I spent the afternoon in Stamford yesterday at Fortina’s new rooftop (just opened a couple weeks ago) and Dinosaur BBQ. Thought I’d report back on a fun, delicious day.
Fortina’s Stamford location is in a beautiful, airy building. We hightailed it up three flights to the rooftop. They are definitely still getting their act together up there but it is a fun place to hang out on a gorgeous day or evening. For some reason they are doing a complicated ticket system (like a carnival? the guy told us) that is slightly annoying and slow to use so we’ll see if that lasts. A ticket costs $8, and everything they offer right now is one ticket (includes tax and tip). So you are getting some bang for your buck with their potent and fun cocktails BUT they are also then charging $8 for not-so-big pieces of (albeit delicious) sicilian pizza and not- very-interesting beers. The pizza slices and beers should be $4 or something each instead of $8. Anyway, the pina colada, Motorino, Mousse punch, and boozy Italian ice cocktail were all delicious and served in whimsical drinking vessels (inflatable flamingos, mini plastic buckets with shovels, etc.). They are not offering the food that is featured in the recent review in Westchester magazine yet. Maybe that was from an opening party. Hopefully they get their acts together a bit more up here and they will be packed with revelers day and night.
Dinosaur BBQ holds a special place in my heart as I am a huge fan of the original in Syracuse. The one in Stamford is not quite as gritty as the original but the food is just as good as I remember. No frills but BBQ done well. They have an amazing 12-5 Saturday daytime happy hour with $4 beers, $5 appetizers, and $6 well drinks/wine/cocktails. For $10 each plus tip, we had a veritable feast of almost everything on the appetizer menu. Wings, ribs, sliders of all sorts, deviled eggs, Dino poutine, cornbread, and mac and cheese-- all was devoured and all was delicious. It’s not the best barbecue in the world (I can say that now that I’ve been to Austin and tasted BBQ nirvana there) but it continues to be really good even as the Dino empire has expanded. We will absolutely go back.
We capped off our day with ice cream sandwiches at Bareburger back over by Fortina, which are always amazing, made with homemade cookies and Blue Marble ice cream.
A fun day in Stamford…