One of my favorite restaurants in Connecticut is Bodega, in Fairfield and Darien. They have some of the best soft tacos (below), but more importantly some fascinating and original dishes. Last time I was there one of their specials was caviar (salmon roe) guacamole. C'mon! That's awesome. These guys are at the forefront of gastropub culture in our state, with a refreshing Latin twist. My parents, who are sort of Mexican food snobs, after leaving some very good restaurants in their area when they moved from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, loved this place. Check it out!

Mecha Noodle, Fairfield

Best new restaurant in Connecticut? Mecha Noodle in Fairfield is not high-end, but their amazing dishes, reminiscent of Momofuku in NYC, are consistent and delicious.

We have been there twice - this time we had a selection of appetizers. Last time we tried their ramen - which was awesome.

Their pork buns are nearly as good as Momofuku - only the quality of the bun is a little better at the latter (I think its the bacon fat they put in there).

Ssam, mushroom dumplings, duck bao, charred octopus...all good.

I will be back soon - probably for the pho or the banh mi sandwich. But pretty much everything on the menu sounds delicious, and so far nothing has not lived up to the hype.