One of my continuing frustrations with Stamford and its restaurants, and there are many, is the fact that the city lacks both adequate moderately priced basic fare and interactive social environments.
I may have found an answer to both in Bradford's, a two story bar on Bedford Street that has a surprisingly gifted chef and a clientele that is eclectic, friendly and approachable. And, more importantly to me, the price is right, at least in the food department.
The first time I stopped in I had a wrap that was more than adequate, artfully prepared, and around $7 if memory serves. The place was quiet, relaxed, and the bartender/server was charming, friendly and engaging.
My second stop was a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for five or six dollars with a plate full of excellent french fries (which I did not need, but ate, sadly).
I went to watch a football game on Sunday, and the crowd was predictably louder, but generally well behaved. I ate an adequate salad and some very nice garlic bread, which appeared quickly.
My last stop began in disappointment, but ended it complete satisfaction. I stopped in on a chilly day for a cocktail, noticed that they had New England Clam Chowder on the board and ordered away. What arrived was red, Manhattan chowder and the bartender/server apologised and started to take the dish away. I relented, even though it is not a favorite, and glad I am that I did. It was spectacular! Not like the stewed tomato melange one might expect, but a delicate, proportioned, perfectly seasoned bowl of clammy goodness!
I hope that they are able to keep this cook.
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