FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Have you got a hankering for a bacon cheeseburger — nestled between two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
How about a chicken cutlet topped with mashed potatoes, corn and gravy?
It’s just those kinds of out-of-the-box menu items that are the star at D. Lish & Co., a new deli/pizza/catering spot that’s opened its doors on Fairfield Beach Road, within walking distance of Fairfield University student beach houses and Penfield Beach.
“The top sellers are really the crazy things that the college students like,” said Alicia Connelly, who first started serving her eclectic menu here in July.
On Friday, she welcomed First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart for a casual ribbon-cutting at the business, located at Fairfield Beach and Reef roads.
No stranger to the food business, Connelly ran The Country Store in Westport for 32 years, owning the popular eatery for 20 of those years.
Her mother owned a few Bridgeport businesses, including Congress Candy, in the 1950s and her grandfather had Lloyd’s Restaurant on State Street years before that.
“It’s in your blood,” Barnhart said, laughing.
“I know — I can’t escape it,” said Connelly.
While the nuttier offerings are grouped in the menu’s Now That’s Just Crazy section, Connelly and her staff offer plenty of more down-to-earth options. Breakfast specialties include a breakfast burrito with pepper jack cheese and a power wrap of three egg whites, spinach, avocado and Sriracha.
Deli items feature an Italian combo and Grammy’s tuna, as well as hot plates, such as an eggplant caprese, the pastrami nitemare and Tuscan chicken with mozzarella.
Connelly offers a full pizza menu, including clams casino, mashed potato and hot oil varieties, 10 different salads and freshly made gourmet cupcakes.
D. Lish & Co. delivers, and Connelly, a Trumbull resident, is also a seasoned caterer.
She said she stays in the business for two simple reasons.
“I like dealing with people and I like making good food,” she said.
Asked the biggest difference between her Westport and Fairfield customers, Connelly was quick to answer.
"The biggest difference is nobody is in a hurry here," she said.
"You've got the beach lifestyle," Tetreau said. "It's relaxed."
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