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2008/01/15 16:40:58 (permalink)

LOUIS LUNCH?

Ilive in N Jersey-is it worth the drive to Conn. for this burger-if you say yes I will travel to get this burger.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 18:15:15 (permalink)
    Not as far as I'm concerned. I grew up in New Haven and I ate at Louis Lunch frequently. But I'd always get a steak sandwich because their hamburgers were pretty ordinary. Not that there was anything wrong with their hamburgers. I would drive from New Jersey to New Haven for a Louis Lunch steak sandwich. I might consider driving to New Haven for a burger at the Yankee Doodle, though.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:00:35 (permalink)
    I dont like my burgers on white bread.. And thats how they do it at Louis Lunch..
    You get no choices.. take it or leave it is their attitude...
    Now, you can make your decision if its worth the trip.
    But, you never know if you like it till you try it, right?

    Here, IF you go..A free bag of chips..." />

    http://www.louislunch.com/coupon.jpg
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:04:59 (permalink)
    I would say it isn't worth that distance for a burger, but the equation changes if you tie it in with pizza from the Modern and Pepe's.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:26:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by roossy90

    I dont like my burgers on white bread.. And thats how they do it at Louis Lunch..
    You get no choices.. take it or leave it is their attitude...
    Now, you can make your decision if its worth the trip.
    But, you never know if you like it till you try it, right?

    Here, IF you go..A free bag of chips..." />

    http://www.louislunch.com/coupon.jpg

    They put their hamburgers on white toast, not plain white bread.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:38:57 (permalink)
    Now, Rushmore made an excellent suggestion. But I recommend that as long as you're at Louis Lunch you should try a steak sandwich. And, after all that driving, why not head up to Old Saybrook and Johnny Ads for a hot lobster roll. And then go across the bridge to East Lyme and have anything ast Flanders Fish Market and breakfast at The Shack.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:39:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    quote:
    Originally posted by roossy90

    I dont like my burgers on white bread.. And thats how they do it at Louis Lunch..
    You get no choices.. take it or leave it is their attitude...
    Now, you can make your decision if its worth the trip.
    But, you never know if you like it till you try it, right?

    Here, IF you go..A free bag of chips..." />

    http://www.louislunch.com/coupon.jpg

    They put their hamburgers on white toast, not plain white bread.


    Toe-may-toe..Toe-mah-toe..
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:42:52 (permalink)
    Yes, they offer tomatoes. Tomahtoes, too. And onion and cheese.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:52:18 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Yes, they offer tomatoes. Tomahtoes, too. And onion and cheese.

    Mr. H....... petty little semantics.....
    But NO Ketchup!.....
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 20:57:15 (permalink)
    As I recall, that's all they offer in the way of condiments.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 21:38:28 (permalink)
    make a weekend trip of it. rutts hut for breakfast,louis for lunch, johnny ads for dinner.
    grab a hotel in new london.
    next day, breakfast at the shack,lunch at super weinie,dinner at mangneros hero boy in nyc.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 21:43:58 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by sk bob

    make a weekend trip of it. rutts hut for breakfast,louis for lunch, johnny ads for dinner.
    grab a hotel in new london.
    next day, breakfast at the shack,lunch at super weinie,dinner at mangneros hero boy in nyc.

    Nice trip.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 22:13:08 (permalink)
    did it before when I lived in CT.
    the one I miss the most is Manganeros Hero Boy in NYC. LOVE THE BAKED ZITI.
    someone please ship me 3 orders to Daytona, I'll make it worth your while.

