Formerly located at 135 Orange Street, Orangeside Luncheonette is an inexpensive breakfast, lunch, and late-night diner famous for their delicious square donuts. We visited the Orange St. locale in December, just before their move to 25 Temple Street. At the time they were only serving breakfast and brunch, but now that they’ve moved to a bigger location at Temple Street they’ve expanded their hours to include lunch, dinner, and late-night (until 11 pm) Thursday-Saturday.
We first heard of Orangeside when the Sophomore Class Council hosted a “Breakfast at Midnight” event, featuring these square donuts. Even though we rushed over to the study break, all of the donuts were gone immediately and we didn’t get to try them. This disappointment was proof enough that we needed to go get them on our own. During finals period, we made a trip with three of our friends who promised to help us finish off as many donuts as we could try. They certainly stuck to their promise, as we devoured 6 donuts before our sandwiches were ready.
The Turtle donut had peanuts, caramel, and chocolate, similar to a snickers bar. These specialty donuts are plain donuts with toppings, enough to satisfy the sweetest of sweet-tooths. The cakes were rich and filling, and could easily be dessert for two.
We ended up ordering another chocolate donut because it was such a hit. The chocolate was rich and the glaze was delicious, with a dense cake-like texture.
Our friend Andrew liked this one best, since he prefers vanilla over chocolate. The donut was a plain fluffy dough, not like the more dense cake-like ones we tried earlier. The fluffier dough was appropriate for the mass of frosting that coated the donut.
The blueberry donut was delicious- it was sweet but had a strong blueberry flavor, not just a sugar overload. This was Carolina’s favorite.
After we finished these off, the owner brought us a glazed donut to try, a classic that’s hard not to love. It was fluffy like the vanilla frosted donut, with a delicious glaze.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of sweets in the morning, and while I loved the donuts and would gladly eat them as a finishing touch on a meal, I need something with more protein to hold me over. I was happily surprised when I saw the extensive list of sandwiches, wraps, and burgers written on the chalkboard wall.
I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a hard roll. It was good, but nothing mind blowing. David was the clear winner– he ordered “The Oscar”, which is a bacon, egg, cheese, and tater tot wrap. It was big, filling, cheesey, potatoey, and the flour tortilla didn’t detract from the flavor like hard rolls often do. Sorry for stealing so many bites David…
It may be more of a walk than your typical Gheav run, but this bacon egg and cheese wrap is well worth the trip.
Our friend Ezra got ham and egg on pita bread, which was a unique twist on the classic BEC. He really enjoyed it but preferred David’s Oscar and the burgers to this lighter fare.
Of course, Lauren ordered the chicken wrap that came with veggies and chipotle mayo. She found it filling and tasty, and liked the spicy kick.
Last but not least: the burgers. As previous posts will tell you, I’m quite the carnivore. Both burgers were delicious: thick, juicy, and tasty. Carolina got the Westside burger: a bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onions, and ranch. It was delicious, and the bacon-ranch-cheese combo was perfect.
Andrew ordered the Bomb burger: a bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and barbeque sauce. He loves his BBQ sauce, so this was the perfect burger for him. Unfortunately, he liked it so much that we didn’t get to snap a picture of it before he finished.
The burgers are a steal: for about $6, you get a generously sized, juicy burger on fresh bread. Unfortunately, the menu isn’t online yet but we were able to snap a shot of the menu on the door:
Overall: The quality of the food, variety of options, and affordable prices makes Orangeside a clear winner in our book. Now that they have relocated to Temple Street, it’s more convenient for Yale students and well worth the walk. They even deliver, so you can get your fill without leaving home.