The Best of the Gold Coast

We asked our readers to vote for their favorite places throughout Fairfield County. The more than 170 categories are grouped in three sections: Food + Drink (such as, new restaurant and local pub), Shop + Style (such as swimwear and shoes), and Services + To-Do’s (such as car washes and pet care). These are the places that make living here better than anywhere else. Of course, we think our readers are the best!

Food & Drink

Next time you want to catch up with what’s going on in your friends’ lives, all the details, spend time together while enjoying good food and drinks. Here’s the list of local restaurants, cafés, bars, grab-and-go places, food and drink markets and more that our readers picked as their favorites. No matter where you are in Fairfield County, there’s a place nearby ready to serve.

The Winner’s List

RESTAURANTS

Best Service
Match
98 Washington St., Norwalk, 203-852-1088;
matchsono.com

Business Lunch + Outdoor Seating
Artisan Southport
275 Old Post Rd., Southport, 203-307-4222;
artisansouthport.com

Creative Menu
Taco Daddy
121 Towne St., Stamford, 203-541-5770;
tacodaddystamford.com

Hotel Restaurant + Special Occasion/Date Night
Tavern at GrayBarns
194 Perry Ave., Norwalk, 203-580-1900;
tavernatgraybarns.com

New Restaurant
The Wheel
4 Star Point, Stamford, 475-270-1300;
thevillagewheel.com

Outdoor Dining + Seafood
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
89 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, 203-866-4488;
rowaytonseafood.com

Pickup/Delivery Option
Little Pub
531 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-717-1147;
26 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-1122;
2133 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-612-4567;
see all locations at littlepub.com

Private Dining/Intimate Venue
Oak and Almond
544 Main Ave., Norwalk, 203-846-4600;
oakandalmond.com

Steak
Washington Prime
141 Washington St., Norwalk, 203-857-1314
washingtonprimect.com

Sushi
Nordic Fish
1499 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-292-8400;
nordicfishfairfield.com

Tapas
Barcelona Wine Bar
222 Summer St., Stamford, 203-348-4800;
515 West Ave., Norwalk,203-854-5600;
4180 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-255-0800;
see all locations at barcelonawinebar.com

REGIONAL SPECIALTIES

American
Little Pub
531 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-717-1147;
26 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-1122;
2133 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-612-4567;
see all locations at littlepub.com

Asian Fusion
Mecha Noodle Bar
151 Bedford St., Stamford, 203-801-7577;
116 Washington St., Norwalk, 203-295-8718;
1215 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-292-8222;
see all locations at mechanoodlebar.com

Chinese
Village Gourmet
22 Chestnut Hill Rd., Norwalk, 203-849-8788;
villagegourmetnorwalk.com

French
Bruxelles Brasserie
63-71 N. Main St., Norwalk, 203-857-1494;
bruxellessono.com

Greek + Mediterranean
Layla’s Falafel
936 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-461-8004;
1535 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-955-1583;
2088 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-384-0100;
laylasfalafel.com

Indian
Coromandel Cuisine of India
25 Old Kings Hwy. N., Darien, 203-662-1213;
coromandeldarienct.com

Italian
Café Silvium
371 Shippan Ave., Stamford, 203-324-1651;
cafesilviumct.com

Japanese
Hinoki
363 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-900-0011;
hinokigreenwich.com

Mexican
bartaco
222 Summer St., Stamford, 203-323-8226;
20 Wilton Rd., Westport, 203-222-8226;
see all locations at bartaco.com

Spanish
Barcelona Wine Bar
222 Summer St., Stamford, 203-348-4800;
515 West Ave., Norwalk, 203-854-5600;
4180 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-255-0800;
see all locations at barcelonawinebar.com

Thai
Little Thai Kitchen
21 St. Roch Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-2972;
4 West Ave., Darien, 203-662-0038;
littlethaikitchen.com

CASUAL FOOD

Bagels
Liz Sue
63 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-323-4611;
120 New Canaan Ave., Norwalk, 203-849-1322;
lizsuebagelsinc.com

Bowls
Mecha Noodle Bar
151 Bedford St., Stamford, 203-801-7577;
116 Washington St., Norwalk, 203-295-8718;
1215 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-292-8222;
see all locations at mechanoodlebar.com

