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Rod inside Hutch’s

signdoorWe were recently visiting southwest Pennsylvania, mainly to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and his other houses in the area. We decided to stay in Connellsville, as it seemed to be fairly central to the places we wanted to visit, and that was the case. Connellsville is southeast of Pittsburgh (where we flew to), so it wasn’t too difficult to navigate the rental car to the town. We stayed at the Cobblestone Inn and Suites, right on the Youghiogheny River (an unpronoucable name!), and our room overlooked the river, which was great.

A number of places to eat are listed in the local brochure from the Visitors’ Center, but this one was recommended by a local woman who served us in the Liquor Store. She raved about it, and the French onion soup and steaks in particular, and the other server agreed, so we decided to try.

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French onion soup

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Part of the collection

Hutch’s Tap Room and Supper Club looks fairly unassuming from the outside, but is totally different inside. There is a large bar area to the left as you go in, and table seating to the right. Lighting is not very bright, but what immediately catches your eye is the eclectic collection of “things” all around the sides of the large room and on the walls. It’s a really motley collection, with old family photos, posters of Superman, busts and lamps of Elvis, Halloween stuff, lighted beer ads, …you name it! It was fun to roam around looking, wondering who collected it all and whether they had some kind of theme in mind.

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Veronita enjoys the French onion soup

But, besides the interesting collection, the ambience was very pleasant: pretty crowded, but friendly people, all chatting. Our waitress was sweet and helpful, explaining the menu and some of the old photographs when she realized that we were new to town.

The food was also pretty good, the French onion soup indeed outstanding—one of the best we’ve ever had! We’d happily return.

 

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