Nov 22, 2011
04:12 PMCafé Connecticut
November Table Talk
Voilà! Something new and different, French and fun has opened in Fairfield: a crêperie with a pedigree. The brainchild of Dominique Arrighi and Lional Arnal, chef-owners of Bon Appetit Café, Wilton’s best-known gourmet secret, Bon Appétit Crêperie (203/908-3455) is equally precocious. Try the Périgord crêpe with duck confit, goat cheese, fig jam and caramelized walnuts or a classic croque Madame, and don’t skip dessert. There’s a Key lime crêpe and one that tastes like tarte tatin—with homemade ice cream. Bon appétit.
A short walk from Infinity Music Hall on Route 44 in Norfolk, the recently reopened Wood Creek Bar & Grill (860/542-1200) has a lot going for it: Thirsty Thursdays drink specials, dart games, box lunches to grab and go, a beyond-the-basics bar menu and down-to-earth prices. Specials include dishes such as panko-crusted halibut with orange beurre blanc, coconut shrimp marinated in cilantro and lime with mango sauce, and ricotta balls stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella in vodka cream sauce, not to mention burgers, shakes and fries.
There are Jags and Leafs, pickups and Jeeps parked behind the old-fashioned hitching posts at a cool new tavern called—what else—Tavern in Monroe (203/880-5007, tavernmonroe.com), where Rivalry Sports Grille used to be. Besides the attractive interior makeover, the big draw is a menu that owner Scott Beck (who opened and owns Match, one of the most popular restaurants in SoNo) says was designed to provide something for everyone. “Eclectic comfort food” he calls it—everything from “awesome burgers,” salads and a mini grilled-cheese board to meatloaf, fish-and-chips and buttermilk-brined fried free-range chicken.
In chilly New Haven, Zafra, a new Cuban restaurant and rum bar, (203/859-5342, zafrarumbar.com), is all about sugar islands in the sun. Mojitos, lechon assado, tapas, paella and 100 flavors of rum, not to mention weekly sessions of salsa and steel drum.November Table Talk