Published in November 2012 issue of New Haven Living Magazine
Written By: Spencer Caldwell
Georgie’s Diner & Restaurant in West Haven, which I had driven by scores of times without giving it any thought, proved to be one of my more interesting discoveries. And yes, I realize that’s like saying Christopher Columbus discovered America—Georgie’s Diner already had plenty of customers when I “discovered” it.
The diner apparently was built in 1956 in New Rochelle, N.Y. It became Duchess Diner in Stratford until 1967, at which point it was moved to West Haven and renamed Elm Diner. The diner was subsequently renamed after one of its operators, George Anthis, and completely restored during the summer of 2009. The restaurant has a clean, modern feel to it, and even a nice patio dining area.
Georgie’s menu feels correspondingly modern, pays real attention to sourcing, and is a bit pricier than a typical diner. There’s a vegan menu and gluten-free options. There are reduced-sugar fruit spreads for the housemade bagels. There are Belgian waffles, fresh hand-pressed orange juice, a roasted beet and goat cheese salad, a grouper sandwich, shrimp bisque, crab cakes, chicken Madeira and sashimi-grade tuna.
From Georgie’s diverse menu, there are alternative burgers like veggie, chicken, salmon, turkey and lamb. But burger loyalists should focus on the lineup of 8-ounce Pat LaFrieda burgers featuring a blend of prime chuck, shoulder and brisket. While several nice combinations are offered, it’s difficult to beat the juicy, flavorful Gourmet Burger topped with portobello mushroom and Gorgonzola.