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More East Coast Snobbery (Burger and Dog style)

ABG | Feb 11, 2005 08:29 PM

Ok, so my snobbery knows no bounds- big deal. In addition to having the greatest pizza on earth, New Haven is also home to the supposed birthplace of the hamburger, Louis' Lunch (est. 1895). See the link below for the Library of Congress write-up; it's pretty interesting. Anyway, Louis Lassen's grandchildren and great-grandchildren are still churning out the most mouthwatering burgers around. The meat is ground fresh each day, spiced to perfection, and slow-cooked in one of three antique vertical cast-iron broilers- that's right, they're cooked vertically. They are served on white toast plain or with any combination of three toppings: cheese, onions and tomatoes. Condiments- the hated ketchup most of all- are strictly forbidden.

Anyway, to get back to the point, while I love the Apple Pan and Pie N' Burger for what they are, I have yet to find a burger that comes anywhere close to Louis'. The burger divide is vast, if not as vast as the pizza divide, and I'm hoping that I've simply failed to stumble across LA's premier burger. Up 'til now, every burger I've had has been a thin, premade patty with really good dressings. Someone was telling me about a place in Santa Monica- a bar I think- that served some tasty, hand-molded morsels. If they are fresh ground, that would be even better. Anyone have any ideas?

Also, another CT landmark is Rawley's Hot Dogs in Fairfield. Rawley's is Martha Stewart's "favorite place to eat," but don't hold that against it. They serve high quality, imported Roessler links that they deep fry for apporx. 10 seconds and then finish on the grill. The result, combined with fresh fried bacon broken into pieces and a nice spicy mustard, is pure dog heaven. Do you know of anything at all like this here in Los Angeles? Again, I have been to Pink's and was not that impressed. It's hard being such a snob.

Link: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bi...

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