Cheeseburger, in the Time of HeartbreakBy Sally • Jun 14th, 2009 • Category: Burger Blog
Once upon a time, I thought the no-fuss, no-frills cheeseburgers my Aunt Cassey made were the best in the world.
Then, I followed the angry, young musician I’d been dating at the time to Manchester, Connecticut. He went to chase inspiration; I went because he went, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Of course, it wasn’t – he broke my heart while housechores broke my nails. But there was one bright light in my Manchester misadventures – Shady Glen Dairy Stores. That was how I stumbled into one of the most famous cheeseburger places in the annals of roadside cheeseburger dining.
After Manchester, my taste in cheeseburgers (and men) changed forever.
I’m sorry Aunt Cassey; your cheeseburgers still rock but I’ll have to bump them down a notch on my list, where it will run a close second to Bernice Reig’s sensational creation. How delicious was the Bernice special? It’s incredible, like suddenly gaining the ability to fly.
What’s amazing about the Shady Glen cheeseburger is that if you take it apart, ingredient by ingredient, it’s nothing to write home about. The cheese is delicious; but so are countless other restaurants’ cheeses. The meat is tasty; but not in a way that stays with you for long. Put them together, though, and what’s when the Shady Glen magic happens.
Spectacular, that’s the only word I will associate with their cheeseburger. On top is soft cheese while everywhere else, there is textured cheese – in some part of your burger, the cheese is crisp; in others, it’s chewy.
Is it good enough to plan a trip for? Absolutely! But I must warn you, it’s best enjoyed without a young, angry, faithless pothead in tow.