Danbury, CT is one of the most exciting chow towns I know of. It's a wonderland. I am seriously considering moving there.
There is amazing stuff to eat there from many, many countries. And if you count Bethel (sort of a "suburb"), there's some of the best ice cream in the country. In general, Danbury is like Jackson Heights with clean air.
I'll provide a few random quick tips to get discussion started, and may archive the best of our postings to a permanent Danbury Tip Sheet.
Goulash Place 42 Highland, 744-1971
everybody has read Jane/Michael Stern's review of this place, but they didn't rave enough in my opinion. The place serves really true, loving grandmotherly Hungarian, which is something that's VERY hard to find (even in New Brunswick these days, I believe). Nothing sophisticated, just what you'd expect from a good Hungarian grandma cook, with all the positives and negatives that implies. You're eating in the living room of a nice (though slightly cranky) old Hungarian couple, in their house in a residential nabe. It's worth a trip for the chicken paprikash alone.
There are also Italian, Indonesian, Portuguese, Brazilian, Egyptian, Mexican, etc etc places. The ice cream in Bethel is another Stern favorite (as I've often said before, they're very reliable when covering their home state of Connecticut): Dr. Mikes 158 Greenwood Ave, 792-4388; get chocolate lace flavor. Oh, and also in Bethel there's a drive-in so old-fashioned they still make cube steak(!!). Homemade root beer, too. It's the sycamore 282 Greenwood Ave, 748-2716
Another tip from this board: Wendy J liked La Mexicana (137 White St (203) 790-9962) for "wonderful, warming, simple posole... decent mole poblano, and refried beans that have a lovely lardy quality to them"
Wendy also raved about Son Atlantic Market 135 Main St (203) 830-3068, a "good feeling" source for all Asian ingredients, terrific exotic produce, uncured bacon. On weekends: roast pork, duck, sticky rice, noodles and sweets. Great helpful owners.
A list of some local Brazilian places:
Pantanal/Nosso Restaurant & Deli 87 Main St (203) 748-0444 (has earned raves on this board from Andrew Reibman...try the feijoada and the fried pork)
Banana Brazil Luncheonette 91 Main St (203) 748-5656
Bam Brazil 296 Main St (203) 778-2270
Brasil Total/Antonio's Restaurant 15 Center St (203) 744-0699
Dimitri's Pizza 141 1/2 White St (203) 798-9898
Mina's Carne & Deli 36 Osborne St (203) 797-9800
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