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Readers Choice Awards 2020 — Fairfield

Our third annual Fairfield Magazine Readers Choice Awards inspired our readers to get online and vote to tell us the best of Fairfield, Southport, Black Rock, and a little bit of Westport, too. More than 1,500 of you responded (thank you!) and the results are now in. Check out the winners here—over 100 great places to go, eat, shop, and people to know and hire. This is your chance to try out some of your neighbors’ picks— you might just find a new favorite.

FOOD & DRINK

New Restaurant in Fairfield County
Gruel Brittania

Restaurant in Fairfield
Martel Bistro & Bar

Restaurant in Southport
Artisan Restaurant

Restaurant in Black Rock
Walrus + Carpenter

Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Artisan Restaurant

Restaurant With Best Décor
Centro Ristorante

Restaurant With Best Service
Martel Bistro & Bar

Most Romantic Restaurant
Paci

Girls Night Out Restaurant
The Sinclair

Sushi Restaurant
Fin

Salad
Pronto Chop Shop & Pizzeria

Pizza
Colony Grill

Burger
Flipside Burgers & Bar

Indian
Coromandel Cuisine of India

Thai
Whoopi Thai Cuisine

Italian
Quattro Pazzi

Mexican
Bodega Taco Bar

Middle Eastern
Layla’s Falafel

Brunch
Brick Walk Tavern

Cocktails
The Chelsea

Outdoor Dining
Artisan Restaurant

Happy Hour
Old Post Tavern

Wine Selection
55 Wine Bar

Beer Selection
Local Kitchen & Craft Beer Bar

Bakery
Isabelle et Vincent

Wedding Cake
Alina’s Cakes and Cookies

Chef
Eric Felitto, The Chelsea

Iced Coffee
Candlewood Market

Tea
Shearwater Coffee Bar

Place to Meet for Coffee
Shearwater Coffee Bar

BEAUTY
Haircut
Alchemy, The Salon

Haircolor/Highlights
Alchemy, The Salon

Spa
New Beauty Wellness

Massage
Massage Envy

Mani/Pedi
Posh Spa & Nails

Facial
Alchemy Skin Spa

Spray Tan
Sun Kissed Glow

Microdermabrasion
Modern Dermatology

Eyelash Extensions
Posh Spa & Nails

Brows
The Brow Method,
Marsona Horan Salon

Botox/Fillers
Modern Dermatology

HEALTH

Hospital ER
Bridgeport Hospital

Best Urgent Care
AFC Urgent Care Fairfield

Primary Care Practice
Monica Jain M.D., Live Lite Internal Medicine

Naturopathic Care Practice
Dr Jill Kenney

Dermatology Practice
Modern Dermatology

Orthodontia Practice
Thomas Braun Orthodontics

Dental Practice
Demartin Dental

Ob/Gyn Practice
Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Plastic Surgery Practice
Dr. Harvey Bluestein

Ophthalmologist Practice
Dr. Thimons, Ophthalmic Consultants of CT

Audiologist
Sacred Heart U Audiology

ENT/Otolaryngologist
Dr. Bradford S. Chervin

Speech Therapist
Maybette Waldron

Chiropractor
Dr. Bradley Weinstein

In-Home Care
Synergy HomeCare

Physical Therapy (Athletic)
Katey Goldberger at PT+ Physical Therapy

Child Psychologist
Dr. Annalise Caron

Adult Psychologist
Dr. Carol Hendricks

Senior Living Community
Sturges Ridge of Fairfield

FITNESS

Gym
The Edge Fitness Club

Spinning Studio
Cycle Bar

Barre Studio
The Bar Method

Pilates Studio
Black Rock Pilates

Yoga
Jarosa Studio

Personal Trainer
Boost Sports Performance Academy

Crossfit
SOSF Crossfit

Bootcamp
Burn Boot Camp

Beach
Penfield
Although everyone loves the playground at Jennings Beach, Penfield Beach wins the overall best beach award. It comprises three and a half acres of beachfront property. A great place to swim and sun along the Long Island Sound, it offers a long stretch of sandy beach which abuts Rickards Beach. Part of the Penfield Complex, the property boasts two waterfront banquet facilities, sailboat racks, lockers to rent for the season or for the day, a large covered deck, handicapped accessibility and bathroom facilities. Local love to have outdoor parties there since there are a plethora of picnic tables and charcoal grills set up for use on a first come-first served basis. There is also a great concession stand with all kinds of snacks and food and swing sets that provide a perfect view.

