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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
soup
Bacon & Eggs
Omelet
Sausage & Eggs
steamed cheeseburger
French Toast Trilogy
Brown Bread Muffin
Grilled Turnips

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’s located at the far end of Middletown’s Main Street, where the dawn air swirls with the wake-up scents of hot coffee, frying spuds, and cologne of working people ready to start their day. You can ..."   [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
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





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


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


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


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


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


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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