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FAIRFIELD - WHERE TO EAT DINNER BEFORE HALF-MARATHON AND BREAKFAST AFTERWARDS?

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RussianGirl 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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    Ima Foodie RE: RussianGirl Jun 20, 2010 03:27 PM

    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.

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    Coppia
    937 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

    Ash Creek Saloon
    2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

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      Mrs.Sean RE: Ima Foodie Jun 22, 2010 09:50 AM

      +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!

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      Quattro Pazzi Restaurant
      165 Fillow St, Norwalk, CT 06850

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        RussianGirl RE: Mrs.Sean Jun 22, 2010 10:03 AM

        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!

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      plien69 RE: RussianGirl Jun 20, 2010 04:27 PM

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

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      Cafe Lola
      57 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

      1. DonShirer RE: RussianGirl Jun 24, 2010 04:10 PM

        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.

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        Circle Diner Restaurant
        441 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

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          foleyd7 RE: DonShirer Jun 25, 2010 05:21 AM

          I have had beer and wine at circle diner...it'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.

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          Cafe Lola
          57 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

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            RussianGirl RE: foleyd7 Jun 25, 2010 06:24 AM

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

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          RussianGirl RE: RussianGirl Jun 28, 2010 08:44 AM

          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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            Ima Foodie RE: RussianGirl Jun 28, 2010 09:33 AM

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

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