Holiday Diner offers classic charm and great food

Holiday Diner has been a fixture in the Danbury community since it opened over 70 years ago in 1947.

Owner George Psarofagis said his parents, Bill and Maria, were delighted to purchase the beloved restaurant in August 2000.

“My parents have been in the restaurant business for 40 years and when they heard the restaurant was for sale, they jumped at the chance to be part of such a diverse and thriving community,” Psarofagis said.

The Holiday Diner is located on bustling White Street and within walking distance of Western Connecticut State University. Students who show their school ID can even get a 10% discount on meals. Seniors can also benefit from this discount.

This kind of hospitality and goodwill keeps customers coming back and becoming familiar faces to the friendly staff.

Psarofagis describes the atmosphere there as the popular TV show Cheerswho is iconic for his camaraderie and welcoming nature.

“Everyone knows each other and 90% of customers are regulars,” he notes.

Holiday Diner can accommodate a total of 120 people in its booths, tables or counters.

It offers all the traditional restaurant fare, such as a full breakfast menu with clubs, burgers, and wraps. These delicious comfort foods are prepared daily to the highest quality.

“We’re not your typical restaurant with an encyclopedic menu. We offer all the dinner classics, but we do everything we can from scratch,” Psarofagis said.

Another aspect of Holiday Diner that sets it apart is the exceptional staff.

“We really focus on service quality, because I believe that service is just as important as food. The average seniority of our employees is over 10 years, which is unprecedented in restaurants,” said said Psarofagis.

Customers can always rely on takeout, and the restaurant even offers delivery through Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Catering is also available, with a full breakfast catering menu.

Sample menu

Eggs: Choose from a selection of delicious omelettes, including the vegetarian omelette with peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Breakfast favourites: The Holiday Diner serves different styles of Eggs Benedict for breakfast. A best seller is the Irish Eggs Benedict which is made with homemade corned beef hash on a toasted English muffin and topped with Hollandaise sauce.

Breakfast wraps: There are over half a dozen breakfast wraps to satisfy any sweet tooth. For those who love flavor, try the Mexican Wrap with tomatoes, onions and jalapenos.

Pancakes, French toast, waffles: Customers can’t go wrong with a short or full stack of pancakes or French toast, as well as Belgian waffles. All accompanied by butter and syrup. Customize the order by adding chocolate chips, blueberries, bananas, peanut butter chips and/or M&Ms.

Snacks: You can satisfy any craving with the nine different snacks to choose from, including mozzarella sticks, hand-breaded chicken tenderloins and curly fries.

Burgers and sandwiches: Holiday Diner offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches, such as the BBQ Burger and the Chicken Parm Grinder.

Wraps: All wraps are served with fries, coleslaw and pickle. The Fisherman’s Wrap is made of fried fillet of sole, cheese, lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce.

Salads: Crispy Chicken Salad is created with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, chicken cutlet, bacon and avocado.

Lunch favourites: Fan favorites at dinner for lunch are quesadillas. The most popular are the Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla and the Philly Steak Quesadilla.

Dessert: Holiday Diner is best known for its out-of-this-world milkshakes. Their self-proclaimed “Best Shakes in the Universe!” come in flavors such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Banana and Nutella, and Cookies and Cream. The restaurant even has a Milkshake Of The Month program where it features a special flavor for that month.

Holiday Diner, located at 123 White Street in Danbury, is open seven days a week. Hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-8pm and Sunday 7am-3pm. Call 203-748-9798 or email [email protected] For more information, visit Follow on Facebook and Instagram @holidaydiner.

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