How can you not love this American institution?

This blog is about eight of the more legendary diners in Connecticut, but these specific diners take only 60 minutes or less to drive to from Danbury, and every single diner is road trip worthy.   

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    Blue Colony Diner - Newtown, CT

    This legendary diner is located directly off Exit 10 of I-84 in Newtown.

    Established in 1973, the Blue Colony serves up delicious food in bountiful portions and their homemade desserts are simply to die for.

    Don't have time for dessert? Grab a chocolate chip cookie the size of Delaware that feeds four and you're on your way.

    Check out their menu at Drive time from Danbury is approximately 14 to 20 minutes.

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    Cody's Diner - New Haven

    Established in 1993, Cody's Diner is located at 95 Water St. in New Haven.

    Order the Big Breakfast for only $7 which includes two eggs, 3 pancakes or 3 pieces of french toast, 2 strips of bacon and 2 strips of sausage.

    Check out Cody's entire menu at Open 24/7 and is approximately 50 to 57 minutes drive from Danbury.

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    Dottie's Diner - Woodbury

    Dottie's Diner is located at 787 Main St. S. in Woodbury where you can not only sit down for a scrumptious breakfast, but you can also treat yourself to some of the most heavenly donuts in New England.

    Dottie's serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you can find their menu at Drive time from Danbury to Dottie's is approximately 40 to 50 minutes.

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    The Laurel Diner - Southbury

    Family owned and operated since 1997, you'll find the Laurel Diner at 544 Main Street South in Southbury.

    Many of the Yelp comments mentioned, "the best breakfast I've ever had." One guy, Steve T. from Waterbury posted in his Yelp review that the diner was, "No Frills and Breakfast Thrills." Driving time from Danbury to the diner takes between 20 and 25 minutes.

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    Elm Street Diner - Stamford

    Since 1987, the Elm Street Diner has served up authentic entrees of a classic diner but also features the innovative cuisine of fine dining. Located at 463 Elm St. in Stamford, you can order everything from two eggs over easy to braised boneless short ribs. For the complete menu, click on

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    O'Rourke's Diner - Middletown

    For more than 70 years, O'Rourke's at 728 Main St. in Middletown has become one of New England's legendary diner destinations.

    On August 31, 2006 O'Rourkes was destroyed by fire but the community stepped in and helped the diner rise from the ashes. If you're a corn beef hash lover, you must make the trek to Middletown and try the Dubliner Omelet filled with swiss cheese and homemade hash.

    For all of O'Rourke's menu selections, click this link. The drive from Danbury to O'Rourke's in Middletown takes approximately 50 to 55 minutes.

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    The Post Road Diner - Norwalk

    The Post Road Diner originally built in 1947 is located at 312 Connecticut Ave. in Norwalk.

    Yelp reviewers loved the attentive service and many commented on their amazing French Onion soup and incredible milkshakes.

    They're opened 24 hours on the weekends and until 2 am on weekdays. Driving time to the Post Road Diner from Danbury runs approximately 40 to 50 minutes. Check out their menu by clicking this link.

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    The Sandy Hook Family Diner - Sandy Hook

    The Sandy Hook Diner located at 98 Church Hill Rd. in Sandy Hook has been written up on the website,, which calls it a cozy, friendly diner.

    Roadfood lists a couple of must-try menu selections like the Bulls Eye, which is a combination of french toast and fried eggs complete with syrup and homefries.

    I dare you to navigate to the website, which has photos of their must-try specials, and you'll immediately want to drive directly to Sandy Hook.

    From downtown Danbury, the drive to the Sandy Hook Diner will take you approximately 14 to 20 minutes.

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