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Sandy Hook Family Diner

98 Church Hill Rd., Newtown, CT - (203) 270-5509
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/11/2008 5:40:00 PM
If you like breakfast, you need to know about The Sandy Hook Diner. It's an inconspicuous eatery just a minute's drive off I-84 (exit 10), where breakfast and lunch are served seven days a week. While the lunch menu is fine -- a full repertoire of burgers, dogs, club sandwiches, and fried seafood, with good milk shakes on the side -- it is that morning meal that keeps me coming back.

Every day a chalkboard lists a slew of kitchen specials, such items as maple French toast served with Vermont syrup, country ham steak, sausage gravy with biscuits, pumpkin pancakes with spice syrup, eggs ranchero (with salsa), cranberry French toast and omelets of all kinds. My personal favorite is whole wheat banana nut pancakes, which are tender and delicious, dotted with nuts and lovely lodes of warm banana.

The regular menu is a breakfast-lover's delight, including French toast available thin or thick and with or without raisins in the bread, short stacks and full stacks of pancakes with or without fruit toppings, and fillings for omelets that range from raw or fried onions to artichokes and three kinds of cheese. With eggs, you get your choice of either home fries (chunky) or 50-cent-extra hash browns (lacy), and you can also pay a little extra to have ordinary toast replaced by cinnamon toast, raisin toast, or a muffin.

Every day features one flavored coffee in addition to the regular brew; iced coffee and hot chocolate are also available.

A cozy, friendly eatery, Sandy Hook has a small dining room as well as a counter that is a great place to sit and kibbitz. The regular waitress has a full thesaurus of synonyms for 'hon' that she freely uses to address friends and newcomers. Last visit, I was honeybunch, dear, and darling all before my second cup of coffee was poured. On weekends, there is often a small cluster of people waiting on the front stoop for a table to open up.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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A lunchtime special the last time I visited, the egg salad double decker featured plenty of crisp bacon in its top layer and a surfeit of good, chunky egg salad down below.
"A lunchtime special the last time I visited, the egg salad double decker featured plenty of crisp bacon in its top layer and a surfeit of good, chunky egg salad down below."
Michael Stern





Whole wheat banana nut pancakes with a cup of Vermont syrup on board:  a frequent morning special on the Sandy Hook blackboard
"Whole wheat banana nut pancakes with a cup of Vermont syrup on board: a frequent morning special on the Sandy Hook blackboard"
Michael Stern


Such a nice way to start the day:  two eggs over easy, sausage patties, and hash browns.  Not shown:  buttered toast on the side.
"Such a nice way to start the day: two eggs over easy, sausage patties, and hash browns. Not shown: buttered toast on the side."
Michael Stern


Sandy Hook is a small, old-fashioned counter-only diner to which a dining room has been added (on the left).
"Sandy Hook is a small, old-fashioned counter-only diner to which a dining room has been added (on the left)."
Michael Stern


The lunch menu lists only sandwiches, salads, and side dishes.  For dessert, you've got to study this chalk board.
"The lunch menu lists only sandwiches, salads, and side dishes. For dessert, you've got to study this chalk board."
Michael Stern


Sandy Hook is part of Newtown; and this diner is ust a hop off I-84. Travelers as well as locals count on it for breakfast seven days a week (except for one week mid-August, when it closes for vacation).
"Sandy Hook is part of Newtown; and this diner is ust a hop off I-84. Travelers as well as locals count on it for breakfast seven days a week (except for one week mid-August, when it closes for vacation). "
Michael Stern


This view of the old counter also shows the curved Monitor Roof that is typical of vintage New England diners.
"This view of the old counter also shows the curved Monitor Roof that is typical of vintage New England diners."
Michael Stern


The Sadie Hawkins omelet, a chalkboard special, surrounds cheddar cheese and bacon. The eggs are laced with lots of spinach and mushrooms.
"The Sadie Hawkins omelet, a chalkboard special, surrounds cheddar cheese and bacon. The eggs are laced with lots of spinach and mushrooms."
Michael Stern


A sweet-savory combination of French toast and fried eggs, the Bulls Eye comes with syrup and home fried potatoes.
"A sweet-savory combination of French toast and fried eggs, the Bulls Eye comes with syrup and home fried potatoes."
Michael Stern


You pay a little extra to have hash browns instead of home fries, but we believe these lacy spuds are worth it.
"You pay a little extra to have hash browns instead of home fries, but we believe these lacy spuds are worth it."
Michael Stern


There is a small dining room off to the side, but we prefer dining in the old part of the diner with its curving roof, counter, and stools. On weekends especially, you'll find lots of families both here and in the dining room.
"There is a small dining room off to the side, but we prefer dining in the old part of the diner with its curving roof, counter, and stools. On weekends especially, you'll find lots of families both here and in the dining room."
Michael Stern


A plate of raisin French toast, pre-butter and pre-syrup
"A plate of raisin French toast, pre-butter and pre-syrup"
Michael Stern


These look like ordinary pancakes, but their spicy aroma is pumpkiny. That single ramekin of honey spice syrup only began to cover the three-stack.
"These look like ordinary pancakes, but their spicy aroma is pumpkiny. That single ramekin of honey spice syrup only began to cover the three-stack."
Michael Stern



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