Shady Glen Dairy Stores

★★★★★

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Mon - Thu, 8am - 9:30pm; Fri, Sat, 8am - 10-pm; Sun, 11am - 8pm
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Love the grape nut ice cream!

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★★★★☆

Love the grape nut ice cream!

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Did I mention the cheese is crispy on their cheese burgers n you can get a plate of crispy cheese!!! Also they got great shakes n old fashioned Coca Cola.

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Did I mention the cheese is crispy on their cheese burgers n you can get a plate of crispy cheese!!! Also they got great shakes n old fashioned Coca Cola.

Pros: Crispy Cheese, Crispy Cheese, Crispy Cheese

Cons: None

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When I was a little girl my mother brought my sister and me here for special treats and now that I am married with a child I bring my husband and son here. It is not inexpensive but the high quality ingredients and unique cooking style of the cheeseburgers is great. Once you have a Shady Glen cheeseburger with the huge "wings" of crispy cheese sticking out you'll be hooked! On a cold day the home made minestrone soup is delicious and of course the ice cream in any form is wonderful, but the milk shakes are especially good. It is a unique environment with the wrap around counters and booths and the retro uniforms. A real family favorite!

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★★★★☆

When I was a little girl my mother brought my sister and me here for special treats and now that I am married with a child I bring my husband and son here. It is not inexpensive but the high quality ingredients and unique cooking style of the cheeseburgers is great. Once you have a Shady Glen cheeseburger with the huge "wings" of crispy cheese sticking out you'll be hooked! On a cold day the home made minestrone soup is delicious and of course the ice cream in any form is wonderful, but the milk shakes are especially good. It is a unique environment with the wrap around counters and booths and the retro uniforms. A real family favorite!

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This is a fine old dairy bar that has a menu of sandwiches, hot meals, ice cream and spectacular cheeseburgers. A boat of condiments is brought to every table that includes relish, mustard, ketchup and raw onions. They still serve old-fashion milk shakes and you need to top off your lunch with a supper ice cream cone.

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★★★★★

This is a fine old dairy bar that has a menu of sandwiches, hot meals, ice cream and spectacular cheeseburgers. A boat of condiments is brought to every table that includes relish, mustard, ketchup and raw onions. They still serve old-fashion milk shakes and you need to top off your lunch with a supper ice cream cone.

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I spent my teens and twenties in Manchester and have been eating at Shady Glen off and on for over 50 years. Used to grab my girl friend and go get burgers and then the drive-in movie (no longer there) on Friday nites. Took my kids when I got married. Even they have the memories of Shady Glen, especially in summer when we did our sunday drive. FANTASTIC cheeseburgers and out of this world shakes. It is still a great place to take a family, it's clean, good service and it's still like "the old days'. Eat at Shady Glen and it'll become a habit.

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★★★★★

I spent my teens and twenties in Manchester and have been eating at Shady Glen off and on for over 50 years. Used to grab my girl friend and go get burgers and then the drive-in movie (no longer there) on Friday nites. Took my kids when I got married. Even they have the memories of Shady Glen, especially in summer when we did our sunday drive. FANTASTIC cheeseburgers and out of this world shakes. It is still a great place to take a family, it's clean, good service and it's still like "the old days'. Eat at Shady Glen and it'll become a habit.

Pros: Great Family Place and the Nostalgia

Cons: There's not a Shady Glen where I live now

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I've been going here since I was A little girl, now I bring my girls. the way the cook there food is a must try but can't only try once. Gotta go again and again!

4
★★★★☆

I've been going here since I was A little girl, now I bring my girls. the way the cook there food is a must try but can't only try once. Gotta go again and again!

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I dont even know what I can add to these other reviews, other then I agree with every positive thing! Excellent food, service, and ambience. I've been going there for years and I've never had a bad experience! Just remember to bring cash because they dont accept credit cards.

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★★★★★

I dont even know what I can add to these other reviews, other then I agree with every positive thing! Excellent food, service, and ambience. I've been going there for years and I've never had a bad experience! Just remember to bring cash because they dont accept credit cards.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Cash Only, Not enough seats

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The Bernice burger is an absolutely wonderful creation and keeps people coming back time and time again. We have eaten at this establishment for at least 35 years and hope to eat there for another 35. The ice cream is very creamy and the wait staff is ultra professional and courteous. It is not inexpensive, but well worth every penny (try the fries).