Place to hike
Lake Mohegan
Lake Mohegan and its surrounding open space comprise a total of 170.4 acres off Morehouse Highway and makes for a wonderful walk and hike any time of the year. It is also a year-round dog-friendly recreation area. Most areas allow dogs to be off-leash. The trails surround Lake Mohegan and the cascades—waterfall and creek area.

Pool/swimming
YMCA
The Fairfield Y also known as the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA at 841 Old Post Rd is one of the most practical, affordable, and popular spots for Fairfield kids to learn to swim. Open year round and featuring lessons, school swim clubs, aquatics classes for all ages, and a swim team it is the ideal spot to get your feet wet.

Alternative exercise studios (elliptical, pole, climbing)
Dojo Fairfield

Dance Studio—Adults
Double Up Dance Studio

Dance Studio—Kids
Flash Pointe Dance

Neighborhood
Beach Area
Fairfield is home to over 15 different neighborhoods, so to choose one as the local fave is saying something. And for the third year in a row, voters chose the Beach area. Of course—this neighborhood provides walk ability to two different beaches—and it also has wonderful sidewalks for walking to town and the train, close-knit neighborhoods where Halloween and holiday time reigns supreme. This is the neighborhoods where kids bike around and throw baseballs at the field and get home in time for supper.

HOME

Architect
J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C.

Builder
Tallman Building Company, Inc.

Remodeling Firm
Moss Design

Kitchen Design Firm
Moss Design

Electrician
MAC Electrical

Plumber
RAPS – Plumbing & Heating

Interior Designer
Molly Patton Design

Organizer
Jessica Miller, Style Insight

Home Stager
kellydesigns

Indoor Furniture
Tusk Home + Design

Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor Design and Living

SCHOOL & KIDS

Private School for Grades K-8
Fairfield Country Day School

Private School for Grades 9-12
Fairfield College Preparatory School

Private School With a Religious Affiliation
Fairfield College Preparatory School

Tutoring Firm
Kumon Math & Reading Center

SAT/ACT/College Essay Tutor
Windmill College Prep

Babysitting Service
Caitlin’s Caring for Kids

College Counselor
Henry DelAngelo, Your Key to College

Driving School
Fresh Green Light

Place for Kids Parties
Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy of CT (GCA)

Kids Art or Music Classes
Music Together-Fairfield County

Kids Dance Programs
D’Valda and Sirico Dance & Music Centre

Youth Sports Program
The Fieldhouse at Sportsplex

Preschool/Daycare
Trinity Parish Nursery School
With over 15 pre-schools in the area, sometimes it’s hard to choose the right one for your little one. Several in town are affiliated with local churches and others are privately run. Fairfielders voted Trinity Parish Nursery School as their favorite this year. Founded in 1965, director Meg Reilly says parents love the school because TPNS offers children a safe and nurturing learning environment. They have programs for ages two to five and a waiting list for some programs.

Summer Camp (Day)
Fairfield Country Day School

Sports Camps
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

Playground
Sandcastle at Jennings Beach
Hands down, Sandcastle Playground at Jennings beach keeps the little ones occupied for hours n end. It has wooden maze-like structures that are entertaining and interactive, great for hiding, exploring and imaginative play, as well as swings and equipment that is fun for all ages.

SHOPPING

New Store
Olive My Stuff

Boutique
Penfield Collective

Shopping Center
The Brick Walk
The area Fairfielders chose as their favorite spot to shop is The Brick Walk. Featuring several different shops, such as In the Mood Intimates, Island Outfitters, Jos A. Bank, Vintage Garden, and BP Provisions, there is something for everyone and the ideal locale to find find the perfect gift.

Hardware
Hemlock Hardware

Lingerie
In the Mood Intimates

Cocktail Dress
La Moda

Hostess Gift
No. 299

Men’s Suits
Mitchell’s

Personalized Stationery
Bespoke Designs

Florist
Hansen’s Flower Shop

Jewelry
Kasson Jewelers

Personal Shopper
Mollie Milano, CT Style Spies

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Movie Theater
Bowtie Cinema, Trumbull

Live Music Venue
Fairfield Theater Company

Dancing
55 Wine Bar

Bowling
Nutmeg Bowl

Lawyer
Mark Schnitzler, Esq., Schnitzler Law, LLC

Caterer
Fred 06825

Party Venue
Penfield Pavillion

Birthday Cakes
Sweet Cakes

Event Photographer
David Bravo Photography

AND THE REST

Best Car Dealership
Audi of Fairfield

Financial Adviser (individual)
Michelle Ann Hobart – Ameriprise Financial Services

Garage / Mechanic
Traynor Auto Body

Veterinarian Practice
Greenfield Animal Hospital

Dog Groomer
Waggies

Best Kept Secret
AR Workshop Fairfield

 

 

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