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New Eats in Fairfield Center


photo 1If you’ve driven around the Post Road in Fairfield lately, you’ve noticed a new trend:  food trucks.  First there was Christophe’s Crepe food truck, then there was The Local Meatball food truck (although it’s really more car/cart than truck).  The most recent addition to the mix is the Taco Loco Food Truck, a new partnership between experienced restauranteur, Andrew Mercato, and the Bridgeport-based Taco Loco.  You’ll find Andrew parked on the Post Road Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm (alternating between in front of the Fairfield Public Library and near Victoria’s Secret). He’s been going strong for four weeks and will continue to do so year round!

Steak tacos.

Steak tacos.

For $8 you can choose from a Mexican Salad which is studded with mango, avocado, pumpkin seeds, tomato and your choice of chicken or steak all topped with a cilantro-lime dressing, a quesadilla, or tacos (both soft and hard shell, all with your choice of chicken, steak, or ground beef fillings).  All come in a recyclable container (hurray!) with fresh salsa, rice, and beans too.  Coming soon you’ll be able to call in your order with a credit card and pick it up for even faster service!  That’s just loco!


Pronto Chop Shop & Pizzeria also recently opened in the Brickwalk and has been an overnight sensation.  Excellent salads, excellent service, and fantastic pizza are all on the menu.  The owners, who are native Fairfielders, seem to always be on site and are eager to please.  Try the Greek chopped salad pizza—one of the best salad pizzas we’ve ever tried!  Read more about Pronto Chop Shop in my upcoming feature in Fairfield Magazine out in November!

grilled cheese log

The  Grilled Cheese Eatery opened recently in the former Cafe Lola space (Unquowa Road).  The same owners decided to reinvent their restaurant to a more casual, family friendly spot.  Bright yellow walls brighten up the space, which is cheery and open.  A variety of grilled sandwiches from classic grilled cheese with tomato to a tuna melt comprise the sandwich section of the menu, which also has a ‘build your own’ salad bar and soup specials.  They kept a few of the popular items from the Lola menu like the Curried Mussels and their yummy fries.  Unfortunately, the service is not what it was at Cafe Lola and still has a lot of kinks to work out.  If you want your tomato soup and fries to come out WITH your grilled cheese, make sure to specify this otherwise they come out as appetizers.  We love the concept of this place, and hope they settle into a groove soon.

And with Fairfield Restaurant Week in full swing—you have even more reasons to head down to Fairfield Center!!




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