Burgers and Fries
There are many places in New Haven to find a great burger. Legend has it that a New Haven staple since 1895, Louis' Lunch, may even be the birthplace of America's first hamburger. (http://www.louislunch.com/) The legend aside, I do think Louis' has the best burger in town, even if hamburgers had their beginning elsewhere.
Louis' is missing one thing, however, the beloved sidekick of sitting down to a great hamburger - an order of fries. Normally, I overlook this, because Louis' is a one of a kind place. But today, I was craving fries, so it was time to venture out to a new burger joint. For the past year, I have heard good things about the burgers and fries at a relatively new restaurant in town - Prime 16 (www.prime16.com). I decided to give it a try.
Located on Temple Street, just off of the New Haven green, Prime 16 is a short walk from the Law School. The restaurant/brewpub is casual and rustic, with a separate bar and dining area. It is right down the street from the Criterion Cinemas movie theater (www.criterioncinemas.com/criterion-cinemas.html) so would make a great place to go for lunch or dinner before a show.
From a quick survey of the tables around me, I did notice that the restaurant serves salads. I won't be able to tell you what types of salads are offered, because when the menu was placed in front of me my eyes went straight to the burgers. So on to the main event... The list of burgers was extensive, including everything from the original burger with your selection of toppings, to lamb and salmon burgers. Each comes with a choice of fries, sweet potato fries, and some other options... (my eyes glazed over after seeing the fries).
With all of these choices, my friend and I decided to each share half of our burger so we would be able to try more! I made my own California-style burger with avocado and pepper jack cheese on a wheat bun. She ordered the lamb burger on the pretzel roll - a surprising offering that I don't think I have ever seen before. Both burgers were amazing! The original burger was flavorful and just delicious. The lamb burger had a hint of mint and was really unlike other burgers I have tried. The pretzel roll, which I must admit I was skeptical about, turned out to make a fantastic bun and it was the perfect compliment to the Greek-style lamb burger. I would definitely order it again.
Of course, we also ordered the french fries, which deserved all the praise they have received. All-in-all it was a thoroughly satisfying lunch.
A Prime 16 burger will cost you a few more dollars than a burger at Louis', but for a change of pace, Prime 16 is a great place to go for a burger. If you choose to visit later in the day, the restaurant also has an extensive beer list, good happy hour specials and $5 burgers some late nights.