Hidden Gems in Bridgeport, CT

Update:

So this past weekend I tried Eat Noodle and wanted to update this blog from less than a  year ago.

Ok, so Bridgeport gets a bad rap, but there are some positives about the city.  I grew up in Bridgeport and one of the things I loved about Bridgeport was the diversity of foods.  Bridgeport has been trying to revitalize for more than the past decade.  One of the ways they have done that is attempting to draw people to attend an event at Webster Bank Arena or see a show at the Downtown Cabaret.   Wouldn’t it be nice to grab a bite before or after the show or event?  Or when you get hungry as you are passing Bridgeport onto your destination?  There are a ton of restaurants and eateries in Bridgeport that you should check out.

Trattoria ‘A Vucchella (272 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT)

This is my all time favorite Italian restaurant in Bridgeport.  Don’t come here if you are in a rush.  Everything is made to order.  There has never been a time where I have not liked something.  I’ve come here several times and Pasquale and Jennifer, the owners are so friendly.  Pasquale has sat down with my friends and I to share stories about Italy.

Harlan Haus (155 State St., Bridgeport, CT)

This is a German-style beer hall located inside an old bank.  It has community-style seating and a great place to come with a group of friends.  I’ve only gone late night, but others have told me that it does get crowded during happy hour as a lot of people working in local businesses go there.  Food is on point.  I’ve had a couple of the wursts, washed down with their own beer, Harlan Honey Kohlsch.  I’ve also eaten at their sister restaurant Harlan Publick in Norwalk, which is vastly different from Harlan Haus.

Pho Hong Thom (48 Wood Ave. Bridgeport, CT)

Hands down, best pho in the area.  It is not your fine dining type restaurant.  It’s the opposite.  Most are skeptical because it is not really in the downtown area.  But if you want authentic Vietnamese food, come to Pho Hong Thom.  It is a family owned restaurant.  When you walk into the restaurant, you can already smell the aroma of the pho broth.  The pho is fragrant and flavorful.  You get a large portion and it’s cheap.  Who am I kidding?  All of their food is delicious.

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Fire Engine Pizza Company (2914 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT)

The Black Rock section of Bridgeport offers many great eateries, including Fire Engine Pizza Company.  I’ve gone here several times with my friends.  Their steak tips are highly recommended as an appetizer.  But the main thing I go here for is their pizza.  Ok, so New Haven pizza is the best, but there’s is pretty good and thin crusted, which I love.

Nom Eez (2992 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT)

A coworker had told me about this place.  She wanted my opinion about what I thought of the food being that I’m Vietnamese.  So I went on the weekend with my brother.  We loved the vibe of the place and got to talk to the owner and his mother-in-law.  They are good people.  It is a small place with bar seating.  However, you can also do takeout.  I prefer eating there.  I’ve order the pho, pho ramen, congee (rice porridge), and the banh mi.  Compliments to the cook.  Their pho tastes just like my dad’s–very aromatic and seasoned well.  Everything is fresh.  Every time I go, I try to get something new, but I do often go back for the pho.

La Caguena (2697 Main St., Bridgeport, CT)

Looking for authentic Puerto Rican food, first go to would any of the numerous restaurants on East Main Street.  But if you are not comfortable driving in that area, head to La Caguena which is in the North End of Bridgeport.  It is CASH ONLY.  I’ve had their rice and beans, empanadas, potato balls, and flan.  You can see most of their food on the menu in the case behind glass. If you are not familiar with the food item, ask the counter person and they will be more than happy to explain it to you.

Leisha’s Bakeria (7 Lafayette Circle, Bridgeport, CT)

I’ve always passed by this place and have had intentions of going in.  I’m so glad that I finally did.  My friend and I came here to plan out our ice cream crawl (blog post to come) and we each ordered the hash brown waffles.  Mine was with bacon and cheddar.  It does take some time for it to be made, which we were told when we ordered.  It was worth the wait time.  It was savory.  Yummy in my tummy!  My portion was generous and I could not finish it.  Service was great and the atmosphere is cozy especially for meeting up with friends or just wanting a bite and get some work done.  I’ll definitely come back again to try the other menu items.  You should not pass up this hidden gem.

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Eat Noodle (269 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT)

Several of my friends had mentioned to me that there was this noodle house that I needed to go to especially since I have this thing for checking out different pho restaurants to see who has the best pho.  So after a day of yard work I figured I would treat myself.   They offer pho, ramen, and curry soup.  You would think I would order the pho.  Instead, in need of some change in my palette, I went for the curry crispy chicken noodle.  That was hands down, amazing!  I’m so glad I passed up the pho for it.  It reminded me of my dad’s curry.  It was flavorful and had a nice kick to it.  The chicken was crispy and the soup had potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes.  I had leftover broth and that broth could not go to waste.  I took it home just so I could dip slices of french bread into it.  Now I know where to go whenever I am craving curry.

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There are several other restaurants that I have yet to try in Bridgeport, like Ralph n’ Richs (Italian), Avenida (Portuguese), Bereket (Mediterranean), just to name a few.  Maybe after you try these restaurants, you’ll want to adventure out and try the others.

Author: traveleratheart82

My day job is as a math coach, but I am really a traveler at heart. I love to travel but I can't always do that all the time so I experience it through foods and books. I enjoy sharing my joy with my family and friends.

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