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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 22:20:55 (permalink)
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 22:24:02 (permalink)
    i would venture to say that if you include a pig in a blanket at the yankee doodle, a bacon and onion pie from sally's, a pepe's white clam pie, a meatball pie from modern, and you got a dozen or so donuts from coffee an' donuts in wesport on the way you'd be in business. and you could continue on to meriden and get a steamed cheeburger at Ted's or stop in stamford for a hot oil pie at colony or a pepperoni pie from Letizia's in Norwalk, maybe a dog or two at Rawley's and definitely a Mighty Ity at Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield, now we are talking a CT roadfood trip... i'd drive to New Haven right now for any of those things, including a burger at Louis' Lunch. and top it all off with the super snark of a white sicilian at Jerry's in middletown- then a food coma... no ketchup at Louis' Lunch that is for sure. they will grill the onions if you ask at the time you order. mmmmmmm... louis'... delish... enjoy fb
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 22:50:21 (permalink)
    MikeZ, I think Mr. Booth above has the perfect mini-tour for you! Amy & I live an hour away from the Have, and I summer at Yale and eat at all those places. I think that Louis Lunch is worth the trip if you've never tried it, but keep in mind what you're getting: a burger on white toast. Some say exactly that, it's not anything special, they don't have ketchup, etc. But it's really the RF ambiance of the place that makes it for me. It's truly a RF place, and non-RFers don't get the hype.

    Now save room for a Yankee Doodle pig in a blanket, and pick any of the aforementioned pizza pies to take home with you -- now that's worth a trip. Chris
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/01/15 23:22:23 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by FrankBooth

    i would venture to say that if you include a pig in a blanket at the yankee doodle, a bacon and onion pie from sally's, a pepe's white clam pie, a meatball pie from modern, and you got a dozen or so donuts from coffee an' donuts in wesport on the way you'd be in business. and you could continue on to meriden and get a steamed cheeburger at Ted's or stop in stamford for a hot oil pie at colony or a pepperoni pie from Letizia's in Norwalk, maybe a dog or two at Rawley's and definitely a Mighty Ity at Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield, now we are talking a CT roadfood trip... i'd drive to New Haven right now for any of those things, including a burger at Louis' Lunch. and top it all off with the super snark of a white sicilian at Jerry's in middletown- then a food coma... no ketchup at Louis' Lunch that is for sure. they will grill the onions if you ask at the time you order. mmmmmmm... louis'... delish... enjoy fb

    To be honest, that would be a good start to a southern CT adventure :)
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/07 06:26:48 (permalink)
    I just found this topic.

    I had a Louis Lunch, (New Haven, CT.), burger a few years ago and found this place to be way overated.
    The burgers tasted like something my mother used to make when she didn't want to cook or was mad at my father: tiny patties of the cheapest ground beef you could find served on thin sliced, 49 cent-a-loaf white bread, with an atitude that didn't fit in with the quality of the product.

    No parking, dingy neighborhood, no hours posted, (at that time), the store was locked up in the middle of weekdays and looked abandoned.

    I was in New Haven a few times a week then, so it wasn't a big deal for me to keep trying, but definitely not worth traveling for.

    Sorry to disappoint, but don't waste your time.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/07 06:44:16 (permalink)
    Not to mention the rudest staff on earth.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/07 17:53:04 (permalink)
    I think it is fine to go if you are passing thru New Haven. Not worth the trip on its own, tho. Wooster Street, on the other hand...
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/07 19:33:48 (permalink)
    We're stopping in New Haven this August for our first time at Pepe's. As much as I've wanted to go to Louis', I think we'll be going up the road for burgers at Ted's instead.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/08 02:03:53 (permalink)
    Hey - How do they do a steak sandwich on those special hamburger cookers? Can someone please explain. Maybe they shove in a piece of steak, broil it, take it out and hand slice it to order? Those cookers are unique.

    I have never been there, but have seen several shows on this place. What always struck me was the fact that the burgers are broiled (not char-broiled) which is not something I personally enjoy. And, no ketchup? Almost like a statement from management..You'll do it our way or the highway....

    New Haven to me always means a chance to try those three pizza places. Another roadfood dream of mine still to come. I heard this city has the best pizza in the country.

    Hope someone can answer the steak sandwich question..Thanks
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/10 00:40:46 (permalink)
    I went to Frank Pepe's Pizza about the same time as I went to Louis Lunch. I waited in line to get a coal-fired pizza, and placed my order for a pepperoni pie to go. The staff was very courteous and told me that I should come back in about an hour. I didn't mind because the pizzas I saw on the tables looked fantastic.

