Friday, June 21, 2013

Danny's Drive-In

Danny's Drive-In in Stratford, CT has been serving fresh fast food for nearly 80 years. In an effort to go green, they have modified their menu in the direction of more conscious eating with burger meat that is now "humanely raised and handled." Keith and I stopped for lunch here on our way up to Mystic, CT.

There is a small parking lot next to the drive-in, but be warned if you are making a pit stop from a long drive as we did - there are no public restrooms nearby.  All the seating is outdoors at a few roadside picnic tables.  Place your order inside and wait for your name to be called.

A specialty only offered during late Spring - early Summer are king sized Lobster Rolls stuffed with chunks of real lobster meat served with warmed butter and lemon on the side.  I had to order one, naturally.  The sandwich itself is not exactly king size, and for the $14 price tag, I was a bit underwhelmed.  However, the lobster meat - the glorious lobster meat - was absolutely divine.  Two distinct full claws were placed on top of other claw and knuckle meat, in between a simple buttered roll.  No mayo or relish or butter or lemon was added to the meat, allowing one to savor the natural sweetness of the fresh lobster.  With it, I enjoyed a side of clam strips and waffle fries.  The fries were tasty and we ate them before I could snap a pic.  We were given such a large portion of the clam strips that we barely made a dent in the large pile.  The clams were nicely fried and not at all chewy.  They were perfect with just a squeeze of lemon.

Keith opted for the more traditional route and chose two hot dogs - the Coney Dog, a foot long served with sauteed peppers and onions with red sauce and a regular Dog Works, which came loaded with mustard, relish, and sauerkraut.  While each hot dog was good, he wasn't knocked off his socks.  The Coney Dog was a bit odd to have the "Italian"-factor and Keith didn't think the reference made sense.  In hindsight, Keith should have ordered one of their hamburgers instead.

Overall, Danny's Drive-In was a fun and casual pit stop and would be perfect for those traveling with kids.

Total Rating: 3.38
Food: 3.5, Price: 3.5, Service: 3, Ambience: 2.5, Accessibility: 4

What I ate:
Lobster Roll 

Clam Strips

Waffle Fries

Plus Keith ate:
Coney Dog

Dog Works

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