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Connecticut's Best Restaurants 2012

Connecticut’s Best Restaurants 2012
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Yankee Magazine chooses Connecticut’s best restaurants for 2012.

BEST BOWL OF NOODLES
Morning Glory Café, Old Lyme
Taste the family’s Laotian roots with grandma-made spring rolls, or create your own pho rice noodle bowls. A petite patio overlooks the Lieutenant River. Serving breakfast and lunch. Pho bowls: from $7.50. 11 Halls Road. 860-434-0480, 860-434-0496; morningglorycafeoldlyme.com

BEST PULLED PORK
The Cookhouse, New Milford
The signature smoky pork here turns up on pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, chili, burgers, and the “BBQ Sundae”–a mason jar layered with pork, baked beans, and coleslaw, topped with a pickle. Sandwiches: from $8.99. 31 Danbury Road. 860-355-4111; thecookhouse.com

BEST CHOWDER CHOICE
Bobette’s Takeout, Milford
Choose mussel chowder or other flavor-graced bowls, such as “Connecticut Clams Casino Chowder,” “Drunk Tomato Tortellini,” “Sweet to Heat Chili,” and cream of portobello mushroom soup. Add sandwiches and salads. Soups: from $3.25. 93 Boston Post Road. 203-874-9414; bobettes.com

BEST RELAXED ELEGANCE
Winvian, Morris
Chef Chris Eddy combines international ingenuity and finesse with local tastes, from Berkshires blue cheese to Stonington scallops. Sip drinks by a comfy fireplace or sup by the pastoral garden. Reservations required. Fixed-price menus: $90 per person (three courses), $100 per person (four courses), $130 per person (chef’s tasting dinner). 155 Alain White Road. 860-567-9600; winvian.com

BEST MARTINI
Tisane Euro Asian Café, Hartford
Sip a “Bloodless Mary,” recently named the state’s official martini: organic vodka infused with tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, carrots, and pepperoncini. Hungry? Don’t neglect the cafe’s morning-to-midnight menu. Happy-hour martinis: from $5. 537 Farmington Ave. 860-523-5417; mytisane.com

BEST TACO BAR
Tacuba, Branford
Viva authentic tortillas topped with perfectly balanced seafood, cheese, veggie, and bean combos. Desserts, drinks, and atmosphere are also deliciously Mexican. Tacos: from $4. 1205 Main St. 203-208-0736; tacubataco.com

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