Get Ready for Restaurant Week
From Monday, October 8th through Sunday, October 14th, restaurants across the state will be participating in the 5th Annual Connecticut Restaurant Week sponsored by the Connecticut Restaurant Association in conjunction with Sysco Connecticut and American Express.
Prices will be fixed at $20.12 for lunch or dinner menus. In some cases, places may offer a two-for-one special or a percentage off bottles of wine. Either way, it’s a deal!
"Restaurant Week provides diners with a unique opportunity to go out and enjoy a great meal at a great price,” said Nicole Griffin, Executive Director of Connecticut Restaurant Association, in a company press release. “Restaurants from Mystic to Stamford to Litchfield are participating in this year's event,"
There are a handful of restaurants in Fairfield and surrounding region that are participating. As an added bonus, there are also several restaurants in town that offer a prix fixe menu or certain specials on a regular basis to take advantage of. So, you may not have to wait until restaurant week to enjoy them. But certainly, the event is a great way for customers to try a new place.
“Restaurants and customers alike benefit from this great week of meals and deals,” added Griffin. “Connecticut is home to so many wonderful varieties of cuisines and Restaurant Week is a fantastic way to showcase them.”
There are more than 90 participating eateries this year. To find out which restaurants are offering a special menu for Restaurant Week, please go to www.ctrestaurant.org to see a full list of participating restaurants as well as their menus.
Below is a list of restaurants that are participating in restaurant week in our area. As an added bonus, the list beyond it has those restaurants that regularly offer a special or prix fixe menu.
$20.12 Restaurant Week:
Tuscan Oven Trattoria
544 Main Avenue
Soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, meats and fish—they’ve got everything a traditional Italian menu has to offer. They are open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.to 9:00 p.m.
The Sitting Duck Tavern
3694 Main Street on Paradise Green
Owned by the same group that runs Southport Brewing Company, they offer hearty fare with roasted chicken, New York Strip, and Lobster mac and cheese on the menu. They are open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m.to 1:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at 10:00 p.m.); Sunday, 11:30 a.m.to 12:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at 9:00 p.m.).
Patrizia’s of Stamford
249 Main Street
If you like the sound of a mango salad with blueberries and candied pecans, grilled Branzino, or lobster ravioli in a blush sauce, then this is the place for you. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
52 Sanford Street
Offering a lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, that also includes one glass of house wine. Tempt your taste buds with baby spinach salad, dried cranberries and pistachios. Or why not give the bay scallops in lobster sauce a try? Follow it up with crème brulee, and you’re all set!
Prix Fixe Menus:
70 Reef Road
For prix fixe, their lunch menu is $13 and their dinner menu is $23. If you’d like your meal to include warmed feta and pork souvlaki marinated in lemon and herbs with a tzatziki sauce, you might want to stop by.
1599 Post Road
They offer prix fixe lunch specials only that range from $7 - $13. Try any one of their organic salads with their pastas and paninis. The produce is not only organic but so is the protein. All of the meats and fish are local, organic, or wild.
55 Miller Street
They have a Sunday Special menu only set at $26 with all bottles of wine at 40% off. You have your choice of antipasti, secondi, and dolci. A little Italian flair? Yes, definitely. But Italian is not the only cuisine on the menu. Spicy salmon tartare and a half roasted free-range chicken are nestled in along with the gnocchi and the tiramisu.
1253 Post Road
For really fresh sushi, Fin just can’t be beat (although Wild Rice further down Post Road is a close second). They offer a Lunch Box Special served every day with bento box meals priced at $7.95 with soup or salad, California roll, and spring roll. Sushi lunch choices of sushi rolls or sashimi range from $8.95 to $12.95, also served with soup or salad. And in case you happen to be in the neighborhood, Fin also has a Stamford location.
1435 Post Road
Centro has had their “Centro To Go” meal for years and it’s a winner! For $15.95 for two people or $26.95 for four people, you get pastas and sauces of your choice with Caesar salad, marinated olives and Italian bread. Great dinner for a busy night or for that special couple who just had a baby and cooking is the last thing on their minds!
2316 Post Road
Great French food just got even better. On Sundays through Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., it’s “Buck-A-Shuck!” For $1 each, you can shuck oysters, clams or shrimp. It’s a great deal for shellfish lovers. Get yourself a dozen, add a glass of Prosecco, and that’s a five-star meal right there!