast, which was all I wanted (and sat outside, which was a pleasant bonus). Thanks for all of the help!

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          1. re: RussianGirl

            Thanks for posting where you ended up - glad the recs were on point!