At Churrascaria Braza’s newest location, servers promenade skewers of 12 different slow-roasted meats about the dining room, slicing filet mignon and skirt steak tableside. An unlimited buffet’s shrimp and roasted seasonal vegetables kick off the fixed-price dinner ($31.95 for adults; $14.95 for children 11 and under), after which diners flip two-sided chips or thump diamond-studded scepters to summon meat-brandishing staff. Morsels of parmesan-encrusted pork loin and bacon-wrapped turkey breast roast over an open flame before piling onto plates next to fried plantains and brazilian cheese bread in mounds higher than Mount Everest’s GPA.
A mural of a peaceful beach is the first thing guests see when they enter Paradise Island Deli & Café. The blue water and slender palm trees helps the Negron family create a laidback, welcoming atmosphere to enjoy classic American and Spanish dishes. The deli staff slices and layers Boar's Head meats across fresh spanish rolls or inside wraps. They also keep a selection of Spanish dishes warm under glass. Combination plates pair pork chops and roasted pork shoulder with traditional sides of rice and pigeon peas. Catering trays of Spanish classics, such as paella made with saffron rice, pork, and chicken, add a worldly touch to parties and meetings. The staff writes the menu with colorful chalk on a blackboard behind the counter in a casual, friendly style reminiscent of children's to-do lists.
Chefs at Curry King fold together long noodles, shoyu, and Japanese curry to pack curry and ramen dishes into patrons' stomach suitcases. Ramen noodles bathe in bowls of dark miso or white paitan broth, twisting around toppings such as shoyu pork, kimchi, and tofu to create eight savory dishes ($6.25–$7.88) and spell out urgent messages from kitchen utensils. Chicken, pork, or spam katsu ($7.55), swaddled in a coat of breadcrumbs, gambol atop plates with curry rice or tumble onto forks with ramen noodles ($7.25). Other traditional Japanese dishes, such as pork yakisoba ($6.55), eel donburi ($8.88), and shrimp tempura with cold noodles ($7.88) transport taste buds to the Far East without the need for tongue-based teleportation devices.
Eddie Rivera’s trip to Puerto Rico, during which he ate everything the island had to offer, convinced the entrepreneur to bring Puerto Rican cuisine back to Bridgeport. Thus, El Flamboyan Restaurant & Lounge was born, a brick, moody eatery reminiscent of those Eddie dined in while visiting bustling San Juan. Twin lobsters with two sides highlight a menu of island delicacies, from empanadas stuffed with crab or octopus to plantain mofongo mashed with roasted pork shoulder. Nightly special events include live DJs on weekends, and Thursday-night karaoke, when guests can emulate the chirpings of Puerto Rico’s iconic coquí frog.
The Lazy Lobster charms taste buds with a menu that showcases freshly prepared dishes made from New England seafood. Indulge claw cravings with a Maine lobster (market price) weighing up to 2 pounds or a Lazy Lobster roll constructed on generously buttered bread ($15.95). Wash your palate in a sea of flavor with a bucket of shrimp ($14.95) or a plate of ocean-fresh clams and mussels plunged, like disoriented scuba divers, into white-wine-garlic sauce ($10.95). New England clam chowder or lobster bisque ($5.95/pint, $10.95/quart) provide spoons with a steaming pool to dip into, and baby-back ribs ($12/half, $23/full) arrive at tables slow-cooked after being seasoned in dry rub for 48 hours, or until the meat says “uncle.”
Metric Bar & Grill seasons fresh-caught seafood and aged beef with Asian and Caribbean flair that also takes in worldwide influences from Italy to Louisiana. As skilled chefs sear thick steaks over an open flame, fresh greens get a mist of house-made salad dressing and woks sizzle vegetables and curries. Inside the eatery, original abstract art electrifies exposed brick walls offset by white tablecloths and deep wood chairs. Beyond the chic dining room, Metric is known for catering special events, such as business meetings, cocktail parties, and Constitutional Conventions. The accommodating staff can happily fax daily specials to offices or whip up custom group orders on short notice.