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Louis’ Lunch: The BirthPlace Of The Hamburger Sandwich


New Haven, Connecticut is famous for many things, great pizza, the lollipop,  and American’s first hamburger sandwich. The birth of this treat came at Louis’ Lunch, established in 1895 and a stone’s throw from Yale University. This place is tiny, tiny and the burger on two slices of toasted bread is sought after for lunch, for dinner and way into 2 a.m. The dollhouse sized-place is open into the wee hour of the morning on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The history of the place is this according to their website. “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. Today, Louis’ great grandson, Jeff Lassen, carries on the tradition. The hamburgers have changed little from their historic prototype and remain the specialty of the house. Burgers are made fresh daily; hand-rolled from a proprietary blend of five meat varieties and cooked to order in the original cast-iron grills dating back to 1898. The Lassen family hold firm on their desire not to offer any condiments. The Louis Lunch experience is about the taste and simplicity of a fresh burger grilled to perfection. Cheese, tomato, and onion are the only acceptable garnish.” So don’t ask for mustard of ketchup, don’t even think about it, they’ll growl at you. Trust me you don’t need anything on their burgers, they are that good.

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