Best of Stamford
American -- Napa
Itaian -- Columbus Park
Indian -- Tawa
Greek -- EOS
Latin, South American -- Brasitas
Spanish -- El Charrito Taco Truck
Gastropub -- Bar Russo
Mediterranian -- Fez
Diner -- City Limits (tho upscale menu)
Steak -- Capitol Grille
Chinese -- none
Japanese -- Fin
Takeout -- Katies
Scene -- Barcelona
Hamburgers -- g/r/a/n/d/e hamburgers
Pizza -- Colony
954 E Main St, Stamford, CT 06902
211 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Since this post has been up a while, I'll add my thoughts here (as of 8-16-12) for what I think are some of the "Best of Stamford" restos that we've tried since moving here 11 years ago - I'm not including some categories if I don't think we've got a great restaurant in Stamford for that type of cuisine:
Diner: Bull's Head, City Limits, Elm Street, Pat's on Jefferson St.
French: La Bretagne has been around forever and prepares classic, old school French cuisine, Chez Jean-Pierre for great French bistro fare
Indian: Coromandel, however I prefer their original location in Darien
Italian: Caffe Silvium, Bar Rosso and Piatto and for authentic gelato and cappuccino - Volta. Pellicci's is poular among those who have lived in Stamford a long time, but personally I've not had consistently good food there.
Pizza: If your were raised in Stamford then is has to be Colony, but I also like Cafe ZA ZA's and Remo's pizzas.
Latin American/Mexican: Bar Taco (pricey drinks), El Charrito Taco Truck, Ole Mole, Brasitas
Spanish: Barcelona (although we prefer their SONO location for atmosphere)
Steak House: Capitol Grill - only if you can't get into Manhattan or Brooklyn for the real steak house deal.
Thai: Kit's Thai Kitchen
Wine Bar/Gastro Pub: Barcelona, Cafe ZAZA, Bar Rosso
ZaZa stores all their wine too warm, so I would not pick that as a great wine bar. Also, for Italian, I would suggest Aria or Columbus Park over Bar Rosso where the food really is not that good. I agree with mostly all of your other picks. Ate at Remo's recently and it was much better than I had expected it to be and great size portions.
El Charrito Taco Truck is Mexican not Spanish.
But, I agree that their food & value is very good.
Barcelona is a good pick for Spanish and the vibe as well. What a goldmine these owners have.