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The Bernice burger is an absolutely wonderful creation and keeps people coming back time and time again. We have eaten at this establishment for at least 35 years and hope to eat there for another 35. The ice cream is very creamy and the wait staff is ultra professional and courteous. It is not inexpensive, but well worth every penny (try the fries).

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My family and I ate here too many times to count and the food here is GREAT!! Along with the price. The setup is a little different then a tradtional resturant. It is a fun place to eat.

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★★★★★

My family and I ate here too many times to count and the food here is GREAT!! Along with the price. The setup is a little different then a tradtional resturant. It is a fun place to eat.

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Ever since I was a little girl I've loved going to Shady Glen. My love for the crispy cheese, ice cream and service influenced me to pick up an application. I'm now a waitress there and I'm really putting up a review in respose to people saying it's over crowded. The best nights to go for dinner if you don't have time to wait for a booth or you don't want to sit on the stools are Monday-Wednesday. I highly recommend the cheese burgers and any type of milkshake. Hope to see you there!

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★★★★★

Ever since I was a little girl I've loved going to Shady Glen. My love for the crispy cheese, ice cream and service influenced me to pick up an application. I'm now a waitress there and I'm really putting up a review in respose to people saying it's over crowded. The best nights to go for dinner if you don't have time to wait for a booth or you don't want to sit on the stools are Monday-Wednesday. I highly recommend the cheese burgers and any type of milkshake. Hope to see you there!

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I heard about the fried cheese and was a little worried until I tasted it. YUMMY! Five years later I still yearn for the tasty treat.

The homemade pumpkin ice cream was also a nice autumn treat. Burgers and fries are good choices in this diner from yesteryear.

My only question is: When are they going to move to California?

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★★★★★

I heard about the fried cheese and was a little worried until I tasted it. YUMMY! Five years later I still yearn for the tasty treat.

The homemade pumpkin ice cream was also a nice autumn treat. Burgers and fries are good choices in this diner from yesteryear.

My only question is: When are they going to move to California?

Pros: Fried Cheese, Homemade Ice Cream

Cons: Far From California

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Shady Glen isn't "retro" exactly... it just hasn't changed since it was established after World war II. This is good news for diners, because it makes for a truly authentic "old-fashioned" dining experience. That, and they haven't tampered with their fantastic cheeseburgers and onion rings. And their Minestrone soup is a MUST. The only downside? It's not a lot of food for the money, and the waitstaff is really more concerned with speed than congeniality sometimes. No matter... the crispy cheese more than makes up for any evils this place could possibly produce.

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★★★★★

Shady Glen isn't "retro" exactly... it just hasn't changed since it was established after World war II. This is good news for diners, because it makes for a truly authentic "old-fashioned" dining experience. That, and they haven't tampered with their fantastic cheeseburgers and onion rings. And their Minestrone soup is a MUST. The only downside? It's not a lot of food for the money, and the waitstaff is really more concerned with speed than congeniality sometimes. No matter... the crispy cheese more than makes up for any evils this place could possibly produce.

Pros: Crispy Cheese, Minestrone, Era-gone-by Aura

Cons: Relatively pricey, always a wait

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I've travelled far and wide and nothing compares to the famous Shady Glen cheese burger. I keep going back for a fix. Best ever!

2
★★★★★

I've travelled far and wide and nothing compares to the famous Shady Glen cheese burger. I keep going back for a fix. Best ever!

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even tho i moved from connecticut years ago, cravings for shady glen hamburgers and ice cream still haunt me. black raspberry ice cream served in dishes on paper doillies, winged cheeseburgers and elves painted on walls! i wish they had a website.

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★★★★★

even tho i moved from connecticut years ago, cravings for shady glen hamburgers and ice cream still haunt me. black raspberry ice cream served in dishes on paper doillies, winged cheeseburgers and elves painted on walls! i wish they had a website.

Pros: tasty food, inexpensive, fun

Cons: not in nyc!

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We eat there once a week. You cannot beat the Service, Value and Food. If only all resturants could study there business model on how to make it happen we would all be better off.

2
★★★★★

We eat there once a week. You cannot beat the Service, Value and Food. If only all resturants could study there business model on how to make it happen we would all be better off.

Pros: fast service, friendly atmosphere, value

Cons: long lines

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I have grown up visiting Shady Glen shops. & I must say that they DO put out the best Cheeseburger for several hundres miles. If you're going there expect to wait for a booth, but it's all worth the wait.
Tip: Get a extra order of fried cheese for yourself, so that you don't have to steal it from your burger.

