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Favorite hot dog/hamburger stand between Hartford and the Rhode Island border?

hiddenboston Jun 29, 2006 04:25 PM

I'll be heading along Route 6 or 44 between Rhode Island and Hartford this weekend, and would love to find an old-fashioned drive-in, truck stop, or food stand that has good hamburgers and hot dogs. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  1. Science Chick Jun 29, 2006 06:00 PM

    If you can shoot just a bit farther south on your route through Colchester, CT, I'd definitely stop at Harry's Drive-In...considered by many the best burger in CT. Here's a picture and roadfood review:


    If you need to stay on Rt44, you'll drive right by shady Glen in Manchester, CT. Not a roadside type place, really a typical New England dairy/sandwich shop. However, their cheeseburgers are NOT to be missed (I grew up in Manchester, so I am a bit partial to them). They use 4 slices of cheese that lay on the grill and get really crispy...here is a roadfood pic for you:


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    1. re: Science Chick
      Science Chick Jun 29, 2006 06:02 PM

      Hmm, I somehow messed up the Shady Glen link...try this instead


    2. Science Chick Jul 6, 2006 08:01 PM

      Hey HiddenBoston---
      Just wondering where you ended up going........love to hear if you found something...

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      1. re: Science Chick
        hiddenboston May 16, 2007 07:42 AM

        (Nearly one year later, Hee Hee)....we ended up going to the Traveler Restaurant in Union that day, after considering the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret as well as a few others.

        I do want to get to Shady Glen one of these days. It looks like a classic spot.

        1. re: hiddenboston
          sodagirl May 16, 2007 07:55 AM

          I drive the road every couple of weeks because my son lives in Providence...there is really nothing...Shady Glen in Manchester is the only option...

          ...if you are desperate...take RT6 too Willimantic...don;t take the highway bypass and right past the big intersection on thel left is RT 66 Hamburgers......mediocre.

          Harry's is my suggestion...take a good map and the backroads over to RI from Colchester are easy and very scenic...go through Lebenon...biggest town green in the US.

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