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Eat Next Door! Bridgeport Faves

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Tired of going to the same old haunts?  Why not go right next door to Bridgeport and check out one of these new eateries?  They are some of my new favorites!!!

Shrimp and Grits at Barnum Publick.

Shrimp and Grits at Barnum Publick.

Barnum Publick House, 1020 Broad Street, Bridgeport (Downtown)—I love the brunch at Barnum Publick, which has a very reasonably priced a la carte menu, plus fabulous “bottomless” brunch cocktails.  Make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas or Bellinis, which get refilled without you even having to ask.  Love it!  They also have great lunches and dinners—-the shrimp and grits I had one time was delicious. The space is very nicely done with a big bar the even keeps board games for you to play while waiting for your food.  However, each time we’ve been the service was so good (even on Mother’s Day) that you won’t have time to get through one round of Apples to Apples!

Steak & Arugula Salad at Tautog Tavern.

Steak & Arugula Salad at Tautog Tavern.

Tautog Tavern, 2926 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport (Black Rock section)–an absolutely charming, authentic feeling Irish pub.  A real neighborhood place to get a pint and some very good food.  I had one of their specials, a steak and arugula salad with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts and let me tell you, this was NOT your typical pub-food.  My kids ordered from the brand new children’s menu—and their yummy, tender sliders arrived on a wooden board with an adorable terracotta flowerpot full of fries.  The especially liked that it came with a scoop of Timothy’s ice cream for dessert.  They have staples like Irish stew and fish ‘n chips too, but lots of other ‘non-pubby’ things to choose from if you’re so inclined.  Three thumbs up from me and my girls.  Quotes overheard from other patrons while dining:  “Those deviled eggs are stupid good!”  “I think this place has the best burger I’ve eaten around here.”  “The steak tartare is the BEST.”  “The drumsticks on the app menu are HUGE!”  Can’t wait to go back for a date night and then catch some live music at the Acoustic Cafe right next door!

Triple P Pizza at Fire Engine Pizza Co.

Triple P Pizza at Fire Engine Pizza Co.

Fire Engine Pizza Co, 2914 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport—just a few doors down from Tautog Tavern is a fire house themed wood burning pizza place that will not disappoint.  In addition to gourmet pizzas (or pick your own toppings too, if you prefer!), there are lots of salads, apps and entrees from which to choose.  We started with an order of fried calamari (deliciously tender on the inside, crisp on the outside), then we ordered 2 pizzas.  Meatball for the kids, “Triple P” for me—peppers, pesto and Portobello mushrooms.  It really was excellent.  Service was great too—and your kids will love checking out all creative use of fire-gear around the restaurant ( railings made from fire hoses, a fire axe-turned door handle, etc).

Get thee next door to Bridgport!!  Go!
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