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O'Rourke's

728 Main St., Middletown, CT - (860) 346-6101
O'Rourke's is a diner with a difference. Dating back to 1946, it serves classic diner fare as well as serious good cooking from Chef Brian O'Rourke, nephew of the founder. It is one of the few places in Connecticut to sample that rare specialty, a steamed cheeseburger.
82% Approval Rating (40 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Swordfish Cakes
Irish Embassy
Banana Bread French Toast
steamed cheeseburger
Hell of a Hash
French Toast Trilogy
soup
Bacon & Eggs
Omelet
Sausage & Eggs
chili
Grilled Turnips
Brown Bread Muffin

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (13)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Brian O’Rourke’s diner just keeps getting better and better. It almost perished in 2006 when it was ravaged by a fire. There was no insurance, but regular customers loved it so much that a fund was created and enough money raised to bring it back to life. A lustrous ..."   [Read More]
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Rich Anthony
January 14, 2009
"Went for dinner. This is a diner. Whoever heard of diner prices at $17 or $18? So we ordered sandwiches. The Reuben was so dry it could choke a horse; no taste, no dressing on the Reuben, no sauerkraut, just awful. The coleslaw had so much back pepper, it burned ..."   [Read More]
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Joseph Rogo
December 11, 2008
"After watching D,D & D's trip to O'Rourke's I thought I would give it a try. Now believe me, I appreciate a good diner and understand the diner/waitress "what'll ya have" stuff. But I have to tell you, the waitress here was waaaay out of line. From the time I ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

728 Main St., Middletown, CT
(860) 346-6101

http://www.orourkesmiddletown.com/ordereze/1000/Page.aspx

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Brian told me what was in this vegan soup, but I forgot what he said. I do remember that it was delicious and rib-sticking.
"Brian told me what was in this vegan soup, but I forgot what he said. I do remember that it was delicious and rib-sticking."
Michael Stern





On the stove behind his grill, Brian keeps diced sweet potatoes and the makings of beef hash.
"On the stove behind his grill, Brian keeps diced sweet potatoes and the makings of beef hash."
Michael Stern


This is not your mother's French toast...unless Irish soda bread, brown bread, and clotted cream were staples in your kitchen!
"This is not your mother's French toast...unless Irish soda bread, brown bread, and clotted cream were staples in your kitchen!"
Chris & Amy Ayers


A steamed cheeseburger at O'Rourke's, but not the way Brian O'Rourke thinks it's best.  He says the only proper condiments are onion and mustard.
"A steamed cheeseburger at O'Rourke's, but not the way Brian O'Rourke thinks it's best. He says the only proper condiments are onion and mustard."
Michael Stern


O'Rourke's neon: beautiful!
"O'Rourke's neon: beautiful!"
Marc


Brian O'Rourke puts the finishing touch -- a dollop of jam -- onto a Dubliner omelet plate.
"Brian O'Rourke puts the finishing touch -- a dollop of jam -- onto a Dubliner omelet plate."
Michael Stern


One of the special touches at O'Rourke's is receiving a plate packed with the day's homemade breads upon taking your seat!
"One of the special touches at O'Rourke's is receiving a plate packed with the day's homemade breads upon taking your seat!"
Chris & Amy Ayers


We can't remember whether these eggs were called sunrise or sunset, but we do know that what made them stand out was the homemade bread upon which the eggs, hollandaise, and tomatoes sat.
"We can't remember whether these eggs were called sunrise or sunset, but we do know that what made them stand out was the homemade bread upon which the eggs, hollandaise, and tomatoes sat."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Having started lunch with this little sampler of seafood soup, I suddenly developed a tremendous hankering for a seafood main course. The waitress suggested I have the swordfish cakes set upon a bed of the soup. Excellent idea!
"Having started lunch with this little sampler of seafood soup, I suddenly developed a tremendous hankering for a seafood main course. The waitress suggested I have the swordfish cakes set upon a bed of the soup. Excellent idea!"
Michael Stern


This is just a
"This is just a "tasting plate" of O'Rouke's gumbo, which is subtle, aromatic, and impossible to stop eating."
Michael Stern


We snapped this picture of an omelet on the grill, ready to be plated. We're not exactly sure which of the countless choices it is. It is topped with smoked mozzarella and roasted yellow peppers.
"We snapped this picture of an omelet on the grill, ready to be plated. We're not exactly sure which of the countless choices it is. It is topped with smoked mozzarella and roasted yellow peppers."
Michael Stern


A traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs is accompanied by slices of toast made from one of O'Rourke's made-here breads.
"A traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs is accompanied by slices of toast made from one of O'Rourke's made-here breads."
Michael Stern


An amusement park for tastebuds: the chunky swordfish cakes are set atop thin slices of fried eggplant and topped with a zesty-sweet zucchini-poblano chili relish.
"An amusement park for tastebuds: the chunky swordfish cakes are set atop thin slices of fried eggplant and topped with a zesty-sweet zucchini-poblano chili relish."
Michael Stern


Just one of the many breakfast offerings at O'Rourke's.  Delightful!
"Just one of the many breakfast offerings at O'Rourke's. Delightful!"
Robin Olson


This is a brown bread muffin, one of the multitude of interesting breadstuffs always available at O'Rourke's
"This is a brown bread muffin, one of the multitude of interesting breadstuffs always available at O'Rourke's"
Michael Stern


Simple fare, but a tasty way to start the day.
"Simple fare, but a tasty way to start the day."
Robin Olson


O'Rourke's Mardi Gras special
"O'Rourke's Mardi Gras special"
Michael Stern


About 10am Sunday morning, there wasn't a seat available in any booth ... but some counter space was still available.
"About 10am Sunday morning, there wasn't a seat available in any booth ... but some counter space was still available."
Michael Stern


O'Rourke's is treasured by diner aficionados, who appreciate its unrestored 1940s beauty.
"O'Rourke's is treasured by diner aficionados, who appreciate its unrestored 1940s beauty."
Michael Stern


Rebuilt and in business.  The steamed cheeseburger and eight-ounce glass bottle of Coca-Cola is $10.  Well worth it.
"Rebuilt and in business. The steamed cheeseburger and eight-ounce glass bottle of Coca-Cola is $10. Well worth it."
ray luce



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