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Louis' Lunch

261 Crown St., #263 (High St.) Send to Phone
The historic home of the original hamburger.
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Lunch Tues.-Sat., Dinner Thurs.-Sat.
Open late Thurs.-Sat.

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 3 reviews

Louis' Lunch Restaurant Review

: You'll have only so many opportunities in your life to ingest history, so if you find yourself in New Haven, you simply have to grab a burger at Louis' Lunch. According to lore, the first hamburger in America was made in 1900 by Louis Lassen, the tiny eatery's original proprietor. When a hurried customer asked for a meal he could consume on the run, Lassen sandwiched a chopped beef patty between two pieces of bread, and the rest is fast-food history. You'll sometimes find hot dogs and steak sandwiches on the late-night menu, but usually, it's just chips, drinks, potato salad if you're lucky and homemade pie as well as the signature item---which comes flame-broiled vertically in an antique cast-iron grill, served on toast and, if you order it with everything, topped with cheese, tomato and onion. In other words, don't dare ask for ketchup or mustard---you'll get nothing but a dirty look for your efforts.

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