More National Kudos For Shady Glen, Louis Lunch

Manchester's favorite throwback dairy bar, Shady Glen, is well-known for its dramatic "winged" burger with four slices of griddle-crisped cheese. But its chocolate chip ice cream just earned a nod in Food Network Magazine's "50 States, 50 Ice Cream Treats" feature.

"What makes this particular scoop so special is its texture: The staff at the 50s-style diner pours hot melted chocolate onto vanilla ice cream, then the chocolate hardens and shatters, so you get tons of chips in each bite," the editors note.

Shady Glen's burger was recently featured on hamburger expert George Motz's Travel Channel program, "Burger Land," in an episode dedicated exclusively to Nutmeg State eateries. Another honoree from the episode, New Haven's Louis Lunch, also recently earned a spot on Serious Eats' "United States of Burgers."

Describing its map as a list of "iconic state-centric burgers," the Serious Eats team chose Louis Lunch as the entry for Connecticut.

"Louis' Lunch may not be the best burger in the country, but its claim to being the oldest burger joint in the world makes it one of the most important," the editors write. "The big, lean burgers are cooked in antique vertical broilers and come served on toasted Pepperidge Farm bread with a slice of lettuce and tomato and a swipe of cheese spread if you ask for it. Do not ask for ketchup if you know what's good for you."

What do you think? Did these national editors get it right?

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