Chill Out! The Best Ice Creams around

THE “CHILL OUT” POST

#tourdeicecream2019

Man oh Man it’s hot out there and we have a really sweet way for you to keep cool this weekend!

Ice cream is an integral part of summer. Seriously!

We’ve incorporated the cold, sweet stuff into our summer adventures ever since the kids were tots. Discovering new places was fun indeed, but we also enjoyed returning to some our local favorites. Below you’ll find a very carefully compiled list of some of our favorite ice cream venues. 

We hope you’ll share this email, print it out, mark it up and have fun with it too.You’re never too young or too old to enjoy a scoop of the sweet, creamy cold stuff. 

Do play along and share your favorites. Tag us #talkofthetown203 and #tourdeicecream2019. Let us know where we should go next!

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best ice cream around

Local Flavors

16 Handles, 1300 Post Rd, Fairfield, Contact: 203-292-9841
Dairy Queen, 1902 Post Road, Fairfield, Contact: 203-259-5659
Main Street Creamery, 4191 Main St Bridgeport, Contact: 203-572-0447
Milkcraft, 1215 Post Rd, Contact: 475-888-9091
Pearls and Swirls, 200 Tunxis Hill Rd, Contact: 203-540-5501
Rolling Moos, 1700 Post Rd, Fairfield, Contact: 203-955-1332
Saugatuck Sweets, 75 Riverside Ave, Westport, Contact: 203-642-4615
Saugatuck Sweets, 28 Reef Rd, Contact: 203-292-8550
Stew Leonard’s, 100 Westport Ave, Norwalk, 203-847-7214
Sunny Daes, 900 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, Contact: 203-459-2663
Sunny Daes, 808 Post Rd., Fairfield, Contact: 203-256-9055
Sunny Daes, 30 Riverside Ave, Westport, Contact: 203-557-4212
Timothy’s Ice Cream, 2974 Fairfield Ave Black Rock, Contact: 203-366-7496

Worth The Road Trip!

Cream and Sugar Cafe, 7 P T Barnum Square, Bethel, Contact: 203-800-6623
Ferris Acres Creamery, 144 Sugar St, Newtown, Contact: 203-426-8803
Plasko’s Farm, 670 Daniels Farm Rd Trumbull, Contact: 203-268-2716
Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop, 691 Oxford Road (Route 67) Oxford, 
Contact: 203-881-1040 
Walnut Beach Creamery, 17 Broadway #19, Milford, Contact: 203-878-7738
Wells Hollow Creamery, 656 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, 
Contact: 203-926-0101

Want to play along on social media? Please tag us #talkofthetown203 with your ice cream selections and discoveries and use the hashtag #tourdeicecream2019

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Boca Oyster Bar opens in Bridgeport's Steel Point

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Boca Oyster Bar recently opened its doors in the newly developed Steelpointe Harbor. With a seafood inspired food concept, high spirited beverage program, and waterside dining the restaurant is a much welcomed addition to the local dining scene.

The menu features quintessential New England seafood fare, as seen with such fish house favorites as colossal fried shrimp with hand cut fried potatoes and cabbage slaw, jumbo crab cake with a citrus crema, and the Boca lobster roll with fresh picked Maine lobster, warm sherry, and Old Bay butter sauce on a brioche roll. House specials include; grilled octopus with crispy garbanzo, Kalamata olives, sea salt and lemon; sesame crusted ahi tuna tacos with wasabi and mango salsa; New Zealand lamb lollipops with chimichurri sauce; Steelpointe clams casino flatbread with fresh shucked little necks, EVOO, herbs, Applewood bacon, and grated parmigiana; 42oz cowboy bone-in rib eye with choice of sauce; pan seared Diver sea scallops with vegetable lo mein and a chipotle crema; Maine lobster ravioli with shrimp, scallops, peas, and red roasted peppers in a pink cream sauce;  and a variety of seasonal salads, juicy burgers, hearty sandwiches, and raw bar favorites.

The beverage program combines today’s craft cocktail culture with island’esque frozen drinks, the popular frosé, craft beer, and an accessible wine list. 



