If there is one universal problem high school students face, it is perpetual hunger. With the size of our appetites inversely proportional to the depth of our wallets, we come to the dilemma of “where can I get good, cheap food fast?” Luckily, my older brother encountered this problem before I did. He introduced me to a new world of fast food. Looking beyond McDonald’s and Taco Bell, Fairfield County has a surprising number of independent fast food restaurants and cafés. Over the past few years, certain restaurants have become my go-to spots for quick breakfasts before school, midnight snacks, and everything in between. I’ll let you in on a few of the best-kept secrets in Fairfield County by walking you through my ideal day in terms of food.
Breakfast involves two stops. First, the Whistlestop Bakery at the Branchville train station. I am convinced this bakery is the greatest hidden gems in Fairfield County. If I could, I would start every day with one of its carrot pecan muffins. Next, I’d head across the street to Tusk & Cup, the Ancona family’s latest addition to the Wilton community. I could eat any meal of the day at Tusk & Cup; it has great pastries, soups, sandwiches, and gelato. My current favorite menu item is the steamed spiced cider — perfect for cold fall mornings!