Now it's time to share my picks for the best of what Fairfield County had to offer in 2015 - here's to another year of great eats ahead! If anyone has recommendations for where I should go in 2016, please let me know!
Frank Pepe's, Danbury, Fairfield, New Haven, Manchester
Obviously they're a gold standard in Connecticut, receiving accolades all over the place. Their white clam pic is the most famous, but I recommend chicken and spinach. Pepe's is the only place where I order that combination, and it's amazing.
Bar Sugo, Norwalk (pictured)
Obsessed. That is all. Check out any of their dishes; you won't be let down.
Because what is food without a drink in hand?
Match, South Norwalk
Great vibe at the bar, too. Really friendly, engaging bartenders.
Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford
Awesome brewery space and tasting room, plus they have food trucks parked outside.
Best Happy Hour
Barcelona Wine Bar (pictured)
Cheap tapas, cheap drinks - both their amazing cocktails and selections from their wine list, one of the largest Spanish wine collections in the country!
Food and drink specials plus $1 oysters on Tuesdays. Need I say more?
Strada 18, South Norwalk (pictured) Check out my review here.
Rizzuto's, Bethel, Westport, West Hartford
Solid, no frills Italian food. My first job in the hospitality industry was at Rizzuto's in Bethel. They have the BEST penne all vodka ever.
The Whelk, Westport
Bistro Versailles, Greenwich
Attending a press dinner and was just utterly wowed by everything I tried. Click here for my review.
Brasitas, Norwalk, Stamford
Bar Sugo, Norwalk
Yep, they're a winner in two categories.
Toro, Newtown (pictured)
From the outside, you'd not expect it to be good. It's not fancy on the inside, either, but the sushi really is delicious.
HooDoo Brown, Ridgefield
Absolutely a hands down winner. Crazy good. These guys are the real deal. They also carry a nice selection of CT beers!
Best Outdoor Dining
bartaco, Westport (pictured)
Rowayton Seafood, Rowayton
Best Coffee Shop
Tusk and Cup, Ridgefield
Not only are the lattes great, but they serve the best coffee, Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, which is the first organic roaster in Connecticut.
Best Casual Dining
Little Pub, Ridgefield, Wilton, Cos Cob
Redding Roadhouse, Redding
Plus there's a lounge upstairs with a full size (free) pool table and fireplace.
Best Deli Sandwiches
Tony's Corner Deli, Ridgefield (pictured)
Best Food Festival
Greenwich Wine and Food, Greenwich (I didn't take a picture this year; last year's will have to do!)
All photos copyright me, Adeline!