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Shady Glen

840 Middle Tpk E, Manchester, CT - (860) 649-4245
Although this fine old dairy bar has a menu of sandwiches and hot meals and is justly famous for its homemade ice cream, its way with cheeseburgers is nothing short of spectacular. Three or four slices of cheese extend far beyond the edges of the burger as it cooks, so the cheese melts directly onto the surface of the grill, turning chewy and crisp. The hamburger with its soft cheese on top and its halo of textured cheese all around is hefted onto a bun to become one memorable sandwich!
90% Approval Rating (54 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"“What’s good to eat?” we ask the uniformed waitress when she steps to our booth. “You are at Shady Glen,” she responds like a schoolteacher addressing especially slow students. “At Shady Glen, you must have cheeseburgers!” Amen to that good advice. Although ..."   [Read More]
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Pat Siegmund
April 03, 2008
"I had my first Shady Glen cheeseburger recently and I have been salivating for another one ever since. I knew what I was in store for after I looked it up on the Internet, but no one can taste on the Internet; it was just delightful! Heart-healthy, no; but the best ..."   [Read More]
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Denice Jones
January 25, 2011
"This is the best cheeseburger we have ever eaten. My son in the Marine Corps, stationed in Cali. I have to overnight these cheeseburgers to him from time to time. When he comes home at Xmas-time Shady Glen is the first place he wants to visit. They should go ..."   [Read More]
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David Panagrosso
July 19, 2010
"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, ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

840 Middle Tpk E, Manchester, CT
(860) 649-4245

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
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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