Stamford Summer Restaurant Week 2014

It’s time for Summer restaurant week in Stamford.

Check out the info &  participating restaurants below!

Leave a comment if you’re thinking of dining somewhere & want a recommendation…enjoy!

Stamford Summer Restaurant Weeks August 18 – September 1, 2014.

Yes, two weeks of special multi-course menus and dining deals!

This Summer over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.14, $12.14 or $20.14 and dinner ranges from $15.14, $20.14 or $30.14. New this year: each participating restaurant will be mixing up its very own Signature Summer Cocktails to be featured during Restaurant Weeks.

Menus will be posted soon, so check back often!

View the list of participating restaurants below:

Restaurants Offering $10.14 Lunch And $15.14 Dinner:

Franklin Street Works Cafe* – RW Menu – 203-595-5211

Fuji Asian Restaurant* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-967-8989

McFadden’s Stamford* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-324-4448

Tomatillo Taco Joint* – RW Menus – 203-324-4777

Restaurants Offering $12.14 Lunch And $20.14 Dinner:

Azuca – RW Menus – 203-817-0189

Capriccio Café* – RW Menus – 203-356-9819

Castle Bar & Grill* – RW Menus – 203-357-9800

Fin II Japanese Restaurant* – RW Menus – 203-359-6688

Kotobuki – RW Menus – 203-359-4747

Lucky’s Classic Burger* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-978-0268

Quattro Pazzi* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-324-7000 – Make Reservations

Remo’s Brick Oven Pizza* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-973-0077

Sam’s American Bistro – RW Menus – 203-977-1265

Tengda Asian Bistro – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-353-8005

Volta Gelateria Creperia* – RW Menus – 203-883-8841

Restaurants Offering $20.14 Lunch And $30.14 Dinner:

Aria – RW Menu Coming Soon –  203-324-2742 – Make Reservations

Bar Rosso* – RW Menus – 203-388-8640 – Make Reservations

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar – RW Menus – 203-348-4800

The Capital Grille* – RW Menus – 203-967-0000 – Make Reservations

Cask Republic – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-348-2275 – Make Reservations

Columbus Park Trattoria* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-967-9191

Cotto Wine Bar* – RW Menus – 203-914-1400 – Make Reservations

EOS Greek Cuisine* – RW Menus – 203-569-6250 – Make Reservations

F•I•S•H•* – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-724-9300 – Make Reservations

Gastro Bar – RW Menus – 203-817-0392

Hudson Grille* – RW Menu – 203-883-8600 – Make Reservations

Kona Grill* – RW Menus – 203-324-5700

Lola’s Mexican Kitchen – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-674-5652 – Make Reservations

Morton’s, The Steakhouse – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-324-3939 – Make Reservations

napa & co. – RW Menus – 203-353-3319 – Make Reservations

Patrizia’s of Stamford – RW Menus – 203-348-8000 – Make Reservations

The Fez  – RW Menu Coming Soon – 203-324-3391

Villa Italia – RW Menus – 203-348-7742

ZAZA Italian Gastrobar – RW Menus – 203-348-2300

* Participating in the Kids’ Fans program.

This year in partnership with Stamford Hospital, Stamford Tables will host KIDS’ FANS 5-2-1-0, a program designed to promote nutrition and fitness in Stamford. All children under 12 will be offered a healthy lunch for $6.96 and dinner for $9.95 at the above listed restaurants.

Dine out and receive an Avon Theatre Film Center Coupon to “Buy one General Admission Ticket and Get One Free” plus two Free Medium Popcorns! Promotion expires 9/30/14

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Valencia Luncheria-Food Truck

Soooo I’ve gone to the Valencia food truck in Vet’s Park in Stamford twice in one week because it was just that good!

Last Friday I took a chance and ordered the Cuban sandwich & a Cheeseburger empanada.  I say ‘took a chance’ because there was no description under the Cuban sandwich, but I figured it had to be good for two reasons. 1 being that it was the only sandwich offered, and 2 because I assumed it would be a combo of a meat and a cheese…and I love most meats and most cheeses..soo I mean it couldn’t be terrible….. and MAN was I right in my assumption!

