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Feb 22, 2011 11:05 AM

Cheap Eats Danbury?

Looking for some cheap eats in Danbury. I haven't tried much yet, being new to the area, and would like some suggestions. Cheap eats to me is dinner or lunch under $10, not including beverages. I really like food of all types and don't mind dingy decor. Thanks ahead of time.

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  1. Pancho's Tacos, Amigo's Deli, Pho Vietnam, Burgerittoville, Sycamore Drive-In.

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    Happy eating!

    1. individual pie at the new frank pepe's shouldn't empty your wallet, unless you want lots of toppings

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      1. re: rich51

        Better yet go to First and Last Cafe on Padanaram Road, or Carminuccio's in Newtown for pizza. No horrific wait, very tasty pies, and for what you'd pay at Pepe's you can have a beer too.

        JK's for Texas weiners.

        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          My wife and I had to be in Danbury today and stopped at Carminuccio's in Newtown on the way home for lunch. We ordered a Large Mozzarella wioth eggplant.

          Service was poor. A young [ink t-shirted server was more interested in her wrap and cell phone than taking our order, and when the pizza came out and was sliced, she ignored it while talking on her cell.

          The crust was wonderfull, thin crisp and no black ash. BUT, the cheese, sauce and eggplant was absolutely tasteless. Not bad flavor, but NO flavor.

          I would like to know who are these experts who have proclaimed this one of the best 10 pizza places in the USA., Sorry, I'm a Nedw Haven native, and I could pick 10 in New Haven and burbs that are far better than this.

          1. re: bagelman01

            I haven't been there since last summer. Now that I have cut back on carbs in my diet, no pizza joint is on my horizon. Last summer, we had I think a sausage and onion pie and it was delicious.

            Maybe this is a downhill alert for them. Caveat emptor I reckon. Too bad.

            1. re: bagelman01

              I would have to agree with you bagelman01, Carms is an OK place, over rated pizza, and very pricey. I'm not sure who rated this as one of the best pizza places, apparently, that person doesn't know pizza.

              Carminuccio's Pizza
              76 S Main St, Newtown, CT 06470

              1. re: TAP

                Michael Stern, myself and many others have had excellent pizza at Carminuccio's in the past. It's a matter of personal taste, and we could argue till the cows come home but where would it get us? At the end of the day, no one is going to agree on everything. To say "That person doesn't know pizza," is wrong and insulting.

                From Michael Stern:

                "We slightly disagree with Carminuccio’s motto, which is A Little Slice of Heaven. We say it is a quite a large slice of heaven. In Connecticut, home of America’s most delicious pizzas, this house by the side of the highway serves some of the very best.

                When you walk in, it doesn’t seem much to look at. The interior consists of an order counter and a small array of bare-topped tables. But look closely, and towards the back you see the breads of the day arranged in a case. It’s a beautiful sight. Carminuccio’s makes not only its own very wonderful Italian bread for submarine sandwiches (the steak and cheese is grand!), but also stuffed breads: long savory loaves wrapped around such ingredients as ham or capicola, pepperoni and cheese, broccoli and sausage. Served steaming hot, one of these breads is a soulful meal every bit as satisfying as a pizza.

                As for pizzas, the Carminuccio repertoire of toppings ranges from basic cheese to escarole & beans, barbecued chicken, sautéed spinach, and a knock-out “BLT” combo of pesto sauce, bacon, cooked escarole, and roasted tomatoes. Each pie is made to order; near the cash register, you can watch the pizza man stretch the dough ultra-thin and slide it into the ovens. About ten minutes later, out comes a pizza that has a chewy rim of crust all around the circumference and a brittle undercrust with just enough grit from the oven to give it real character."

                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                  Your description of the crust is highly accurate, if only it had flavor............

                  Carms pizza is beautifful to look at, has great texture, baked to perfection and totally lacking in taste. It's as if they never heard of salt, pepper, onion, garlic or other spices. What a shame.

                  And to keep touting that they were named one of the 10 best pizzas in America by a defunct magazine gives me no confidence. Reminds me of the terrible Peter Pan Pizza in Milford, who won a pizza taste contest year after year, then we discovered it was held at a local nursing home.

                  1. re: bagelman01

                    There is plenty of garlic (roasted) on the Spinach pizza (#14 on the menu, it's my favorite, regular order). This pie also has sautéed spinach, roasted tomatoes, pesto sauce and mozzarella. It's DELICIOUS. We tried Caminuccio's upon discovering the RoadFood review a few years ago and it was love at first bite.

                    Obviously, you don't like it, and that's cool, but I gotta agree with Trish. To tell those of us who like (or love!) that place and the pizzas it turns out that we don't know pizza is quite insulting.

                    I will admit that in the dozens of pizzas we've ordered from them, a few have not been quite as stellar, but on the whole, we have been extremely happy with our pizzas (and fantastic customer service) at Carminuccio's. We will continue to patronize this establishment, even though the new Danbury Pepe's is closer to home. We like their pies, too, and I am very excited to try the summer tomato pie... but we'll never give up our beloved Carminuccio's. No matter how many times you put it down.

                    1. re: saturngrrl

                      Sorry saturngrrl, your ire is misplaced. The affront you feel was made by TAP, not me. I never said those who like Carms don't know pizza.

                      I merely stated that my wife and I found their crust, sauce and eggplant to be without flavor.

                      Carm's pizza is as pretty as a picture, we just didn't find it tasty.

        2. My favorite lunch place in Danbury is still Chuck's Steak House. It's not dingy, you can eat by one of the fireplaces or in the green house, but there are quite a few things on the menu for under $10, including a couple that come with their great salad bar:

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          1. re: junescook

            I'm always amazed at how busy Chuck's is, even at lunchtime.

            1. re: MisterBill2

              It's good value at lunchtime. The burgers are excellent, and the broiled seafood, though not a large serving, is very good, and paired with a big salad makes a nice lunch. They also have this great sourdough bread that they bake off there too.

              If you compare the lunch and dinner menus it is apparent that they're pricing the luncheons to keep the place busy diring the day, lunch portions nearly half the price of the dinner ones. E.g., grilled pork chop with braised red cabbage $10, grilled swordfish or salmon $12, all including salad bar, and it's a nice place for people to meet.

          2. Stanziato's has a great special for lunch. $11 for a pizza and salad.

              1. re: AdamD

                Second for JK's but with coleslaw.

                1. re: HunterJay

                  Never even thought of that-love me a slaw dog!