Estia’s American breakfast featured in The New York Times

August 17, 2012
By PATRICIA BROOKS

Connecticut Dining | Breakfast
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Estia’s American is new to Darien and is the chef-owner Colin Ambrose’s first venture in Connecticut; he prides himself on serving local and natural foods. The small space, which seats 38, looks a little bland inside, with Formica tabletops and a few Americana artifacts. Outside, on the brick-lined patio that seats 18, big umbrellas shield tables from the morning sun.

The menu is unusual. It offers generous portions, some with a Mexican touch: Nacho Mamma’s (jalapeño, chorizo, potatoes, Jack cheese, peppers, onions and corn tortillas, for $12.50), Robbie’s Gringo Hash (red beans, rice, two eggs and corn tortillas, $14.50) and Happy Jack’s breakfast burritos (toasted flour tortillas with two scrambled eggs, andouille sausage, corn, peppers and onions, $13.50).

Not all is south-of-the-border here; customers can choose from eight customized omelets, accompanied by toast and home fries, a Cajun omelet (with andouille, tomato, onion and peppers, $13.50); or Whittie’s Delight (oatmeal with apples, two poached eggs and a sausage patty, $12.50). Three thick, double-size blueberry buttermilk pancakes had lots of fresh berries and came with a creamer brimming with Vermont maple syrup (also available with bananas, apples or chocolate chips, $8.50 to $11.50).
New York Times about Estia's American

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UNCOMMON FARE
The menu at Estia’s American restaurant, new to Darien, is unusual.