The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

Dinosaur BBQ is here

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Dinosaur BBQ is here. The cult favorite from Syracuse adds a Stamford restaurant to its locations in upstate New York and Harlem — and it’s about time, anticipation has been high ever since word got out that the barbecue joint was coming to town. I remained somewhat skeptical after being not super-overwhelmed by a meal I had […] [Read More]
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Some like it hot

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John Dough’s Pizza Bar in Norwalk was shut down for a few weeks by frankenstorm Sandy, but they are back in business with a “Man Versus Food” style pizza challenge. Here’s the deal: One small pizza Mozzarella Cherry peppers Jalapeño peppers Habanero hot oil Ghost chile hot oil Special hot tomato sauce One beer or […] [Read More]
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First taste: Norwalk’s New Haven slice

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JOHN DOUGH’S PIZZA BAR: 77 NORTH MAIN STREET, NORWALK Last month, Chris and I took a brief tour of the upcoming New Haven pizza joint in Norwalk. Chris is currently “stuck” honeymooning in Spain, but a few of us got a chance to try some of the pies. They are as legit as their siblings […] [Read More]
Categories: food, pizza

Today’s excuse to eat pizza

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September 5 is, apparently, national cheese pizza day. I’ve done a lot of research on this topic (two minutes on Google) and have scientifically determined that this is a made-up holiday. Compared to other made-up holidays (I’m looking at you, Groundhog Day), this really has a cause I can get behind. I suspect national cheese […] [Read More]
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Plan B Burger Bar’s grand opening

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PLAN B BURGER BAR: STAMFORD TOWN CENTER Plan B Burger Bar finally held its grand opening opened in Stamford, and I missed it. But that’s OK, they’ve sent me a few photos from the event and it only makes me want to go even more. I’ve been to their West Hartford restaurant a couple of […] [Read More]
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Sneak peek: John Dough’s Pizza Bar in Norwalk

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JOHN DOUGH’S PIZZA BAR: 77 NORTH MAIN STREET, NORWALK “We’re going to introduce New Haven style pizza to SoNo.” If you’ve ever tried the pizza at Behind the Net in the Darien Ice Rink, you already know what owner Bill Ferguson and chef Derek Furino are all about. If things go forward as planned, they’ll […] [Read More]
Categories: bars, food, pizza

The best Norwalk restaurant you’ve never heard of

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Back in March of 2009, I left the Norwalk bureau of The Advocate for a new job at Greenwich Time. I was excited for my new challenge and, though the Norwalk office was right next to Whole Foods and down the street from Stew Leonard’s, I didn’t really consider Westport Avenue to be a culinary […] [Read More]
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Sometimes you take the high road

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Well folks, Sometimes you take the high road and sometimes you anonymously do this. But anyway, if you would like to read the dissenting opinion on the Colony/Riko’s/Ridgeway post, check it out. Personal aspersions aside, they are entitled to their opinion and obviously, they have done their research on the state of pizza in Stamford. Keep it […] [Read More]
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Anthony’s brings coal-fired pizza to Darien

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ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA: 319 POST ROAD, DARIEN The first time I went to Anthony’s, shortly after they opened their doors in February, Chuck Locke, director of operations for the chain, told me I could take as many photos as I wanted, as long as I didn’t photograph the oven. That’s too bad, because the thing […] [Read More]
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The Stamford-bar-pizza challenge

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STAMFORD — When Rico’s (now Riko’s) opened and claimed to have a Colony-style pie that could top the original, we balked. I vehemently defended Colony as a Stamford institution and the purveyor of the gold-standard of the Stamford bar pizza. Things have changed. Riko’s has opened up a second shop in Newfield and Ridgeway Pizza […] [Read More]
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