Exit your vehicle and walk in the door where – if it’s mealtime – you will see a line of people who, you assume, are waiting to place their order. Wrong, they are waiting to receive their order. As you get into line, you must quickly decide what you want by studying the wall menu and convey this information to a gent whose job it is to call it back to the open kitchen. By the time the line reaches the counter, your order will be ready to pay for and carry to a table.
When the people dishing out the food asked us exactly what it was we were getting, we ourselves forgot, but the guy calling orders has an amazing capacity to remember everything. Despite our hemming and hawing and mind-changing, he easily remembered what we and a friend had said we wanted – a big meal for three – and he had bellowed it out as fast as a seasoned auctioneer. If you dine inside the Glenwood Drive-In at one of the Formica booths or a short window counter, you will be serenaded by this man’s continuous cries to the kitchen. It’s great background music for eating hot dogs and hamburgers.
There is more to the menu than dogs and burgers, although these dogs and burgers are what we recommend. They are cooked on a grate over a charcoal fire and imbibe a smoky flavor that makes them a joy to eat. Apply your own condiments near the pick-up counter; among them is a superb hot sauce that gives the long, crusty wieners an extra sparkle. With a side order of excellent onion rings, this can be a summertime meal to remember. We half-heartedly recommend the hot lobster roll, which is loaded with meat although not as sweet and buttery as Connecticut’s best.