Let’s start with Last Friday’s lunch…

Valencia's Cuban Sandwich & Cheeseburger Empanada

Valencia’s Cuban Sandwich & Cheeseburger Empanada

 

Would you LOOK at that crispy, toasted bun!? The Cuban sandwich consists of roasted pork, tavern ham, proscuitto, swiss cheese, and pickles.  If you’re thinking ‘wow, that’s so much meat’, you’re right. And it’s awesome. It’s a big sandwich for sure – I gave the other half to my Colombian co-worker and she LOVED it.  I originally asked for the beef picadillo empanada, but they were sold out and the (very smart) man suggested I get the cheeseburger empanada – which is the same as the beef picadillo but with mozzarella cheese.  I wasn’t upset with that information and I agreed.  It was just a delicious meat & cheese party in my mouth. The sandwich and empanada hit the spot for sure! I would absolutely get them both again….and I did.

As I said, I went twice in 1 week, so here was today’s choice…

 

Empanada Combo Platter! Cheeseburger & Beef Picadillo Empanada with Rice, Beans, Avocados, and Plantains

Empanada Combo! Cheeseburger & Beef Picadillo Empanada with Rice, Beans, Avocados, & Plantains

 

Ok, so I mean I don’t have to tell you that this was awesome right? I had to get the cheeseburger empanada again and I wanted to compare it with the beef picadillo one, and shockingly (insert sarcasm here) the cheeseburger one was better.  I mean cheese makes ANYTHING better.  The beef one was good too – but I prefer mozz to no mozz, feel me? This combo platter has everything you need, sweet & salty.  Those plantains were done RIGHT. The rice & beans were very good as well, although I couldn’t finish them because I was so full!

Verdict when it comes to the Valencia food truck….DO IT.   I’ve been to their restaurant as well and there’s so much to choose from!

Check their facebook page for their food truck schedule or go to their main spot in Norwalk!

 

Valencia Luncheria – FACEBOOK

Valencia Luncheria – WEBSITE  

Valencia Luncheria, 164 Main Street, Norwalk, CT

The Capital Grille (Restaurant Week – Lunch)

230 Tresser Blvd  Stamford, CT 06901 – (203) 967-0000

I’ve been to The Capital Grille numerous times for restaurant week in the past, but only for dinner (recommendations below).  I decided to go for lunch because I saw that they had a cheeseburger on the menu and I’m always up for trying a new burger!  For their lunch special, $20.13 gets you a salad, an entree, and a dessert.  Anyone who is familiar with Capital Grille’s prices knows that $20.13 is a steal for lunch.  See their Restaurant Week Menu HERE!

Capital Grille Signature Cheeseburger: A blend of Chopped Sirloin, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Sweet Onion with Truffle Fries

Capital Grille Signature Cheeseburger: A blend of Chopped Sirloin, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles & Sweet Onion with Parmesan Truffle Fries

While I do think that the cheeseburger was very good, it’s not the best I’ve had.  I think I expected it to be a bit different and maybe more original – but I suppose bacon, lettuce, and tomato appeals to most of the population.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the BLT combo, but it’s been better at other restaurants.  The meat was deliciously tender & seasoned and the truffle fries were AMAZING.  A good burger – but I would rather have had another dish.  I had their caesar salad & their chocolate ice cream as well – both were satisfying.  The WOW factor for me was the parmesan truffle fries – definitely the star of the meal.

I’ve been dying to try their Wagyu Cheeseburger, which is supposed to be phenomenal! I did not see it on the regular menu online or restaurant week menu and was a little disappointed.  Perhaps it’s a special? Or maybe they only offer it at specific locations? The Wagyu burger is served on a Brioche roll with Havarti cheese and a sunny side up egg & crispy onions.  Now THAT sounds like a burger!  Their signature burger is definitely worth a taste though!

If you’re going to the Capital Grille in Stamford for restaurant week (dinner), I absolutely recommend their Bone-In Dried Aged Sirloin & Filet Mignon for an entree.  Both are ridiculously good and I often have trouble deciding which one to choose.  I do enjoy their Creme Brulee for dessert as well.  I’ll be going back to CG for dinner next week so I’ll be updating this article with some pictures. Oh, and their Lobster Mac & Cheese is to die for – probably the best I’ve had 🙂

What do you recommend from The Capital Grille?

