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Chef Dan Kardos Opens Oar & Oak in Stratford

A few years after opening Liberty Rock Tavern in the Devon section of Milford, Chef Dan Kardos now has his sequel. A stone’s throw from Sikorsky—and 10 minutes from Liberty Rock—is Kardos’ new concept, Oar & Oak. For Stratford residents, there’s that “Oh, yeah…” moment, but if you’re not from around there, the restaurant’s name is a play on words—it’s in Stratford’s Oronoque neighborhood.

Much like Liberty Rock, Oar & Oak is very much focused on the area’s locals. “I want it to grow slowly, and become a neighborhood hangout,” Kardos said. “It used to be the original Parker Eatery—a favorite around here—so we freshened it up and gave it a new look.”

Kardos’ idea here is a frequently changing menu (with a few staples) of American tapas and a handful of larger entrées at a reasonable price. That affordability is ever so evident at the bar. $10 cocktails in Fairfield County that are actually good?! I felt like a thief.

The grub at Oar & Oak is comprised mostly of small plates where you’ll see lots of creative roasted veggie dishes, fall-off-the-bone chipotle glazed pork ribs, addictive crispy potatoes with pancetta and lemon, and even Maine lobster mashed potatoes and gravy.

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