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Orem's Diner

167 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT - (203) 762-7370
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/22/2015 7:20:00 AM
It’s hard to imagine traveling up the commercial bonanza that is Route 7 through Fairfield County today that it used to be a farmland road. When Orem's Diner opened in 1921, a drive in the country was a rare treat for city dwellers, who came this way past dairy cattle and chicken farms. All that has changed, and Orem's log ago replaced its rickety old diner-self with spacious new quarters. But it still does what it has been doing now for close to a century. Here travelers find decent, well-price meals and local citizens come to chat and chew.

Today's Orem's is all chrome and faux marble. Enter and feast your eyes upon the bakery case with cakes galore and cookies the size of dinner plates. There is a counter up and to the left, booths on both sides, and a take-out station straight ahead. You can expect a crowd of customers just about any time after sunup.

Breakfast is served diner-fast and is diner-good: crusty hash browns to accompany eggs, big hot muffins, bowls of warm oatmeal, and plenty of refills for your coffee cup. For lunch and dinner, there are always a couple of good soups, some of the specialties being lentil, chicken-noodle, clam chowder, and split pea with hunky croutons. Like so many modern diners, the menu is far-reaching, from a whole page of Italian specialties to Greek gyros and chicken souvlaki on pita bread with a killer garlic cream condiment to corned beef with cabbage, classic blue-plate meat loaf, and sandwiches of all kinds. We like the open-face hot sandwiches – beef or turkey – which consist of tasty meat atop soft white bread sided by handsome drifts of mashed potatoes running rivers of gravy.

For dessert: cheesecake, Boston cream pie, or rice pudding.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Soups are especially good at Orems. Different ones are available every day. This is split pea, with croutons.
"Soups are especially good at Orems. Different ones are available every day. This is split pea, with croutons."
Michael Stern





Crusty grilled chicken, chopped tomatoes and onions are heaped on a chewy pita bread and accompanied by a chunk of feta cheese (right) and a cup of powerful garlic cream.
"Crusty grilled chicken, chopped tomatoes and onions are heaped on a chewy pita bread and accompanied by a chunk of feta cheese (right) and a cup of powerful garlic cream."
Michael Stern


Chicken noodle soup
"Chicken noodle soup"
Michael Stern


Orems has a huge, multi-page menu, with dishes from around the nation and the world. The one and only thing Jane ever eats is a hot turkey sandwich. The meat is moist and flavorful, the mashed potatoes are for real.
"Orems has a huge, multi-page menu, with dishes from around the nation and the world. The one and only thing Jane ever eats is a hot turkey sandwich. The meat is moist and flavorful, the mashed potatoes are for real."
Michael Stern


When Orem's opened in 1921, it was surrounded by open land and Route 7 was a country two-lane.  Much of the road remains two lanes ... packed with traffic during rush hour!
"When Orem's opened in 1921, it was surrounded by open land and Route 7 was a country two-lane. Much of the road remains two lanes ... packed with traffic during rush hour!"
Michael Stern


Back in 2003, Orem's moved from its old location down the road to this new building that is big and bright.
"Back in 2003, Orem's moved from its old location down the road to this new building that is big and bright."
Michael Stern



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