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My co-workers and I are looking for new places to go out to or order in.

In our current rotation is:

Fiesta (love the green sauce. Not sure what it is, but so delicious)
The Fez (good, but not the best I've ever had. Service was very slow for a workday lunch)
K&S Top of the Hill Jamaican (The only Jamaican I've ever had, but I liked it!).
Crabshell (Way too expensive, but worth it on a beautiful day for sitting outside)
...And a Chinese place in old Greenwich whose name I can't remember. It's across from the fire station (Veggies are always crisp, a plus in Chinese food).

I will pledge my firstborn to anyone who can point me to a good Vietnamese place. I've been craving pho for the past year since I moved to NY from Los Angeles.

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  1. Cafe Oolala in Stamford has great food for lunch. Also, Little Thai Kitchen in Stamford and Greenwich are both good.

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    Little Thai Kitchen
    21 St Roch Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

    1. probably too far from you, but I have heard good things about Pho Saigon in Bridgeport

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      1. re: Ima Foodie

        http://www.ctbites.com/home/2011/8/22...

        Just reopened in Fairfield if you want to hit it on the weekend.

        Re: Stamford. Have you tried Bar Rosso or the gelato place next door yet? Bar Taco should be opening on Summer St. by the end of the year...hopefully.

        1. re: LorenV

          I've gotta say - I tried BarTaco in Portchester and was not a fan at all. I adore Barcelona and thought I would be making many trips over the border for their new venture, but the tacos were just "meh" with extremely skimpy filling to tortilla ratio.

          1. re: Ima Foodie

            Tried going last Friday but the place was mobbed beyond belief. I noticed their menu has changed quite a bit. More...simplistic? And WTF? No veal cheek tacos anymore?

          2. re: LorenV

            Loved bar rosso & volta for gelato BUT the last time in bar rosso EVERYTHING was crazy salty like someone dropped the box of morton's kosher in each dish. napa & co is worth a shot as well--certainly over crabshell anyway

            1. re: cubanat

              Yeah, Crabshell was not the best meal I'd ever had, but sitting on the water...

        2. we order in from:

          athens pizza- gyros, salads, paninis

          casa villa west main for mexican

          ocha for sushi

          navaratna for veg indian

          little thai kitchen for thai


          coop kitchen for soups & sandwiches


          ricos for pizza

          arcuris for salads

          eatalian for italian gourmet specialties

          enzos for italian sandwiches, paninis

          to go out, we happen to frequent

          siena

          eos

          barcelona

          kotobuki

          columbus park

          tappo

          cap grille


          casa villa east main

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          1. re: missmar79

            The chinese place in old greenwich might be 'oriental gourmet' which I've heard good things about. (it's right up the road from ReNapoli, which has some nice gourmet pizza and delicious Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwiches)

            As for your Pho craving.. I can relate.. I'm having one myself. Indeed Pho Saigon in Bridgeport is very good, but it's far and it's not in the nicest of areas. I used to hit Pho Mekong in Fairfield regularly, but they closed down (I think Shake Shack is in their place now, though, so not a big loss :D)

            There is another pho place in the Fairfield area, called Pho Garden. I haven't been yet, but chowhounders seem to put it on the same level as Pho Mekong, which is 'good but not great.'

            If I'm still without power tomorrow, I'm probably going to take the time to go up there for lunch. Thanks Irene, over 100 hours of no power has been really swell.

            1. re: cardiak

              FYI - Pho Garden was in Westport, but is now closed.

          2. There is almost literally no pho within miles of Stamford, although you will find fusion Asian bistros every 1/2 mile. For real pho, it's either Pho Vietnam in Danbury, or Pho Saigon in Bridgeport. As noted, Pho Saigon is not in the best of neighborhoods.

            In CT, you'd have to travel up to the Hartford area to get any pho that approaches what you had in LA. Best in CT is Pho 501 in East Hartford, IMO. There's probably decent pho as you get closer toward NYC, but I'm not familiar with that area.

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            Pho 501
            501 Main St Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118

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            1. re: plien69

              There is absolutely NO pho in Westchester County, as near as I can tell. I live in NY, but I work in Stamford. I was really hoping I could get my pho fix there. :(

              1. re: plien69

                http://www.phogardenct.com/
                http://www.phogardenct.com/page2 - Menu

                Pho Garden is at 1620 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. I went last year because I had never tried Pho and had read about it. The server suggested the special which had Tripe among other meats. It wasn't my thing. 3.5 on Yelp with 7 reviews.

                1. re: Builder3

                  Pho Garden in Westport has been closed for some time now. New Italian place has taken over the spot.

                  1. re: sibeats

                    It's actually Shake Shack now.

                    1. re: Stylo

                      No it's not. Shake Shack took over where Pho Mekong was. Pane Bene took over where Pho Garden was. A little down the street where Innovation Luggage is.

                      1. re: sibeats

                        You're right. Got my Pho's confused.

                        1. re: Stylo

                          You "Pho'cked" up?

                  2. re: Builder3

                    I may be closed as per post above. No one answered the phone.