Known as ‘Hat City,’ Danbury once produced approximately 25% of all hats in the United States. Yet headgear aside, this small city in Connecticut is full of distinct heritage and culture – perhaps no where more visibly than through its wide selection of diverse and ethnic restaurants. We take a look at 10 of the best around.
Kibberia is a Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe serving bountiful and savory dishes difficult to find elsewhere in Connecticut. It offers a vast assortment of options ranging from traditional tabouleh and baba ghanouj to innovative choices such as kibbe pocket served with fresh hummus and tabouleh. With a combination of aromatic, flavorful food and fast, accommodating service, the restaurant provides a memorable dining experience.
A high-class restaurant ideal for a romantic dinner date, Ondine has been providing the Danbury community with contemporary French cuisine and refined wines for several decades. Its elegant décor, resembling a French country inn, with dazzling views of the Margerie Lake Reservoir, captivate visitors from all around the world.
Known for its unusual mixture of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean cuisines, Mezon Tapas Bar and Restaurant serves a vast range of exotic dishes that merge traditional Spanish ingredients with tropical ones. As well as its unique options, the restaurant also offers an extensive selection of high-quality cocktails and Spanish and South American wines. Even the interior design reflects the restaurant’s love for fusion, merging European and Caribbean styles. Ultimately, Mezon successfully condenses the culinary and architectural components of several different cultures into one, providing visitors with an original dining experiences.
A relatively new business, Ibiza Tapas is a lively venue. By serving the meals tapas style, Ibiza allows families and friends to share a wide variety of dishes, creating a friendly and enjoyable environment.
Specializing in Middle Eastern and American cuisine, Sesame Seed is a restaurant that serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The owner, Dimitri Chaber, ensures that all ingredients are fresh and hand-picked from local sources, providing guests with delicious and healthy dishes. The colorful exterior of the restaurant is approachable and welcoming, surrounded by flower pots, while boasting a comfortable, homely interior.
Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi Bar offers some of the best Japanese sushi and hibachi in Danbury, catering to large groups. Its objective is to bestow customers with the most authentic and savory Japanese meals possible.
Ki Asian Bistro and Sushi is a Japanese restaurant featuring dishes such as miso soup, shrimp tempura and sushi. It offers a vast array of sushi ranging from simple avocado or cucumber rolls to more complex varieties, such as yellowtail scallion roll or the kanpyo roll. In addition, lunchtime options include a bento box, consisting of beef, shrimp, chicken or tofu and vegetable teriyaki, and a special section of the menu only offers original recipes by Ki Asian. It is also one of the few restaurants in Danbury that accepts online orders.
A strong believer that the reputation of a steakhouse correlates with the quality of beef, Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill dedicates itself to sourcing meat that has been reared humanely and responsibly. The owners cooperate with world famous meat providers to select high-quality beef raised using environmentally responsible practices. Through its efforts, Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill has earned its title as the Greater Danbury Connecticut’s premier steak house.
Chefs Andres Medina and Luis Alvarez worked for over 25 years at La Fortuna in Bethel, Connecticut, before joining to open a restaurant that well reflected their skills in authentic Northern Italian cooking. The result was Pappadellas, combining Medina’s talent in making handmade pastas and Alvarez’s baking skills.
Stanziato’s serves delicious pizzas made with organic, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. The exception is the dough, made with flour imported from Naples, Italy, and fermented for three days in order to obtain a light, airy texture. Stanziato’s rightly enjoys its reputation as serving the best pizza in Danbury.