Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Recent Restaurant Round-Up: Norwalk

Rincon Taqueria: I remember driving by this place a few times, noticing a new taco place, then later forgetting where it was. Then I read this review in The New York Times. Jeff and I made it for lunch about a month ago.

The same spot hosted various sandwich/deli places over the years; I've been to a few of them. Rincon elevated the space. A half wall separates the dining area from the counter. Mexican tiles line a few walls. It was simple, but cute.

The menu was also simple: tacos, empanadas, chicken quesadillas, burritos, soups. We tried the first three. They were very good. We also got a complimentary small plate of rice, black beans and spices--the best I've ever had.

Sedona Taphouse: We've been anticipating this place for over a year. It's located right down the hill from us--about a three block walk--and boasts 500 craft beers. We went to the Grand Opening and back Sunday for Beer School.

We headed down for "happier hour" on Grand Opening Monday--two weeks ago. Beers were $5.00, as were several appetizers: various sliders, tacos and flatbreads. We tried the pulled pork sliders and tacos. As we ordered another beer, I said something to Jeff that if we kept eating and drinking, I wouldn't want to cook. We decided to stay for dinner. Monday is Steak Out for Charity: $10.00 steak night with $5.00 going to a local charity. We had Black Angus flatiron steak with garlic whipped potatoes. Delicious.

We returned this Sunday afternoon for a complimentary Beer School class on Belgium beers: some were familiar, but many were new. After we tasted nine beers, we tried a few more menu items: Wagyu beef sliders, the Italiano and BBQ Chicken flat bread pizzas.

Sedona Taphouse has been a great find for us and for our neighborhood. We'll definitely be returning.

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