This just in, OmNomivores: Washington Prime that has become a popular destination in SoNo has set its sights on Georgetown. You know, that spot where Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, and Wilton meet? Yes, there! They’ll be located at 19 Main Street, so get ready! They are set to open in June, perfect for some summer time eats. Continue reading
We know, we know, the “professionals” say that you’re NEVER supposed to go to a restaurant during the first few weeks of opening, let alone the first day! And we totally understand why, but what you gotta understand is, after Dan RAAAAAAAVED about his preview of Hoodoo Brown Barbeque a few weeks ago (when Kristien was at a 6.5 hour hair appoint–yeah, WTF?), saying it was some of the best BBQ he’s ever had, Kristien HAD to get in ASAP to confirm his declarations. Apparently we weren’t the only ones excited because even way before their opening at 5:30 on May 23, there was a line that stretched down the parking lot with people ready to get down and dirty with Nestor Laracuente’s Texas outlaw BBQ. Pretty awesome for a first night in business, huh?
Update: Hoodoo Brown BBQ is now open! Click here for our review.
Call us jaded, but when we heard about a new bbq joint opening up here in CT we were a little skeptical. See, despite our undying hope, we’ve only found one spot (Bear’s in Hartford) that has both really good meats and really good sides. The rest of BBQ joints we’ve tried here in CT have had maybe one or two really good meats or sides, but never the whole package, ya know? Well, not to get ahead of ourselves, but we suspect things ’bout to change ’round these parts with the opening of Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield on May 22 at 5:30 pm. We can say pretty confidently, based Dan’s recent tasting at an exclusive preview, that Hoodoo Brown BBQ has the potential to be the best in the state, if not the surrounding states. Wooooh, demm fighting words! Okay, let us explain:
As you get out of your car, savory smoke fills the air and you get that pain in your gut that blurts out, “FEED ME NOOOOOWWWW!” As you enter, the first thing you see is a giant glass window in back of the main dining room that gives you a nice view of the smoker in action. Oh, and that smoker? She’s a 108 inch Lang smoker that owners Cody Sperry and Nestor Laracuente (also Pitmaster) brought up from Georgia. They keep it on all day long at a nice and toasty 225º. Nestor is very proud of that view, saying that it helped bring a transparency to the bbq and experience at Hoodoo Brown. “We’re not taking any shortcuts here. It’s always low, it’s always slow. We’re only using wood here to smoke . . . no gas to speed things up like many places do.”
Beer and BBQ: don’t get much more ‘Murrican than that! That’s why you’re gonna need to check out these three events that are happening soon. First up there’s Ridgefield Gone Country on May 2-3, then there’s there’s Beer and BBQ on May 16, and rounding it all up is the Harbor Point Green Day and BBQ if you’re looking for a different kind of experience. Either way, check out these great events that are on the horizon:
2nd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Fest
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, May 3, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
You’ve been to their restaurants, you’ve tasted their food, so it’s about time that you got a chance to watch them cook live. Actually, cooking live is a bit of an understatement– we’re talking a full-on battle, Battle of the Chefs 2015 that is! On May 17 at Founders Hall you’ll watch Chef Silvia Bianco, private/corporate chef and cooking teacher, Chef Bernard Bouissou of the popular Bernard’s, and Chef Prasad Chirnomula of Thali (who is one of our faves and was also on Chopped) cook their hearts out in competition for the title. Which of these badass chefs will create the entrée of the night using a secret ingredient? Well, a panel of judges including food writer, Jane Stern, and Monica Brown of No. 109 Cheese and Wine, will pick the winner based on creativity, craftsmanship, and taste.
Last year we travelled up to Ridgefield to get a taste of what they were cooking at their yearly Taste of Ridgefield event. One of our favorite restaurants in CT, Bailey’s Backyard, is in Ridgefield, so we figured we’d see what else the town and nearby areas had to offer. Turns out it had a whole lot to offer and we made our way through restaurant after restaurant, drink after drink. Despite the event being crowded (it’s in a bigger venue this year), it was fun, energetic, and was an absolute success.
Okay 2014, you’ve met your match. That’s right, make way, ‘cuz 2015 is right around the corner. And with the New Year comes great respon . . . er . . . parties! Yup, lots of great parties, lots of great drinks, and a helluva lot of great food. So, we thought we’d help do our part to make sure that you are off to a great start with a comprehensive guide to New Year’s Eve in Fairfield County. We’re covering as much as FC as possible with lots of choices for ya!
We plan to update, so if you know of any good additions to this list, please let us know.
Here at OmNomCT we gather lots of stories and ideas. The amazing thing is that sometimes these ideas begin to shape up into something bigger, something greater. Case in point: learning about a free beer offer at Mama’s Boy. We gathered it, we kept it, we preciously held onto it. Then, just a while later, we found some other great things going on like giving back to the military by drinking a Guinness or getting a deal on a ride to a local burger and beer joint.
Well, let’s do it:
Well, here we are, already at the end of 2014. Man, how time flies. But fret not friends, because the end of another year means another celebration of the best of the best in Fairfield County. That’s right, it’s time for the 4th Annual OmNomys! By now most of you know how this works, but for those of you new here, this is a list of the best that we’ve experienced in 2014… NOT necessarily the best EVER in Fairfield County. If your favorite spot or food didn’t make it on here, maybe it was on our list back in 2011, 2012, or 2013… and if not, let us know so we can check it out in 2015!
So, without further ado, here we go:
Best Ambiance: Cask Republic, Stamford
With not one, but two fireplaces, Cask Republic has a warm, rustic, and down-homey kind of vibe going on. It’s hard to think of a chill spot with more class. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends, have some drinks (from which there are many to choose), and try out some great gastropub grub.
We’ve been Twitter friends with Rosemary Morretta for a few years now and she’s always been a big supporter of our blog. We’d post something, invariably, she’d share it or offer her enthusiasm especially when a blog post had to do with farms, or anything green. And there’s good reason for that: Rosemary is on the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA). Their mission is “Advocating for organic food, farming, gardening and land care in Connecticut, connecting people in the local sustainable food and land care movements with organic resources and education.” So, one day a few months back she shared with us that she and her friend Debra Sloane were going to start their own business called Farm2Jars.