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Blue Colony Diner

Church Hill Rd., Newtown, CT - (203) 426-0745
Posted By Arthur Thomas on 7/4/2009 4:15:00 PM
As one who spends a good deal of time driving the northeast corridor, finding a good place to eat is an important part of my existence. The Blue Colony Diner, located off I-84 in Newtown, CT near Danbury, is a roadside oasis. The Blue Colony is a truly great diner and a standout in all respects.

First the tangible: their food is great. Dishes are well-prepared, using the best, fresh ingredients. I haven’t run through the entire menu as of yet but this is what I've had so far: a hot turkey open-faced sandwich (it was excellent, with fresh turkey and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy), gyro sandwich (as good as it gets, a shining example of this iconic Greek specialty), turkey club (fresh turkey piled high with bacon, lettuce, and tomato), and excellent French fries, grease-free, golden, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside (the high-quality classic, not the ridiculous, heavy and greasy, mouth-of-carb steak fries served at other diners).

The other test of a good diner is breakfast. The Blue Colony shines in this area. I always measure a diner by their home fries. When a diner gets this right you know they are on top of their game. What’s a good home fry? Crispy and golden brown on the outside, moist on the inside, balance of onion and salt, and not greasy. If you’re hungry for breakfast, this place is a slam-dunk. Excellent coffee also.

Having great food is just one part of the equation. What’s worthy of note is that the Blue Colony shines in the intangible aspects as well. The waitstaff and manager-owners go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, welcome, and satisfied. You get a distinct feeling that the workers and management operate in an atmosphere of conviviality and harmony. This aspect translates to happy waitresses, and to their attitudes toward customers. The waitresses are all friendly in a homespun way, efficient in their duties, and seem happy to be there. When not serving, they are cleaning and polishing the surfaces, indicating a pride of place.

In terms of physical appearance, this diner is spotless. The place is very clean and very light and airy. The decoration is also very pleasing in a diner-like way.

The owners of the Blue Colony deserve the success that they have received as a result of their sincere dedication to their customers and meticulous attention to detail. While there is no shortage of diners in the greater New York region, diners that are as well-run as Blue Colony are few and far between. My hat’s off to the Greek family that runs this place; the Blue Colony is a gift to humanity and a place that exudes true warmth and soul. If you’re heading up to visit New England colleges, fortify yourself at this diner. You will be happy you did.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
hot turkey sandwich
farmer's omelet
souvlaki
Greek Salad
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Fork-tender corned beef comes heaped atop cabbage, sided by a soft boiled potato.  With soup and a salad, this meal costs $5.20, plus beverage.
"Fork-tender corned beef comes heaped atop cabbage, sided by a soft boiled potato. With soup and a salad, this meal costs $5.20, plus beverage."
Michael Stern





This is a SMALL Greek salad, piled with a very LARGE amount of good Feta cheese.
"This is a SMALL Greek salad, piled with a very LARGE amount of good Feta cheese."
Michael Stern


A cup of soup is part of each daily special.  This day, one of the three choices was split pea -- heaped with delicious croutons.
"A cup of soup is part of each daily special. This day, one of the three choices was split pea -- heaped with delicious croutons."
Michael Stern


A triple decker cheeseburger club sandwich, with good French fries and a garlicky pickle
"A triple decker cheeseburger club sandwich, with good French fries and a garlicky pickle"
Michael Stern


While gentle-textured, this bread doesn't have a compelling taste. It's great for mopping gravy off a plate or salad dressing from the bottom of a salad bowl.
"While gentle-textured, this bread doesn't have a compelling taste. It's great for mopping gravy off a plate or salad dressing from the bottom of a salad bowl."
Michael Stern


The turkey is cut from a real roasted bird (not a
"The turkey is cut from a real roasted bird (not a "turkey roll"), and the mashed potatoes are real (not from powder). This is one superb hot sandwich!"
Michael Stern


This big heap of eggs is loaded with ham, bacon, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and lots of cheese.  And those are some good hash browns on the side.
"This big heap of eggs is loaded with ham, bacon, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and lots of cheese. And those are some good hash browns on the side."
Michael Stern


Blue Colony pastries are labeled
"Blue Colony pastries are labeled "home-style," but we know of no home where the baked sweets are so immense."
Michael Stern


The Blue Colony recently underwent a major renovation, inside and out. It's almost complete, and we are happy to report that this modern oasis at the end of an exit ramp continues to offer a multi-page menu of blue-plate specials.
"The Blue Colony recently underwent a major renovation, inside and out. It's almost complete, and we are happy to report that this modern oasis at the end of an exit ramp continues to offer a multi-page menu of blue-plate specials."
Michael Stern



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