Burritos
Valencia Luncheria
164 Main St., Norwalk, 203-846-8009;
valencialuncheria.com

Frozen Yogurt
16 Handles
219 Bedford St., Stamford, 203-817-0707;
1300 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-292-9841;
see all locations at 16handles.com

Hamburgers
Match Burger Lobster
580 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-8800;
matchburgerlobster.com

Hot Dogs
Super Duper Weenie
306 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-334-3647;
superduperweenie.com

Ice Cream
Gofer Ice Cream
522 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-661-9080;
551 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-990-0094;
869 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-504-3105;
103 Main St., New Canaan, 203-594-1342;
1020 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-202-2661;
379 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-210-5546;
see all locations at gofericecream.com

Pizza
Letizia’s
666 Main Ave., Norwalk, 203-847-6022;
letiziaspizza.com

Ribs/Barbecue
Hoodoo Brown BBQ
967 Ethan Alley Hwy., Ridgefield, 203-438-6033;
hoodoobrownbbq.com

Salads
Little Pub
531 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-717-1147;
26 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-1122;
2133 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-612-4567;
see all locations at littlepub.com

DROP-IN SPOTS

Breakfast + Food Truck
The Tasty Yolk
1505 Pequot Ave., Southport, 203-726-6520;
999 Brookside Dr., Fairfield, 203-526-9745;
4700 Park Ave., Bridgeport, 203-572-8884;
storefront: 2992 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, 203-545-9311;
thetastyyolk.com

Brunch + Lunch Spot
Terrain Garden Café
561 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-226-27350;
shopterrain.com

Café/Bistro
Méli-Mélo
362 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-629-6153;
melimelogreenwich.com

Coffee Shop
Coffee for Good
48 Maple Ave., Greenwich, 203-979-4898;
coffeeforgood.org

Deli
A & S Italian Fine Foods
2079 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-576-1600;
asfinefoods.com

Diner
Orem’s Diner
167 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-7370;
oremsdiner.com

Health/Organic Food
Mike’s Organic
377 Fairfield Ave., Stamford, 203-274-6495;
mikesorganic.com

Juice Bar
The Stand Vegan Cafe
85 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, 203-873-0414;
thestandvegancafe.com

Vegetarian
Organic Krush
374 Post Rd. E., Westport, 475-477-1275;
organickrush.com

MARKETS + MORE

Bakery + Cakes/Cup Cakes + Desserts
DiMare Pastry Shop
1245 East Putnam Ave., Riverside, 203-637-4781;
12 Largo Dr. S., Stamford, 203-967-2253;
dimarepastry.com

Butcher
A & S Italian Fine Foods
2079 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-576-1600;
asfinefoods.com

Caterer + Gourmet to Go
Marcia Selden Catering & Events
65 Research Dr., Stamford, 203-353-8000;
marciaselden.com

Gourmet Grocery
Balducci’s
1050 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-637-7600;
1385 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-254-5200;
balduccis.com

Grocery Pickup/Delivery Option
Mike’s Organic
377 Fairfield Ave., Stamford, 203-274-6495;
mikesorganic.com

Liquor Store
Total Wine & More
380 Main St., Norwalk, 203-840-0007;
see all locations at totalwine.com

Organic Food Market
Westport Farmers’ Market
50 Imperial Ave., Westport;
westportfarmersmarket.com

Seafood Market
Fjord Fish Market
158 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-661-5006;
22 East Ave., New Canaan, 203-966-2200;
1015 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-202-9473;
1835 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-255-9331;
see all locations at fjordfishmarket.com

Wine Shop
Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market
2094 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-259-4692;
harryswine.com

BAR BOASTS

Beer Selection + Pub
Little Pub
531 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-717-1147;
26 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-1122;
2133 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-612-4567;
see all locations at littlepub.com

Margaritas
bartaco
222 Summer St., Stamford, 203-323-8226;
20 Wilton Rd., Westport, 203-222-8226;
see all locations at bartaco.com

Martinis
Tavern at GrayBarns
194 Perry Ave., Norwalk, 203-580-1900;
tavernatgraybarns.com

Microbrewery
Half Full
43 Homestead Ave., Stamford, 203-658-3631;
halffullbrewery.com

