Food & Beverage

Crown Cafe Is DoingItLocal!

Look who’s DoingItLocal! Rich (left) and Craig (right) at Crown Cafe! They have been around for years and they will be sharing their specials with us throughout the week. Many of you know them as a great place to get breakfast or lunch (and you are correct!) but they also have a full deli with meats as well. Chops, steaks, ground meat and made to order Italian Sausage!!
They are located at 2200 Madison Avenue in Bridgeport.Visit their Facebook page at:

Crown Cafe

Bridgeport Chef Competes On Food Network

#Bridgeport CT– Last week, Mayor Joe Ganim proclaimed March 5th as Chef Ro Sanders Day. A viewing party was held at Boca Oyster Bar at 10 East Main Street for Bridgeport native Chef Roshara Sanders, on Vegas Chef Prize Fight on the Food Network. The show highlighted eight chefs as they compete for their own restaurant on the Vegas strip. Chef Ro currently works as a chef for the popular Oceana Restaurant in New York City. Despite all the challenges she faced on the show, she continues on for another week avoiding elimination. Tune tonight to see how she makes out in week two!

Ruben Sandwiches At Crown Cafe

Today we stopped by Crown Cafe, at 2200 Madison Ave, again, and I had to try their version of one of my favorites, a Ruben and they did not disappoint! The rye bread was lightly toasted on the flat top stove, along with the sauerkraut and an entire half-pound of pastrami, the sandwich comes together with melted Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing, and man does it come together.

The savoriness of the pastrami contrasts nicely with the sauerkraut, and the Thousand Island does a good job at bringing these two flavors together. I was pleasantly surprised with how them cooking the sauerkraut alone on the flat top turned out, it took the sharper edge off while still keeping a bit of its sour vinegary taste.

I am continually impressed by their large portions, between the bacon egg and cheese and the half-pound of pastrami on the Ruben, it really shows that you’ll get your moneys worth. Craig and Richard really seem to be making good on their promise of generous portions.

Special Thanks To Forza Ristorante

Special thanks to Eric and Patrick of Forza Ristorante, located at 3171 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, for an outstanding party for my daughter’s Graduation and 18th birthday party.  We invited about 20 of our closest friends and family for the celebration.  So of course wanted things to run smoothly which Patrick ensure it did.  I knew the food would be good from our previous review.  As the guest were leaving they all said they had a good time and enjoyed themselves, sort of expected.  What blew us away was everyone texting us that night to say they had a great time and really enjoyed the food.


So if you want to impress your date or your in-laws this is the place to take them.  Really good food at a reasonable price. See their website at  You can see the menu and the pricing.
Let Patrick will spoil you!  Oh yea, mention DoingItLocal and you’ll get 10% off your bill.


Eric (left and Patrick (right)


Forza Ristorante – Not Your Typical Italian Restaurant

Today we stopped by Forza Ristorante at 3171 Fairfield Ave in Bridgeport (across from Taco Loco). Inside it had a clean, sleek modern look. There is seating on the outdoor patio but unlike most restaurants in Black Rock there is plenty of free off street parking. Very clean. The ristorante is not your typical Italian restaurant with the standard food. Although you can find many of your favorite Italian dishes, many of the dishes are lighter and they also offer sandwiches. Freshness is the key.

Eric, the owner prepared for me a dish he calles Shrimp Colasacco. As Eric made it he told me about how he named the dish after racer Joe Colasacco. The restaurant has a Formula One theme. Shrimp Colasacco is a great summertime dish and was put together well and timely, each ingredient needing to be placed in at the right time including asparagus, shallot, tomato, and spinach, keeping the fresh flavor of the ingredients.

Patrick is the general manager, some of you may know as the owner of the O Bar in Fairfield. It’s clear from talking with Eric and Patrick that they are passionate about what they’re doing at Forza, and it certainly does show.


Crown Cafe – Even A Simple Bacon Egg And Cheese Is Done Right!

#Bridgeport CT–Third generation owners Craig and Richard Nichio are third generation owners of the Crown Cafe, located at 2200 Madison Avenue.  The cafe is much larger than photos usually depict with plenty of seating inside.  There is a full delicatessen and meat market inside.


