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B.J. Ryan's in Norwalk, CT


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B.J. Ryan's in Norwalk, CT

WendyBinCT | Oct 13, 2007 02:38 PM

Had lunch with a good friend Thursday at a wonderful new bar and restaurant in Norwalk, CT: B.J. Ryan's, 57 Main Street, a couple of blocks south of the Post Road (U.S. 1). Full disclosure: one of the owners, Buckley Ryan, is the son-in-law of that good friend. Buckley and his partner B.J. Lawless, two talented young guys, gutted an old empty warehouse and have distilled their experience at other venues into a high-energy pub with a very appealing menu. The place opened about a month ago, and when I went back with my DH for dinner Friday night, we found it gratifyingly crowded (and quite noisy). I generally pass on bread, but downed several slices of chewy baguette with yummy garlic herb butter. Tried the Bang Bang Shrimp (scrumptious spicy appetizer), Las Vegas Chopped Salad (very good teriyaki chicken, iceberg lettuce, tomato, scallions, fried onion strings, Asian glaze), Chop Chop Cobb Salad (even better turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato, hardboiled egg, gorgonzola, mesclun, vinaigrette). DH had a Pub Burger (good) and potato wedges (cooked as intended, they were a bit too salty and overcooked for his taste; he would try a different starch next time). Very nice house chardonnay. Generous portions, reasonable prices. Parking available on the street and in a few nearby lots -- no problem at lunch, somewhat harder to find in the evening. Go! Enjoy!

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