Light the Lantern
Old Post Tavern offers old world atmosphere with modern American Cuisine
In keeping with tavern tradition, when the lantern over the door at the Old Post Tavern is lit, food is being served and guests are welcome. The building, which sits at the crossroads of the Old Post Road and the “new” Post Road in Fairfield Center, was originally constructed to house the Community Theater and an attached ice cream parlor and restaurant. “Since the building was built in 1908, this has always been a restaurant,” explains chef/owner Patrick Tennaro.
When the Fairfielder took over the space in 2010, more than 100 years later, he looked to evoke that old world atmosphere while serving modern American cuisine. Classic steakhouse appetizers are served with a twist, including thick cut bacon with chimichurri sauce and plump cajun scallops. Salads, small plates (don’t miss the cucumber lobster rolls), and a raw bar round out the starters. Burgers, seafood, pastas, and steaks complete the menu. In addition to lunch, dinner, and bar menus, OPT also serves Sunday brunch. You’ll find traditional dishes like eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, four rotating brunch specials each weekend, plus a full lunch menu. The raw bar platter is not to be missed for fresh shellfish. Friday and Saturday nights there is often live music, so check the website for more information.
Old Post Tavern
1418 Old Post Rd.
$ Moderate to Expensive