Station House Wine Bar and Grill

2520 Main Street, Downtown Stratford at the Train Station

 

“Who would have figured this place would feature such an extensive sushi menu, even more prominent than their seafood and Italian specials.”

 

It’s the Station House Wine Bar and Grill but all the regulars know it as the Station House since it sits within footsteps of the New York bound railroad tracks at the Stratford train station. The whistle blasts of Amtrak whizzing by or Metro-North whirring to a stop are reminders.

 

My first visit there at a friend’s suggestion nestled me among the regulars who’ve been coming for years and ordering the same favorites or trying out the daily specials. The waitress seemed like an old friend rather than a server. A wide variety of catchy-named sushi surprises, like “Lemon Splash,” excite new customers and draw old ones. Who would have figured this place would feature such an extensive sushi menu, even more prominent than seafood specials that represent the freshness of Long Island Sound not five miles away, or the enticing Italian entrees.

 

A long bar that looks its age offers a great wine list, craft beers on tap and a “classic cocktails” Happy Hour – all drinks well used on Karaoke Tuesday and over dinner to live music Thursday to Saturday – a trio that plays blues and old standards. Sundays cater to the over-50 crowd, devoted to Sinatra, Bennett and other Italian favorites and sung by an aging Italian crooner, of course. But I can’t stop there – Saturday and Sunday brunches (11:30 am to 3:30 pm) are a foodie fest worth trying.

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