Mobile Bar
The Vintage Horse
thevintagehorses.com

Outdoor Bar
Cisco Brewers at The Village
4 Star Point, Stamford, 475-270-1300;
thevillagestamford.com/cisco-brewers

Restaurant Bar
BJ Ryan’s
57 Main St., Norwalk, 203-866-7926;
bjryans.com

Sports Bar
Blind Rhino
15 N. Main St., Norwalk, 203-956-7243;
3425 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, 203-362-5001;
theblindrhino.com

Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar
222 Summer St., Stamford, 203-348-4800;
515 West Ave., Norwalk, 203-854-5600;
4180 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-255-0800;
see all locations at barcelonawinebar.com

Wine List
Table 104
299 Long Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-388-8898;
table104stamford.com


Style & Shop

One of the best things about living in Fairfield County is the amazing shopPING, from the local, independent boutiques to nationally known names. Getting ready for an event, changing up the wardrobe or house for a new season, or buying a gift for a lucky someone is all the more fun because of the shopping options in our area. If you’re a new resident, here’s your guide to must-see places. Longtime residents, check if your favorite made the list!

The Winner’s List

FASHION

Accessories + Designer Boutique
Darien Sport Shop
1127 Post Rd., Darien, 203-655-2575;
dariensport.com

Consignment
Olive My Stuff
39 Sanford St., Fairfield, 203-261-2783

Department Store + Women’s Fashion
Nordstrom at the The SoNo Collection
100 N. Water St., South Norwalk, 203-642-2634;
nordstrom.com and thesonocollection.com

Event Dresses/Bridal Gowns/Bridesmaid Dresses
Marietta C. Designs
436 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich;
mariettac.com

Eyewear
Warby Parker
344 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-433-7701;
The SoNo Collection, 100 N. Water St., South Norwalk, 203-648-9689;
warbyparker.com and thesonocollection.com

Jeans + Teen Fashion + Virtual/Online Shopping Services
Apricot Lane
1499 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-292-9888;
apricotlaneboutique.com

Lingerie + Swimwear
Soleil Toile
44 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-966-2887;
14 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-454-8688;
soleiltoile.com

Luxe Leisurewear + Men’s Fashion + Men’s Shoes + Personal/Private Shopping Services
Mitchells/Richards
359 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-0551;
670 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-5165;
shop.mitchellstores.com

New Shop
Love Shack Fancy
113 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-629-7915;
loveshackfancy.com

Women’s Shoes
Shoes ‘N’ More
251 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-629-2323;
1074-1076 Post Rd., Darien, 203-202-7702;
121 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-972-8484;
275 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-4224;
see all locations at shoesnmore.com

JEWELRY

Designer Jewelry
Betteridge
239 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-869-0124;
betteridge.com

Estate Jewelry
Peter Suchy
1137 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-327-0024;
petersuchyjewelers.com

Everyday Jewelry
ASHA
409 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-661-0100;
ashabyadm.com

Fine Jewelry
Lux Bond & Green
136 Main St., Westport, 203-227-1300;
lbgreen.com

Local Jewelry Boutique
JL Rocks
292 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-454-4541;
5 Riverside Ln., Greenwich, 203-990-0043;
jlrocks.com

Selection of Local Designers
R. Hollander Master Goldsmith
154 Bedford St., Stamford, 203-363-2200;
ringart.com

Special Occasion Jewelry
Shreve, Crump & Low
125 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-6205;
shrevecrumpandlow.com

Watches
Manfredi Jewels
121 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 866-610-0705;
72 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-966-8705;
manfredijewels.com

Wedding/Engagement Rings
Henry C. Reid Jewelers
1591 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-255-0447;
hcreidjewelers.com

HOME

Antiques/Vintage Store
Mongers Market
1155 Railroad Ave., Bridgeport, 203-583-5899;
mongers-market.com

Appliances
Aitoro
401 Westport Ave., Norwalk, 203-847-2471;
aitoro.com

Closet/Organization
California Closets
565 Westport Ave., Norwalk, 855-261-1573;
californiaclosets.com

Decor
The Post
1799 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-292-5700;
thepostct.com

Furniture
Serena & Lily
35 Elm St., Westport, 203-635-8000;
serenaandlily.com

Garden Center
Terrain
561 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-226-2750;
shopterrain.com

