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Where to Grab a Late Night Bite

Diners, not dives, top the list of late night dining options in Fairfield County.

Fortunately, Fairfield County residents have more late-night dining choices than comedian Buddy Hackett's two: take it or leave it.

That said, wee-hour eateries are not considered to be the area's strong suit. So it's interesting to see how many places there are to grab a bite well after dark all around the county.

"Norwalk is definitely king of the late night scene in Fairfield County, as well as Stamford if you don't mind going a bit further south," says food guru Amy Kundrat, proprietor of one of the area's gastronomic go-to guides on the web, CT Bites.

Pam Dufour, owner and operator of another great online area food resource, Fairfield County After Dark, says that late-night eating just isn't a big priority for most residents.

"Just based on the analytics on my website, it's not one of the biggest things that people are looking at. It's not huge," she says.

Dufour's site does have a section specifically devoted to late night eating.

"The late night section is the place to go for me if I need to find something to eat late at night," she says. "It's good to be able to go to a website and find that out pretty quickly."

The county used to have a number of places that were open much later, but many pared back their hours when they realized the extra time didn't mean extra customers.

"We do get a good amount of people that come in after 10 p.m., that's late enough for where we are here in Wilton," says Demetri Papanikolaou, one of the owners of the well-known Route 7 staple Orem's Diner. "There's not much traffic on the road after that, anyway...when we first moved to our current location, we were open much later. But we found between midnight and 2 a.m. that there just wasn't that much more traffic. So we decided to scale back [on our hours]."

Tony Pertesis, manager of Andros Diner in Fairfield, says being open 24 hours a day actually benefits them. He admits that could be because Andros is one of only a handful of eateries open that late so people already know to go there. He also says they get a fair amount of traffic after the Fairfield bar scene lets out.

"This one's the hot spot after all the clubs on the weekends," Pertesis says. "It gets crazy in here...everybody comes here and eats. The weeknights, obviously, are a little less. But people still come in late to do their homework, meet up with friends."

So where to go when the munchies kick in around or after midnight?

We asked around for resident recommendations and we've included our list below. But please feel free to include your favorites and thoughts in the comments section below, especially if we've missed anything!

Darien

  • - Dining room closes at 11pm, drive-thru closes at midnight.
  • - 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Fairfield

  • - 24 hours

Greenwich

  • - Kitchen: Mon - Thu, 11:45 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 11:45 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sun, 11:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • - Sun - Thu, 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Fri, Sat, 24 hours

New Canaan

  • - 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Norwalk

  • - Dessert and drinks: Sat, 9:30 p.m. - midnight
  • - Sun, Mon, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Tue - Thu, 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Fri - Sat, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Ridgefield

  • - Mon - Sat, Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun, Closed
  • - Kitchen 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • - Mon - Sun, 7 a.m. - midnight

Shelton

  • - Sun - Thu, 6 a.m. - midnight; Fri, Sat, 6 a.m. - 1 a.m.
  • - 24 hours

Southport

Stamford

  • - 24 hours
  • - 24 hours
  • - Sun - Thu, 9:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.; Fri, Sat, 9:30 a.m. - 3 a.m.

Wilton

  • - Open 6 a.m. to midnight

Weston/Redding/Easton

  • - Mon, Tue, 3 p.m. - around 1 a.m.; Wed, Thu, noon - around 1 a.m.; Fri, Sat, noon - 2 a.m.; Sun, noon - around 10 p.m. - midnight). Sunday brunch buffet, noon - 4 p.m.
  • - Mon - Thu 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.; Fri, Sat, 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun, noon - 1 a.m.

Westport

  • - 24 hours
Jennifer Hochberg April 02, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Can't forget the Circle Diner in Fairfield....they're open 6am til 1am Sunday thru Thursday, and 6am til 2am Friday and Saturday (per their website, www.circlediner.com). Also Penny's II on Black Rock Turnpike.....their hours are 6am til 2am Sunday thru Thursday, and 6am til 3am Friday and Saturday (per Ffld Patch directory, food/dining listing).
Chris Antolini April 03, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport. Open late every night - I believe Friday and Saturday they are open til 3am - they have an expanded menu and then best food around !

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