Restaurants in Manchester, CT

Just east of Hartford, the city of Manchester is home to a branch of Pepe’s Pizza (a brand that has expanded with no loss of quality) as well as to the unique Shady Glen Dairy Bar. Yes, Shady Glen is an ice cream shop, and a darn good one, but cheeseburgers are its specialty. Not unlike the Squeezeburger of Sacramento, California, this burger comes to the table or counter with virtual wings of cheese all around it, like some sort of hybrid cross of hamburger and big blooming flower. Curiously, Manchester is home to a Quebecois diner, Chez Ben, where poutine is made in the traditional way as well as in a breakfast version for which French fries are replaced by home fries and sausage accompanies the cheese curds.  You can even get that rustic Quebec favorite, creton (cold pork spread) with your toast in lieu of Smucker’s jelly. Note that north of Manchester in the town of Vernon is Rein’s deli, an old-fashioned source of high-rise smoked-meat sandwiches, chopped liver, matzoh balls, latkes, and New York cheesecake.

Manchester’s Best Restaurants

Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana of Manchester

MANCHESTER, CT

Chez Ben Diner

MANCHESTER, CT

Shady Glen

MANCHESTER, CT

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