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Eat Street: What's New

Find out about the newest eateries in Stamford



Bareburger

Photographs: Burger courtesy of Bareburger; Sanchez by J. Robert Schraeder; Beer by Gus Cantavero

Beefed Up

Bareburger is coming to Harbor Point this spring. Voted best burger by Zagat and the New York Post, this contemporary, rustic, family-friendly joint is not only one of the fastest growing franchises in the U.S., but it is all organic—from ketchup and beer to burgers and bread. The “bare” beef, and lean exotics like bison, elk, boar and ostrich, are free-range, pasture-raised, hormone-and antibiotic-free. Have your meat in a bun or brioche—multigrain or wheat—or lettuce wrap or gluten-free tapioca rice roll, with your choice of organic fixins’. Bareburger’s interiors are built with recycled barn wood and beams, and decorated with whimsical chandeliers of old forks and spoons. And on the flatscreens? Cartoons! From its roots in Queens, Bareburger has grown to more than ten outlets in New York City in just four years, and will be opening in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., and about ten other locations in the coming months. We’re looking forward to trying the Habanero Express with elk, pepperjack, iceberg, tomatoes, poblano pepper relish, raw red onions, spicy pickle chips and habanero chipotle mayo.

Big Flavors

Chopped and Iron Chef America star Aarón Sánchez is coming to town to open Alegre (happy in Spanish) in the former Beer Garden site. A kitchen must be built in the contemporary, two-level glass building, which boasts balconies and a large waterfront patio. In the meantime, the chef-restaurateur is working out the details of the restaurant’s vision, leaving us to wonder if the menu will reflect the “melting pot Mexican” of his Mestizo in Kansas City, or the street food of Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, where tacos are cooked out of a converted VW bus in a garage in lower Manhattan. We do know that the tattooed entrepreneur—while also starring in Food Network’s Heat Seekers, created the menu for the national Crossroads at House of Blues chain, writes cookbooks, designs shoes (MOZO’s chef line), and is a spokesperson for the Bud Lite grilling campaign—is going to create a dining destination. Stay tuned for more details.


Aarón Sánchez

Buon Appetito

Villa Italia’s loyal followers will be following them across town this winter. After thirty years on the East side, they’ve found their dream location, overlooking Mill River Park in the Hampton Inn (the former Spice Affaire). “We’re bursting at the seams,” says Michael Stimma of their longtime location. The new place will have a waiting area, a bar, a terrace overlooking the park, and a big kitchen that can fulfill their busy take-out and catering business. Stimma is designing the new place to have the homey feeling customers love and expect—with rustic wooden floors, cozy banquettes and the yellow walls that remind the Stimma family of their Italian homeland, the Isle of Ponza. The menu will still offer favorite dishes like the classic beef lasagna. The exact opening date on Mill Street is uncertain. Check villaitaliastamford.com for updates.

Tech Alert!

Last month Fairway Market launched a new iPhone app for foodies who love to cook. By creating a profile with dietary preferences, you have access to ingredients, tips on their use, recipe suggestions, exclusive offers, wine pairings and more. The app made shopping so easy during the holidays, iPad and Android versions will be available early this year.

Bar Tab

Move over young and young-ish hipsters; Dads will be discovering your brews at a new 4,000-square-foot Harbor Point World of Beer space in May. With fifty taps and 500 bottles, World of Beer features beers with flavor—lagers, Pilsners, stouts, IPAs and flavored beers from burgeoning small and regional breweries from the U.S. and around the world. The national franchise caters to twenty-one and up, including the growing demographic of older craft brew drinkers. “We’re going to have a limited range of ‘gateway’ beer,” says Dan Cecil, a partner in the team that owns the development rights for Connecticut and Eastern Massachusetts. (They are looking at two other sites
in Connecticut but aren’t ready to spill the beans on where.) World of Beer will serve tavern fare, salads, sandwiches and soups too.

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