Across from the Farmer Joe’s under the Laurel sign on MacArthur boulevard is a true surprise, a real diner. It is spotless, the food’s good and the service is right-on.
Outside it’s a disaster. In the 60’s, someone put up this place to sell hot dogs and back then it was probably a nice sign with neon, etc. It looks like no one has touched the outside since. The old façade (kind of like a cross between Kaspers and Giant Burger) is what kept me away for 5 years. Then the nice folks at the Laurel Ace Hardware said that Glenn’s was worth a try, whch gave me the courage to enter.
Inside it’s really nice! First thing I notice is that it’s spotless. It’s got a diner-style counter along it’s width with comfortable stools, and the little islands of ketchup, mustard, S&P, hot sauce stand out because they are completely clean, as are all the surfaces. Even Mel’s doesn’t do this nice of a job. The walls and ceiling are made of wide lightly varnished paneling, which lends a homey feel to the joint. There’s a regular sit-down section in the back which I didn't see.
The counter faces the kitchen, which is all business. There’s a griddle and a flame broiler manned by the owner (Mom and daughter organize and serve). The food is all diner classics. I ordered the ½ pound burger and fries, with a cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The real reason I’m writing this is how really good the burger was. It was the size of a in Salisbury steak on a roll that fit it properly. The fact that he uses a grill, rather than the griddle improved the flavor and elevated it past most diner burgers. The fries were cooked perfectly (so easy to do wrong) and the coffee was smooth and strong.
1 = Bad, 10 = Outstanding
Food: 9 (no BS diner food, done properly)
Ambiance: 6 (awful exterior, really nice interior)
Service: 8 (really great, but it was a slow Sunday)
Price: $9 for a great burger, fries and a coffee
Glenn's Hot Dogs
3506 MacArthur Blvd.