Glenwood Drive-In, Hamden CT
- Eric Eto Sep 28, 2005 10:47 AM
After having made the drive between NYC and Boston several dozen times, I've always wondered where the good stuff was off the Merritt. I did most of these drives in the mid-90s, before I knew about chowhound or the other internet resources like roadfood.com. On my recent trip to Boston from NYC, I wanted to find a place that wasn't too far off the Merritt (for time concerns) and something fairly quick. I know I should have asked you New England hounds, but I did some searching through the boards and on roadfood, and came up with Glenwood Drive-In as my most ideal choice, just a few minutes north of the Whitney Ave exit. At Glenwood, you can get grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and a variety of fried seafood and lobster rolls. We just stayed simple with a hot dog and hamburger. The hot dog was a foot-long with nice charring from the grill. The perfectly toasted bun was a huge plus and gave a nice texture to the hot dog. They have all the condiments you'd need to fill your dog the way you like. The burger was also pretty good. Except the bun was cold, despite being toasted on the grill. It must have just come out of the fridge. Everyone else around us were ordering the lobster roll (also on that perfectly toasted bun), fried clams, as well as the hot dogs. I'm glad I found Glenwood, as I now have soemthing else to look forward to when I drive up to Boston.
I've travelled to Connecticut a few times to sample hot dogs. This state, along with N.J. and New York are known for great dogs. The Glenwood is one of the best. A long, char grilled Hummels brand dog on a toasted New England bun. Out of the dozen or so hot dog joints I've visited in Connecticut, Glenwood is my favorite along with Roscos's Big Dog in Hartford.
I grew up in Hamden live in the mid-west now. Still can't find a good charbroiled dog like "the wood!"
I can remember being a little kid and loved when the guy taking your order would yell, "one dog, one french, wrap it up!" Something about their relish made the dog even better. They have a great soft shell crab sandwich, and the cheeseburger is cook just right. I have to stop in every time I come home!
Glenwood is THE best place to get a fine char-broiled hot dog or burger. Everytime I go home, it is a point to travel down RT 10 and get 2 dogs with bacon and cheese!!! Oh, I can't wait to go home again...=)
I'll have to agree with the sentiment. Growing up, a trip to my grandparent's place in Hamden wasn't complete with a trip to the Glenwood.