I just recently found this site and LOVE it!! So many great recommendations! I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on 'steamed hamburgers'? I have heard of them only in central CT and was wondering how they are and where I could try one. I live in AZ but will be in South County RI at the end of the month and would love to try them if I could find a place close by. Thanks in advance for any info!!
Skinner: Superintendent, I hope you're ready for mouth-watering hamburgers.
Chalmers: I thought we were having steamed clams.
Skinner: Oh, no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.
Chalmers: You call hamburgers steamed hams?
Skinner: Yes, it's a regional dialect.
Chalmers: Uh-huh. What region?
Skinner: Uhh... Upstate New York.
Chalmers: Really? Well, I'm from Utica, and I've never heard anyone use the phrase 'steamed hams.'
Skinner: Oh, not in Utica. No, it's an Albany expression.
Chalmers: I see. You know, these hamburgers are quite similar to the ones they have at Krusty Burger.
Skinner: Oh ho ho, no. Patented Skinner burgers. Old family recipe.
Chalmers: For steamed hams ...
Skinner: Yes ...
Chalmers: Yes, and you call them steamed hams despite the fact that they are obviously grilled.
I'll second Bob on that one.
I'm not too far from Meriden and I have family down that way, so I drop by occasionally. It's the burger joint equivalent of a dive bar -- sparse decor, kinda' rough around the edges. Anyone and everyone stops by, including a lot of people who are clearly regulars
The burger itself can be visually a little off putting (think grey gym sock color), but it's a tasty burger. Very moist, as might be expected, but if you're a fan of rare rare rare like I am you're out of luck. Even so, reasonably flavorful.
I adore the cheese! Sharpish cheddar with an interestingly chew texture.I'd get the cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup on the burger. Fries are home fries, which are good, but I haven't been able to dig them with the burger. Now, with an omelet, that'd be a different thing...
Worth driving from RI? No. If you're spending some time in New Haven, though, it'd be worth the trip. And you could hit up Ted's in New Haven too, and cover the two most unique (if somewhat inconsistent/overrated) burger joints in CT.
Hey 1punk and the rest - just found your conversation while searching Ted's address.
1punk - I love the name (are you old school AZ? I'm more Meat Puppets than Fartz but you could probably tell me more - I'm from NY).
Gob and Bob - I think you guys don't know what you have there in CT. I can imagine doing Ted's only once in a while once you've become jaded (as much as I have time/money etc for the hundreds of Chowish places we have in Brooklyn/Queens/NYC etc). But, as an outsider I must happily and respectfully disagree. Following is what I just posted on another older steamed burger thread:
I was just Googling Ted's because I'm going to pick up my daughter from summer camp up in Ellington CT early Saturday morning. It's a horse riding camp for girls and they do an end of the session show early Saturday morning so we go up Friday afternoon. Last year was our first, and after seeing the Hamburger doc the OP mentioned we decided to search out Ted's. It's almost exactly on our way as we go north, albeit from 95 - 84 the whole way would be easier and prettier, but that's the sacrifice we're willing to make and the sacrifice we will make again this Friday. I can't say I'd drive three hours from Brooklyn only to go to Ted's but I'd certainly drive an hour. It's unique, bizarre, tasty, sloppy, indulgent, and American. You guys don't realize how good you have it. We mostly have trendy burgers from not good enough restaurants, or not good enough burgers from trendy restaurants - I can't wait til it burns out....
Anyway, we love it! I bought the neat t-shirt with embroidered logo (!) and I might even embarrass my wife and wear it there.
Also, Saturday afternoon on the way back we'll do a huge detour south-east as we did last year and go to Johnny Ad's for lobster rolls, RI chowder, and fried belly clams. You can't find ANY of that stuff in NY! (Well, you can find lobster rolls in a couple city joints but yr gonna PAY).
noise - i actually don't live in ct; just made a pitstop there one time on the way to inlaws (i live about 70 miles west of meriden). i just wasn't knocked out by it - unique, yes, but not this amazing food. (edit: i do want to try louis' in new haven some day).
(btw, years ago, i used to go to the corner bistro and thought theirs were generally quite good; once we had a letdown, but most of the time thought it was great).
i forgot, though, what the previous poster said - the cheese part was REALLY good! i told my inlaws that next time i went there, i'd get the cheese sandwich rather than the burger, it was THAT tasty.
oh, if you're going to be up in meriden...if you're a root beer fan, you'll want to get some hosmer's root beer (or birch beer). i was going to suggest a distributor in bristol, but if you're going to ellington up 91, you're dead spot on for one of their stores. more info at: http://www.hosmersoda.com/sec/wholesa...
(also, you could check out the place in meriden, but since the wonder bread /hostess stores closed, i don't know if it's still around and they haven't changed the website, or if it changed names).