Sit back and savor the beer and bites at Craft 260 in Fairfield.
Beer lovers, your ship has come in. A new Post Road restaurant called Craft 260 was created by three aficionados who love beer as much as you do and have concocted a menu of comfort food that’s designed to pair perfectly with—you guessed it—beer. If you’re partial to other libations, you’ll still find something to quench your thirst, as Craft 260 serves wine and fun cocktails; think cider-based sangria and the signature Craftwalk, made with Tito’s vodka, St. Germain and fresh lemon juice.
This casual, relax-over-a-drink-and-a-bite establishment has an industrial interior with brick walls behind the bar, metal chairs, wire basket lights with exposed Edison bulbs and iron sconces on the walls. There’s a touch of Americana too: wood flag art and framed blackboards listing the daily draft specials. Dark-red upholstered banquette seating lines one dining-room wall and a few booths sit along the opposite wall. The space was designed to be a “cozy atmosphere where you can forget everything and enjoy,” says Tomer Raviv, who owns the place along with Vincent Mascaro and Kosta Proskinitopoulos.
In the bar, the two flat-screen TVs were tuned to pre-Rangers game coverage and Chopped when we walked in around 7 p.m. on a Sunday night. All but one table was filled when we sat down to dinner; the crowd included a couple of families with kids. There’s a kids’ menu to accommodate, but the main menu will appeal to all ages with categories like “Taste & Share” and “Handheld.” We started with the Beer Brussels and the Southern Wings paired with Bluepoint Summer Ale. The beer-soaked, flash-fried Brussels sprouts are crispy and browned on the edges, served with the chef’s smoky bourbon ketchup. These slightly naughty veggies make the ideal bar snack. But if you’re craving lighter greens, check out the Life Salad (baby kale, pumpkin seeds, quinoa and more) or the baby spinach with goat cheese, seasonal berries and brown-sugar pecans. Wings here are big and meaty with a choice of flavors: citrus chimichurri, sriracha buffalo and the two we opted for, agave sesame and hickory poblano. My favorite is the hickory poblano, a classic barbecue with a kick, and we also enjoyed the garlicky, Asian-inspired sesame.
For mains, options range from dinner salads (such as stout-marinated steak salad), sandwiches, wood-oven flatbreads and entrées such as chicken pot pie and cedar plank salmon. But this is the type of restaurant where you just have to try the burger. There are two versions, both made from a ground short-rib blend. The classic is topped with American cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and housemade pickles on a grilled brîoche. For a serious indulgence, consider the Craft 260 burger, which kicks things up several notches, adding caramelized onions, smoked tomatoes, crispy pork belly, IPA cheddar sauce and garlic aioli. Like most of the food here, it’s hefty enough for sharing. A baked mac and cheese consists of tender orecchiette swimming in a fondue of cheddar, Gouda and mascarpone with a guilty-pleasure add-on of candied bacon. Another crowd-pleasing entrée we liked is the margherita flatbread topped with roasted tomatoes, grilled red onions, fresh basil, mozzarella and parmesan on a rustic crust with edges puffy and brown from the wood oven.
Even the desserts are beer-enhanced. A chocolate lava cake, which we devoured, is infused with Old Rasputin Stout and espresso and served on a plate dotted with fresh whipped cream and raspberries. I was intrigued by the ice cream sandwich description, “a play on two traditional Greek desserts,” but less impressed with the actual dish. The cinnamon-orange IPA cookies encasing the vanilla ice cream were so dense they were hard to bite into and the blood-orange St. Germain syrup seemed cloyingly sweet. Still, Craft 260 excels in the comfort food department. You’ll always feel tempted to order another round.
260 Post Road, Fairfield
Tue–Fri: 11:30 a.m. to close
Sat: 12:30 p.m. to close
Sun: 1 p.m. to close