We have two kids under 3. Our lives are a constant push and pull between what they need and what we like. Char Bar in Westport, as much as any place in town, gives us both. Great food (try the jackfruit!) and beer list for the adults, and what doubles as an all-ages playground for a back porch.
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Relatively cheap ($7 for two), super easy to cook (10 minutes, tops), high-quality and healthy. What’s not to like? Season with salt and cayenne, use peppercorns or sesame seeds, sear for a minute or so on each side and enjoy. Always feels like we’re beating the system.
Underappreciated locally, always a good time with the family. Polar bear, sea lion show, train stop and the penguin house are all within 100 yards or so of the entrance. Walk around and see monkeys, camels, elephants, tigers, hippos or my favorite, the chimps. The year-round membership ($49 or $99) is some of the best money a family can spend.
Now year-round! Combines two of the world’s greatest things — beer, and bourbon — into one delicious bottle with a hint of toffee and cherry. There are better beers, and bourbon beer isn’t for everyone, but it is for me and this is my list, so there.