The Fairfield campus has a lot of great dining options, but let’s be honest: Eating at Barone day in and day out can get a little monotonous. When you find yourself stuck in that daily pasta-and-salad rut, you might be craving something a little different.

Luckily, Fairfield has a vibrant restaurant scene with a huge variety of cuisines. From cheap eats to gourmet dining, everyone can find what they’re looking for — all within reach of the StagBus! If you’re wondering where to start, follow this guide to the best restaurants to try in Fairfield.

Las Vetas Lounge, 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield: $

If you’re looking for someplace a little more relaxed, Las Vetas Lounge fits the bill. This independent coffee shop is the perfect place to study or unwind.

Mismatched furniture, music memorabilia and a few books and board games give Las Vetas an ideal atmosphere for sipping a latte or one of their many smoothies.

They also serve sandwiches, pastries and other light snacks. The ample seating makes it easy to find a spot and stay awhile, so bring your laptop and get some work done here when you feel like escaping from the library.

Its close proximity to the Fairfield train station makes it a great place to grab a quick coffee before taking the Metro North, too!

What to order: Jive Turkey Sandwich, Las Vetas’ take on a turkey club. Served on a soft roll with Russian dressing, provolone, tomato, bacon and lettuce, this sandwich offers a slight twist on the old favorite.

Colony Grill, 1520 Post Road, Fairfield: $$

Colony Grill, with its three locations, has been a Southern Connecticut standby since 1935. Despite the misleading name, you won’t find burgers or chicken at Colony. They exclusively serve pizza and they are very, very good at it. Colony’s super thin-crust pies are a real treat, and the bar area, with TVs in every corner, is a perfect place to watch the big game.

Be sure to arrive early on Friday and Saturday nights, or be prepared to wait for a table — the line is frequently out the door!

What to order: Hot Oil Pizza.  This spicy pizza topping is a Colony specialty. You won’t find it anywhere else! Add your other favorite toppings to make a unique pizza.

Wild Rice, 1612 Post Road, Fairfield: $$

Conveniently located downtown, Wild Rice has been a Fairfield favorite for years. With its diverse menu of Asian cuisines, it’s a great spot for everything from Parents Weekend dinner out to a finals week lunch break. Your favorite Chinese and Thai dishes are available here, along with a wide selection of sushi.

Feel free to step out of the box at Wild Rice — along with the more typical Asian dishes, you’ll find a wide variety of contemporary dishes and creative sushi rolls. If you’re looking for a good deal, check out their well-priced lunch specials.

What to order: Sesame Chicken. This tangy fried chicken favorite is especially good at Wild Rice. It comes with a bowl of rice, and, like most Wild Rice entrees, is big enough for two people to split — or just to take home for leftovers!

Centro, 1435 Post Road, Fairfield: $$$

Another downtown favorite, Centro is the go-to spot for fantastic Italian food. Their homemade pasta dishes are perfect comfort food during chilly New England winters.

In the nice weather, head to Centro to enjoy their gorgeous patio. For a treat after dinner, check out the small bakery in the front of the restaurant for homemade desserts.

Centro also boasts an enticing brunch menu, and has a selection of house-made pastas and sauces for cooking at home.

What to order: Cavatappi Salsicce. This tossed pasta dish with sausage, peas, tomatoes and goat cheese is the perfect blend of flavors for any pasta-lover. For something a little more traditional, their homemade ravioli is also very popular and super tasty!


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