Nick’s guidebook

Nick
Nick’s guidebook

Food scene

The best Mexican restaurant in a city full of Mexican restaurants.
Don Carmelo's
7 Winfield St
The best Mexican restaurant in a city full of Mexican restaurants.
The best burger in town is the Local Burger. This lively pub-restaurant stands at SoNo's central intersection, behind giant windows under the Metro North tracks, and is never empty.
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Local Kitchen & Craft Beer Bar
85 Mill Plain Rd
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The best burger in town is the Local Burger. This lively pub-restaurant stands at SoNo's central intersection, behind giant windows under the Metro North tracks, and is never empty.
At the opposite end of Washington St. from Local sits the oldest bar-restaurant in the city. A speakeasy during Prohibition, Donovan is now famous for its clam chowder--one of the best this New Englander (Nick) has ever tasted.
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Donovan's
138 Washington St
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At the opposite end of Washington St. from Local sits the oldest bar-restaurant in the city. A speakeasy during Prohibition, Donovan is now famous for its clam chowder--one of the best this New Englander (Nick) has ever tasted.
Tablao is known for its seven-day happy hour, complete with excellent tapas dishes to match whatever you drink.
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Tablao SoNo
86 Washington St
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Tablao is known for its seven-day happy hour, complete with excellent tapas dishes to match whatever you drink.
Evarito's rooftop bar is SoNo's hot new spot (the downstairs restaurant is unremarkable). A beautiful view and a younger crowd make for a good spot to start and finish a night out.
Evarito's Mexican Kitchen & Bar
16 N Main St
Evarito's rooftop bar is SoNo's hot new spot (the downstairs restaurant is unremarkable). A beautiful view and a younger crowd make for a good spot to start and finish a night out.
Based in SoNo, this bakery's breads are sold across southwest Connecticut, as far away as New Haven. Grab a pastry and coffee any day of the week before 2pm.
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The Sono Baking Company & Cafe
101 Water St
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Based in SoNo, this bakery's breads are sold across southwest Connecticut, as far away as New Haven. Grab a pastry and coffee any day of the week before 2pm.
Tucked away just across the bridge (4-min walk from our front door!) is a shabby-on-the-outside, delicious-on-the-inside Italian restaurant that's very popular with locals, with outstanding pizzas and pastas at un-inflated prices.
Valentino's Cucina Italiana
195 Liberty Square
Tucked away just across the bridge (4-min walk from our front door!) is a shabby-on-the-outside, delicious-on-the-inside Italian restaurant that's very popular with locals, with outstanding pizzas and pastas at un-inflated prices.
A hip noodle bar that's become very popular since opening a few years back, and that stays open until 10 or later.
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Mecha Noodle Bar
116 Washington St
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A hip noodle bar that's become very popular since opening a few years back, and that stays open until 10 or later.
On the other side of the fountain from us sits a fun, casual bar that moonlights as a surprisingly good restaurant, serving an eclectic range of small dishes. Recommended are the Argentinian steak strips and the poutine--French fries and gravy.
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El Segundo
3 N Water St
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On the other side of the fountain from us sits a fun, casual bar that moonlights as a surprisingly good restaurant, serving an eclectic range of small dishes. Recommended are the Argentinian steak strips and the poutine--French fries and gravy.
A local institution, Mr. Frosty's is a lovely 10-minute walk from our front door, over the bridge and around the rim of Veteran's Park, just up the street to Frosty's for any ice cream you can think of (including sugar-free vanilla for us diabetics).
Mr. Frosty's Ice Cream Shop
6 1st St
A local institution, Mr. Frosty's is a lovely 10-minute walk from our front door, over the bridge and around the rim of Veteran's Park, just up the street to Frosty's for any ice cream you can think of (including sugar-free vanilla for us diabetics).

Sightseeing

Even if the swimming doesn't impress you (waves are 3-inches high), the view of islands and boats and oyster bed flags is worth a look. Grab a few raw oysters at Ripka's, fresh from the beds just 50 yards out.
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Calf Pasture Beach
Calf Pasture Beach Road
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Even if the swimming doesn't impress you (waves are 3-inches high), the view of islands and boats and oyster bed flags is worth a look. Grab a few raw oysters at Ripka's, fresh from the beds just 50 yards out.
It's raining? Just refurbished and purged of 30 years of popcorn grease, the Regent is a 5-minute walk down the street.
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Bow Tie Cinemas Regent
64 N Main St
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It's raining? Just refurbished and purged of 30 years of popcorn grease, the Regent is a 5-minute walk down the street.
Take the ferry to visit the Norwalk Islands, culminating in the Sheffield and its lighthouse. Ferries travel 2-3 times a day from the Aquarium, a 2-minute walk (no exaggeration) from our front door.
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Sheffield Island Ferry
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Take the ferry to visit the Norwalk Islands, culminating in the Sheffield and its lighthouse. Ferries travel 2-3 times a day from the Aquarium, a 2-minute walk (no exaggeration) from our front door.
Warp back to 5th grade at this retro arcade! It's a 6-minute drive from us, straight up West Ave. into downtown Norwalk.
My Three Sons
62 Wall Street
Warp back to 5th grade at this retro arcade! It's a 6-minute drive from us, straight up West Ave. into downtown Norwalk.

Basics

A small supermarket awaits just a 4-minute walk down the street from us.
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CTown Supermarkets
4918 Broadway
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A small supermarket awaits just a 4-minute walk down the street from us.
A 9-minute walk to our MetroNorth station, from which it's 64-72 minutes to Grand Central Station.
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South Norwalk Railroad Station
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A 9-minute walk to our MetroNorth station, from which it's 64-72 minutes to Grand Central Station.
Want a 6-pack? Just over the bridge, 99 Bottles has a wide array of specialty beers and staple wines on offer. Run by good people, we recommend it.
Ninety 9 Bottles
209 Liberty Square
Want a 6-pack? Just over the bridge, 99 Bottles has a wide array of specialty beers and staple wines on offer. Run by good people, we recommend it.