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Culinary Capers in Connecticut II

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A September 2008 trip to Connecticut by zabelle

Illianos Italian Pizzeria Photo, Middletown, Connecticut More Photos
Quote: Some hits ,some misses, join me as I eat my way through Connecticut

Illiano's Italian Pizzeria

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Restaurant | "Worth Driving Miles to Visit"

Illiano's Italian Pizzeria Photo, Middletown, Connecticut
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You know this is going to be a good experience as soon as you walk in the door and are handed a snack, a slice of one of their delicious pizzas. Even if you are coming in to pickup a take out order you get a snack. Illianos where we go, on South Main St in Middletown is part of a small chain of locally owned restaurants. They serve pizza, grinders (subs), calzones, salads and Italian and pasta dishes. This is a very popular place, if you arrive on Thursday or Friday after 5pm you will have a wait for a booth. This location is a former “Friendlies” restaurant and has only booth seating. This location offers beer and wine as well, which the Washington St location does not....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2007

Illiano's Italian Pizzeria
404 S Main St.
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
(860) 346-5656

Winchester Cafe

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Restaurant | "Where everybody knows your name or at least your face"

Winchester Cafe Photo, Portland, Connecticut
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For many years we drove by this interesting little building and marveled at all the motorcycles parked there especially on the weekends. Your typical biker bar we thought. Then one day (after Ct had passed the no smoking in bars ban) we decided to stop in for a beer after work. They had a sign advertising a prime rib special. That must have been three years ago and we have hardly missed a Thursday since. Not only has it become “our place” our friends Richard and Jackie and Jeff and Cindy as well as our Grandson Alex have become great fans.As soon as you walk in the door you begin to understand the attraction. It is open and dominated by a large wooden bar. We don’t sit at the bar however, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2007

Winchester Cafe
1374 Portland Cobalt Rd.
Portland, Connecticut 06480
(860) 342-0224

Aspen Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant | "Aspen- A Wonderful Dining Experience"

Aspen Restaurant and Bar Photo, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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We watched the creation of this restaurant with great interest. It is located in the Old Saybrook Country Barn and over a two year period they added two new building to their complex. One of them holds the restaurant Aspen. Finally this past week I had lunch there. One good thing is that there is plenty of free parking in the rear of the building. The bad thing is that when you go to leave the parking lot you can not go toward Saybrook Point, you must go the other direction and then find a way to change direction, annoying but just the way it is.The feeling is light and open and very contemporary which is a bit of a surprised in a country setting but it is very attractive. We w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2008

Aspen Restaurant and Bar
2 Main Street
Old Saybrook 06475
(860) 395-5888

Christy's

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Restaurant | "Christy's Restaurant A divine dive"

Turkey wrap Photo, Westbrook, Connecticut
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Don't let the outside fool you. What a delightful surprise this little strip mall café was. It doesn’t look like much sitting next to a dry cleaner and even when we walked in the door I wasn’t blown away. There are a few booths along the side walls, a counter with stools and some tables. All the space is pretty well filled with places to sit. Service wasn’t especially quick either , they took their time coming to ask us what we wanted to drink. I asked for ice tea and Al ordered just water. Ice tea came in a can and I was very disappointed, I let the waitress know that I didn’t want canned ice tea and she said they had it in the soda machine so I took that. It was still not homemade but at least it w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2008

Gelston House Restaurant and Inn

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Restaurant | "Run the Other Way-Gelston House"

Gelston House Restaurant and Inn Photo, East Haddam, Connecticut
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Gelston House in East Haddam is a wonderful historic building located right next door to the Goodspeed Opera House. At one time they were a real Inn with rooms where you could stay. These days they have a formal restaurant with glass windows all around overlooking not only the Opera House but the Connecticut. You can also eat in the bar which has a small additional dining room and in season a beer garden outdoors in the rear of the building.The Gelston House has gone through some tough times and has changed owners several times in recent years. When we heard last year tat it was open yet again we were excited to try it. We have season tickets so we are there three times during the season. ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 14, 2008

Gelston House Restaurant and Inn
8 Main Street
East Haddam 06423
(860) 873-1411

O'Rourke's Diner

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Restaurant | "Creative Cuisine at Historic O'Rourke's Diner"

O'Rourke's Diner Photo, Middletown, Connecticut
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In Middletown there is one restaurant that it an institution and it is O’Rourke’s Diner. Mentioned in Michael Sterns Book Road food it has been feeding hungry people in the area for over fifty years. This is a real diner with shiny chrome and glass blocks and plenty of charm. A fire closed the dinner for many months but since Feb 2008 they are back in business and so new and improved (the facility) that it is barely recognizable. It’s new and bright and clean but the menu is still very much the focus of why this is such a popular place.Breakfast has always been what got people to come to the North end of Middletown. It isn’t a pretty area of town and most would avoid it otherw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2008

O'Rourke's Diner
728 Main Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
(860) 346-6101

Harry's Place

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Restaurant | "It's All About the Burgers at Harry's Place"

Harry's Place Photo, Colchester, Connecticut
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Harry Place is an institution in Colchester Connecticut. Its fame has spread over much of the state thanks to all the publicity it has received over the years. Harry is a seasonal stand that sells what is arguably the best hamburger you will ever eat. They sell lots of other things, seafood, hot lobster rolls, soups, hotdogs, red hots, French fries and onion rings. All the rest is just stuff, what you come here for are the hamburgers.You can order the burger with or without cheese, no choice of cheese just good old American. They are cooked medium well unless you ask for otherwise. You can also add tomato, onion, salt and pepper, ketchup or mustard. You can watch y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2008

Harry's Place
104 Broadway
Colchester 06415
(860) 537-2410