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Best Fast Food Drive In Burger in Connecticut

FriedChickenLover Jul 9, 2010 05:16 PM

This should be interesting .There are many places to eat in Connecticut that have burgers on there menu and many of them are good.
My question is this .Rating Burger drive Ins which one is your favorite for Burgers .Arby's Burger King ,McDonalds,Wendy's .These are the four national chains in Connecticut .
I will add Sonic Drive In's because they are opening in Connecticut next week and your review of there Burgers will be interesting to hear.
Are all Fast Food Burgers the same or is one better then the other?

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  1. jfood RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 10, 2010 05:13 AM

    jfood cannot think of one chain burger on that list that is worth visiting, unless very hungry and deperate. Too many other choices. this may be a better thread for the chains board

    1. bagelman01 RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 10, 2010 05:17 AM

      Your question really seems better suited to the chains board, not Sourthern New England

      That said, your count of 4 national chains is off by at least 50%
      Roy Rogers still has an outlet in North Stonington
      Five Guys is expanding throughout Connecticut. The Amity Road New Haven location has a drive through window

      But, BEST--fast food burger--seems to be a search for the best of the worst.
      There are still independent drive ins in CT that make a better burger than the chains.
      Bills on Rt 111 in Monroe, Lake Zoar Drive in on RT 34 by the Stevenson Dam.

      I'm not an afficionado of burgers that I don't grind myself, but maybe some other CT CHers can chime in on the independent drive ins, otherwise, CH please move this thread to the chains board!

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      1. re: bagelman01
        Veggo RE: bagelman01 Jul 10, 2010 09:50 AM

        Glenwood Drive-In in Hamden, among countless others. With all the great mom-and-pop burger restos mentioned on the "Best burger in CT" thread, I wonder why fast food burgers would even be an option in Ct.

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        FriedChickenLover RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 10, 2010 08:52 PM

        I am really interested in Chains that are Fast Food not the Independents.
        I've alays enjoyed the Independent Fast Food places in the area .
        So I would like to after Sonic opens just compare the quality of there Burger ,fries etc over the ones I memtioned .
        We have all at one point or another eaten at a McDonlds,Burger King ,Arby's,Roy Roger's and even 5 Guy's which I do not consider Fast Food . I like Five Guy's its ok .
        Also another Burger chain is coming or is already in Connecticut called Jakes but there again I do not consider that Fast Food.
        That's why at least for Connecticut I am only using the names I've listed and the Roy Rogers which I had thought had all closed in Connecticut and became Arby's .
        So I will be reading the posts on this .

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        1. re: FriedChickenLover
          bagelman01 RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 11, 2010 05:50 AM

          Then if you want chains in Connecticut, you MUST also include Duchess. About 14 locations in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield County.

          Mt wife and daughters love the Big D Cheeseburger!.

          This Connecticut chain has been around for 50 years and is much better quality than the nationals you mention.

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            harrie RE: bagelman01 Jul 11, 2010 06:31 PM

            +1 for Duchess - good food if you're determined to eat fast-food type stuff. The Big D eggplant parm is greasy but delicious, and the bacon-egg-cheese on a hard roll is excellent.

            1. re: harrie
              HunterJay RE: harrie Jul 13, 2010 06:37 AM

              +2 for Duchess. Surprisingly good food with a lot of options for a fast food chain.

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                invinotheresverde RE: HunterJay Jul 14, 2010 09:58 AM

                +3 for Duchess. Love that place!

            2. re: bagelman01
              jessicheese RE: bagelman01 Jul 14, 2010 01:50 PM

              YES!! My husband is from the Valley and we have to make a stop at least once a visit. Soooo good!

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            James Cristinian RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 11, 2010 01:00 PM

            I haven't eaten at any of them in several years but here goes. Burger King used to be good when they had the charcoal grill on a conveyor belt. Now I think they microwave them. Wendy's was good back in the eighties when they had their hot and juicy ad campaign. The burgers were hot and juicy, now they are dry with no juice at all. I had a coupon for a McDonald's quarter pounder and it was so bad I fed it to some stray dogs. Sonic is also terrible. To answer your question, in my opinion, they are all uniformly bad, and i wouldn't waste my time on them.

            1. L2k RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 13, 2010 07:49 AM

              Has Arby's added burgers to their menu? I haven't been to one in a decade, but they didn't use to have them and I've never seen them advertise a burger.

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              1. re: L2k
                bagelman01 RE: L2k Jul 13, 2010 08:01 AM

                no burgers at Arby's

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                  Chris VR RE: bagelman01 Jul 13, 2010 08:29 AM

                  I think there are regional differences. The Arbys in my neck of the woods on Long Island about 20 years ago had tacos, which I've never seen at another Arbys. I think I heard it was because they bought Jack in the Box or something like that. Perhaps there's a similar situation with Arbys in Connecticut and burgers.

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                    bagelman01 RE: Chris VR Jul 13, 2010 08:43 AM

                    No, the answer of no burgers at Arby's is made by using their on line menu for Connecticut locations

                2. re: L2k
                  Fibber McGee RE: L2k Jul 13, 2010 09:04 AM

                  Arby's has the roast burger, which is made like a burger except they use their roast beef instead of a hamburger patty.

                  1. re: Fibber McGee
                    bagelman01 RE: Fibber McGee Jul 13, 2010 12:31 PM

                    Fibber are you telling the truth?
                    The roast burger does not appear on the Arby's website.
                    Maybe they HAD, and no longer have this item?

                    1. re: bagelman01
                      Fibber McGee RE: bagelman01 Jul 14, 2010 04:24 AM

                      Coulld well be a thing of the past. I haven't been to Arby's in quite some time, but remember the ad campaign from only a couple of years ago.

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                  HunterJay RE: FriedChickenLover Jul 13, 2010 01:46 PM

                  Are there any Fuddruckers left in CT? They were some good burgers (I know there's some in MA).

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                  1. re: HunterJay
                    bagelman01 RE: HunterJay Jul 13, 2010 06:15 PM

                    Only one at the Indian casino in Mashantucket (sp?). I don't think that qualifies as a drive in as in the OP.

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