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Type: Bar, Eatery

1876 Black Rock Tpke
Fairfield, Connecticut, 06825-3543
United States

(203) 333-3600

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Added by GVayneris on 09-20-2010

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Adrianized
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was here last night for a NEBCO beer dinner and had a great time. It's a small (but not crowded) place with 6 taps, and judging by the normal menu as listed on the blackboard, they seem to have a good lineup... great for the area. The food used for the pairing was good, but I can't speak for their normal menu (Although I'm sure its just as good). The staff was very friendly, and just as one of the reviewers below said, Greg likes to talk beer... even this site came up in conversation. Definitely worth checking out for a pie with a good beer.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Tucked in to a nice little corner of Black Rock Turnpike is Tomato & Basil. I had been there before and just recently got back after running some Easter errands. Six taps dedicated to craft with one (just recently) reserved for New England Brewing. It was nice to have 668 on tap close to my house. What really struck me is they had Brooklyn's Main Engine Start on tap. I have never seen a Brewmasters reserve on tap in CT. and usually go to NY for a growler fill for those. (Not saying no one else has had a reserve on tap, I just haven't seen it). The prices for the beer are great. Being used to working in Manhattan, 5 bucks or so for a great beer is mind boggling.

What I really like though is the service. The young people behind the bar are into this and Greg (not sure if he is the owner or manager, my apologies there) loves to talk beer. They have a monthly beer dinner (this month is Blue Point) and the pairings for that look great. I think the next beer dinner is with New England Brewing and something tells me that their new Quad may be there.

If you are in to beer just go!

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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally, a resturant that cares about craft beer in Fairfield CT!

Tomato and Basil shares a building with a bank on Black Rock Turnpike. The resturant's most dominant feature is a long marble bar that runs the length of the well-lit space, and features an end which functions as a take out desk as well as a place to get drinks without having to reach over someone at the bar. It's a nice touch and clearly shows that they have thought out the way things will work. Two HD TVs make it a good place to catch a game.

Beer selection consists of 4 tap lines, and the bartender told me they try to always keep 1 IPA, which is great for hopheads line me. The night I was there featured very fresh Hopitcal Illusion, Palm, Shipyard Prelude and 10 Penny Ale. Bottle selection is moderate in size but contains great values, I enjoyed a Steen Bruge Tripel 750 mL for under $15 I think and Smuttynose IPA bottles for $4. These prices are dirt cheap for southern connecticut.

The menu is large-- The pizza won't make you forget Pepe's but the toppings are varied and fresh. There were maybe 8 salads in multiple sizes, as well as calzones, pasta dishes, and steak/chops. Portions are generous.

Service was the highlight of the place, with the bartenders and waitstaff being very enthusiastic about their beer as well as their business.

The problem with CT's beer scene is that there a few 30-50 that are obviously craft beer meccas, but the average bar or resturant focuses on macros or macro-crafts (Blue Moon, Guinness, Sam) even if they have a large number of taps. Tomato & Basil does a nice job of having a focused and varied inventory of beer served in primo condition.

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Tomato & Basil in Fairfield, CT
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