Classic Diners in Connecticut
I am not a big diner guy and I certainly never thought that those few that remain in Connecticut would warrant their own CTMQ sub-section.
But then I had lunch one day at Collin’s Diner in North Canaan and that all changed. The diner itself is 70 years old and the attempts the owners make there to keep it “authentic” got me thinking… So I took a few pictures and started poking around these InterTubes to learn about old timey diners.
It didn’t surprise me to find so many fans, nor did it surprise me to learn that these places are disappearing. So I figured I should get crackalacking on these things.
Note: I thought about eating the same “classic diner fare” at each and every one, but then came to realize that “classic diner fare” is apparently meat loaf. I don’t eat meatloaf. So I thought about having an egg salad sandwich at each one, assuming they all served it. Of course, this was AFTER I ordered something else at Collin’s… So I don’t think I’ll do that, and just concentrate more on the unique histories of each little restaurant.
Now, this is a hard list to maintain. These places not only close and re-open under different names, but they are also very transient. Yes, they move. Note: Again, I’m only interested in the classic diners, not those large 24-hour restaurants that call themselves diners. Here’s a massive list of every diner in Connecticut – more or less, which may be open or closed or moved or whatever.
My visits to Classic Connecticut Diners)
Collin’s Diner, North Canaan, 4/3/2010
Georgie’s Diner, West Haven, 8/4/2010
Zip’s Diner, Killingly, 7/6/2011
Dottie’s Diner, Woodbury
Quaker Diner, West Hartford, 9/25/2012
Main Street Diner, Plainville, 2/20/2013
Aero Diner, North Windham, 8/23/2014
The Winsted Diner, Winsted, 10/25/2014
Blue Colony Diner, Newtown
Norm’s Diner, Groton, 1/26/2016
Skooter’s Diner, Windsor Locks, 10/2017
To Be Visited:
Uncle D’s Diner, Berlin
Country Corner Diner, Bethany
White’s Diner, Bridgeport
Rodd’s Restaurant, Bristol
O’Rourke’s Diner, Middletown
Miss Washington Diner, New Britain
Cody’s Diner, New Haven
Tandoor, New Haven
Monica’s State Street Diner, New London
Olympia Diner, Newington
Sandy Hook Diner, Newtown
Pop’s Diner, North Canaan
Family Diner, Norwalk
Laurel Diner, Southbury
Elm Street Diner, Stamford
Makris Diner, Wethersfield
Trolley Pub on Main, Willimantic
Skee’s Diner, Torrington – Restoration project