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Norwalk Neighbors Notes: Finding Thirst Quenchers

It’s hot! With the mercury creeping up to 89 and 90 degrees, you’ll need to know where to go for a good thirst quencher. The best in the area can be found in East Norwalk. The hot and getting hotter corner of Seaview Avenue and First Street is the closest thing to the French Riviera that Norwalk’s got. (A Norwalk real estate agent got very excited at the idea of calling the area, “Norwalk’s Riviera” or maybe “Cote D’Shore,”or Cote, duh sure?) It’s got a view of the water and a yacht club.   We just need to bring in palm trees, scantily clad sunbathers, some celebrities and ooo la la, we’re there, baby.   Whatever you want to call that strip, the milkshake and smoothie wars are on!

Overton’s on Seaview is the first stop for the Davidson family of Weston . They drive down from Weston for seafood at Overton’s and ice cream at Mr. Frosty’s on First Street . When asked about a thirst quencher, Mrs. Davidson says, “I can’t recommend anything better than plain old water.”  But her husband can, “A frozen margarita!” Her father, Bill Unger of Albany says, “The best thing is a Coors- cold

Matt Phillips and Dorothy Fernandez of Stamford frequent East Norwalk’s restaurants. Matt says, “It’s easier to park here than SoNo and Stamford doesn’t have anything like this. Part of the charm of coming to Overton’s is the water and the sound of the boats.” Seated next to them, (people they just met), are Cecilia from Danbury and Lani from Dutchess County . Lani says, “When I’m in the mood for seafood, I call Cecilia and we come here.” Next thing you know, all four of them have decamped to Mr. Frosty’s. Would that happen on the real Riviera? Mais non! Les locals are much too snobby at the real Riviera.

At Mr. Frosty’s, Katelyn, a resident of East Norwalk and her friend, Alex from New Jersey , order their thirst quenchers:  a cookies and cream milkshake and a cake batter milkshake.

A good milkshake? “It depends on whether or not you like milkshakes you can drink or milkshakes you have to eat with a spoon. Usually, I like milkshakes I can drink, like this one,” says Katelynn.

For Mike Intrieri of Charles Cove near the beach, in this kind of heat, you need a milkshake from Nik’s Place on Gregory Blvd .  Mike says, “Nik’s Place is just a gem in this community.  Great quality, super food and great milkshakes.” Mike orders a strawberry shake. It looks wonderfully cool and refreshing.  “The workers are nice here, too.  You can tell their friendliness is right from the heart.”

Calf Pasture Beach volleyball players, Josh Roos of 2nd St. and Derek Jenkins of Silvermine agree, they like it at Nik’s.  For their thirsts, they order Malibu Blasts: smoothies with a blend of mango, strawberries, blueberries, orange and guava juices. The Malibu reference is the influence of employee, Ruhana of East Norwalk .  She spends summers working at Nik’s Place and winters at school in California.  She zeroes in on the West Coast food trends and brings them back to Nik’s.  “I redid the menu to include popular foods from California. We’ve added fish tacos and fresh seafood dishes.” There’s a little bit of California wit in the menu, too, with: “Hangover Helpers” (egg sandwiches) and “Every Little Thing is Going to Be Alright” (omelets). Owner, Steve Kydes says, “We have a West Coast influence from Ruhana and a Mediterranean influence from my cousin, Hercules. He’s just here from Greece, and his specialty is fish. Over the years, the menu has gotten healthier. People want fewer carbs, less bread, more real fruit.” We do? Yes. Of course, we do.  I don’t want that ice cream waffle sandwich. I don’t want that ice cream waffle sandwich.  I don’t want that ice cream waffle ….

Triathaloners, Mary Ellen Flaherty Ludwig of South Norwalk and her daughter, Jennifer Cramm of Brooklyn both think milkshakes don’t quench thirst quite like egg creams and ice cream sodas. “I also like frozen fruit drinks at Robeks,” Mary Ellen says.  Frozen fruit drinks are healthy and refreshing at Robeks.  But Robeks? You’d have to leave the neighborhood. And if it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, all the fun is right here in our backyard Riviera, n’est-ce pas?

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