While Chris and I were in Connecticut recently, we stopped in at Louis’ Lunch, which is the birthplace of the hamburger. We both love a good burger and couldn’t resist making a pit stop there.
This is what they have on their website:
The beginnings of the hamburger sandwich as we all know it today was really quite simple. One day in 1900, a gentleman hurriedly walked into Louis’ Lunch and told proprietor Louis Lassen he was in a rush and wanted something he could eat on the run. In an instant, Louis placed his own blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast and sent the gentleman on his way. And so, the most recognizable American sandwich was born.
As you can see, this place is extremely small and it was packed. There were a few tables in there with few being the key word. We were able to take a few pictures of the process, but it wasn’t easy, trust me. We were getting bumped left and right because there was barely any room to move in there.
But when I noticed this, I had to go wait outside:
I posted it to Instagram & Facebook and one person told me it was a joke, but honestly – I don’t think it was. Either way, the grammatical butchering was enough to send me straight out the door. It wasn’t like we were going to find a place to sit inside anyways.
We waited a good 45 minutes for our burgers and yes, it was worth the wait. Here’s mine:
And here is Chris’s:
They serve their burgers on bread, which normally I don’t like, but the burgers were so good that it worked. The most important thing you need to know if you are ever heading to Louis’s Lunch is that they offer NO condiments. None whatsoever. No Ketchup. No mustard. No mayo. Nothing.
I thought that was really weird because seriously, who doesn’t eat ketchup on their burgers?
They have a very limited menu and way over charge for chips & drinks, but the burgers were so good that it’s worth a stop. Just remember to bring your own ketchup.
Louis’ Lunch is located at 261-263 Crown Street in New Haven, CT.