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ORourkes Diner
31-DEC-2010 Frank Brault

O'Rourke's Diner

Middletown, CT USA view map

"On August 31, 2006, O'Rourke's Diner suffered tremendous damage from a fire that broke out after a hamburger steamer was left on overnight. Because the diner did not have fire insurance, fundraising efforts were launched to cover the estimated $350,000 cost of repairs. By June 2007, $180,000 had been raised and preparations for reconstruction were underway. On February 11, 2008, following successful renovations which included assistance from the local community and Wesleyan University, O'Rourke's was reopened at 5:00 am." Wikipedia

This is a wonderful diner, with an Irish touch (Irish bacon, lamb sausage, brown bread, colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage), etc.) It was established in 1941, the year I was born, but I did not eat there until today. I do tend to procrastinate. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. My wife and I each had an Irish Fry which consisted of Irish Bacon, Corn Beef Hash, Home Fries, Brown Bread and Eggs. We also had Coffee and Tea and my wife had Fresh Hot Mulled Cider. If that sound good it is because it was.

There is an O'Rourke's Breakfast Special that does not list what you get. I asked what was in it and was told by the waiter that there are two rules. You can't ask what is in it and if you order it you can't return it. He also said it is delicious and that he has seen it come out on 4 plates and also seen it heaped all on one plate and that what you get varies each time. Maybe sometime I will have the nerve to order it. :)

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longbachnguyen10-Jul-2011 16:08
captured the atmosphere beautifully and truly part of Americana
Jean D16-Feb-2011 04:22
Sure looks like a cosy dinner. Would love to eat here, pronto!
bill friedlander16-Jan-2011 19:40
I got hungry just reading your description. It looks like a great place, very warm and friendly. V
Milan Vogrin04-Jan-2011 07:31
Very interesting. Nice photo too.
j>a>e>17 :):):)02-Jan-2011 09:15
dream~dare~dive diner o'purest deLIGHTS & BEST ZEST FEST!!!! :):):):)
soulis01-Jan-2011 03:43
Excellent candid shot and story. V.
Hernan E. Enriquez01-Jan-2011 02:19
Great! Go for thr special~~~