Louis' Lunch

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Details
263 Crown St
New Haven 06511
(203) 562-5507
Burgers
American
2
7.60
Hours: 
Tue–Wed: 11:00 AM–3:45 PM Thu–Sat: Noon–2:00 AM

Sigh. Deep breath. A conversation about Louis’ Lunch is never simple. Is it the birthplace of the hamburger? Supposedly, one day in 1900, a gentleman hurriedly told proprietor Louis Lassen "he was in a rush and wanted something he could eat on the run" resulting in a blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast being sent with the gentleman on his way. But is it a "burger," or is it a "sandwich"? Some argue that historically and semiotically speaking, the "original burger" is a sandwich and not a hamburger because a hamburger is technically a ground-beef patty on some form of yeast bun. It’s a smart conversation, one it would be fun to get Chicago’s deep-dish lovers to take on (theirs is a casserole, not a pizza). But because of the "it’s a burger" answer that comes from 99.995 percent who answer the "what-is-this" question, and because, well, give us a break, it’s a place in the pantheon of hamburger sandwiches (how is a burger not a sandwich anyway?), Louis’ Lunch made this list.

Sandwich, hamburger, whatever. So what do you get? A flame-broiled burger made in a vertical hinged-steel wire gridiron that cooks the burgers on both sides at the same time. That’s what. It’s a hamburger sandwich supposedly made from a blend of five cuts of ground steak. If you want condiments, you’ll have to ask. The extent that your burger is going to get tricked out is cheese, tomato, and onion. No mustard, ketchup, or mayo. But do you really need all that? You can practically taste the nostalgia. And that never disappoints. — Arthur Bovino

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Foursquare Tips
Jeff Lessen, owner of Louis Lunch, makes expert level Cheese Works sandwiches." --Adam Richman, Man V Food Nation
Travel Channel
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 15:09
Go to Louis' Lunch, Order the Cheese plain. Don't ask for ketchup.
Mark
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 10:11
Hello SCSY delegates! The first hamburger ever was invented here -- check out this culinary landmark!
Best Delegate
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:07
Your burger options are cheese, tomato, and onion. Large variety of local bottled sodas - try the birch beer.
Marisa
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 08:53
They invented the hamburger in 1900. No, really. And they still use the same 100+ year old cast iron gas cookers to make them.
The Havenist
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 21:47
Where the hamburg was invented! {really - it was, right here!!}
Chris
Monday, August 15, 2011 - 16:09
Lays claim to the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich. Grab a burger with everything (onions and cheese). Don't even think of asking for ketchup-- it ain't allowed.
Burger Days
Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 18:28
Get a cheese works and a birch. Don't ask for ketchup.
mark
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 08:25
Never ask for ketchup the burger is perfect without it!
Anita
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 19:09
Classic or traditional burger and fries is all you want at Louis' Lunch. Don't even think of asking for ketchup.
Sony Mobile WTA
Monday, August 1, 2011 - 01:46
The Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich. Their original burger recipe has hardly changed since its inception in 1895.
The Daily Meal
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 06:04
everytime i drive by new haven, i gotta to stop a louis lunch ... best hamburgers in the world
Eric
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 12:53
Dont even think about asking for mustard or mayo: the only approved toppings are tomato, onion, and cheese.
Travel + Leisure
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 04:29
The strongest claim to the birth of the hamburger comes from Louis Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut.
GourmetLive
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 13:35
Bring cash, order a Birch beer, and don't ask for ketchup, mustard, or mayo.
Jeffrey
Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 16:32
"Salid" = potato salad
Ryan
Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 20:14
One cheese, worksthat's a burger with cheese, tomato, and onion. The sweetness of the onion is key, and the salt from the cheese and the moisture of the tomato are a good step away from condiments.
Men's Health Mag
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 05:49
go here and eat a very tasty part of american history, delicious burgers with a great atmosphere, something this historic is worth a day trip to alone!
Edward
Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 22:53
This great little place has been serving hamburgers since 1900, and is now a fourth-generation family business. They also serve up a local favorite, Foxon Park sodas, to wash down your burger.
Urban Oyster
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 10:35
The cheese works... is the business
donnie
Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 20:50
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