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I know folks who will drive 40 minutes to the Red Rooster Drive-In on Route 22 in Brewster, NY, when they get a jones for their burgers, fries, and onion rings - all made to order, the old-fashioned way. Slow food. Good hot dogs too. Worth a trip from Great Falls, or Phoenix.
Is it over-rated? Maybe. I love it, though.
The place is unchanged since the 50s. There is really no seating, but lots of picnic benches outside. Or eat in the pick-up and drip juice and ketchup on your shirt in the manly American-style.
I've been driving up to Cornwall CT, via Route 22, my whole life. Cornwall people all talk about the Red Rooster. My wife sort of likes to stop there, and we always run into other Cornwallites. It certainly is a landmark.
Used to go there after fly-fishing with my father and Grandfather.
If you are coming from the South (up 684) you have to pass 'the Blazer' to get there...better burgers and fries at the Blazer. But it's a Pub, not a Burger Stand.
I live a few miles from the Red Rooster of Brewster, and it's a favorite since I was a boy. My change-ringing group will frequently go there on Sunday afternoons in the summertime after we're doing ringing; it's great for letting the kids run around after some tasty ice cream.
Speaking of delicious food, if you're ever in Colonial Williamsburg there is a delicious student food favorite restaurant right across the street from the University. We ate there after a long enjoyable/exhausting prowl among all the shops on the main drag. We looked up from our table at the room jammed with students and saw most of them crouched over big mounds of thin squiggly fried things. We decided that we ought to have that too. When the huge platter of fried onion strings came to the table we decided that we couldn't possibly eat all of those delicious strings, doused with a creamy pink sauce. But we did. Every bite.
We've had onion strings since but they were never quite as good as the Williamsburg ones. Found out how they make them though. They cut both ends off a can, stuff it with thin sliced nicely battered onions and put the whole shooting match into the deep fryer for the usual time. The students from the university have designated this their favorite treat. It has become mine, but very few fast food restaurants in Houston make these.
I've been to the Rooster any number of times, it's quick and easy, and most of all, a lot of fun. The atmosphere is wonderful.
Much better than McDonald's or any possible fast food, but please don't make a special trip from Phoenix or Great Falls for the cuisine. If your anywhere nearby, it's the place to go for casual lunch or dinner, for sure.