Saturday, November 10, 2012
When I watch TV occasionally, I watch a lot of Food Channel and Cooking Channel. I even just go back and forth the two as one goes to commercial.
There seem to be many shows where they just introduce restaurant all over the county. I am talking about Diners Drive ins and Dive, Best thing I ever ate, Eat Street, etc. So when they talk about any NYC restaurant that is accessible to me, I try to go! Also, when I am on road trips, I first search if there are any restaurant that I may have seen on TV :)
Louis Lunch came up on TV in many occasions. It was the "Best burger I ever ate" of one of the iron chefs, and another show picked them up as sort of the unique burger place. They are known for their purest ways and that is something to look up to. They are also famous for the way they cook the patty. They use a vertical broiler-type mechanism and cook the patties sitting up-right with heat from both side.
So I went.... to see if it was as amazing as they make it seem on TV.
YES. and NO.
I am a SAUCE girl. I love sauces! I love it when burgers have their own "special house sauce" on them. Or I enjoy creative toppings (or just normal toppings like bacon and cheese!)
Louis Lunch is really what they did say on TV. The most basic PURE burger experience. Just two slices of bread, toasted, with a chunk of meat, tomato, onion and their cheese spread. This was their loaded Burger. NO ketchup, no mustard, no mayo, no anything else. I did, I believe, have ice cream and shakes. I would've loved to have some fries there, but I guess it's not the purist's way. I also disliked that their basic white bread gets paper thin with the weight of the patty and also all soaked from the meat juice.
But let me tell you that the portion of meat they offer on a burger is quite large and is excellent. They cook it to medium rare, and the quality of beef they use is very high. Their "patty" is very large, moist, tender, and beefy. I've got no complaints about their meat! other than that I wanted some seasonings on there.
I will say that I probably won't go back, but not because it the burger was that bad, but because
1. It is in CT (and no, for me it is not worth the drive)
2. no sauce (I like my burger drippy with sauce and the fat of the beef)
3. long wait
4. uncomfortable seating
5. very VERY small variety
BUT!! This is just my opinion. I am sure someone healthier than me and is a beef enthusiast will enjoy Louis Lunch immensely. If you are in the area, give them a try. It sure is an experience.