Hardware + Paint + Windows/Doors
Ring’s End
181 West Ave., Darien, 203-655-2525;
see all locations at ringsend.com

Home Tech
Robert Allen Multimedia
21 Cross St., New Canaan, 203-856-0058;
ramultimedia-ctny.com

Kitchen + Bath
BENDER
235 Westport Ave., Norwalk, 203-663-0272;
28 Harbor St., Stamford, 203-324-6166;
see all showroom locations at benderplumbing.com

Lighting
Chloe Winston Lighting Design
68 Water St., Norwalk, 203-957-8686;
chloewinstonlighting.com

Linens
Fig
66 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-8669;
figlinensandhome.com

Outdoor Furniture
Patio.com
428 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-869-3084;
919 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-222-1620;
see all locations at patio.com

Pool Design
Shoreline
393 West Ave., Stamford, 203-967-1203;
shorelinepools.com

Rugs
Redi-Cut
1620 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-256-0414;
redicarpets.com

Stone
Gault Stone
Westport, 203-227-5181;
gaultstone.com


Services & To Dos

Need some expert help around the house or have a long list of things to get done on Saturday morning? We get it. Life’s busy, and there’s always something to get done. Luckily, we live in Fairfield County, which means there’s a helpful pro nearby and plenty of great shops to help us tick things off that list. Speaking of lists, here’s our readers’ list of essential places for beauty, fitness, family stuff and all the other essentials of the good life.

The Winner’s List

PAMPERING

Blow Out/Updo
H Salon
2060 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-255-0798;
hsaloncolorcutdesign.com

Color + Women’s Styling/Salon
The Color Café
23 Benedict Pl., Greenwich;
Color Cafe North, 456 Main Ave., Norwalk, 203-769-1929;
colorcafestudio.com

Cosmetic Spa
Elements Massage
2173 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-923-2303;
elementsmassage.com

Eyebrow/Eyelash Services
Bare, A Skincare Experience
495 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-212-9846;
bareskincarect.com

Facial
Esthetica Skin
21 Benedict Pl., Greenwich, 914-255-3020;
estheticaskin.com

Makeup Application
Lindsey Trop Weddings
42 Riverside Dr., Fairfield, 203-550-3769;
lindseytropweddings.com

Makeup Boutique
bluemercury
254 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-863-0005;
120 Main St., New Canaan, 203-972-7100;
1015 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-656-9660;
57 Main St., Westport, 203-222-9222;
62 Main St., Westport, 203-227-6900;
see all locations at bluemercury.com

Mani/Pedi
Posh Spa & Nails
195 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-900-1099;
1077 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-309-5454;
401 Post Rd. W., Westport, 203-222-8830;
poshct.com

Massage
Artistex Salon & Spa
260 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-222-0344;
artistexsalon.com

Men’s Styling/Salon
Westport Cut & Shave
235 Post Rd., Westport, 203-557-8500;
westportcutshave.com

Spray Tan
GLOW
1081 East Putnam Ave., Riverside, 203-990-0209;
glow-tone.com

Waxing/Hair Removal
The Waxing Spot
211 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-340-9590;
420 Post Rd. W., Westport, 203-228-5118;
thewaxingspot.com

FITNESS + GEAR

Activewear
Athleta
350 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-625-0129;
103-107 Main St., Westport, 203-454-0001;
see all locations at athleta.gap.com

Barre
BodyQuest
580 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-6677;
bodyqueststudio.com

Bicycle Shop
Velofix
85 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, 203-448-9753;
velofix.com

Crossfit
Crossfit Norwalk
30 Muller Ave., Norwalk, 203-939-1040;
crossfitnorwalk.com

Dance Fitness
Allegra Dance Greenwich
245 Mill St., Greenwich, 203-629-9162;
allegradancegreenwich.com

Fitness Studio
Orangetheory Fitness
1101 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-883-9518;
364 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-309-1669;
205 Main St., Norwalk, 203-883-6070;
645 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-883-9262;
525 Tunxis Hill Cut Off, Fairfield, 203-883-8220;
orangetheoryfitness.com

Golf Equipment
Golf Galaxy
595 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, 203-855-0500;
see all locations at golfgalaxy.com

