As the largest city in outlying Fairfield County, Danbury houses
some of the most vibrant nightlife, but the surrounding towns all have their favorite local eateries.
Down the Hatch in Brookfield has been serving Candlewood Lake's boaters and other summer guests since 1946. While you can reach the restaurant by car, most of its guests come by boat to nosh on burgers, wraps, and fresh seafood dishes, such as steamed New England lobster and breaded sea scallops. The eatery provides limited indoor seating, but there's plenty of space on the outdoor patio, where you can soak up the sun while you eat. Down the Hatch also has several boat slips for guests.
Danbury's Mezon Tapas Bar and Restaurant gives guests a taste of Caribbean, Latin, and Spanish fusion cuisine. A warm and cozy atmosphere set off by dark wood tones and exposed brick creates the ideal backdrop for diners who want to enjoy the flavorful food. From Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche to churrasco-style skirt steak with a dollop of chimichurri, Mezon's menu features choices sure to please every diner. The wine list includes popular vintages from Portugal and Spain that pair perfectly with the menu's offerings.
Located in Bethel, La Zingara strives to give guests a taste of Tuscany. This farm-to-table restaurant grows much of the produce it uses on its own organic farm, and it uses local purveyors for everything else. Begin your meal with a fresh antipasti of Italian cured meats, along with aged Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and candied walnuts, or choose a simple insalatina di Cesare. Main dishes include favorites such as spaghetti with shrimp, broccoli rabe and sun-dried tomatoes, and pan-roasted duck breast with a cranberry glaze. The menu changes seasonally, so you can experience new flavors throughout the year.
Danbury is the ideal choice for a fine evening out on the town. Head to Rosy Tomorrows for some great cocktails and live music or to Molly Darcy's Irish Pub & Restaurant to sip beer and watch the big game.