We visited the cafe and wanted to see how the brothers handle a simple bacon, egg and cheese.  Well, the didn’t disappoint.  The sandwich is a full two eggs with plenty of bacon.  It doesn’t seem complicated but so many places use just one egg.  A local chain has them but the bun dwarfs the contents!  Craig said when his father first closed the market many years ago he became a truck driver and found the same thing at delis, more bun than content.  He said when he Richard re-opened the cafe they would have generous portions.


You gotta try it for yourself!

Brunch Now At Forza!

Forza Ristorante, located at 3171 Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock is now offering a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!  They gave me a menu to publish, I told you they weren’t expensive!  Mention DoingItLocal and they will knock 10% off your bill!  A really nice atmosphere to with plenty of off street parking!


Fairfield News: New Fish Market In Town

NordicFish Market located at 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT held their ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday with First Selectman Michael Tetreau along with  Chamber of Commerce officials.

Founder and owners Frank Lanzo and Jardar Nygaard are lifelong anglers with apassion for fish and seafood. Both have logged extensive sea time on commercial fishing boats and have been in the seafood industry their entire lives.  “With more than 50 years of experience in the seafood industry, we both know this business very well, every granular aspect. We have discussed this idea for a few years, but we both needed to be well positioned to commit 100%. Our circumstances allowed us to start looking late last year and here we are. We can compete as an independent because we are the best at this, hands-down. Our combined experience and background equals great quality and the knowledge to back it up.”  “Because our fish is fresh, fresh, fresh … we ensure only the freshest and healthiest products are presented in our store. We have the most knowledge, hands-on experience and desire to provide only the best. In addition, customers will find a unique sushi
section, offering a variety of delicious, hand-made items. While seafood is an expensive commodity, it is our desire to remain as competitive as possible and always provide the best experience for our customers.”


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Mercado de NordicFish ubicado en 1499 post Road, Fairfield, CT celebró su ceremonia de corte de la cinta el jueves con el primer seleccionador Michael Tetreau junto con funcionarios de la cámara de comercio.

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Mercado de NordicFish ubicado en 1499 post Road, Fairfield, CT celebró su ceremonia de corte de la cinta el jueves con el primer seleccionador Michael Tetreau junto con funcionarios de la cámara de comercio.
Los fundadores y propietarios Frank Lanzo y Jardar Nygaard son pescadores de toda la vida con apasion para pescados y mariscos. Ambos han registrado un extenso tiempo en el mar en embarcaciones de pesca comercial y han estado en la industria del marisco toda su vida. “Con más de 50 años de experiencia en la industria del marisco, ambos conocemos muy bien este negocio, cada aspecto granular. Hemos discutido esta idea durante unos años, pero ambos necesitábamos estar bien posicionados para comprometer el 100%. Nuestras circunstancias nos permitieron empezar a mirar a finales del año pasado y aquí estamos. Podemos competir como independientes porque somos los mejores en esto, manos abajo. Nuestra experiencia combinada y antecedente equivale a una gran calidad y el conocimiento para hacer una copia de respaldo. “” Porque nuestro pescado es fresco, fresco, fresco… nos aseguramos de que solo los productos más frescos y saludables se presenten en nuestra tienda. Tenemos el mayor conocimiento, experiencia práctica y el deseo de proporcionar sólo lo mejor. Además, los clientes encontrarán un sushi único
Sección, que ofrece una variedad de deliciosos artículos hechos a mano. Mientras que el marisco es un producto caro, es nuestro deseo de permanecer lo más competitivo posible y siempre proporcionar la mejor experiencia para nuestros clientes. ”

Beer Purchases At Walmart/Target?

Hartford, Connecticut (March 20, 2019)— Today, the Connecticut Alcohol Retailers Exchange (CARE), announced they’ve launched a new intro video, and a campaign encouraging residents to support retailers selling beer at locations statewide and other pro-consumer initiatives.

Nearly forty states currently allow retailers with significant grocery offerings — like Target and Wal-Mart — to sell beer. Now more than ever, especially as Connecticut seeks to become more competitive economically with its neighboring states like Massachusetts and New York, state law should allow for retailers with significant grocery offerings to sell beer.

