Darien invited to the ‘back porch’

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Estia’s American is now Estia’s Back Porch Cafe. The restaurant has “reformatted” to take advantage of its backyard atmosphere at the rear of 1020 Boston Post Road. The restaurant’s back porch now sits under a new pergola, dressed with flower boxes.

Colin Ambrose opened Estia’s in Darien three years ago. The restaurateur is the owner of Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, New York.

The menus at Estia’s Back Porch Cafe have been redesigned. Favorite dishes are still on the menu, but are joined by new entree items like the crisp California chicken with avocado salad and mashed potatoes for $20. The popular A’s Pop, a dish of quinoa, vegetables and egg whites topped with chili chicken, is now also available for dinner.

The menu changes reflect a more casual vibe for the restaurant, now best described as a cafe. Estia’s opens at 11 a.m. with a menu of breakfast and lunch items until 3 p.m. A prix fixe menu is offered between 3 and 6.

The changes to the dinner menu reflect the fact that, according to Ambrose, a lot of Darien residents go out looking to get a drink and a little something to eat. With Estia’s menu a diner has the option of starting small and adding items to make a bigger meal.

Monday nights are burger nights and will offer burger specials in addition to the menu’s regular offering of six burgers. Similarly, Tuesday nights are taco nights, with taco specials in addition to the regular selection. The cafe also serves quesadillas and a kids menu. “There’s something for everyone,” says Ambrose.

The cafe interior features art exhibits. The exhibit will change every other month. Currently the work of artist Barbara Thomas is on display. At the end of September the exhibit will be changed to show the work of Darien-bred artist Helen Robinson.