Stunned by missing my beloved cake donuts at Coffee 'An by a mere half-hour (it closes at one o'clock on Sundays), I took my nephew and his girlfriend to Westfair Fish & Chips, on Old Post Road for the first time. The whole fried clams were terrific, the equal of better-known places in Connecticut. The New England Clam Chowder, only $2 for a cup, tasted of clams, and not just cream.
I was shocked by how extensive the menu was. We didn't try the fish and chips, lobster roll (half the price of most Manhattan sandwiches) or fresh tuna or swordfish (both priced under $10 including cole slaw and potato), or raw oysters. There are only two tables inside, one outside -- we were the only folks who ate the food "in."
Not everything was a smashing success. The cole slaw had "turned," the french fries weren't anything special, and they weren't making onion rings. Two kids were doing the cooking. They looked like they could have been working at McDonald's or out surfing. But the one I talked to took evident pride in his work and the place.
Westfair F&C can be hard to find, because it is hidden behind a little strip mall. If you see Westfair Fish, you're in the right general area -- the restaurant is behind it, at 1781 Post Rd. East.
Who would have thought that Westport would be home to 2 Chowish treasures like Coffee 'an and Westfair Fish & Chips?