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Saw an agenda item for a land use board in Old Saybrook that Wayback Burgers is looking to open in Old Saybrook. Any hounds ever tried their fare?

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  1. It's just ok. I think for a chain burger, 5 guys is way better. Wayback has a few things going for them: they offer milkshakes and non-beef burgers.

    I've been to the Wayback in my nabe once and won't be going back. Then again, I live in West Hartford where there's no shortage of great spots to get a good burger.

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    1. re: masha bousha

      Been to Orange and Stratford, once each. Pass them at least 10 times per month and never gone back. nuff said

      1. re: masha bousha

        See now, my wife feels the exact opposite. She loves Jakes and thought 5 guys was not that great. I think they are comparable. Jay

        1. re: JayCT

          How were the shakes, Jay? I totally trust your judgment on such matters, knowing you are a fellow fan of Robb's Farm. :)

      2. Throughly unimpressed with Norwalk Wayback - dry burger, roll too small, fries were OK but greasy - could do much better at other chains for $11 (double burger, small fries, drink)

        1. Was any address given for where they are looking to open?

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          1. re: chowmensch

            They gave a number on Rt 1, I believe it is the strip mall where Alforno and Benny's are located.

            1. re: chowmensch

              Just heard they want to open in the unused building in front of West Marine. Thanks to all who posted, based on comments I'll stick with Jacks Rabbit for burgers.

              1. re: jdgall

                Totally agree, jd. Jack Rabbit's is much much better than Wayback. Those new buildings in front of West Marine aren't that big...they look they were originally intended for a bank branch.

                1. re: chowmensch

                  The location in Orange was formerly a bank branch. Closed bank branches in retail center pads with drive thru lanes are often converted to fast food. The 5 Guys at 75 Amity Road New Haven is an old Union Trust (later a credit union) branch.

                2. re: jdgall

                  Yes, renovations are underway and they have a sign posted there. That location had been vacant since West Marine opened.

                  1. re: DonShirer

                    They will never be able to serve a better burger than Haywire in Westbrook, my new favorite place for burgers. Great selection and they grind their own beef.

                    1. re: jdgall

                      I totally want to go to Haywire! They were on Chaz & AJ a few weeks back and the descriptions made me wanna make tracks for the shore!

                      ETA: Any special recommendations there? Not Wayback. No interest there. :)

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        They have about 15 varieties. If your into spicy, the Frico burger with toasted provolone and jalapenos is my favorite.. My wife had the Haywire with chipotle sauce, bacon and cheese and loved it. Friend had the Brie burger and raved.The best part is the quality and freshness of the beef. You have to try the fried pickles, fantastic with some heat in the breading and a ranch style dip. YUM!!! Get down here to the shore and enjoy.

                        1. re: jdgall

                          Thank you! That's the plan--in the not too distant future, I hope. :) Will report back when I do!

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            Did you make it to Haywire, Kattyeyes? Please do! Yum! I'm found of the Mediterraneo (lamb, tapenade, yogurt, red onions, etc.)

                            1. re: eragavanis

                              Not yet--I've driven by and wished we were going there instead. Soon, I hope. The Mediterraneo sounds delish!

                          2. re: jdgall

                            Got to Haywire today. It's very creative and I can see why people like it. But--and doesn't everyone have a big BUT?!--if the beef is so fresh and of good quality, why can't they cook it rare? It's like ordering sashimi grade tuna and SEARING IT (yup, hate that, too). :) Haywire thread here:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900077

                            I will cop to wanting to go back for fried Oreos. And maybe something outside the burger realm that you nice people will recommend.

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Sorry you had a bad experience after my great recommendation. I like burgers and tuna like you, still moving, however, our burgers were cooked perfectly. Mine rare as ordered and partners med rare. Perhaps you hit an off night.
                              Give them another chance, and do try the fried pickles.

                              1. re: jdgall

                                Knowing that, I will try again. :) Thanks for letting me know.

                3. I, too, don't understand the allure of Jake's Wayback Burgers. There is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary about their burgers, their fries are decidedly mediocre, and the prices are significantly higher than they should be.

                  The house made potato chips are good, but hardly enough of a reason to return.

                  1. Tried it in West Hartford. Burger just ok, and the onion rings and fries were soggy. No thanks, I'll take Five Guys over Wayback.

                    1. One just opened in Worcester. Burger was pretty good. Fries were okay. Onion rings were good. But everything is separately ordered, so burger-fries-drink will cost you around ten bucks. Comparable to Five Guys. Nowhere near as good as Wild Willy's, which I think is the gold standard for burger chains in New England.

                      1. Butting in from PA - while Wayback has a wider selection of menu items other than burgers and fries, their burgers and fries are okay but not as good as Five Guys, in my opinion. We went once and will stuck with Five Guys in the future.

                        1. Old Saybrook site (NW corner of Rt. 1 and 166) appears to be open.

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                          1. re: DonShirer

                            And today I was passing after working up an appetite playing in a concert: an excellent excuse to try them out.

                            None of their fancy burgers appealed to me, and their triple and other multiple stacks were obviously made for people with bigger stomachs, so I settled for a cheeseburger with onion, mushrooms and "gold sauce" (they were out of peppers).

                            Burger was ok, fries seemed not as good as 5 guys. Next time maybe I'll try the chili and milkshake. (And now I guess I'll have to try Haywire to compare!)

                            1. re: DonShirer

                              Then you need to come north to Blackbird Tavern to round out your taste test. :)

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                +1 on Blackbird Tavern

                                1. re: chowmensch

                                  +2.
                                  Great pub atmosphere, nothing gourmet, but great basics like burgers, fried pickles, decent wings. Dogfish Head IPA on tap.
                                  Good service, we'll be back.

                                  1. re: dennisl

                                    You went also? Blackbird Tavern is one of my new favorite places! So glad you both enjoyed. :) Try the mac 'n cheese bites--they are yummy!