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Dalai Lama Visit: Best Places to Eat in Danbury

If you're traveling to WestConn from out of town, you'll want to take a look at this list, courtesy of local folks.

The Dalai Lama is slated to draw thousands of people to Danbury later this week—and that means restaurants will be packed.

If you're one of the folks visiting from out of town, you may want to have an idea of which eateries you plan to hit between addresses from the Dalai Lama. His Holiness, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, is set to speak at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and again at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Western Connecticut State University's Westside Campus.

Here's a list of some of Danbury's most popular cafes and restaurants, based on results of this year's Patch Readers' Choice contest:

Breakfast, coffee

  • Bagelman (39b Mill Plain Road, 203-541-5316)
  • Bruegger's Bagels (33 Crosby Street, 203-792-2233)
  • Dunkin Donuts (82 Newtown Road, 203-744-3026)
  • Molten Java (213 Greenwood Ave in Bethel, 203-739-0313)
  • Starbucks (113 Mill Plain Road, 203-778-0203)

Chinese (take-out)

  • Jeffrey's (7 Pembroke Road, 203-730-8603)
  • Panda House (93 Mill Plain Road, 203-743-6080)
  • Moon Star (10 Hayestown Avenue, 203-744-1688)

Dessert

  • Il Bacio (30 Germantown Road, 203-794-1184)
  • Double Twister (164 White Street, 203-748-7020)
  • Cold Stone Creamery (28 Backus Avenue, 203-743-6061)

Diners

  • Elmer's Diner (22 Padanaram Road, 203-731-2559)
  • Windmill Diner (14 Mill Plain Road, 203-743-6541)
  • New Holiday Diner (123 White Street, 203-748-9798)

Mexican

  • Panchos Tacos (145 White Street, 203-790-0900)
  • El Ranchero (20 White Street, 203-730-9470)

Pizza

  • First and Last (2 Pembroke Road, 203-790-8662)
  • John's Best (40 Padanaram Road, 203-790-6919)
  • Pepe's (59 Federal Road, 203-790-7373)

Pubs

  • TK's American Cafe (255 White Steet, 203-730-1776)
  • Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (6 Lake Avenue, 203-739-0010)

Seafood

  • Chuck's Steakhouse (20 Segar Street, 203-792-5555)
  • Jim Barbarie's Restaurant (47 Padanaram Road, 203-743-3287

Vegetarian

  • Pho Vietnam (56 Padanaram Road, 203-743-6049)
  • Sesame Seed (68 West Wooster Street, 203-743-9850)
Bob Bergin October 17, 2012 at 07:08 PM
It's interesting that a couple of these places received poor inspection grades in yesterday's Patch.
Jay October 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Midtown Cafe is a great spot located right across the street from WCSU's Midtown Campus at 172 White St. (Just recieved a 95 on their last inspection!) Why aren't they on this list??

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