“In Connecticut, we need to adapt with changing times, and that means modernizing our state’s alcohol laws,” said Josh Hughes, founder and executive director of CARE. “Our package store and retail members want to repeal the minimum price package stores can sell wine and spirits, allow package stores to be able to grow and own more permits, allow package stores to be able to sell to markets outside of the state, and if you’re functioning as a grocery store — like Target and Wal-Mart — you should be able to buy beer there.”

See the video here:

Compras de cerveza en Walmart/Target?
Hartford, Connecticut (20 de marzo de 2019) — Hoy, Connecticut alcohol Retailers Exchange (CARE), anunció que han lanzado un nuevo video de introducción, y una campaña alentando a los residentes para apoyar a los minoristas de venta de cerveza en las ubicaciones en todo el estado y otros iniciativas pro-consumidor.
Casi 40 Estados actualmente permiten a los minoristas con ofertas de comestibles significativas, como Target y Wal-Mart, vender cerveza. Ahora más que nunca, especialmente como Connecticut busca ser más competitivo económicamente con sus Estados vecinos como Massachusetts y Nueva York, la ley estatal debe permitir a los minoristas con ofertas de comestibles significativas para vender cerveza.
“En Connecticut, necesitamos adaptarnos a los tiempos cambiantes, y eso significa modernizar las leyes de alcohol de nuestro estado”, dijo Josh Hughes, fundador y Director Ejecutivo de CARE. “Nuestra tienda de paquetes y socios minoristas quieren derogar las tiendas de paquetes de precios mínimos pueden vender vino y licores, permitir que las tiendas de paquetes puedan crecer y poseer más permisos, permitir que las tiendas de paquetes sean capaces de vender a los mercados fuera del estado, y si usted está funcionando como una tienda de comestibles, como Target y Wal-Mart, deberías poder comprar cerveza allí.”

Two Roads Brewery Opens New Facility

Seven years ago, Two Road Brewery opened in Stratford. Since that time they have grown to be the 54th largest brand out of 8,000 independent breweries and in the top twenty-five in the USA with 145 employees. Over the years the company has made Two Roads Brewery at 1700 Stratford Avenue a destination, a “beercation” as they called it, with over 150,000 visitors each year not including their Road Jam Concert and Octoberfest where they typically will have over 3,000 people a day. Thursday, Two Roads Brewery, along with Mayor Laura Hoydick and other town and state dignitaries cut the ribbon on “Area Two” a $15 million facility located 100 yards from their main brewery. At Area Two they will be making a rare and unique barrel aged beers. Some of the beers will be aged for two years or more, while other beers will be using wild yeast which they will acquire from the wetlands located on their new grounds. They have been making these unique blends for some time but they did not have the capacity to make them commercially available. Brewmaster and co-founder of Two Roads Phil Markowski will continue working his magic on award-winning beer. He was kind enough to give me a personal tour which I hope to have edited for this weekend.

Too Roads Brewery abre nuevo local

Hace siete años, la cervecería Two Road abrió sus puertas en Stratford. Desde ese momento han crecido hasta ser la 54 marca más grande de 8,000 cervecerías independientes y en los primeros veinticinco en los Estados Unidos con 145 empleados. A lo largo de los años la compañía ha hecho dos carreteras cervecería en 1700 Avenida Stratford un destino, una vacaciones de cerveza como lo llamaron, con más de 150,000 visitantes cada año no incluyendo su Road Jam Concert y Octoberfest donde típicamente tendrán más de 3,000 personas un Día. El jueves, Two Roads Brewery, junto con la alcaldesa Laura Hoydick y otros dignatarios de la ciudad y el estado cortan la cinta en el “área dos” una $15 millones instalación ubicada a 100 yardas de su cervecería principal. En el área dos estarán haciendo una rara y única cerveza de barril envejecido. Algunas de las cervezas se envejece durante dos años o más, mientras que otras cervezas estarán utilizando levadura silvestre que adquirirán de los humedales ubicados en sus nuevos terrenos. Han estado haciendo estas mezclas únicas durante algún tiempo, pero no tenían la capacidad de hacerlos comercialmente disponibles. Brewmaster y co-fundador de dos caminos Phil Markowski continuará trabajando su magia en la galardonada cerveza. Él fue lo suficientemente amable para darme una excursión personal que espero haber editado para este fin de semana.