Wilmington, Massachusetts, founded in 1665, was an important community on the Middlesex Canal. Wilmington was the center for both production and transport of hops, an important beer ingredient. Today, the cuisine of Wilmington reflects its centuries-old traditions. Hearty, American-style breakfasts rank at the top of the list of favorites of locals. Pancakes, sausage, eggs any style, home fries, and omelets are star attractions. American comfort foods come in a close second. Italian food is also a favorite among the most popular restaurants in Wilmington. Several trattorias are run by local families with deep roots in the area and feature foods that represent regional traditions of Italy. Asian cuisine is also highly rated by locals. Draft beer at local pubs, pizzerias, and bakeries round out the selection.