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Cafe Little Europa

When I go to random places for work, I like to make sure to eat at places that I typically wouldn’t be able to at home. So when I found this little german place, Cafe Little Europa, it was like jackpot. It’s in Brookfield, CT, pretty much near nothing else. And when you go in, it’s like you’re in somebody’s little cabin in the german countryside. And it was funny, I was the only diner there the whole time, and I felt like I was intruding on their family time. They were putting up christmas decorations while I was there. I got to sit wherever I wanted!
All entrees come with a salad. Whatever this house balsamic dressing was, I was crazy about it. I wish I could find stuff l ike this in the store.For my entree, I got the sampler III that had stuffed cabbage, goulash, spaetzle, and red cabbage. Everything was delicious! I especially enjoyed the goulash and the red cabbage the most. But in all, this food was great.
It’s a kitschy and adorable place to visit. And everyone there was super nice. So do stop by!

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Empire Of The Incas Restaurant

Who knew that I would end up at a peruvian restaurant in a random town in connecticut? Certainly not me. Empire of the Incas Restaurant is in the teeniest least attractive strip mall ever. When I arrived, there were a few people at the bar, but I was the only person in the dining room. Awkward.
I didn’t know toasted bread and butter was peruvian. Well, these peruvians made some damn tasty toast!
I asked the server for some recommendations and he told me that this papas (potato) dish would be excellent. Sorry, I forget the actual name of it. Man, was this thing amazing. It was like football shaped mashed potato that they fried on the outside and then filled on the inside with delicious meat, funny colored hard-boiled egg, and supposedly olives. I did not taste any olives. It was awesome, even though the inside was a little bit cold, but perhaps it was supposed to be that way. And they served an amazing green hot sauce, probably made with habanero. There was also an onion salad. I figure if you slice something up, put a little lime on it, and chop some cilantro onto it, it becomes a salad?
So I ended up with a seafood rice dish for my entree, which the server also recommended. It may be called arroz con mariscos, if I was to take an educated guess. Man, this thing is huge. I barely made a dent in it. It’s basically like a paella with mixed seafood and peas. It was pretty good and had tons of seafood in it. I liked it but it wasn’t mindblowing or anything. The appetizer is really what got me. I could eat that all day long. The server was very nice but not particularly attentive. I guess since I was the only diner, he just decided to leave me alone.

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Pho Vietnam – Danbury CT

I had one last business trip this year, to Danbury, CT, of all places. It was super cold, and you know what happens when it’s cold. Yes, I want to eat soup. And if it has noodles in it, that’s even better. So I found Pho Vietnam in a random little strip mall. It’s very small. The decor is not appealing, but who cares.
I had to have some cha gio fried rolls. They make their’s quite long and skinny. Good stuff.
I was being a bit of a goober so I ordered the Pho Sizzle because the name is ridiculous, and because it had marinated grilled steak on top of the pho. I don’t know how much difference this type of meat made, but this was a good little bowl of pho. And I do mean little. They say it’s a large, but it’s really not. But I forgive them, as this isn’t one of those utilitarian pho joints. It is a proper vietnamese restaurant, that happens to serve pho. And it’s good pho too. And for the smallish bowl, it’s not cheap either. But again, this is trying to be a classy place. I also asked for a little bowl of rice. The server asked me if I knew that pho already had noodles in it. I told her yes. You should all do this too, because dipping rice into pho broth is pretty darn amazing. If you’re in Danbury and need a pho fix, here you have it.

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