FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. --- Party time is upon us, and now's the time to book.
Check out some of the following Fairfield County restaurants for your next winter holiday gathering.
- Flinders Lane, Stamford: Named for the laneways of Melbourne, Australia, Flinders Lane takes inspiration from Southeast Asian fare and adds an influence from British settlers and Greek and Italian immigrants to provide what it calls the essence of "Modern Australian cuisine." Fresh seafood is always on the menu and the interested can try the grilled kangaroo. Semi-private dining room and multi-course food and beverage menu available. Book It: 184 Summer St., 203-323-3137
- Le Madri, Bethel: Opened only months ago, this family owned and operated Tuscan restaurant boasts family recipes that have been handed down through the generations. With a contemporary sleek look and a U-shaped bar, signature freshly made pasta dishes are sure to please. Private room available. Book It: 42 Grassy Plain St., 203- 616-5652
- O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, South Norwalk: An authentic Irish pub atmosphere welcomes all at O’Neill’s. There’s Irish fare as well as traditional pub grub, but don’t miss the scones made from the O’Neill brothers' mother's own recipe straight from Tipperary. Private dining room and special-event menu available. Book It: 93 North Main St., 203-838-0222
- Roger Sherman Inn, New Canaan: One of Connecticut’s oldest historic landmarks, the Roger Sherman Inn has served as a bed and breakfast and restaurant for almost 100 years. Executive Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo’s seasonal menus offers New England and globally influenced cuisine. Private dining rooms and 17 guest rooms available. Book It: 195 Oenoke Ridge, 203-966-4541
- El Segundo, South Norwalk: Global street food reigns at El Segundo, with some 25 nations and all seven continents represented. You’ll find lobster rolls to empanadas to souvlaki to Spam sandwiches (representing Antarctica) on the menu. Beer and specialty cocktails from around the world promise to titillate the palate.Book It: 3 North Water St., 203- 939-9765
- The Spread, South Norwalk: The four owners of The Spread have 80+ years of combined restaurant experience–most of it bartending, but the drinks aren’t the only delight on the menu. Check out the New American cuisine that features global influences. Special catering menu available. Book It: 70 North Main St., 203-939-1111
- Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint, Norwalk: Known for its Southern-inspired cuisine, musical guests and as a place to boogie, Peaches also offers the Juke Joint (second floor) for private parties where you can enjoy a rooftop deck with heaters. Book It: 7 Wall St., 203-831-0399
- Beach House Sono, South Norwalk: The sister restaurant to the Beach House Cafe in Old Greenwich makes you hark back to summer days thanks to its varied seafood options. But it's more than seafood that shines here. Private dining room available giving you lots of space to "sail." .Book It: 19 North Water St., 203-956-7171
- Washington Prime, South Norwalk: Beef is king at This contemporary steakhouse which comes complete with a private dining room -- as well as dishes for the non-meat lover. Book It: 141 Washington St., 203-857-1314
- Killer B, South Norwalk: Killer B is all about the Bs: Bacon, burgers, bourbon, and beer. Burgers (with bacon, natch!) and lobster mac & cheese get a lot of buzz. No private dining, but if you’re entertaining a real crowd, you can spill into adjoining Johnny Utah’s. Book It: 80 Washington St., 203- 853-2326
- Johnny Utah’s, South Norwalk: Here's your urban cowboy" moment where you can feast on BBQ and Southwestern fare. No private dining but can expand into Killer B if needed for a larger group. Don’t forget to ride the mechanical bull. Book It: 80 Washington St., 203-299-0711
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