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Bringin’ Back the Fifties with Georgie’s Diner

Jonathan Starkes

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Wanna know what’s buzzin? The fifties are back! At least at 427 Elm Street, that is. At the base of the historic Armstrong Factory is a little piece of history: Georgie’s Diner. After opening in late September, this classic establishment has officially revived my favorite dining experience: the classic 50’s diner.

Georgie’s diner was built in New Rochelle in 1956.

Georgie’s diner was actually built in New Rochelle in 1956. After spending some time in Stratford, the diner finally opened in West Haven as the Elm Diner in 1971. I’ve passed by the Elm Diner more times than I can count and I never noticed it before. Since its glorious restoration this past summer, however, no one can help but notice this shiny, silver bullet.

The diner’s atmosphere is completely retro. Its chrome exterior shines bright in the morning sun. Its interior is just as authentic. The floor is the original design, restored to 50’s perfection before its opening. Hot pink neon lights reflect beautifully off the shiny interior. And of course, it has all the classic components of a diner: bar stools, comfy booths, and a public grille. Entering Georgie’s is truly taking a step back in time, so don’t be surprised if a gang of greasers shows up and challenges you to a race.

Although atmosphere is important, judging a diner’s quality ultimately boils down to its food and service. It is in these two categories that Georgie’s blows the competition away. In just my two visits, I was delighted to taste Georgie’s home-style meatloaf and mouth-watering poached eggs. For those of you who enjoy the classics you won’t be disappointed. Georgie’s also caters to those who enjoy something different or have a limited diet. Using a separate fryer for vegan and gluten-free dishes, all prepared according to GFRAP guidelines, the diner offers a full range of specialty dishes including pork chops, roasted chicken, chicken parmigana, and chicken tuscany. They even have a nice variety of gluten-free deserts including my favorite, the ice cream sundae. Even more impressive is Georgie’s variety of vegan dishes, including Tempeh Reuben, Falafels, and organic malibu burgers. Their full menu is available on their website: www.georgies-diner.com.

In terms of service, Georgie’s creates a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. As soon as I sat down, my coffee was already being poured. I even had a nice chat with the owner, George Anthis and his son Niki about the family’s involvement in the diner’s colorful history. Oh to be Greek!

As if Georgie’s could get any better, they even offer delivery service to UNH. Any time between 11 and 9 you can enjoy something off of their full menu. But I seriously encourage any potential diners to break out their poodle skirts, agitate the gravel, and get made in the shade at Georgie’s Diner.

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