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Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2006

Friday, May 26, 2006

The Quest for Classic Roadside Dining Spots

Well, it's Memorial Day, and with it, the unofficial start to the summer. I always start to think about great little roadside diners, truck stops, ice cream stands, and takeout joints around this time of year. And I think that this year, I may do a trip or two with friends to do road trips solely based on finding some of these classic spots.

I already have some places in mind: North of Boston, there is Lawton's Frankfurt Stand in Lawrence, the Agawam Diner in Rowley, the Riverside Restaurant in Brookline, NH, and the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, NH; south of Boston, there is the Hingham Lobster Pound in Hingham, the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI, Iggy's Doughboys and Chowderhouse in Warwick and Narragansett, RI; Sea Swirl in Mystic, CT, and Al Mac's Diner in Fall River; west of Boston, there is Harry's Too in Westboro, George's Coney Island Hot Dogs in Worcester, O'Rourke's Diner in Middletown, CT, and Al's Hot Dog Stand in Naugatuck, CT; and finally, in or near Boston itself, there is Simco's Takeout in Mattapan and Buddy's Truck Stop in Somerville.

If you can think of any classic roadside dining spots in the Boston and New England area that I should check out, please let me know. I'm particularly interested in Connecticut, since it seems that there are many interesting diners, ice cream stands, burger joints, and hot dog stands in that state.

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R.O. said:
Here's a short list (haha) of some places I found. Obviously a lot of CT and I went with mostly hot dog joints.
Yankee Doodle Sandwich Shop - New Haven, CT; Windmill Restaurant - Stratford, CT; White Hut - West Springfield, MA; Tom's - Whately, MA; Super Duper Weenie - Fairfield, CT; Silver Lake Restaurant - Berlin, CT; Shiek's - Torrington, CT; Shelton Dog House - Shelton, CT; Sam's New York System - Warwick, RI; Roadside Chili House of Brookfield - Brookfield, CT; Roadside Chili House - Bethel, CT; Rawley's - Fairfield, CT; Pete's Drive In - Hadley, MA; Nick's Nest - Holyoke, MA; Mr. Mac's Canteen - Monroe, CT; Merritt Canteen - Bridgeport, CT; Lake Zoar Drive-In - Stevenson, CT; JK's - Danbury, CT Harry's Drive-In - Colchester, CT; Guida's - Middlefield, CT; Glenwood Drive-In - Hamden, CT; Doogie's - Newington, CT; David's Place - Chesterfield, CT; Danny's Drive-In - Stratford, CT; Capital Lunch - New Britain, CT; Botsford Drive-In - Newtown, CT; Blackie's - Cheshire, CT; Bill's Drive-In - Monroe, CT; Boston Speed Dog - Roxbury, MA; Gilley's - Portsmouth, NH; Mad Al's Doghouse - Stoughton, MA; Krystal - Malden, MA ; Lulu's - Malden MA.
Posted on 5/26/06
Chaps10 said:
Danny's is one of the best places to go to for cool named dogs and burgers. Their food is made fresh to order. They're located in Stratford, CT. They have been a Stratford landmark for 71 years. Let them know you're coming or when you arrive ask for the owner. She'll probably hook you up with their hot chili!
Posted on 7/20/06
Heidi said:
Valley Farm, Bridgeport, CT (on Boston Avenue just down from hill by Bridgeport Hospital)
Posted on 6/10/07
Tracy M. said:
Don't forget The Sycamore Drive-In in Bethel, CT. They have car hops and everything!
Posted on 10/19/07
JR said:
O'Rourke's is Middletown, CT, is the best around!
Posted on 12/12/08
Sandy said:
Try Tomlinson's (AKA "The Greeks") in Bridgeport, CT. Best Chili Cheeseburgers and Chile Fries you've ever tasted!!!
Posted on 4/14/09
Nancy Milazzo said:
I just love cheeseburgers! The more I eat the bigger I get! MMMM burgers!!!!
Posted on 4/16/09

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