Saturday Sandwich from Rye Ridge Deli

http://www.ryeridgedeli.com

High Ridge Center, 1087 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT

Rye Rigde Shopping Center, 126 S. Ridge St, Rye Brook, NY

The Eastchester: Turkey, Pastrami, Cole Slaw & Russian dressing - Stamford, CT

The Eastchester: Turkey, Pastrami, Cole Slaw & Russian dressing – Stamford, CT

Helen’s Luncheonette – Stamford, CT

320 Hope Street, Stamford, CT  –   (203) 323-7571

Mon – Sat, 5:30am – 3pm

If you want home-style cooking, go to Helen’s.  One of my favorite places to get breakfast! They have delicious omelettes, sandwiches, salads, and more!  It’s a simple place and I appreciate that.  Owners are very friendly – I wish they were still open on Sundays!

I usually get an omelette with some sort of combo of cheese (usually feta), onions, spinach, & tomato.  I always ask for my potatoes crispy! And of course you have to have a breakfast meat, both their bacon and sausage are amazing.  Sometimes I have to get both.  If I’m feeling insatiable, (which is more common than not) I share a short stack of pancakes with whoever I’m with.

I’ve also tried their burgers and they’re good!  But it’s homestyle cooking – so don’t expect a five guys burger!  Fries and coleslaw that come with it are also enjoyable!  DO get their bacon or ham egg & cheeses as well.

Enjoy some breakfast pictures below!

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Riko’s Pizza – Stamford/Norwalk, CT

170 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT   203-674-8970
581 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT   203-614-9999
345 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT   203-822-7800

I’ve had pizza’s from both Stamford locations, and I haven’t been disappointed.  It can take a while for delivery, but that’s to be expected on a Friday/Saturday night.  Riko’s Pizza is super thin crust, just like Colony Grill in Stamford/Fairfield/Milford.  If you’re familiar with Colony, then you know they are almost the same pie.  There are minor differences, but not enough for me to have a CLEAR favorite.  They’re both delicious.  Riko’s offers thin crust pies with various toppings as well as salads and wings.  Haven’t tried any of their wings yet, but below is a list of pizza’s and salad’s I’ve tried and liked!

  • Pepperoni Pizza
  • Meatball & Ricotta Pizza
  • Hot Oil & Onion Pizza
  • Gorganzola Salad (Aged imported gorgonzola cheese, crispy romaine, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives)
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad (Marinated & roasted chicken breast, tangy buffalo sauce, crispy romaine, red onion, rough cut crispy bacon, tomatoes, signature creamy blue cheese dressing.)
Hot Oil & Onion Pie from Riko's Pizza (Newfield)

Hot Oil & Onion Pie from Riko’s Pizza (Newfield)

CLICK HERE to order from Riko’s Online!

Capriccio Cafe – Stamford, CT

189 Bedford Street , Stamford CT

http://www.capriccio-cafe.com

Let me start by saying that whenever I go to Capriccio, I never have a bad meal.  Sometimes the service is lacking, but I usually don’t mind because I’m never in a rush & if I’m sitting outside I’m just enjoying the atmosphere.  Besides food, I recommend the White Peach Sangria if you like a sweet refreshing drink.  Below is a list of what I’ve ordered and enjoyed from Capriccio.

