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Five Places for Cheap Eats in New Canaan

Partake in a delicious meal at one of these food venues without burning your wallet.

Many people flock to New Canaan for our town's ever-growing culinary scene. While a nice meal out can set a diner back a pretty penny, there are plenty of places in New Canaan where you can find fabulous food at more agreeable price points. Try grabbing a bite at one of these five places, where inexpensive eats go beyond just sandwiches.


Joe's has been a tradition in New Canaan since 1967, and with almost 45 years of experience under their belt, the pizza joint has expanded their menu to include Italian entree favorites, American-style appetizers and of course, specialty pizzas. Try an order of chicken parmesan ($12.95), cheese ravioli ($7.95), or a 12" personal-sized pizza ($7.95).

Just because Ching's was named among the Top 10 Chinese restaurants in the country by Chinese Restaurant News in 2010 doesn't mean it has to be expensive. The Main Street spot is a perfect place for an affordable and leisurely lunch. Try the Vietnamese salad ($7.50), a cup of wonton soup ($3.00), Thai crab cakes ($10), or Thai coconut curry chicken ($8.95). They also offer a prix fixe menu at lunch. For $10.50 you can choose from a selection of appetizers and an entree. Prices according to the lunch menu.

The Silvermine Market may appear to be a deli, but homestyle dishes are prepared fresh daily in this 100-year-old building. Specialty quiches, pot pies and seasonal dishes are available at the counter on a day-by-day basis, but the market also provides gourmet grab-and-go boxed dinners. Try bringing home a serving of London broil, twice baked potatoes or lasagna to feed the whole family. Prices vary.

The beloved sushi spot on Elm Street offers great deals to fill stomachs with plenty of food for a small price. At lunch, try the hearty daily bento box ($12.00). Your choice of roast teriyaki or boiled chicken teriyaki comes served complete with a California roll, vegetable tempura, miso soup or a salad. If that sounds like a little too much food, opt for an entree like General Tsao's chicken ($8.00), pad thai with shrimp ($8.00) and a cup of miso soup (2.00). Prices according to the lunch menu.

Chicken Joes

Their wraps and "high school specials" are New Canaan favorites, but Chicken Joes also offers the best fried chicken in town by the piece. Customers can purchase individual breasts, thighs, legs and wings for $6.49 a pound or opt for a 2-4 piece chicken platter that comes complete with coleslaw and fries (starting at $5.50). But if you want to save a few bucks and a few calories, a whole rotisserie chicken ($7.95) or half-rotisserie chicken ($4.00) are also great options.

Sheryl Shaker September 23, 2011 at 01:46 PM
MPM: Re your question about places to take a family in New Canaan, we ran this list of affordable restaurants last week. They're not all sit-down-eat-in places, but they're all family friendly. And there's always the New Canaan Diner and Gates.

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