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Need recs in Norwalk. Preferably walking distance from Courtyard Marriot.

KilgoreTrout Sep 20, 2011 09:06 AM

Family gathering on Saturday. Arriving Friday early evening. Looking for chowish food that we can walk to from the Courtyard on Main st. The hotel website implies it is in the heart of the"business" district. I grew up there, but left in the early 90s. When I have returned it has been to cousins or uncles houses. I understand the dining scene is way different but am a bit confused on the geography.

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    SteveSCT RE: KilgoreTrout Sep 20, 2011 09:31 AM

    Try Brasitas. It's a short walk from the hotel. It has a broad pan-Latino menu and a lively after work bar. It's original location is in Stamford, and both sometimes fly under the radar when the discussion comes to worthy local restaurants.

    BTW, the hotel is truthful when they tout their proximity to local businesses, but it is hardly a business "district". There are several large suburban office buildings across the way, but that stretch of Rte 7 is mostly strip malls (including Brasitas' location) and fast food (Taco Bell).

    954 E Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

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      KilgoreTrout RE: SteveSCT Sep 20, 2011 09:41 AM

      That's what I thought. I understood the SONO "renaissance" to be on the water. I am dating myself now, but I pictured this strip to be like where the Grand Union was on the Post Road on the Westport side of Stew Leonard's (at least back in the 80's).

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        SteveSCT RE: KilgoreTrout Sep 20, 2011 10:25 AM

        This strip is a bit more sterile than that part of the Post Road, but you get the gist.

        Your understanding about SoNo is correct - it is a lively few blocks with several interesting bars and restaurants (I like Jeff's Cuisine for BBQ, Barcelona for tapas, and Chocopologie for desserts, among others). However, the Courtyard is in a fairly nondescript area north of the Merritt on the way to Wilton. A ride to SoNo would probably be more fun, but if you are staying with a group of co-workers, Brasitas would be a suitable stumble from the hotel.

        Jeff's Cuisine
        54 N Main St, Norwalk, CT 06854

        954 E Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

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          KilgoreTrout RE: SteveSCT Sep 20, 2011 10:33 AM

          Thanks for the info. Family gathering on Saturday afternoon, so looking to make a few days out of it. Will try Brasitas Friday night when we arrive and check out SoNo after the event winds down and the Stew Leonard's deli platters disappear.

          954 E Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

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            tgseaver RE: KilgoreTrout Sep 20, 2011 11:41 AM

            I have the perfect place,Dinas in Wilton,just a short distance from your hotel. Have been there 3 times and loved it every-time. http://www.dina.bz/index.htm

    2. yngvai RE: KilgoreTrout Sep 22, 2011 05:48 AM

      I haven't been to Letizia's in a couple years, but their pizza was always worth seeking out.
      They're only three-quarters of a mile north from the Courtyard. It'll be on your right side in the little strip just past the Wal-Mart and Foxoboro Dr.

      1. yngvai RE: KilgoreTrout Sep 22, 2011 06:06 AM

        Oops, sorry, I didn't see the "family gathering" part.
        Would be a good place to check out for one of the non-gathering meals, though!

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