    I came back after a meeting and got my pie, (which cost about $2.00 more than anyone else's).

    The dough was fresh made but burnt. (Not just charred, burnt).
    The pepperoni slices were the size of dimes, and they skimped on the amount. No slice had more than 3 and one slice didn't any.

    I had to get back to work, so I didn't go back to complain, but this experience still sticks in my craw, especially because of their over-inflated reputation.

    Sorry, I just hate being cheated.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/11 09:49:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by steaklover



    The dough was fresh made but burnt. (Not just charred, burnt).
    The pepperoni slices were the size of dimes, and they skimped on the amount. No slice had more than 3 and one slice didn't any.


    i would think that they dough is made early in the day or even the day before to give it time to rise and take on some complexity. what did you observe to suggest that it was "fresh made"?
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/11 10:36:59 (permalink)
    I finally made it to Louis Lunch after THREE trips to New Haven. They were closed on a Sunday...and then TWICE on vacation in the Summer. You certainly can't beat the atmosphere and the history. That said, the burger is good, but not exemplary. I don't know what was in the water, but both Modern and Pepe's were EACH DISAPPOINTING last time through. It was my first trip to Modern, fifth or so to Pepe's, which I would rank among the all-time best. Haven't been back since (it's been 15 months or so), but certainly want to. Those clam pies are terrific!
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/11 11:47:36 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Billhat

    Not to mention the rudest staff on earth.


    This was not my experience at all. It is not the first time I have heard this criticism, but I found the staff to be "above average" on the friendly scale. I sat at the counter in mid-afternoon (not a particularly busy time), mentioned it was a first visit (which gave them an opportunity to hate a tourist!), and ordered a medium burger with onions and cheese. The burger came a little undercooked, which was fine, but I thought it was a unique taste.

    I DO think Louis Lunch is a worthwhile stop, mostly from an historical perspective - more that just the food, itself. But, it is also a UNIQUE hamburger - one that you would not find at every burger joint up and down the highway. As for their inflexibility, I have been to places far more egregious in their policies. On a recent trip to Seattle, I tried to go to the well-regarded Dick's Hamburgers and every one of their burgers comes the way that they say - no substitutions at all. Well, all included mustard and other goo that I do not like on burgers. My choice was simply not to eat there - I can find any number of places to eat in Seattle - the same way that if you don't like Louis Lunch's policy, there are plenty of other places to eat in New Haven.
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/11 15:14:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tommyeats

    quote:
    Originally posted by steaklover



    The dough was fresh made but burnt. (Not just charred, burnt).
    The pepperoni slices were the size of dimes, and they skimped on the amount. No slice had more than 3 and one slice didn't any.


    i would think that they dough is made early in the day or even the day before to give it time to rise and take on some complexity. what did you observe to suggest that it was "fresh made"?


    I meant "homemade", (store made, if you'd like to pick nits)).
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/12 19:46:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    As I recall, that's all they offer in the way of condiments.


    Excerpt from their web page...

    "The tiny eatery that made such a big impact on the eating habits of an entire nation was, of course, Louis' Lunch. Today, Louis' grandson, Ken, carries on the family tradition: hamburgers that have changed little from their historic prototype are still the specialty of the house. Each one is made from beef ground fresh each day, broiled vertically in the original cast iron grill and served between two slices of toast. Cheese, tomato and onion are the only acceptable garnish --
    no true connoisseur would consider corrupting the classic taste with mustard or ketchup."

    No Ketchup!

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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/12 20:41:52 (permalink)
    Absolutely!
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    RE: LOUIS LUNCH? 2008/05/13 08:24:37 (permalink)
    Steaklover - I believe there have been posts and pictures on Pepe's pizza that pointed out the crust is literally burnt in some places. You might want to check them out. I have never been there, but I do remember reading about their "burnt?" crust.

    Hoping to try all three places one day. The negative in your report for me (I like well done pizza) is regarding the pepperroni. From all the business these places supposedly do, the last thing you'd think they'd do is skimp on ingredients. Why not just charge a bit more?
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