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Frick Jun 4, 2012 09:42 AM

Going out with the in-laws, have heard about Viale and Ralph'n'Richs, but would like options beyond Italian. Any favorites?

  1. fcmenutalk Jun 4, 2012 10:38 AM

    1. Are you thinking just Italian? Bridgeport has a surprising amount of places to eat that span the culinary spectrum.
    2. Does it HAVE to be in Bridgeport, or can you venture over into the Fairfield area?

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      Frick Jun 4, 2012 12:28 PM

      I would actually prefer NOT Italian!
      I suppose anything in the Bridgeport vicinity is fair game.

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        SteveSCT Jun 4, 2012 01:51 PM

        Among my non-Italian Bridgeport recommendations are Epernay and Omanel. Epernay is a modern French bistro near downtown with cozy decor. Omanel has classic Portuguese food at very reasonable prices in a fairly spartan dining room. It is located on the other (west) side of Rte 8/25.

        My in-laws are fussier and less price conscious, so Epernay would be my choice. When we're with immediate family and friends, we enjoy Omanel.

        http://epernaybistro.com/

        http://omanelrestaurant.com

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          Frick Jun 4, 2012 02:20 PM

          I can see both of those in my future! Thank you.

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            fcmenutalk Jun 4, 2012 02:34 PM

            I have to agree on Omanel. The food is really good - and the price is nice too. Along the same lines of cuisine is Taberna on Madison Avenue. It's Portuguese as well, but more of a Tapas style.

            If you are feeling Turkish food - check out Bereket on Fairfield Avenue. It's always delicious. The large mixed app is slammin'.

            If you feel like dropping some change on steaks - Joseph's on Fairfield Avenue is a good bet.

            But if it's a special occasion, and want good Italian etc, then jump over the border into Southport (Fairfield) and hit up Paci. They have a FANTASTIC steak - believe it or not at an Italian place. Bit pricey, but worth it.

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              Frick Jun 4, 2012 03:14 PM

              I like Taberna's sister restaurant in Norwalk; will definately get to their Bridgeport restaurant - now that we know it is there!!

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                SteveSCT Jun 5, 2012 06:27 AM

                I can't believe I forgot about Bereket. Absolutely agree on that rec.

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                  Ima Foodie Jun 5, 2012 07:19 AM

                  Was going to suggest Taberna, but it's nont portugese. it's Spanish and while they do have tapas, it is not a tapas restaurant by any means.

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                    lsnhc Jun 5, 2012 01:52 PM

                    Just to echo a couple of suggestions above. Omanel is terrific - huge amounts of delicious food at very reasonable prices. Epernay is a bit more upscale with an emphasis of farm to table. Interesting and well priced wine list.
                    We ate at Taberna once last summer, and while we thought the food was good, the service was terrible and the room was very, very strange...

                    1. re: lsnhc
                      fcmenutalk Jun 8, 2012 01:43 PM

                      I stand corrected - it indeed is not Portuguese. I always draw that association - no clue why really.

                      Agreed, the service is on the slower side for sure. But if you're not in a rush, it's a nice relaxed meal.

                      Frick - and your final decision is/was?! DO TELL DO TELL!

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                        Frick Jun 8, 2012 01:51 PM

                        Final answer got turned over to the in-laws and I await their decision.
                        HOWEVER - I have a hearty list of restaurants I am going to try whether they are with us or not. Thank you to everyone. Will let you know.......

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              TAP Jun 14, 2012 08:02 PM

              Hi fcmemutalk - I'm just curious what Italian places you would recommend in Bridgeport, or in the Fairfield country area,. Looking for home made, authentic foods. non-pizza,
              Thanks in advance,
              Tom

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                TAP Jun 14, 2012 08:02 PM

                Hi fcmemutalk - I'm just curious what Italian places you would recommend in Bridgeport, or in the Fairfield country area,. Looking for home made, authentic foods. non-pizza,
                Thanks in advance,
                Tom

                1. re: TAP
                  fcmenutalk Jul 16, 2012 01:24 PM

                  TAP - Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If you're open to heading to Southport, I would highly recommend PACI (http://www.pacirestaurant.com/). It's located at the train station, but don't let that fool you, the food is legit. It's a bit pricy, so if you have some extra money to spend, or don't mind spending change on good food, then let it ride.

                  Have always been a fan of Tarantino in Westport - though haven't been in a bit since Angelo their exceptional maitre d' ventured off and opened his own place in the same town called Pane e Bene (http://www.paneebene.com/). Been meaning to make it out there, just haven't had a chance yet.

                  Also a fan of Columbus Park Trattoria in Stamford, and Finalmente in Westport.

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