Shady Glen Restaurant

American Restaurant, Ice Cream Shop, and Café$$$$
Manchester
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  • Pat H.
    "The legend of the fried cheese cheeseburgers is legit, all right."(16 Tips)
    Burger Days
    "The Bernice original is a must-order."(2 Tips)
    Johanna B.
    "Crispy cheese singles are the key to success."(2 Tips)
    David
    "Try the milkshakes!"(6 Tips)
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  • Erika N.
    Erika NonkenMarch 11, 2014
    Come here for perfect classic American food. Cheese on the grill, tender simple burger, creamy fresh-dairy shake that can't be beat, crispy rings and fries. Plus cute sweet waitresses. :) The best.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CoreanoMay 25, 2015
    Very nice 50's ambience, decor. Great burgers, and cheeseburgers with a twist. You will notice! Also don't go away without ice cream or a shake!
  • Ashley O.
    Ashley OdellNovember 26, 2011
    If you don't want a burger, you can still order a side of the legendary fried cheese for $1.90!  (Edit: Well, it was $1.90 on November 26, 2011. Up to $2.30 in May 2013. Still worth it!)
  • Burger Days
    Burger DaysApril 11, 2011
    The Bernice original is a must-order. The cheeseburger comes with four slices of American cheese in one of the most unique displays of a burger you'll see. Their shakes & ice cream rock too. Get 'em.
  • Hans M.
    Hans MoritzSeptember 7, 2014
    Had the cheeseburger with fried cheese, interesting to have, but once is enough. The cod platter was much better. The ice cream was great. Nice place, will go to again when in the area.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PerryJune 12, 2011
    They are not messing around with these cheeseburgers - absolutely unreal with the crispy-chewy slices enveloping the patty. Also the best onion rings I've ever had. Great shakes/sundaes, too!
  • Anne R.
    Anne RedsSeptember 29, 2012
    You only get 4 fried cheese as a side with your platter. Still enough to share with someone. Love that you can choose the flavors in your banana split.
  • Elisa C.
    Elisa C.March 27, 2015
    Connecticut staple! fold the fried cheese onto the burger and you won't be disappointed. finish off with some of their homemade ice cream
  • Lorraine N.
    Lorraine NelsonNovember 6, 2012
    Pumpkin ice cream...yum! Peppermint ice cream is the best. Grilled ham and cheese not so great. Bowl of soup is huge! Chef salad is the best!
  • Scott S.
    Scott S.November 3
    The food here hits the spot. The cheeseburger is as advertised, very good, and is best eaten with all the fried cheese folded under the bun.
  • EdzizleMizzle
    EdzizleMizzleAugust 2, 2012
    Check out their James Beard Award they received located at the front. This is the equivalent to an Oscar in the restaurant biz. Congrats Shady Glen!
  • Kim B.
    Kim BennettOctober 21, 2015
    You have to have a hotdog with the cheese frizzled around it... Makes you feel like a little kid again.
  • Richard M.
    Richard MartiMarch 20, 2013
    Kinda cool the 50's theme soda shop but:The food was very ehh. Standard precut fries, standard burger, standard cheese ( Except the way they cook it on the griddle.) Lunch for 2? $34.00. NOT worth it.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanApril 8, 2015
    Get the cheeseburger. It comes with deep fried cheese.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SmedickDecember 2, 2013
    The cheese is really the secret to their burgers. Highly recommended.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FleckensteinMarch 30, 2015
    The cheeseburgers are not as good as the hype. The way the cheese is cooked and presented is certainly unique, but the burgers are thin and plain.
  • Dick M.
    I've been going here for 60 years...The cheese is heavenly! :-)
  • Pat H.
    Pat HuJanuary 2, 2011
    The legend of the fried cheese cheeseburgers is legit, all right. Off the menu: crispy cheese sandwich.
  • Leonard S.
    Leonard SJuly 30, 2011
    The cheese is legendary. Save room for dessert and enjoy the good prices.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WeintraubOctober 18, 2013
    Bring cash. They don't do credit cards. The ice cream is amazing.
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TrottaSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Crunchy cheese on the burgers (or as a side) is a must-have when you visit.
  • David
    DavidOctober 20, 2013
    You must try the cheeseburger and side of cheese!
  • Priscilla E.
    Priscilla EOctober 22, 2011
    Don't order burgers or fries. The cheese is good bit the burgers are not fresh and taste like freezer burn. The ice cream and shakes are good though.. Get dinner somewhere else and go here for desert.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SymondsNovember 8, 2011
    The only thing good is breakfest. Even that is just average. The burgers are ok only thing special is the cheese. Got a salad and had a cup of water in the bowl. very expensive for what you get.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MoteApril 24, 2011
    Awesome Cheeseburger! As featured on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" - WONDERFUL!
  • Lindsaye
    LindsayeApril 11
    Grilled cheese and fries are epic!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Shady Glen Dairy as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RimetzJune 19, 2010
    Try the burgers but definitely leave room for some ice cream after!
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda MilhommeFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They have the best cheeseburgers around!
  • Evan O.
    Evan O'NeillJanuary 18
    Chocolate coconutilkshakes and hamburger
  • Greg W.
    Greg WilliamsAugust 9, 2014
    Cheeseburgers and Ice Cream
  • David
    DavidOctober 20, 2013
    Try the milkshakes!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChesseyMarch 14, 2012
    They cook their food without gloves !
  • John R.
    John RicciAugust 20, 2013
    I miss those cheeseburgers HUMMMMMMMMM
  • Sue P.
    Sue PageApril 16, 2012
    Cash only no credit cards
  • Dave s.
    Dave sApril 4, 2015
    Bernice! And all things ice cream
  • April L.
    April LambertJuly 25, 2011
    The burgers have cheese wings. Read more
  • Terra S.
    Terra StormbourneJuly 20, 2015
    The fried cheese
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DuboisMarch 8, 2012
    Great cheeseburgers
  • April L.
    April LambertJuly 22, 2011
    Cheeseburger platter. Read more
  • Lexi S.
    Lexi SkyeMarch 21, 2013
    That cheese
  • Jennie M.
    Jennie MurackJuly 17, 2010
    Cash only but there's an atm by the bathroom.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 10, 2011
    Try the Cheeseburger
  • Lexi S.
    Lexi SkyeMarch 21, 2013
    Where is the Mac&Chesse!?!?!?!?
  • John S.
    John SchausterMarch 5, 2011
    The cheese is back!
  • Johanna B.
    Johanna BrewerApril 3, 2010
    Crispy cheese singles are the key to success.
  • Ash B.
    Ash BondJuly 8, 2013
    Mediocre burgers and thin shakes. Not worth the price.
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