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“Don't judge a book by it's cover”
Review of Old School Diner

Old School Diner
Ranked #4 of 33 Restaurants in Darien
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Chef Jerome Brown, has 20 years in the seafood business. Our customers are our family members, we have over 10,000 photos on the walls of our restaurant! The Old School Diner, famous for the "Wheel Chair Platter!" - Come see why Ben Affleck says " Why ask, Trust your Chef" Carpeted parking lot? Yes we have that! A quick trip from Savannah and well worth the trip! A real Hidden Gem of the Southeast, that is a quote from Southern Living Magazine!
Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile


Upon driving up to the entrance my party
wanted to immediately turn, no run away. The old saying of "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is all I have to say. Once seated the decor kept our interest and then Jerome, the principle owner and chef took center stage. Jerome's hospitality, infectious smile is pale in comparison to the mind blowing portions, tantalizing flavor and service. If you are ever in the area don't sleep on this one. Program your GPS and head on over to Ole School Diner. You won't regret it. ~M. Hill~

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Reviewed December 5, 2015

Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but opens up to a funky, eclectic interior. Wonderful food with a Cajun flair. Chef Jerome goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome. He starts you out with the best hush puppies I've ever had. The food takes a little longer to arrive since Chef Jerome is preparing from scratch. Chef pops in repeatedly to make sure everyone is having a good time and has enough to eat.

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Reviewed December 1, 2015

You must go to the Old School Diner simply for the tour and to get your photo on the wall. We happened to be the only couple in this establishment, and we were treated grandly by the staff and by Jerome himself. What a story, and each room tells a small piece of this story. The fried shrimp was excellent, and the rest of the meal was adequate. However, if you like unique dining experiences in folksy types of environments, the Old School Diner cannot be beat.

Thank Marybeth E
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Reviewed November 21, 2015

Not only does Chef Gerome call you "family", he and his staff make you feel like family!. No one can cook fried fish, shrimp, and oysters like Chef. If you ask nicely, he will even give you a tour of his kitchen and take a picture with you.

Thank Lonnie P
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Reviewed September 21, 2015

Read about this unique restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to try it, the reviews were very good. Well, first it is out of the way and hard to find. Second, it looks worse on the outside than it did in the pictures . Inside is better, but it smells funny. The waitress was very attentive although the meal took awhile to arrive. My husband liked his fried shrimp, but my chicken was greasy and have strange pieces. The biggest disappointment was that Chef Jerome did not come out to speak , the reviews said he does unless he is really busy and he was NOT busy the day we were there. Can't recommend this "dive".

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Thank AnnCBowen
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