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Led by their mom, Cassandra, brothers Mergim, Burim, Durim, and Agim turned a cache of generations-old family recipes into 4 Brothers Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurant. With these unique culinary formulas, the tight-knit clan infuses classic Mediterranean and Peloponnesian flavors into their sprawling lineup of Italian and Greek dishes, which includes flaky spanakopita, linguine with clam sauce, and creamy penne with chicken and broccoli. Each of the brothers also boasts a favorite pizza that bears their name, agreeing that whoever’s pie is the most popular gets to claim the remote control forever times infinity.

25 Old Kings Hwy N
Darien,
CT
US

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood values customer loyalty as much as the freshness of their seafood, and both have contributed to it's recent success. The shellfish is about as local as it gets–the executive chef sources the eatery's lobster, clams, and mussels from the Rowayton Seafood Market right next door. This freshness is crafted into a seasonal menu, paired with the scent of salty coastal air, assails the senses in the sunlit, harbor-side dining room, where diners warm themselves by the fireplace or gaze out onto Five Mile River.

The chef's inspired dishes, which won Connecticut magazine's 2013 award for best seafood, draw on American and international recipes. The grilled domestic swordfish keeps things simple with accents of roasted asparagus and truffled onions, and the blackened mahi-mahi samples more tropical climates with coconut-jasmine rice and pineapple salsa. More than 120 international and domestic wines suggest endless pairings–from appetizers of fried calamari to desserts of housemade pie and seasonal crème brûlée. Free valet parking is available, and guests can also dock their boat at the restaurant by reservation.

Combining their freshly caught fish with ecologically sound practices, the Restaurant has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program to serve sustainable seafood and help protect the balance of marine life.

89 Rowayton Ave
Norwalk,
CT
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Everything from barbecue beans to sweet thai chili sauce smothers the all-beef, gluten-free hot dogs at Franks & Frites. The eatery's cooks grill 13 varieties in total, plus a handful of "stray dogs" such as italian sausages, bratwursts, and the Great Dane, a 1-pound frank with as many toppings as your heart desires. Frites-wise, the culinary team sticks to the classic Belgian preparation: cutting potatoes by hand before double-frying them until a crispy exterior gives way to a fluffy interior. Fries are served in a paper cone and come paired with a choice of dipping sauce, including curry, blue cheese, and pesto mayo. Besides the restaurant's namesake, Franks & Frites' cooks flip burgers like the Wall Street, a medley of gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and an optional stack of saut?ed $100 bills.

380 Heights Rd.
Darien,
CT
US

Chefs at Fuji of Japan fill sashimi platters, maki rolls, and hibachi seafood entrees with fish sourced from local Japanese importers or the Harbor Fish Market. The sushi bar turns these fresh ingredients—many delivered just hours before opening—into signature maki such as the cris roll, which is stuffed and topped with tuna. Hibachi chefs also flash-cook fish alongside duck, filet mignon, and other meaty entrees atop an expansive flat grill. Prepared in front of patrons’ eyes, these dinners include a cornucopia of courses—from onion soup to a shrimp appetizer—that distract stomachs while the knife-wielding chef trims onlookers' beards without them noticing.

111 Old Kings Hwy N
Darien,
CT
US

The New York Times praised Tengda's Milford location—one of eight in a small regional chain—as "perfect for young-at-heart couples and groups," with a high-energy atmosphere bubbling around cuisine it called "very good." The chefs draw gustatory inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand as they create their expansive menus of Pan-Asian fare, which include fiery stir-fries, grilled meats, and sushi and provide reading material for shy diners throughout a full meal. Moody red and yellow lights dapple sleek black tables and booths, and might occasionally catch knife-flipping and drink-slinging theatrics behind the sushi and cocktail bars.

25 Old Kings Hwy N
Darien,
CT
US

Little Thai Kitchen's chefs decorate porcelain canvasses with a menu of marinated Thai edibles presented in harlequin medleys beneath sprays of decorative bamboo. Stone and dark-cherry walls sprawl behind symphonies of silverware that clink gently like a robot with a rock in its shoe. Sticky sweet rice, veggies, and a variety of meats and seafood bask alongside spicy curries, including a green-chili concoction that the New York Times called "fierce and delicate at the same time." Frosted glass and brushed-steel lights spill warm light onto diners as they chat amid pastoral accents and artwork with Eastern influences.

4 West Ave
Darien,
CT
US