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Shady Glen Restaurant in Manchester, Connecticut | Local Flavor

And he’s right. It’s made by pouring liquid chocolate into the ice-cream mix at just the right moment, so that the chocolate freezes into tiny bits that seem to melt on the tongue with a happy sigh. In the fall, there’s a pumpkin chocolate-chip variation, along with eggnog and mince ice creams and cranberry sherbet. In the spring, there’s an Easter special with coconut, cherries, and pineapple.

Across the room, five towheaded girls are spinning on their stools while a waitress in a green dress and white apron takes their order: crinkle fries, cheeseburgers, and the sweet coleslaw that always comes with a thin slice of tomato on top. Their moms are telling them to stop spinning, but they can’t help it. Not until the food comes.

Shady Glen Dairy Stores
840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT; 860-649-4245. 360 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT; 860-643-0511;

Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !
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2 Responses to Shady Glen Restaurant in Manchester, Connecticut | Local Flavor

  1. LH April 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    A classic. Great food, friendly atmosphere and service with a smile.
    Takes you back in time. Wonderful eatery.
    Shady Glen keep up the good work. LH

  2. NC April 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Nice place, but I am one of the few who do not like the cheeseburgers. Lots of other great choices there though!

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