What we thought about Boca Oyster Bar:

On a windy but gorgeous weekday afternoon we decided to check out the new restaurant. We sat outside and enjoyed the setting immensely. We’re hoping that as soon as the slips at the local docs are filled with boats, they’ll offer some distraction to the smokestacks and factory across the way. But water is water and we’ll take what we can get. Despite our coastal location, there’s not much on the sound in the Bridgeport or Fairfield area. Outside on the deck several large outdoor couches invite you to sit, slow down and take it all in. At the tables, the large wooden chairs are comfortable, allowing us to sit back and enjoy the beautiful early June day.

We were impressed with the multitude of choices at the menu had to offer. Indeed there is something for everyone - seafood lover or not.

Grilled Octopus - Boca Oyster Bar, Bridgeport

Grilled Octopus - Boca Oyster Bar, Bridgeport

We started off with the Grilled Octopus - charred, crispy garbanzo, kalamata olives, sea salt, lemon which arrived a small cast iron pan. The octopus was perfectly grilled, and tender to the bite. The flavor was divine and I wasn’t in the least surprised to learn that it’s a top selling dish. (The flavored oil was so delicious I ended up dredging my sandwich and fries in it!)

We also ordered their Boca Lobster Roll - fresh picked maine lobster, warm sherry, old bay butter sauce, brioche roll, hand cut fried potatoes and their Tuna Burger - chili spiced rare tuna, wasabi crema, shredded lettuce, avocado, hand cut french fried potatoes.

Boca Lobster Roll, Boca Oyster Bar, Bridgeport

Boca Lobster Roll, Boca Oyster Bar, Bridgeport

We then had the tuna. Although referred to as a “burger” we were glad that it wasn’t, that it was indeed a fresh and nicely sized piece of seared tuna. Served on a Brioche bun, with thin slices of avocado and shredded lettuce. We liked the burger but didn’t love it. It should have been slightly more charred on the outside, and the middle was cold to the bite. It should have been room temperature. But the greatest disappointment was the shredded lettuce that sat in a pool of water. At nearly $20, fresh mixed greens would have been a much better addition than the soggy shredded iceberg.

From then we moved on to the Lobster Roll, hoping to have saved the best for last. It was very good. Generous amounts of lobster meat overflowed the bun - which is never a bad thing. The sandwich was served with an Old Bay butter, thick cut fries and ketchup. The meat was flavorful on its own, but the butter took it to the next level. The Old Bay offered just enough flavor so as not to overpower the delicate meat. While we were very happy with the lobster roll we wished that at Market Price, $30, to have had some whole pieces of claw and tail, not just chopped up bits of meat. With plenty of great lobster rolls in the area, this is pricier than most. But you are on the water.

As with all new restaurants there are kinks to work out and I’m confident that they will be.

Once the bar on the deck is up and running, Boca is sure to be an evening destination, especially during the summertime. We decided, however, we liked the calm, and will return during the off hours. Next time we’ll have to sample some of their signature cocktails.

On a scale of 5 lobsters we’ll give this a 3.0.





 

More images below. We won’t complain about the view. Waterfront dining is waterfront dining. In our area where restaurants such as this are a rarity, we’ll be happy with what we’ve got. That said, we can’t help but think that once the boats are in their slips, the scenery will be much more colorful!

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The restaurant’s interior is massive with seating upwards of 300. They’ve done a nice job with it from the visual standpoint. No matter how nice inside, unless severe thunder showers are predicted, you’ll find us outside!

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About Boca Oyster Bar:

Spearheaded by Steelpointe Restaurant Group, Boca offers 13,000 square feet of dining, bar, and patio space. Designed by Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design, a local award-winning designer with an innovative design sense, Boca plays to its waterside locale and New England sensibility.  Upon entry, visitors are greeted by a massive four-corner bar punctuated by floating soffit lighting, white multi-wave ceramic tile, and a bar top of gray ash wood likened to driftwood that’s been washed ashore.  The raw bar filled with icy crustaceans is another focal point and is wrapped in periwinkle dust glass tile and a white ice quartz countertop.

Boca is an ideal destination for private events. Multiple dining areas and bar service options can be carved out within the main dining room (200 capacity) and outdoor area (150 capacity).

Open 7 days/night, including Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday includes raw bar and drink specials.

Designated boat slips are available for patrons.

Live music on the weekends. 

10 E Main St Bridgeport CT | www.bocaoysterbar.com | (203) 612-4848