Louis' Lunch Cookers

Tuesday July 23, 2013

NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT – We drove down to New Haven for the day – Maria is speaking at a publishing symposium and I’m catching up on the culinary wonders of New Haven and the redone Yale Art Gallery. Food-wise I decided to go for historical significance – I had lunch at Louis’ Lunch, where the Hamburger sandwich was invented in the late 1890s – there seems to be some confusion over the date. It’s still in a parking lot on Crown Street, but its now a tourist destination. No kidding. A tour bus was standing in front of it when I arrived. There are exactly three places at the counter, one table that seats six (that seemed to be occupied permanently by locals) and three pew-like contraptions with tiny tables. The burgers are still cooked on unique vertical cookers and served on lightly toasted wonder bread. The meat quality was indifferent. Not a place to return to.

Louis' Lunch
Louis’ Lunch
Louis' Wonder Bread
Louis’ Wonder Bread
Louis' Lunch Cookers
Louis’ Lunch Cookers

Behind the Yale Gallery:

Yale
Yale

On this day last year: Erie Canal towpath.

Erie Canal towpath
Erie Canal towpath

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