Restaurants in Bethel, CT

Bethel, once the home of showman P.T. Barnum, is small town with a sassy culinary personality. The Sycamore Drive-In boasts old-fashioned car hop service, house-made root beer, Dagwood burgers, and summertime cruise nights attended by everybody with a cool car to show off. Just a few yards away is Dr. Mike’s, home to ultra-rich, super-premium ice cream made in 5-gallon batches since the 1970s. Just east of town is Bethel Hot Dog Palace, where foot-long chili dogs verge on ferocious and variations include slaw dogs, Reuben dogs, Chicago dogs, Texas dogs, and double-deluxe dogs in a long roll with cheddar cheese, bacon, chili, and French fries.

Bethel’s Most Famous Dishes

Scoops of strawberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice cream accompany a slice of 4-layer chocolate cake.

Ice Cream

Pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese


Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Chili Dog

Bethel’s Best Restaurants

Bethel Hot Dog Palace - Chili Dog
Bethel Hot Dog Palace


Pizzeria Lauretano


Dr. Mike’s | Small Batch Artisan Ice Cream | Bethel, CT


Sycamore Drive-In - Exterior Night
Sycamore Drive-In | Car Hops Burgers and Root Beer


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Dr. Mike's sign ... small batch artisan ice cream

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The Varsity - Exterior Night

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