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★★★★★

I have grown up visiting Shady Glen shops. & I must say that they DO put out the best Cheeseburger for several hundres miles. If you're going there expect to wait for a booth, but it's all worth the wait.
Tip: Get a extra order of fried cheese for yourself, so that you don't have to steal it from your burger.

Pros: clean, good ice cream, easy parking

Cons: pricy

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The trade secret here is that crispy cheese; just HOW do they do it? Nowhere in the world have I found a cheeseburger like the Bernice Original. Walking the boardwalk in Delray Fla. several years ago ran into folks from Manchester who wished Shady Glen would open a southern branch; I agree! Can't beat the cheeseburg and a chocolate shake. I made my debut at Shady Glen at age 2 months way back in 1954; been going there ever since expept for the time I lived in Palm Beach Fla.

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★★★★★

The trade secret here is that crispy cheese; just HOW do they do it? Nowhere in the world have I found a cheeseburger like the Bernice Original. Walking the boardwalk in Delray Fla. several years ago ran into folks from Manchester who wished Shady Glen would open a southern branch; I agree! Can't beat the cheeseburg and a chocolate shake. I made my debut at Shady Glen at age 2 months way back in 1954; been going there ever since expept for the time I lived in Palm Beach Fla.

Pros: Sparkling clean, Light and airy, Dynanite breakfast

Cons: Only 2 locations, Often heavily crowded, Long wait for booths

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Shady Glen drapes there burgers with cheese and fry's the overlapping cheese on the grill, making a golden crown of tasty krisp cheese. Best in the country.

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★★★★★

Shady Glen drapes there burgers with cheese and fry's the overlapping cheese on the grill, making a golden crown of tasty krisp cheese. Best in the country.

Pros: Cheeseburgers, Ice Cream

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How anyone can say that Shady Glen serves the best hamburgers in Hartford is beyond me. It's probably because they don't get out very much. The first and only time I went to Shady Glen I thought I was at a rest stop for seniors on a fall foilage bus tour. Give me a break!

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★★☆☆☆

How anyone can say that Shady Glen serves the best hamburgers in Hartford is beyond me. It's probably because they don't get out very much. The first and only time I went to Shady Glen I thought I was at a rest stop for seniors on a fall foilage bus tour. Give me a break!

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shady glen has the best milkshakes and burgers its busy around lunchtime most days

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★★★★★

shady glen has the best milkshakes and burgers its busy around lunchtime most days

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This is my childhood favorite. Don't knock it. Admit that the cheese is the best-tasting thing you've ever had! This place is classic, straight from the '50's, and unless you hate diners, ice cream, cheeseburgers, flowers and kittens, you will love it here. Everything is PERFECT!

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★★★★★

This is my childhood favorite. Don't knock it. Admit that the cheese is the best-tasting thing you've ever had! This place is classic, straight from the '50's, and unless you hate diners, ice cream, cheeseburgers, flowers and kittens, you will love it here. Everything is PERFECT!

Pros: YUM, YUM, YUM

Cons: none

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Let's face it.......The burger by itself is O.K.
What makes it a great burger is the thing they do with the cheese. I still don't know how they do that.
The atmosphere is the greatest. It's fifties retro but not intended to be. That's just the way things are at Shady Glen. Spotless stainless steel and formica, Groomed cooks in uniform and hat, pretty waitresses at your table in seconds with a smile.

It reminds me of the old Texaco commercials on The Milton Berle Show.

AND....The cole slaw is the best in the world...no kidding.

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★★★★★

Let's face it.......The burger by itself is O.K.
What makes it a great burger is the thing they do with the cheese. I still don't know how they do that.
The atmosphere is the greatest. It's fifties retro but not intended to be. That's just the way things are at Shady Glen. Spotless stainless steel and formica, Groomed cooks in uniform and hat, pretty waitresses at your table in seconds with a smile.

It reminds me of the old Texaco commercials on The Milton Berle Show.

AND....The cole slaw is the best in the world...no kidding.

Pros: CHEESE, Cole Slaw, Ice Cream

Cons: Wait, Cost

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The All American meal: The Bernice (sp?) Burger, fries, Vanilla milk shake. For cheese lovers, the fried cheese on the Bernice Burger is incredible. And the vanilla milk shakes are made with real vanilla syrup and they're world-famous, igh butter-fat content, homemade ice cream. The ambience of a 1950's soda shop, a la "Back to the Future." Don't forget a real ice cream sundae for dessert. A Manchester institution since before I moved there in 1956! Worth a trip from anywhere.

