Louis Lunch in New Haven CT. Home of the hamburger sandwich back in 1900. So I saw this place on a food or travel show many years ago and I have wanted to go there ever since. The reason you ask? Well, I will tell you the story.
When I was in high school and worked at a canteen called The Double Decker, we made great steak sandwiches, but I didn’t like all the bread of a sub roll. So, when I was on break I would order a steak sandwich on toast. Less bread and you could taste all the steak. Best idea ever, if I say so myself.
So, I see Louis Lunch on TV and what do they do? They serve burgers on white toast. Genius!! This place is old school. No ketchup in the place. They serve burgers, potato salad, chips and pie. That’s it, done.
When we were on the way back from our girls trip to Charleston visiting Meg’s colleges, I knew we would be driving right by Louis at lunch time. Yes, we made it for lunch! What a place, history and two great guys serving up burgers. The burgers were good and I learned one amazing thing. They don’t serve ketchup because then take thin slices of tomato and warm it on the grill before it goes on the burger. This seems so simple but it was delicious. The next burgers I make will have grilled tomato and served on toast.