Shady Glen Catches Attention At James Beard Foundation Awards
The venerable Shady Glen burger, made with not one, not two, but four slices of griddle-fried cheese, was named as one of the James Beard Foundation's 2012 "America's Classics." The award honors five American restaurants "with timeless appeal."
- When a video of the retro Manchester dairy aired during Monday night's award ceremony, food writers, chefs and professionals got hungry. And some even started planning trips.
- Locals reacted to the news:
- In May 2011, the Hartford Courant featured Shady Glen as one of Connecticut's 10 most iconic burgers.
- "It's so much fun to see how they're going to decide to eat it," said manager Billy Hoch of the distinctive burger. "They just can't get the concept…they twirl the plate in a circle, and just look at it. Some take half the cheese off and save it, or fold the rest."
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