Since Ian and I have been going to Bethel every Sunday while I'm the supply preacher at the First Congregational Church there, we've taken the opportunity to eat at a different restaurant for lunch each week. Our fist week, we revisited an old favorite, Pho Vietnam, but each week since, we've ventured to new and different restaurants. On February 12, we visited the Sycamore Drive-In at 282 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel CT, which Kimberly had recommended to us, as she had once eaten there after a Master Gardener event.
|A view of the interior of the Sycamore, along with my|
most excellent church videographer and dining companion.
When Ian and I arrived, we both already knew that we wanted the rootbeer and one of the members of the Bethel church had recommended that we order the fries "well done." Kimberly had mentioned that the burgers were rather small and that we'd do well to order double burgers, so Ian and I both decided on the "Dagwood Burger," consisting of two patties, along with american cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, ketchup, and mayo.
|Dagwood Burgers, large fries and homemade rootbeer!|
Whether neatly contained or not, the burgers were quite good, though the patties, at just 2.5oz each, were surprisingly thin. They had a good, honest, cooked-on-a-griddle umami flavor. If I had ordered the burgers elsewhere, I might have been disappointed with the iceberg lettuce, but the crispy flavorlessness of iceberg definitely fit with the overall 1950s theme of the restaurant and was good in its own way.
With the burgers finished, Ian and I turned our attention to the second plate of fries and our waiter brought us a second round of rootbeers, on the house. I'm not sure whether this was because I was wearing clergy blacks or because I had been photographing my food, but I wasn't about to overanalyze things. Perhaps, if you go to the Sycamore Drive-In, you might even find out that everyone gets free refills on their rootbeer. Just be sure to take cash, because the good folks at Sycamore don't take plastic or checks.