Glenwood Drive-In

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Seafood
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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.

What to Eat
Glenwood Drive-In, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
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Char-grilled, awaiting condiments
Glenwood Drive-In, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Must-Try
The Glenwood Drive-In is as famous for its onion rings as for its hamburgers and hot dogs.
Glenwood Drive-In, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
Must-Try
Connecticut's hot buttered lobster roll is a swank alternative to burgers and dogs.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 10 pm
Monday11 am - 10 pm
Tuesday11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11 am - 10 pm
Thursday11 am - 10 pm
Friday11 am - 10 pm
Saturday11 am - 10 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
11 stops | 70 MILES | 1 hr 46 min

Close to the Road

America's Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Merritt Parkway of Connecticut is a rolling, limited-access four-lane with bridges that display beautiful Art Deco styling of the 1930s. Opportunities to eat well just off the road are plentiful,…

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Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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