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A Salute to Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National – Greenwich, CT (Review)

28 Nov

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When we interviewed Chef Geoffrey Zakarian back in September about his new restaurant coming to Greenwich, his confidence, enthusiasm and dedication made us SUPER eager to try it out and see if all that energy translated to an amazing experience. So, when The National finally opened, located at the bottom of The Avenue in Greenwich, we had to get our butts in there STAT to find out. And, like the dedicated food bloggers we are, we hit up Fairfield County’s newest restaurant on Thanksgiving Eve with our friends, John, and Jenn. Because what’s wrong with two days of gluttony in a row, right? Continue reading

OmNoming our way through 12 Dishes + 6 Drinks @ Mill Street Bar + Table in Greenwich (Review)

6 Oct

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We’ve been to plenty of restaurants before they open, but few of them seem to haunt us like Mill Street Bar + Table has. We somehow knew, from the moment we entered to talk about drinks before they opened, that this place would be trouble for us . . . especially since it’s 3 minutes from our house. Our blogger-senses were tingling so we finally headed down on an early Saturday night a couple weeks after opening to finally dig in. And boy, did we dig in, consuming over 12 dishes and 6 different drinks . . . shared with another couple of course. Even WE can’t eat THAT much food. Continue reading

An Inside Look @ Chef Geoff Lazlo’s Mill Street Bar + Table

9 Sep

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Mill Street is now open and here’s our review of a fantastic meal.

This past Saturday was one of those beautiful late summer days that you look forward to. You know that kind of day where it’s not too hot and everything in the world feels just right? Yeah, well, that feeling kept up as Dan walked down a beautiful, lush alley in the Byram neighborhood of Greenwich leading to Mill Street Bar & Table’s garden and outdoor seating. Entering the restaurant, he was amazed at the change from the last time we were there when the restaurant was Rouge. Whereas Rouge was dark, romantic, and kind of extravagant, Mill Street is bright, rustic, organic, SoHo vibeish, and welcoming. Continue reading

Vive la France! Bistro Versailles in Greenwich Celebrates Bastille Day w/ 4 Course Meal

14 Jul

Today, on Bastille Day, we celebrate with France the beginning of the French Revolution that would unite the country with one focus. And, while France is pretty far away, it’s lucky for us that we’ve got some great French spots around here in Fairfield County. One of them is Bistro Versailles which we reviewed a few months back . . . and they’ve got a great deal. 

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CT Farm-Based Back 40 Kitchen Opening Early July in Greenwich; Mill Street Bar & Table on the Way

19 Jun

Back 40 Kitchen Chef DeMarsico

We’ve all been there. You’ve been at a restaurant and the menu blasts in big bold letters: Farm to Table. But, you look and look and you don’t see which farms they get their produce from or where their meat is supplied from. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that there aren’t Farm to Table restaurants, but we’re just saying that real, true, honest, down to earth Farm to Table spots are much tougher to come by. Well, that’s changing with the opening of Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich on July 6.

This reimagined restaurant at 107 Greenwich Avenue builds off the success of Organic Planet which occupied that spot and was a hidden gem. But, we have a feeling that Back 40 Kitchen won’t be as hidden as they have lots of great things working for them:

You’re only as good as your ingredients

Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT (photo from Back 40 Farm site)

Photo from Back 40 Farm site

Back 40 Kitchen will be sourcing a large percentage of their produce from their own private farm: Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT. This will help them to keep the menu fresh, vibrant, and seasonal, but also grounds it locally. In addition, they’ll be sourcing other vegetables, cheeses, and meats from other local purveyors such as Fleisher’s Meats in Westport (they’ll be in Greenwich soon, too), Dancing Dog Farm in Ridgefield, Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove, Gaia’s Breath Farm in Jordanville, Cato Corner in Colchester, Beltane Farm in Lebanon, and Red Bee Honey in Weston. 

. . . and you’re even better with an innovative chef

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Morello Bistro: A Tour Through Chef Pasternack’s Tasty Tasting Menu – Greenwich, CT

16 Nov

Update:  Chef Forrest Pasternack has left Morello and is now Executive Chef at Bailey’s Backyard.  Taking his place is Executive Chef Kevin Garcia.

One of the great things about being OmNomCT is getting treated to special opportunities for blogger and press dinners. This one was especially tasty.  As we entered Morello Bistro (owned by MARC of London), we were taken aback at how beautiful this Greenwich spot was.  Stunningly beautiful, actually, with massive, tiled arches, and a dome ceiling.  Yes, a seriously amazing place.  Normally you’d think that a place with such natural beauty in the heart of Greenwich would cost you your organs, your arms, your legs, and a few extra appendages, but you’d be wrong.  The crew at Morello Bistro are really trying to keep things at affordable prices.  Brunch entrees range from $9-27, lunch from $13-26, and dinner from $18-38.

We were invited to this press dinner to celebrate not only four years in business, but also Chef Forrest Pasternack’s new gig as Executive Chef.  Now, this guy’s been around the proverbial block a few times.   Maybe that’s because he started young.  He worked at Kabuki, an Asian restaurant in Danbury that his adoptive parents owned.  Soon he found himself as kitchen manager and heading to the CIA (no, not to become a spy…Culinary Institute of America, duh) to fulfill his passion to cook.  Even while he was getting his degree, Chef Pasternack worked at Zoe Restaurant in Manhattan and The Town Crier in Pawling, NY.  From there, he found himself working at some killer spots:  Soho Grand Hotel in NY, Marcus Samuelson’s Aquavit, Mario Batali’s Esca, and David Chang’s oft-praised Momofuku.  In 2009 he took his skills to Greenwich, CT and became executive chef of Terra Restaurant.  Now…well, now Morello Bistro is lucky enough to have him.

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