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The Gray Goose Cafe

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246 Old Post Road, Southport

I was in France three weeks ago and noticed a number of women eating alone in cafes. Here, I see men eating alone at restaurant bars. Now, I don’t mention this to advertise I spent a week cavorting around Paris but to point out a potentially interesting socio-cultural phenomenon. And I write “potentially” because I don’t know if it’s interesting. I may never know. What I DO know is that it’s summer break, my brain is melting like a dropped popsicle on hot slate and I have renewed love and respect for teachers and compulsory education.

Anyway, I made this dubiously intriguing note on Tuesday night, when my girlfriends treated me to a birthday dinner at The Gray Goose Cafe. I darted from my home and screaming children the nanosecond my husband touched down on the driveway, allowing me a solid 20 minutes to observe the eating habits of lone males before my friends appeared.

One other observation: women order dessert. Men don’t.

As you may have now inferred, I needed a night out with my chicks. And Gray Goose, friends, does not disappoint. Granted, a Tuesday night doesn’t attract the most enticing of crowds (unless you’re over 60) but it hardly matters. If you’re not staring at the bartender with bright white hair (Let if flow, Elsa!) or musing over the eating habits of strange men, the fabulous cocktails and amazing menu will siphon any remaining thought power.

Not surprisingly, Gray Goose is brought to us by the same geniae behind Little Barn, Spotted Horse, and that ilk. Think cozy yet elegant barn-like atmosphere with hopping bar and minimal parking. The service is inconsistent - sometimes great, sometimes lousy, so manage your expectations.

Robin’s note: No appetizer or entree is over $25. And, yes, we had dessert (surprise birthday cake!)

Who you’ll see eating here: Older groups of men and women during the week. Couples and small groups of men and women age 35+ on Thursday-Sunday.

Their specialty: Lobster macaroni, Maine Lobster club, Ahi Tuna tacos.

What you should order: Lobster macaroni, Miso salmon with coconut rice

What you may not know but should:
  - There’s a “no reservation” policy so your downtime options are limited: drink or step outside and watch traffic. Thus the bar tends to be crowded and loud on weekends.
  - Thursday night is Ladies night! 1/2 price house wine and martinis, including those fruity little numbers we love
  - Live music on the tiiiiiny patio ever Sunday at 5:30 and Friday from 10 PM - close

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Fairfield    
Thursday, July 10, 2014 • Permalink

Match

Match, Norwalk

98 Washington Street

I don’t shower in the mornings. With 3 children awake and ready for action at 5:45 AM, I hit the ground running and, unless I’m going to be in close proximity to celebrities and movie producers, don’t shower until evening.

So it was last Saturday. The day was exhausting and moments before our sitter arrived I was weighing the pros and cons of bathing before date night. Bathing won, as looking like a slob does precious little for one’s sex appeal.

We decided to paint SoNo red and, after a watery cocktail at a hip bar, decided to cut our losses and eat at Match.

Ah, Match. The bartenders’ smiling faces, the exceptional (potent) cocktails, and the excellent New American cuisine. Every time we go there we wonder why we don’t go more often. Then we remember we have 3 kids who wake up before dawn. And we marvel at how we manage to get out at all.

Who you’ll see eating here: Couples mostly, ages 30-60 years old. Some groups of girlfriends ages 35-50.

Their specialty: Appetizers and anything wood-oven roasted.

What you should eat: “Carpgetbaggers” –fried Blue Point oysters and bunch of other stuff. Mmm…

What you may not know but should:
  - They’ve won every award from every local and food magazine in the country, from “Best Appetizers” to “Best Overall Restaurant.”
  - Maybe it’s the name, but Match tends to attract a lot of cougars and those who prey upon them.
http://www.matchsono.com

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Norwalk    
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 • Permalink