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Simple Fish House in SW CT

zackly Apr 25, 2014 09:24 AM

I'm looking for a seafood restaurant for dinner tonight in the Stamford Norwalk area that serves the freshest seafood simply prepared. Not looking for "gourmet" presentations just fresh seafood simply prepared served in ample portions. Anything exist like that around here? Thanks!

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    discounteggroll RE: zackly Apr 25, 2014 12:24 PM

    Nola in norwalk or the Whelk in westport seem like appropriate places

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      zackly RE: discounteggroll Apr 25, 2014 01:05 PM

      The Whelk & their other restaurant Le Farm are both great but not my idea of a "simple fish house". Apparently they don't exist around here anymore which is understandable because good seafood is so expensive.

    2. bagelman01 RE: zackly Apr 25, 2014 01:16 PM

      If you'll consider Westport>
      Westfair Fish and Chips, Simple, but does broiled as well as fried


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        stamfoodie RE: zackly Apr 29, 2014 09:54 AM

        Try the new F.I.S.H. in Stamford on Bedford St. http://www.fishstamford.com/

        And of course there's always the pricey, clubbie, but nonetheless delicious Rowayton Seafood.

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          zackly RE: stamfoodie May 17, 2014 06:10 AM

          Tried FISH last night. Here's my Yelp review:

          Had dinner @ FISH last evening. The also own Quattro Pazzi next door. Since I have to watch my carbohydrate intake I have to fill up on the other two, protein & fat. So many seafood restaurants serve a small portion of seafood on top of an elaborabe preparion of vegetables, grains, etc. I have been looking for a restaurant that serves generous portions of excellent seafood, simply prepared like an old school fish house. This restaurnt comes close. The food is excellent but five medium sea scallops over sauteed spinach wasn't enough food for me. I realize that good seafood is expensive but I would have liked more scallops. I had an oyster sampler that was good and my wife had a seafood chowder that, once she added salt & pepper, was very tasty. This is an upscale joint and @ 7:30 on a Friday night both the bar and dining room were filled and a tad too noisy. We had to lean forward to talk/hear the person accross the table. I don't know why so many trendy restaurants use all hard surfaces with nothing to absord the sound. They need to adress the noise issue. If I was judging food alone I would give FISH four stars.

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          Banjar RE: zackly May 1, 2014 03:26 PM

          Second that last. They are open on Post Rd. just North of the airport in the Ann and Hope lot. You can not miss the classic(?) Rock Point d├ęcor.

          Haven't been yet. The weather has to improve first as there is only outdoor seating.

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            bagelman01 RE: Banjar May 1, 2014 05:17 PM

            What are you posting about?

            Did you mean to reply to another thread.

            Post Rd north of the airport in the Ann and Hope Lot.....

            Certainly NOT in SW Connecticut

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            zackly RE: zackly May 1, 2014 06:49 PM

            I plan to try F.I.S.H. in Stamford soon. Another place I was told to try just over the NY border in Rye Is Morgans fish House.
            http://www.morgansfishhouse.net/menu/.... Anyone ever eat there?

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              priusfan RE: zackly May 17, 2014 02:22 PM

              Morgans Fish House has very little to remind you of the coast, but the food is quite good. Only problem is that it is noisy. We did celebrate a family birthday there last year and everyone was happy with the food.

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                zackly RE: priusfan May 17, 2014 02:50 PM

                I plan to check out Morgans soon.

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              SteveSCT RE: zackly May 19, 2014 07:29 AM

              Has anyone been to Harbor Lights in Norwalk?

              We went to Overtons for some waterside fried clams yesterday (the dockside dining is nice, but we always wish it were better - it is several steps below Eastern CT, let alone Maine), and realized that we had never tried Harbor Lights across the parking lot.

              Looking at the menu, it certainly seems to be a simple fish restaurant with waterside views and reasonable prices. Yet it never comes up when we think of trying new places, and we don't know anyone who has been there. Does anyone have some feedback?


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                zackly RE: SteveSCT May 19, 2014 07:36 AM

                I've been to Harbor lights twice quite awhile ago when somone else was paying. Nice setting, with decent food it's a near miss for me so I've haven't gone back. They also own Overtons which they've managed to screw up. The whole belly clams are not nearly as good as they used to be. Instead of raising the price to reflect the current market they're using an inferior clam, maybe blending some frozen
                Chinese bellies or jumbo clam strips.

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                SteveSCT RE: zackly May 19, 2014 07:57 AM

                Thanks for the quick feedback.

                My problem with Overton's is their heavy-handed breading even more than the underlying seafood. Even if there were great clams inside, it would hard to discern them.

                We just had very good fried clams, etc. at Fisherman's Net in Darien. But no atmosphere.

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                  zackly RE: SteveSCT May 19, 2014 12:45 PM

                  Have you tried Westfair Fish & Chips om US 1 in Westport close to Fairfield line? I haven't been there in many years but a friend from London says their fish and chips are "proper" and excellent. They also sell whole bellies @ market price.

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                    bagelman01 RE: zackly May 19, 2014 01:20 PM

                    Gee, I posted that back on April 25

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                  pajacobs86 RE: zackly Jun 19, 2014 01:53 PM

                  A little out of your geographic request but Black Rock Oyster Bar in Fairfield is very good. Nice selection of choices. Fairly reasonable prices - not fancy. Good fried choices - oysters, clams, fish, shrimp. Very good chowder. Nice fresh oysters and excellent oysters rockefeller. I like the blackened catfish. Lots more.

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                    zackly RE: pajacobs86 Jun 19, 2014 02:27 PM

                    I have to check this out with my wife. Actually I'll be on Black Rock Turnpike tonight but I was thinking of going to Eren's Grill, the Turkish place, then having a cigar next door

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