RE: New Haven Classic?
Here is what the Stern's have to say about the place!
“The Doodle,” as its friends know it, consists of a twelve-stool counter in a skinny cafe that is truly a hole in the wall. The tiny front window is frequently fogged up from the furious cooking activity that goes on just inside. If you can see through it, you will see dozens of eggs marshaled in cartons and the grill on which the eggs, burgers, hot dogs, and cheese sandwiches sizzle.
We recommend the Dandy Doodle Double-Double Cheeseburger, served on a hard roll with bacon, onions, lettuce and tomato; and years ago when we first dined at the Doodle, we were seduced by a small enthusiastic sign behind the counter that advertises the Yankee Doodle Pig in a Blanket. After describing the ingredients – a frankfurter, melted cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce – the sign concludes with an exclamation: "YOU WILL HAVE MORE!" Sure enough, we did; and we still do, any time we hit a counter stool with a hankering for a wiener. If you sit up front, you can watch the counter man make the Yankee Doodle Pigs in Blankets. A porcine frank is slit and stuffed with cheese, then wrapped with bacon and cooked on a hot grill until the dog blisters and the bacon is crisp. This tube steak is slapped into a toasted and buttered bun, accompanied by a small paper cup of hot relish. Two or three make a satisfying meal.
Other than the cuisine, Yankee Doodle’s charm is its ambience. The smell of the grill perfumes the air, and diners are serenaded by a dishwasher that periodically belches forth a rude, rumbling clamor down at the far end of the counter. One griddle man does all the cooking, and one waitress handles the counter. Customers' bills are slapped down on the Formica right along with their meals.