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Shady Glen

840 Middle Tpk E, Manchester, CT - (860) 649-4245
Posted By David Panagrosso on 7/19/2010 5:14:00 PM
First off, let me say I like Shady Glen. I like the atmosphere. The service is very friendly and extremely efficient. The ice cream is excellent. The way they do fried cheese is also excellent.

But the burgers? They can't stand alone. They need that cheese, otherwise this would be a sub-par burger. I'm sorry to say it, but the hamburger patty itself is about what you would expect from a McDonald's Quarter Pounder. It's a pre-shaped frozen beef patty. The cheese elevates the burger to something that should be tasted. If you're not going for the cheese, don't go there for the burgers.

Shady Glen could learn a lesson from some of the smaller fast food burger chains that are popping up - places like Jake's and Five Guys. If Shady Glen were to start using fresh, hand-shaped, beef, like a good ground chuck in their burgers, they'd have a thing of absolute beauty. Until they do that, go for some fried cheese and some ice cream.

Also - Shady Glen is going through some shaky times with their cheese supplier, who changed the milk used to make the cheese. They're trying to work out some kinks, to get back to a cheese that works for their technique, and they expect to have that shortly, sometime this summer. Stay tuned.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
cheeseburger
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Here is a close-up view of the most amazing cheeseburger we've ever met.
"Here is a close-up view of the most amazing cheeseburger we've ever met. "
Michael Stern





Don't try this at home ... unless you have a WELL seasoned griddle, or unless you like the smell of burning cheese.
"Don't try this at home ... unless you have a WELL seasoned griddle, or unless you like the smell of burning cheese."
Michael Stern


Truly spectacular!
"Truly spectacular!"
Robin Olson


Four slices are carefully arranged atop every cheeseburger on the grill
"Four slices are carefully arranged atop every cheeseburger on the grill "
Michael Stern


Only available in February, this flavor is filled with big juicy cherries and chocolate chips. Mmmm...marvelous!
"Only available in February, this flavor is filled with big juicy cherries and chocolate chips. Mmmm...marvelous!"
Robin Olson


This is a lone cheeseburger, but of course Shady Glen also serves burgers with French fries and cole slaw.
"This is a lone cheeseburger, but of course Shady Glen also serves burgers with French fries and cole slaw. "
Michael Stern


Shady Glen has a wide variety of flavors; they are in the freezer display as you enter the restaurant.
"Shady Glen has a wide variety of flavors; they are in the freezer display as you enter the restaurant. "
Mark Kaupe


A very unique cheeseburger, with batter-dipped onion rings and a very good chocolate malt.
"A very unique cheeseburger, with batter-dipped onion rings and a very good chocolate malt."
Mark Kaupe


A classic dairy bar, located in Connecticut cow country
"A classic dairy bar, located in Connecticut cow country"
Michael Stern


Shady Glen's spectacular cheeseburger was invented by Bernice Reig in 1950. Their restaurant was surrounded by dairy farms ... which it still is.
"Shady Glen's spectacular cheeseburger was invented by Bernice Reig in 1950. Their restaurant was surrounded by dairy farms ... which it still is. "
Michael Stern


While this little masterpiece lacked the lovely symmetry we have seen on cheeseburgers during past visits to Shady Glen, it supplied all the chewy, gooey, greasy goodness we have come to expect.
"While this little masterpiece lacked the lovely symmetry we have seen on cheeseburgers during past visits to Shady Glen, it supplied all the chewy, gooey, greasy goodness we have come to expect."
Michael Stern



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