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Shady Glen Dairy Stores

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360 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040-3824
+1 860-643-0511
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Great palce or good burger with unique cheese topping/ cooking method. Top ten spot for a burger in CT!

Thank Michael R
Yarmouthport, MA
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105 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2014

Shady Glen opened in 1948, and it's a safe bet it has changed little since then. While I have bemoaned such lack of updating and upgrading in other restaurant reviews, I celebrate it in the case of this charming burger and ice cream spot. Burgers are small (I could have easily downed four of them) but lean and cooked to... More 

3 Thank John R
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014 via mobile

I used to come here with my folks when I was kid haven't been back in a while but have to say it's still a great place to eat . Friendly staff the cheese burgers are world famous and the ice cream is awesome . If you are in town for any reason and have never been you don't know... More 

Thank Whse340
Grants Pass, Oregon
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2014

The cheese hamburgers and hotdogs create memories as I have found the fried cheese no where else in the USA. It is a delight to eat here as it represents the small business man that left a mark in history, with a lot of flavor. Their ice cream is phenomenal with hard to find flavors that include: blueberry, rum raisin,... More 

1 Thank 4cents-worth
Burlington, Connecticut
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84 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

Discovered this little local gem yesterday for breakfast. A bit of retro vibe with fast service and very friendly waitstaff. Food was great and very reasonably priced. They do not accept credit cards but they do have an ATM inside for convenience. Much better option for breakfast than nearby Denny's. I would definitely go back for breakfast. Would love to... More 

Thank KristaLeeH
Manchester, Connecticut
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

Shady Glen is a Manchester institution, and we've gone there for 25+ years. The ice cream is excellent and the milk shakes are thick and delicious. The cheeseburgers, with the "burned" edges, are unique. There are places that have much better burgers (Corey's Catsup and Mustard in Manchester and Plan B in Glastonbury come to mind), but the tradition, family... More 

Thank JP652
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

A historical landmark. Like stepping back in time. Clean, good, hot food. Ice cream is delicious. Wait staff clean and polite.

Thank Upupnaway
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

Shady Glen (SG) is a Manchester landmark with great ice cream and decent food. However, people rave over its hamburgs that have an over sized slice of cheese on it that is 'burned' on the grill. To me, the food is average and its expensive. If you are OK with franchised fast-food, then you will probably be OK with the... More 

Thank Marshall D
Manchester, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

I love their breakfast's with the fried cheese. Their cheeseburgers are wonderful. Of course their ice cream is unbeatable. My husband loves their milkshakes. They are made the old fashioned way.

Thank Linda K
New York City, New York
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372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

We go to Manchester CT once or twice a year to visit very close friends. It is a very quaint New England town close to Hartford. Shady Glen is an old fashioned place with great grilled cheese and milkshakes. Locals have been going here for decades.

Thank Katrin S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 360 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040-3824
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +1 860-643-0511

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?