Ride along with Jane and Michael Stern as they visit Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut. Louis' Lunch, in operation since the late 1800s, claims to have invented the hamburger in 1900, when a hurried customer asked for a quick meal he could eat on the go. With its unique gas grills and its strictly enforced no-ketchup policy, it's one of the quirky gems the Sterns are renown for ferreting out.
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Address: 261-263 Crown Street, New Haven CT 06510 [map]
ABOUT JANE AND MICHAEL STERN
Jane and Michael Stern have written numerous books on road food, write the monthly column "Two for the Road" in Gourmet magazine, and run the website Roadfood.com, a review forum for one-of-a-kind mom-and-pop places like Louis' Lunch. We like Jane and Michael because their hunger for offbeat roadside eats knows no limit. Through their books and website, they've made it easy for the rest of us to find serious local eats, whether as a pit stop on a road trip or as destination in its own right.