NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Daily Meal has weighed in on the 101 best burgers in America and Connecticut has two in the top 20.
Cracking the top 10 — perhaps not surprisingly — was Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, purported to be the birthplace of the hamburger.
The story goes: “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.”
The Daily Meal opines: “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.”
Regardless, the Crown Street landmark grabbed the ninth spot for its “original burger.”
Not far behind Louis’ was Ted’s in Meriden, whose “steamed cheeseburger” ranked 20th in the land on The Daily Meal’s list.
Again, The Daily Meal: “Cooked in custom-designed steam boxes, the burgers, served on kaiser-roll-like buns, lose very little bulk while cooking and, need we say, stay very moist. The steamed cheese is spooned over the patties and cloaks them thickly. Add lettuce and tomato (or complimentary sautéed onions and/or mushrooms) and you’ve got an unusual, and unusually good burger.”
New York City was home to two out of the top three burgers but Chicago claimed the top spot. But which has the best pizza? For another day..
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