Gym
Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, 203-989-1000;
chelseapiersct.com

Indoor Cycling
JoyRide Cycling + Fitness
1200 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-349-5454;
joyridestudio.com

Pilates
Black Rock Pilates
2889 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, 203-335-1987;
blackrockpilates.com

Private Fitness Training + Virtual/Live Stream Fitness
Upper Deck Fitness
225 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-309-6231;
upperdeckfitness.com

Yoga
Sama Yoga Center
45 Grove St., New Canaan, 203-594-7077;
samayogacenter.com

FAMILY LIFE

Art Classes
Make-modern
1985 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-655-1985;
make-modern.com

Children’s/Baby Décor
Groove
420 Post Rd. W., Westport, 203-557-8111;
115 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-920-1700;
shopgroove.net

Children’s Clothes
Classic Prep
161 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, 203-490-6511;
classicprep.com

Children’s Fitness Training + Children’s Parties
Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, 203-989-1000;
chelseapiersct.com

Children’s Haircuts
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
1568 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-557-8700;
sharkeyscutsforkids.com

Children’s Music Lessons
Fairfield | Trumbull School of Music
531 Tunxis Hill Rd., Fairfield, 203-690-1888;
100 Corporate Dr., Trumbull, 203-445-6565;
ftsmusic.org

College Prep Courses
Carnegie Prep
203-352-3500;
carnegieprep.com

Family-Friendly Restaurant
Little Pub
531 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-717-1147;
26 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-1122;
2133 Black Rock Tpk., Fairfield, 203-612-4567;
see all locations at littlepub.com

Nanny/Babysitting Services
Nannies As Needed
see all locations at nanniesasneeded.com

Toy Store
Darien Toy Box
1064 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-202-2992;
darientoybox.com

DAILY ESSENTIALS

Auto Repair Shop
JR Auto & Truck Repair
110 Lenox Ave., Stamford, 203-588-0290;
facebook.com/jrautoandtruckrepair

Bookstore
Barnes & Noble
76 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-221-7955;
barnesandnoble.com

Car Wash
Splash Car Wash
see all locations at splashcarwashes.com

CBD Store
Franny’s Farmacy
33 Elm St., Westport, 203-557-4397;
frannysfarmacy.com

Custom Built Automotive
European Auto Center Repair
539 West Ave., Norwalk, 203-852-0500;
europeanautocenterrepair.com

Dry Cleaners
Minute Men Cleaners
223 East Putnam Ave., 203-869-3361;
600 Riverside Ave., 203-227-6153;
190 Weston Rd., Weston, 203-349-5302;
minutemencleaners.com

Event Venue
The Inn at Longshore
260 Compo Rd. S., Westport, 203-226-3316;
innatlongshore.com

Fine Art Gallery
C. Parker Gallery
409 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-661-0205;
cparkergallery.com

Florist
McArdle’s Floral & Garden Design
48 Arch St., Greenwich, 203-661-5600;
mcardles.com

Gift Shop
Navy Lobster
58 William St., Greenwich, 203-625-8243;

Livery Service
Rudy’s Limousine
203-609-8000 (reservations), 866-678-3700 (curbside pickup);
rudylimo.com

Local Hotel
Delamar Southport
275 Old Post Rd., Southport, 203-259-2800;
delamar.com/southport

Pet Groomer/Pet Spa + Veterinarian
Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel
184 Selleck St., Stamford, 203-973-7768;
spotonvet.com

Pet Supplies/Clothing
Earth Animal
925 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-222-7173;
earthanimal.com

Portrait Photographer + Wedding Photographer
Melani Lust
melanilustphotography.com

Shoe Repair
Westfair Shoe Repair
1783 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-259-5587

Stationery/Formal Invitations
The Write Stuff
thewritestuffct.com

Storage Facility
Westy Self Storage
80 Brownhouse Rd., Stamford, 203-961-8000;
50 Keeler Ave., Norwalk, 203-899-1234;
65 Danbury Rd., Wilton, 203-762-7600;
2070 Kings Hwy., Fairfield, 203-256-2777;
see all locations at westy.com

Tailor
Mitchells/Richards
359 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-0551;
670 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-5165;
shop.mitchellstores.com

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