An unlimited parade of palate-pleasing platters greets diners from Churrascaria Braza's Rodizio prix fixe dinner menu, a tasty Brazilian steakhouse tradition ($29.95 adults, $14.95 children under 12). Fill your digestive Trapper Keeper with loose-leaf lusciousness from the stacked salad bar, or cast a tongue trap to reel in a haul of the peel-and-eat shrimp. When you're sufficiently appetized, a friendly tableside server commences the main protein procession, carefully and continuously slicing as much of the seasoned, slow-roasted, and skewered meats as you desire. The assortment of 12 meats changes nightly, yielding such savory selections as the roasted pork loin, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, or Perna de Carneiro (freshly sliced leg of lamb). When you're nearly full, flip the table's circular dual-sided chip from green to red, which signifies the start of dessert. Hang a sweet fang on the decadent layer cake ($7) or spongy and succulent tres leches cake ($7).
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.”