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Bernard's In Ridgefield Offers French Twist In DVlicious Brunch Contest

Bernard and Sarah Bouissou opened Bernard's in Ridgefield about 16 years ago. The chef applies his philosophy of locally sourced foods to all areas of his menu, including brunch.
Bernard and Sarah Bouissou opened Bernard's in Ridgefield about 16 years ago. The chef applies his philosophy of locally sourced foods to all areas of his menu, including brunch. Photo Credit: Facebook
Brunch samplings at Bernard's in Ridgefield.
Brunch samplings at Bernard's in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Yelp
Chef Bernard Bouissou's herb garden in Ridgefield.
Chef Bernard Bouissou's herb garden in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Yelp

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Whether it’s a special occasion or simply a lazy Sunday, nothing beats the prized weekend ritual known as brunch. Where else, after all, can you pair gooey pastries and towering Benedicts with endless flutes of mimosas?

Poll
Who Has The Best Brunch In Fairfield County?
Reader Results Voting Closed

Who Has The Best Brunch In Fairfield County?

  • Bernard's, Ridgefield
    2%
  • Olio, Stamford
    43%
  • Redding Roadhouse, Redding
    6%
  • The Cottage, Westport
    2%
  • TruNorth. Bridgeport
    46%

Five nominees are in the running for the “DVlicious best in Fairfield County," each of which is being profiled this week. What follows are some tasty morsels to chew on, giving you food for thought before you click on your favorite.

Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29th.

Bernard's, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield, (203) 438-8282

Why Go: Housed in a circa 1875 inn in historic Ridgefield, Bernard’s isn’t your run-of-the mill brunch spot. Chef Bernard Bouissou presides over the kitchen of this swanky, Zagat-rated eatery, while his wife, Sarah, manages the front of the house. The couple met while at Le Cirque in Manhattan. Locavores can rest easy because Bernard grows most of his own veggies and herbs in season. A piano player tickles the ivories on the weekends, much to the delight of diners.

Worth Waking Up For: The classic French cuisine on the brunch menu includes: carrot soup, a homemade smoked fish plate with salmon, trout, swordfish, and cod; frittata with tomato confit, caramelized onions, asparagus and goat cheese; duck casserole with duck egg; homemade basil linguine; sautéed shrimp with nicoise veggies; braised veal shoulder; and for dessert, a trio of crème brulees: vanilla, banana and apricot. Très yum.

When: Sundays, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Prix Fixe? Yes. $39 per person, but for children, items can be ordered a la carte.

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