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★★★★★

The All American meal: The Bernice (sp?) Burger, fries, Vanilla milk shake. For cheese lovers, the fried cheese on the Bernice Burger is incredible. And the vanilla milk shakes are made with real vanilla syrup and they're world-famous, igh butter-fat content, homemade ice cream. The ambience of a 1950's soda shop, a la "Back to the Future." Don't forget a real ice cream sundae for dessert. A Manchester institution since before I moved there in 1956! Worth a trip from anywhere.

Pros: Semi-rural location, Easy Access, Real service

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That funky thing they do with the cheese on their burgers and hot dogs...or you can just get the cheese! Milkshakes are awesome.

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★★★★★

That funky thing they do with the cheese on their burgers and hot dogs...or you can just get the cheese! Milkshakes are awesome.

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Rude, crude, but not lewd...are the waitresses at the Manchester Shady Glen. The food was decent, but not great, but the service was soooo bad that I would not return when a free meal was offered.

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★★☆☆☆

Rude, crude, but not lewd...are the waitresses at the Manchester Shady Glen. The food was decent, but not great, but the service was soooo bad that I would not return when a free meal was offered.

Pros: ice cream variety, parking

Cons: service, portion size, smells

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Lived in CT for years. Now live in AL. Hubby and I have to make 1 trip yrly to have fried cheese. Best cheeseburger, and cheesfurter around.

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★★★★★

Lived in CT for years. Now live in AL. Hubby and I have to make 1 trip yrly to have fried cheese. Best cheeseburger, and cheesfurter around.

Pros: Good Food, Fast Service, Clean

Cons: Price, attitude to help, crowded

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in danger of becoming too popular - great nostalgia trip - is it nostalgia if you remember when it opened and that it hasn't changed very much since then?

2
★★★★☆

in danger of becoming too popular - great nostalgia trip - is it nostalgia if you remember when it opened and that it hasn't changed very much since then?

Pros: comfort food, reasonable prices, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: not open late enough, can get very crowded

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I have been going to Shady Glen since... well let's say for over 30 years and I can honestly say that I have never had a bad experience. The same servers (Lana) the same management (Michael) and the same food (cheeseburger platters and corn chowder). Their burgers are the best! No contest!

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Shady Glen since... well let's say for over 30 years and I can honestly say that I have never had a bad experience. The same servers (Lana) the same management (Michael) and the same food (cheeseburger platters and corn chowder). Their burgers are the best! No contest!

Pros: Quality fo Food, SERVICE

Cons: Noise Level, Wait - but worth it

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Excellent food, diner atmosphere, excellent service. Family owned and operated. Good sized portions and a good value. Best cheeseburger I've ever had anywhere!

2
★★★★★

Excellent food, diner atmosphere, excellent service. Family owned and operated. Good sized portions and a good value. Best cheeseburger I've ever had anywhere!

Pros: lots of parking, inexpensive, good for kids/family

Cons: crowded, limited seating

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It's been well over 40 years since my first trip to the GLEN, and nothing has changed. The faces of the people working there are differant, but the burgers and crispy cheese is still the BEST.

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★★★★★

It's been well over 40 years since my first trip to the GLEN, and nothing has changed. The faces of the people working there are differant, but the burgers and crispy cheese is still the BEST.

Pros: 50's type place, The class of cheese b, comfort

Cons: crowded

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Try the cheeseburger. 'Nuff said. I have to be really hungry to eat the cole slaw, though.

Great shakes and ice cream, too.

2
★★★★☆

Try the cheeseburger. 'Nuff said. I have to be really hungry to eat the cole slaw, though.

Great shakes and ice cream, too.

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Take a step back to the 50's at this retro restaurant with homemade ice cream and the best cheeseburger you will ever put in your mouth.
The burger has several slices of cheese that overlap onto the grill making a crispy, cheesy, yummy burger. Add onion rings and crinkle cut fries, and milk shake and you have a burger fit for a king! Make sure you get there early/plan ahead, the lines are EXTREMELY long to get in!

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★★★★★

Take a step back to the 50's at this retro restaurant with homemade ice cream and the best cheeseburger you will ever put in your mouth.
The burger has several slices of cheese that overlap onto the grill making a crispy, cheesy, yummy burger. Add onion rings and crinkle cut fries, and milk shake and you have a burger fit for a king! Make sure you get there early/plan ahead, the lines are EXTREMELY long to get in!

Pros: excellent burgers, great ice cream, great for families

Cons: long wait times, crowded

 

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