If you've spent time in Manchester, Vermont, you've probably driven by the best pizza in town and not even known it was there. That's because what you see from the street is a home furnishings store called Depot 62. The stock is mostly high-end, brightly upholstered Mediterranean and North African pieces, plus art and ornate rugs—a unique shopping option in this quaint New England town, to say the least. But the more remarkable find is what's in the middle of the store: a huge brick oven, a cluster of tables, and a menu featuring thin-crust pizza and Anatolian fare.
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Starchy, sloppy, and utterly satisfying, poutine is classic Québécois drunk food so it makes perfect sense to indulge in the stuff the morning after when you're suffering from the dreaded gueule de bois. Chez Ben, an unassuming little diner in Manchester, Connecticut specializes in French Canadian fare including this hangover slaying Breakfast Poutine ($6.50/$8.50). It's a heaping pile of home fries, scrambled eggs, cheese curds, brown gravy, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage served with buttery wedges of toast. Depending on your feelings about A.M. pâté you can upgrade your plate with a side of Creton (a "cold Canadian meat spread" according to the menu) for an extra $2.15.
Whether it's an homage to the most famous plumbers in the videogame world or just a coincidence, Mario's and Luigi's on Claremont Road in Manchester, England, is an amusing sight. Mario's is a bakery and confectioner while Luigi's makes pizza, kebabs, and burgers. Has anyone tried either of these places?
Shady Glen 840 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester CT 06040 (map); 860-649-4245 Cooking Method: Griddle Short Order: Unique preparation and decades-old pedigree make for a classic burger, but flawed beef make it hard to recommend unconditionally. Want Fries with That?...
Editor's note: Burgermeisters! Here's another excerpt from George Motz's book Hamburger America. George and his publisher were kind enough to allow us to run them here, along with George's beautiful photos. Eat up! The inside of the Shady Glen looks...