  • Grilled Vegetable Stack (Zucchine, eggplant, tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, pesto)
  • Zucchini Chips (Crispy zucchini chips with their own marinara sauce)
  • Burrata Speck & Tomato (Cream filled fresh mozzarella, smoked prosciutto, tomatoes)
  • Fried Calamari  (Lemon, parsley, garlic dipping sauce)
  • Calamari alla Griglia (Grilled calamari served over a bed of arugula with lemon & olive oil dressing)
  • Cesare Salad (Caesar salad with croutons and shaved parmigiano cheese)
  • Lorenzo Salad (Fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, roasted peppers, mixed greens)
  • Mia Salad (Sun-dried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms and grilled chicken sauteed in shallots, balsamic sauce served warm over mixed green)
  • Via Pola Panini (Grilled chicken, goat cheese, sun-dried tomato, portobello mushrooms)
  • Messina Sandwich (grilled chicken, smoked mozzarella, avocado and sundried tomato pesto
  • Maestro Pizza (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, fresh tomato, fresh basil)
  • Margherita Pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil)
  • Rigatoni alla Vodka (pancetta, prosciutto di Parma, tomato-cream sauce with a splash of vodka)
  • Gelato (assorted flavors by Volta Gelateria )(chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, lemon, mixed berries sorbet)
Burrata Speck & Tomato - Capriccio Cafe Stamford, CT

Burrata Speck & Tomato @ Capriccio Cafe Stamford, CT

Mimosas @ Capriccio Cafe - Stamford, CT

Mimosas @ Capriccio Cafe – Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile – Stamford/Greenwich, CT

Check their Facebook page for location details.

http://meltmobilect.com

Melt Mobile in Veteran's Park - Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile in Veteran’s Park – Stamford, CT

SPECIALTY SANDWICHES

  • Original Melt – House blend of Tillamook Cheddar, Gruyere,Monterey Jack on Country White Bread.
  • The Insanewich – A grilled 6oz Angus burger with Bacon, shredded Lettuce, chopped Tomatoes and Melt Sauce between 2 Originals.
  •  Meatball 3 Cheese Squeeze – Diana’s Meatballs in Marinara, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano and Fresh Basil on Tuscan Bread.
  •  The Pork – U – Pine – Tillamook Cheddar, bbq pulled Pork, caramelized Onions, and sliced Dill Pickles on buttery grilled Country White.
  • The Svelte Melt(350 Cal) – Lowfat Jarlsberg, oven roasted Turkey,  Roma Tomatoes, whole grain Honey Mustard grilled on a 7 Grain.
  • Montecristo – Herb baked Country Ham, farm fresh Turkey, house Cheese blend [Cheddar\Gruyere\Jack] on Challah Bread dipped in French Toast battered and grilled, sprinkled with powdered Sugar and served with Mixed Berry Preserves.
  • The Caprese – Fresh mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, fire roasted peppers, tomato, arugula and pesto aioli on kalamata olive bread.
  • The Strawberry Supreme Melt -Fresh Strawberries, Nutella and Vanilla infused Mascarpone on crunchy Tuscan Bread dusted with powdered Sugar.
  • The Fluffernutter – Caramelized Bananas, Marshmallow Fluff, Belgian Chocolate and Peanut Butter on crunchy Tuscan Bread dusted with powdered Sugar.

 

ADD ON’S

  • Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
  • Vine Ripe Tomatoes
  • Caramelized Onions
  •  Sauteed Wild Mushrooms

I’ve tried the original & added caramelized onions, the meatball grilled cheese, and the pork – u – pine…loved them all!

LobsterCraft – Norwalk/Stamford/Greenwich, CT

 

Follow LobsterCraft on Facebook & Twitter for location details!

Last visit: July 2013

 

Rolls (served with side of chips)

  • “Coastal” Lobster Roll = hot butter, seasoning and plenty of lobster!”Heat Wave” Lobster Roll = Habanero and Serrano pepper infused butter, seasoning and of course lobster.”California” Lobster Roll = Avocado, cucumber and lobster with a wasabi
  • “L.B.L.T.” Lobster Roll Is a twist on an old favorite. Bacon, lettuce and tomato topped with a little mayo and fresh hot lobster!
  • The “Knuckle Sandwich” Lobster Roll is made with only the knuckle meat! Let em’ have it!
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
I had the LBLT & LOVED it!
LobsterCraft @ Harbor Point Beer Garden, Stamford, CT

LobsterCraft @ Harbor Point Beer Garden, Stamford, CT

However….I did share the Lobster mac & cheese with a friend and sadly it was disappointing. Cheese wasn’t gooey/melted..it may be better if another cheese was added or if a different cheese was used all together.  I’d like to think I got it on an off day.