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Dash to Dine Out in Ridgefield

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – For a small bedroom community off the beaten path that is Fairfield County’s Gold Coast, Ridgefield has much to offer the gastro-savvy diner. From easy cocktails and finger foods to ethnic dining to family friendly places to grab a bite with kids in tow, Ridgefield seems to have its bases covered.

Here is a snapshot of some of the places in town that are worth a trip, even if you are not a local:

Southwest Café – With an owner who hails from Taos, New Mexico and a flair for authentic Mexican cuisine, the Southwest Café is a restaurant that doesn’t miss. Long celebrated as a favorite within the local scene, Southwest Café is worth a trip from much farther afield. So go ahead and designate a driver and head over for some fantastic Mexican-American fare and some seriously delicious margarita. You can email me your gracias later. Southwest Café is located at 10 Danbury Rd. in Ridgefield.

Cellar Door Bistro – Often credited to legendary author J.R.R. Tolkein, the phrase“cellar door” is regularly cited as three of the most beautiful syllables strung together in the English language. And the Cellar Door Bistro has done much to capitalize on this sensibility. Rich textures and warm colors envelop the dining room, where you will enjoy top-notch new American cuisine. Cellar Door Bistro is located at 439 Main St. in Ridgefield.

Bissell House – Steeped in history, the casual elegance of Bissell House is informed by the reconstructed building at 378 Main St. The original building, dating back to the 1890s, was consumed by fire in 2005, but has been recreated in exquisite detail. Serving local, organic foods as often as possible, Bissell House offers a compelling menu with the emphasis on quality. Don’t miss the patio! Bissell House is located at 378 Main St. in Ridgefield.

Sagi – Rare is the restaurant you will find that will please you and the kids in equal amounts. But Sagi is just such a gem. The charming, friendly atmosphere paired with the first rate Italian fare and thoughtful wine list will have your whole family crying “molto bene!” Share an outstanding bottle of wine with your sweetie as the kids dig into their homemade pasta dishes. Sagi is what family dining is all about. Sagi is located at 23 ½ Catoonah St. in Ridgefield.

Bernard’s – It is tough to find just the right words to describe a place like Bernard’s, so borrowing from Zagat is not out of the question. Rated “extraordinary to perfection,” this authentic French restaurant practically redefines fine dining. Chef Bernard Bouissou’s command in the kitchen makes his Ridgefield restaurant true destination dining. You will be hard pressed to find food this fantastically French elsewhere this side of the Atlantic (or the Triboro Bridge, anyway). Bernard’s is located at 20 West Ln. in Ridgefield.

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