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Jake’s Wayback Burgers Goes to the Way Back of Our List – Stamford, CT

27 Mar

They split their wieners here!

Let’s just get down to business, no messing around. I mean burgers are serious business, no? Jake’s Wayback Burgers opened up on Monday at their newest location, 324 Hope Street in Stamford. So, after taking a nice walk on Thursday, we figured we had earned a nice meal, so we hit up Jake’s. What? An hour walk doesn’t burn 1,000 calories? Psh, whatever.

Kristien wants crayons, but her excellent shading works, too. That art degree sure did pay off! ;)

Parking is a little tight here, but there is also some street parking if you can’t deal. But then again, it was pretty packed  from people wanting to try out the new spot in town and will likely not be as jammed in a few weeks.

When we walked in we thought the decor had a fun 50s vibe, back when burger joints were hip places to hang. Hungry and about to faint, we drooled over the menu:  hand-made burgers, hand-dipped milkshakes, hot dogs, chicken, sides, sandwiches, and salads.  We ordered a Junior Burger, Junior Cheeseburger, Chili Dog, Onion Rings, French Fries, Chocolate Banana Shake, and a Chocolate Strawberry Shake.  Here’s what we thought:


My Junior Burger, surrounded with a host of onion rings

You can just say “Everything,” and you’ll be given ketchup, mustard, pickles, raw onions, lettuce, and tomato on your burger.  Some other free extras are mayonnaise, grilled onions, jalapeños, relish, and sweet peppers.  Bacon, mushroom, and chili are 70 cents more each…not bad.  My burger was ordered with everything except the mustard with relish and jalapeño, too.  Kristien had hers the typical way:  everything, no mustard, add mayo, extra pickles. The bun wasn’t too thick at all which was good, but the patty was super thin, mushy and dry…reminiscent of McDonald’s. The burgers seemed to almost be fried because of the way the patty looked and how greasy it was, though we were told by the owner that they were grilled.  The toppings helped to make the flavor decent enough to eat, but the patty by itself was just blah.

Onion Rings and Fries

The onion rings had way more breading than we like, but were crispy and large.  The fries had some skin on them and were a little crispy but not ideal, plus they were luke-warm when they got to us which was disappointing.  The fries were better than Fives Guys‘, though.

Chili Dog

The chili had lots of flavor and spice.  They served the wiener split, and piled the divide with jalapeños.  It was a decent hot dog, but we prefer the hot dogs at Station Eats and even Dairy Inn. And don’t get us started on how much we love Super Duper Weenie!


Decent thickness for the Chocolate-Banana milkshake...yeah.

Kristien had the Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake, which had a very strong strawberry flavor.  It was served at a medium thickness, a bit thinner than mine.  My shake was Chocolate Banana and it had a very subtle banana flavor.  The thickness was right on and wasn’t too hard to drink.  I liked this shake, but Kristien prefers it thicker though she did like the flavor.

Overall Thoughts

Although Jake’s can be found all over the Northeast and is expanding month after month, we feel they could be skipped over in favor of other burger spots.  If you want a slightly better burger than McDonald’s or another fast food option, this is a good spot.  You can eat here, take your order home, you can call your order ahead, or even order online.  But, if you want a great burger, check out Station Eats in New Canaan and Stamford, Beach Burger in Norwalk, and Plan B Burger Bar later this year instead.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers

Noms: 2.75

Cost: $$

Address: 324 Hope Street

Stamford, CT

Phone: (203) 961-8700

Fax:  (203) 961-9722

Site:  http://www.waybackburgers.com

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Best Hot Dog in CT? Keep Driving: Glenwood Drive-in–Hamden, CT

3 May

Some bad boys all charred and loaded up!

On the way to New Haven this week, we needed a nice lunch spot.  Ola was closed for lunch, which we’re still dying to go to.  Along the way, though, we did hear about Glenwood Drive-in.  There were many great reviews and on their site they pimped out “Best Hot Dog in CT” award from Connecticut Magazine.  We lived down the road from Super Duper Weenie for a while, so we know what the best hot dogs are all about.  Using Super Duper as the bar, we walked in ready to be surprised.

Your everyday, average, ordinary burger.

The inner decor hasn’t changed much because you still get that drive-in feel.  There were plenty of options on the menu to choose from, but the lovely man behind the counter kept barking impatiently at us, “Ya ready? Ya ready?  Ya ready?”  One thing to be said about service:  you don’t rush people when they are making such important choices as hot dog or hamburger, fries or rings!  Well, we kind of went with a hodgepodge of things and decided that was best to get a sampling of the food here.  Again, though, the man behind the counter barked at us, repeating over and over, “Is that the end of your food order?”  Uhm, we needed drinks.  Is there some kind of crazy order to things here that we don’t know about?  We couldn’t help but think of poor Elaine:  “No hot dog for you, come back one year!”  Seriously, that guy needs some anger management classes.  There wasn’t even a person behind us in line and the guy’s trying to get rid of us.

Anywho, we put toppings on two dogs, got some ketchup for fries, and loaded up a burger with goodies.  We definitely liked their toppings bar:  mustard, golden mustard, relish, mustard with relish, onions, sauerkraut, ketchup, and hot pepper relish.  Kristien didn’t have to put a single thing on the lobster roll–it was perfect the way it was made. Well, the hot dog had nice char marks and looked like it would be great and flavorful.  Disappointingly, we both agreed that the hot dogs were good, but not great, not excellent, and certainly not the best hot dogs in CT.  That was a bit of a bummer.  My hamburger was also good, but not great.  It reminded me of the burger from Flipside Burger in Fairfield:  nice toppings, but the patty needed more umph.

Hot damn! Buttered lobster roll!

Kristien raved about the lobster roll.  They do it different here:  they smother the lobster in butter, rather than clog it up with mayo.  I tried a bite of hers and it was really amazing.  Really, of all things available that we tasted, this was the highlight of the meal.  We’d go back for that lobster roll, but probably not much else. The fries were ok, too, but were warm, not hot.  They could have also been crispier, too.

Finally, we were really excited about the onion rings because we knew the entire process to make them was quite demanding.  From start to finish, those rings were handmade.  Sadly, once again, the rings were dull and flavorless, almost like the chef forgot to add the spices and the salt into the breading mixture.  We threw down tons of salt onto them, but even still they were hard to eat.  We always finish our fries and rings, but we left half of them there, desperate and alone.

Is it me, or do those look bland too?

Sadly, we must say we’ve lost faith in people.  For this place to be voted “Best Hot Dog in CT” just seems like a travesty of justice to us.  So, if you’re thinking about heading here, be warned:  the food is so-so, but who wants so-so?  Keep driving by, not driving in.

Noms:  2.5

Cost:  $

Glenwood Drive-in

Address: 2538 Whitney Avenue

Hamden, CT 06518-3032

Phone: (203) 281-0604

Site: www.glenwooddrivein.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenwood-Drive-In/115774095109476

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