Eli Cannon's and O'Rourke's Diner Make Best of Connecticut 2012

The 15th annual Connecticut Magazine editors rankings of places to spend leisure time around the state include two of Middletown's favorite eateries.

Every year for the past 15, the editors of Connecticut Magazine compile their best of the best — in the categories of food and drink, nightlife, casinos, diversions, health and beauty and style.

This year, as last, Eli Cannon's was named best restaurant bar/beer selection and O’Rourke’s best diner.

"Thirsty? How does 36 ales constantly on tap sound? Sounds like plenty of selection for any beer lover! Domestic, imported, local, ales, lagers, stouts, pilsners—it’s all here. Eli Cannon’s also rotates its selection daily to ensure quality and freshness, and offers weekly 'real ale' tastings, regular beer dinners and other events. To go with your draft, there’s also the 'American Trailer Park Fusion' cuisine, which includes a creative array of appetizers, wings, burgers, wraps and other great pub grub."

"Not even the fire in 2006 could keep this diner from doing what it does best—serving a hearty Irish-inspired meal. From the endless array of egg dishes to the Irish Trilogy of French Toast, O’Rourke’s shows its knack for both the savory and sweet. Featured on the Food Network’s 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,' this Middletown icon attracts crowds who seek a diner experience like no other."

Check the rest of the winners statewide here.


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