by Valerie Schroth
Jul 16, 2013
09:50 AMTable Hopping
Westport is Hot!
Westport's always had a lively dining scene but lately the exquisite torture of “Where shall we eat tonight?” has gotten a whole lot harder. The town's fast becoming a restaurant mecca—and there’s no end in sight. In the last year alone, half a dozen exciting new places have opened: Pink Sumo (sushi, Japanese), Cru (Pacific and Mediterranean), Rive Bistro (French), Moja (Asian fusion), 323 Restaurant (American) and Bartaco (Spanish)—which has been a sensation since the day it opened.
Moja and Bartaco are across the Saugatuck River from downtown, in the new recently dubbed “West Bank” area, and will soon be joined there by a splashy new (yet to be named) restaurant at National Hall, where Todd English’s Miramar was back in the ’90s.
Also on the horizon is the August advent of Post 154, in the town’s historic limestone-and-brick former post office building (built just after the Depression, in 1935, thanks to the New Deal). The chef, Alex Rosado, previously did the honors at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Biltmore Hotel in Miami and, most recently, as executive chef at Little Palm Island resort, Little Torch Key, Fla. (Much more on this soon.)
And this is really Westport’s second culinary wave in recent years. Things really started cooking a few years earlier with Tarry Lodge, Shake Shack, Spotted Horse, then the Whelk and Pane e Bene.
All in all, it’s an exciting time—and nirvana for foodies.Westport is Hot!