, Main St. S off Rte. 6, Southbury, est. 1978
Summer and the eating-outdoors weather that comes with it are fading, but I figured I could squeeze in one more roadside experience. I therefore pushed through the Waterbury-clog on 84 and finally headed to Denmo's.
A broad menu, similar to Harry's in Colchester. Not shown is the seafood section, with clams and lobster roll. Chicken had a large and tempting presence, but again, I stuck with my usual picks. If you look closely, you can see differences in fonts - their original items use a font that was extremely popular in the '70s and '80s.
I never, ever get tired of this classic layout.
A cheeseburger with fried onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, a foot-long with chili and fried onions, tomato orzo soup (one of three available, the others being clam chowders), and root beer.
The dog was excellent, a split and grilled Hummel on an appropriate bun; the chili was tasty and balanced, not as standout as Heibeck's but more than enough to work both as a topping and in its own cup; the onions were fried to just the right spot in between tender and firm.
The burger was indeed charbroiled as advertised, a nice break from the griddle-frying that I'd become used to. Oddly, the fried onions were on the bottom.
Now, there's no written rule that you have to place them on the cheese... but man, they sure work better that way.
Addictive soup, a thick and creamy tomato orzo. Now that I think about it, it would have been a great dipping substance for fries.
Special note to their spicy relish, which was so good that I actually emptied my first cup and went back for a second.
As you can see, Denmo's, like many of these places, is in the upper tier for price. One thing stood out to me: $4.79 for the soup, and then a $0.25 surcharge... why? You'd think the chowders, which contained seafood, would be the premium ones. Unless the surcharge applies to all of them. I dunno.
And so, unless I somehow manage to get out to the Bethel Hot Dog Palace within the next twenty days, I close out my summer tour of Connecticut's roadside eateries. With the exception of Clamp's, I only had one meal at each, but this was enough to start compiling a list of who does what best. There's as much subtle variety to be found in this category of food as there is in pizza, grinders, or anything else that this state does fabulously. The unavailability of Pilot House kept nagging at me, and it will be the very first place that I check in on when next summer arrives.
For anyone that doesn't have an entire season to cavort around stuffing burgers and hot dogs into their face-holes, I would say that the most substantively authentic/anachronistic experiences can be found at Clamp's, with its tiny, anonymous house-shack nestled in between a somewhat-remote highway and a wooded area, and at Blackie's, with its stubbornly simple menu and low prices.
post edited by Ketteract - 2017/09/03 08:13:14