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Visit the Birthplace of the Hamburger


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No Buns, No Ketchup, No Whining
Hamburber Picture - Louis Lunch - New Haven Connecticut

Ketchup is taboo at historic Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut.

© 2005 Kim Knox Beckius, licensed to About.com.
Before you visit Louis' Lunch, there are a few things you need to know. For starters, your smoky, juicy, flame-cooked hamburger will be served on toasted white bread, not a bun. Ketchup and mustard are totally taboo because they'd mask the burger's flavor--don't even think of asking for them. Cheese, tomato and onions are the only available toppings. If you'd like your burger plain, just order an "original." To add all three toppings, ask for a "cheese works."

It's also important to note that Louis' Lunch does not take credit cards; they accept cash only.

You'll also want to make sure to visit when Louis' is open so that you won't be disappointed. As of 2014, hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from noon until 2 a.m. The owners, descendants of hamburger inventor Louis Lassen, usually close the restaurant for vacation during the second week of January, the week of Good Friday through Easter Sunday and the entire month of August, reopening the day after Labor Day. To check current hours, call 203-562-5507.


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