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Danny's Drive-In

940 Ferry Blvd., Stratford, CT - (203) 378-6728
Posted By John Brundage on 5/21/2008 9:23:00 AM
After hearing some good things about Danny's, I decided to check it out with my family. The experience was good, but the food was lacking.

I got the "famous" chili on a hot dog. Maybe I'm missing something, but chili isn't supposed to be watery with a whole lot of pepper seeds in it. Of course it's going to be hot when all they are doing is putting some water and pepper seeds on a hotdog. I was highly disappointed, especially after reading that this was their "specialty."

I also got an order of plain fries. They were OK, but not much different from what I can cook at home. I always expect simple things like French fries to have value added by the establishment, even if it's as simple as salting the fries to their taste.

All that said, I will not be making another trip to Danny's. It wasn't terrible, but nothing stood out for me. They have a good location, a lot of history, and good employees. I just wish the food measured up.

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Simple though it may appear, this foot-long chili dog has a complex flavor. The dog itself is delicious; the chili is alarming!
"Simple though it may appear, this foot-long chili dog has a complex flavor. The dog itself is delicious; the chili is alarming!"
Michael Stern





Outside Danny's fly the star-spangled banner and, just below it, the flag of the U.S. Marines. Proprietor Paul Galietti, a leatherneck, named Danny's Bull Dog (topped with chili & onions) after the Corps' mascot.
"Outside Danny's fly the star-spangled banner and, just below it, the flag of the U.S. Marines. Proprietor Paul Galietti, a leatherneck, named Danny's Bull Dog (topped with chili & onions) after the Corps' mascot."
Michael Stern


This sign from Danny's earliest days now hangs inside below the order window. It shows cartoon characters Maggie and Jiggs on either side of the founder's name.
"This sign from Danny's earliest days now hangs inside below the order window. It shows cartoon characters Maggie and Jiggs on either side of the founder's name."
Michael Stern


This brief time line since Danny's opened gives good insight into the genuinely patriotic spirit of a true all-American drive-in.
"This brief time line since Danny's opened gives good insight into the genuinely patriotic spirit of a true all-American drive-in."
Michael Stern


Crazy means topped with hot chili, melted cheese, jalapeno chips, and onions. These are French fries. You can also have Crazy Onion Rings and Crazy Waffle Fries.
"Crazy means topped with hot chili, melted cheese, jalapeno chips, and onions. These are French fries. You can also have Crazy Onion Rings and Crazy Waffle Fries."
Michael Stern


Danny's has been a Stratford beacon of burgers and hot dogs since Danny Smith opened it (just across the road) in 1935. To the right of the picture are the picnic tables (too cold on this December day!) and also the parking lot, where many customers choose to eat in their cars.
"Danny's has been a Stratford beacon of burgers and hot dogs since Danny Smith opened it (just across the road) in 1935. To the right of the picture are the picnic tables (too cold on this December day!) and also the parking lot, where many customers choose to eat in their cars."
Michael Stern


At Danny's Drive-In a hamburger with the works includes a ring of green pepper along with lettuce, tomato, and onions. Other condiments you can add yourself; and of course, chili is also available as a burger topper.
"At Danny's Drive-In a hamburger with the works includes a ring of green pepper along with lettuce, tomato, and onions. Other condiments you can add yourself; and of course, chili is also available as a burger topper."
Michael Stern



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