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Glenwood Drive-In

2538 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT - (203) 281-0604
Posted By Bobby Stone on 8/20/2008 11:42:00 PM
Glenwood is a bit of an institution here in Hamden. I'm not sure why. It is a throwback to the 1950's with Formica tabletops, benches, and garish fluorescent lighting. It certainly is not a comfortable place to eat. If you have been to a McDonald's or Wendy's you've been to Glenwood, although Glenwood is a bit less refined.

The hot dogs are really the only thing to recommend here ($3.10 each). Glenwood features the regional brand Hummel's and they are quite good. Glenwood also offers every condiment you could think of (and then some) to put on a hot dog. The hamburgers should be avoided. They are very thin, overcooked to the point of being chewy, and vastly overpriced at $3.25. If you are after a burger you should go almost anywhere else. Even the burger chains are a far better choice. The onion rings are very good but pricey at over $4.00. There is also more variety here than at the typical burger chains; frozen (yet tasty) fried seafood as well as BLT's and even cheese sandwiches.

On the plus side, all of the food is cooked when ordered so unlike the national chains -- your food will be hot. Service is fast but always somewhat confused. Be prepared, in a matter of minutes, to repeat your order at least three times to the staff as you stand in line.

I live within two miles of this place and despite the fast service and hot food I can't muster the desire to visit more than a few times yearly. Even then I wonder why I went (I think it must be the greasy but tasty onion rings). Thankfully Hummel hot dogs are available in every grocery store locally. If Hummel's were not available at my supermarket, I'd certainly visit more often.

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had one topped with kraut and one with chili mustard & onions....both were stellar.
"had one topped with kraut and one with chili mustard & onions....both were stellar."
bill eaton





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"The Dog"
Jay


The Glenwood Drive-In is at least as famous for its onion rings as for its hamburgers and hot dogs. When you stand in line waiting for your order, you can see them battered and fried.
"The Glenwood Drive-In is at least as famous for its onion rings as for its hamburgers and hot dogs. When you stand in line waiting for your order, you can see them battered and fried."
Michael Stern


Glenwood's hot dogs are served the traditional New England way, inside lightly toasted split buns. Add your own condiments.
"Glenwood's hot dogs are served the traditional New England way, inside lightly toasted split buns. Add your own condiments."
Michael Stern


This charcoal grill fills the dining room with the irresistible aroma of fire-cooked meats.
"This charcoal grill fills the dining room with the irresistible aroma of fire-cooked meats."
Michael Stern


A hot lobster roll is almost nothing like a cold lobster salad roll. It has no mayo, no lettuce, nothing but lobster meat and butter in the bun.
"A hot lobster roll is almost nothing like a cold lobster salad roll. It has no mayo, no lettuce, nothing but lobster meat and butter in the bun."
Michael Stern


Our kind of menu!
"Our kind of menu!"
Michael Stern


There is plenty of room in the Glenwood Drive-In lot, but it's almost always crowded. At the far right of the photo is the family's ice cream annex, which some consider among the state's finest parlors.
"There is plenty of room in the Glenwood Drive-In lot, but it's almost always crowded. At the far right of the photo is the family's ice cream annex, which some consider among the state's finest parlors."
Michael Stern



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