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K. LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

690 E. Main St., Meriden, CT - (203) 237-8326
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 2/28/2011 5:33:00 PM
Roadfooders worth their salt know Meriden, Connecticut as the steamed cheeseburger capital, with all roads leading to the world famous Ted’s. The once humble Ted’s has grown to national prominence, thanks to the Food Network and Travel Channel. Folks may not realize, however, that Meriden is home to several other steamed burger meisters, namely K. LaMay’s, the newest kid on the block.

Kevin LaMay learned about steamed cheeseburgers from the best: he worked at Ted’s as a teenager, and now he’s struck out on his own. His burger is indeed different from the rest: it’s steamed in a bigger, plastic tray that accommodates a 1/3-lb. burger. Other restaurants use the standard metal trays that steam 1/4-lb. burgers. The Kaiser roll he uses arrives fresh every day and is a bit larger to properly offset the meat/bread ratio. Maybe the plastic tray helps to lock in more moisture, because my burger was especially juicy and flavorful. Kevin may add some spice to the meat, but he’s not telling and I couldn’t identify it (maybe garlic? or pepper?). The Wisconsin sharp cheddar seems to be a similar cheese used around town, and as usual it’s the perfect foil for the meat. He also stocks Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce as a condiment on each table, which is another reason to love the place. Overall, the burger is quite excellent and should be sampled by all burger lovers, not just those be-all, end-all Ted’s proponents.

Kevin also sets himself apart by offering Foxon Park sodas, including white birch (what, no Iron Brew?). These, in addition to a wide selection of Stewart’s sodas and the usual Snapples, offer a respite from the pedestrian Coke/Pepsi products that others peddle. Fries and onion rings are available, in addition to a full line of Deep River potato chips, made in Old Lyme. The store is located next to Les’ Dairy Bar, to which one can stroll over for soft-serve ice cream in the warmer months. Locals awarded K. LaMay’s the Best Classic Burger award in last year’s Meriden Battle of the Burgers, and Kevin has a loyal following of fans who call in orders ahead of time. K. LaMay’s is open Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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This steamed cheeseburger is bigger, juicier, and more flavorful than the same from Ted’s across town. Bacon adds a crunchy, textural layer to the experience.
"This steamed cheeseburger is bigger, juicier, and more flavorful than the same from Ted’s across town. Bacon adds a crunchy, textural layer to the experience."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Juicy? Forget about it!
"Juicy? Forget about it!"
Michael Stern


Meriden folks are serious about steamed burgers, and it’s the fresh-every-day bun, quality meat, and Wisconsin sharp cheddar that netted this “Best Classic Burger” trophy for Kevin in a local contest.
"Meriden folks are serious about steamed burgers, and it’s the fresh-every-day bun, quality meat, and Wisconsin sharp cheddar that netted this “Best Classic Burger” trophy for Kevin in a local contest."
Chris & Amy Ayers


If you time your visit correctly, you’ll be sitting among steamed burger lovers who’re crazy about Kevin LaMay’s delicious product.
"If you time your visit correctly, you’ll be sitting among steamed burger lovers who’re crazy about Kevin LaMay’s delicious product."
Chris & Amy Ayers


One big steamer with bacon and extra cheese is a mighty meal.
"One big steamer with bacon and extra cheese is a mighty meal."
Michael Stern



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