It was with delight my companion suggested we return and celebrate my recent birthday at Luc’s in Ridgefield, a French bistro I reported on last winter. http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Warm-setting-and-tasty-French-food-make-Luc-s-a-4143479.php#ix...
We went in on a Saturday around 7 with no reservation yet our genial server speedily set us up at a table against a wall with a view of a lively bar area. The comings and goings of cheery people mid-meals consuming happily elevated my mood as well.
Luc’s Café & Restaurant is a lively and upbeat place. It occupies the cellar of an old building that was once a stable. There's an original stone wall and beamed ceiling and a wood floor that could be a century old. Wall colors are amber. Table and chairs are plentiful and spaced comfortably.
Food is outstanding and not too pricy.
Take for instance my tender Roasted Amish Chicken. It came with frites ($22) that I devoured with a side of “extra mayo” eagerly provided, an outstanding meal.
My date’s (25.00) Le Filet de Saumon Grillé, Epinards Frais Sautés, grilled fish in herbs with spinach was light, easygoing and cooked to specification – he requested “well done” was easy on the eyes and his palette.
We agreed the casually elegant food prepared with plenty of herbs like tarragon, rosemary and thyme and fresh produce, coupled with an effervescent, never stuffy team of energetic wait staff, and the Old World atmosphere make Luc’s one to remember.
You might encounter a similar establishment on a drive through Provence, or perhaps Quebec, and fortunately locals, certainly in most Fairfield County downtown dining districts.
So check this one out and go knowing an array of appetizers and entrees are available, as are bistro standards like Croque-monsieur, the traditional sandwich made with ham and Gruyere; a Croque-madam, same sandwich with the addition of a sunny side up egg, and items like Luc’s burger ($16.50) with Swiss cheese and bacon.
Desserts are remarkable, especially the crème brulee, a crispy coated sweet, creamy confection that none rival, my date said.
For information, call 203-894-8522. Luc’s is located at 3 Big Shop Lane (behind Main Street) with its own parking lot.