Talk:Louis' Lunch

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This article really needs to be cleaned up, as it is maintains a heavy bias that lacks any credible citations and needs to be reworked in favor of a more NPOV. If anyone is up to the challenge, BE BOLD

01:19, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Do you have any reliable sources for the information? All information on Wikipedia must come from verifiable reliable sources. Weregerbil 13:26, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

I found a very reliable source to the claim of who invented the hamburger. Earl Steinbicker makes the endorsement in his 2002 book Daytrips New England: 50 One-Day Adventures, he writes that the great American hamburger was invented at Louis' Lunch. Tomticker5 (talk) 18:48, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

I've also added links to web pages on the Library of Congress website that credits Louis' Lunch with introducing the steak sandwich and the hamburger to the people of the United States. Tomticker5 (talk) 12:32, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Reliable Sources[edit]

I've added material & referenced reliable known sources. Tomticker5 01:50, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I think you've addressed it. Staib 19:05, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

I've been going to Louis' Lunch for over 30 years, and no one has ever, ever had their burger taken away and money refunded after asking for ketchup or mustard. This is a silly and vicious rumor. Yes, they eschew all condiments other than cheese, tomato, and onion - but to insult a customer like that was/is not their policy. I changed the entry to reflect the Louis philosophy as explained to me by proprietor Kenneth Lassen, who served me many times. (I also witnessed Lassen on many occasions politely explain why they had no condiments to new customers not aware of their "no condiments" rule) Anyone who frequented Louis' Lunch knows "Maestro" Ken Lassen would never have been so rude to a customer. Brprivate (talk) 23:28, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Article clean up[edit]

Article looks good cleaned up & added resources & links Tomticker5 23:20, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

WP:FOOD Tagging[edit]

This article talk page was automatically added with {{WikiProject Food and drink}} banner as it falls under Category:Restaurants or one of its subcategories. If you find this addition an error, Kindly undo the changes and update the inappropriate categories if needed. You can find the related request for tagging here -- TinucherianBot (talk) 10:15, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

No picture of the burger?[edit]

I really miss a picture of this burger. No one on with a digicam? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:00, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

Louis' Lunch'[edit]

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GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Louis' Lunch/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Neonblak (talk · contribs) 15:51, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

I will be reviewing this article, it may take a couple days to complete, but will attempt to finish sooner.Neonblak talk - 15:51, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Rate Attribute Review Comment
1. Well written:
1a. the prose is clear and concise, and the spelling and grammar are correct. See comments below
1b. it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation. See comments below for the sections "Operation" and "Notes".
2. Verifiable with no original research:
2a. it contains a list of all references (sources of information), presented in accordance with the layout style guideline. See notes on references
2b. all in-line citations are from reliable sources, including those for direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—science-based articles should follow the scientific citation guidelines. See comments on Notes section
2c. it contains no original research.
3. Broad in its coverage:
3a. it addresses the main aspects of the topic.
3b. it stays focused on the topic without going into unnecessary detail (see summary style). There are a few irrelevant items in the article, i.e. not accepting credit cards.
4. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each.
5. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.
6. Illustrated, if possible, by images:
6a. images are tagged with their copyright status, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content. All photos have proper licensing.
6b. images are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions. All photos are valuable in illustrating the topic.
7. Overall assessment. Failed - see conclusion below.


  • "Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, United States, advertises itself as the first restaurant to serve hamburgers and as being the oldest hamburger restaurant still operating in the U.S. Opened as a small lunch wagon in 1895, Louis' Lunch was also one of the first places in the U.S. to serve steak sandwiches." - The first line should be formatted in a formal way, and the rest should flow better, such as: "Louis' Lunch is a restaurant located in New Haven, Connecticut in the United States (USA). The original owner, Louis Lassen, claimed, and the restaurant still advertises itself, himself to be the creator, and the first to serve, hamburgers in the USA. Opening as a small lunch wagon in 1895, Louis' Lunch also claims to be the oldest hamburger restaurant still in operation."
  • "According to Louis' Lunch, the hamburger was created in 1900 in response to a customer's hurried request for a lunch to go. In 1917, Louis moved the business into a square-shaped little brick building that had once been a tannery." - I would try use the name of restaurant less, in this sentence I would use: "According the restaurant, they created the hamburger in response to a customer's hurried request for a lunch to go. In 1917, the business was moved into a small, square-shaped, brick building that has once been a tannery."
  • " In 1975, the restaurant was moved four blocks down to 263 Crown Street." - this is better: "In 1975, the restaurant was moved four blocks to its current location at 263 Crown Street."
  • This is where a paragraph break would be needed, to make the lead read better.
  • "Hamburgers cooked in the restaurant are made on antique vertical cast iron gas stoves from 1898 and the toast is toasted in an antique toaster from 1928. The hamburgers are a broiled blend of five cuts of steak. Toppings include cheese, tomato or onion, but the restaurant does not offer other condiments. Louis Lassen's restaurant is recognized in the Library of Congress as the origin of the hamburger, but other claimants and detractors exist. The restaurant has been highly rated by Travel Channel's Chowdown Countdown and others, but has been the subject of criticism over condiments." - Combined with the first paragraph, this paragraph would be fine like this: "The hamburgers in the restaurant are made on the original antique vertical cat iron, gas stoves from 1898. The buns are sliced bread that are toasted on an antique toaster installed in 1928. The hamburger patties are a broiled blend of five cuts of steak, and the toppings are limited to cheese, tomato, or onion. Louis's Lunch is recognized by the Library of Congress as the origin of the hamburger, although a number of other claimants exist. Reviews of the rstaurant have been mostly positive, but have been criticized over their lack of condiments."


  • "Louis Lassen was a "blacksmith by trade and preacher by vocation" and immigrated to New Haven from Denmark in 1886. He became a food peddler, selling butter and eggs from a wooden cart. Lassen purchased a home at 45 Elliot Street and stored his cart in a shed in the backyard. In 1895, Lassen began adding lunch items to his cart. According to the 1899 New Haven directory, Lassen was a butter dealer and included his home address." - Again, the prose is not smooth, sentenced are too short and choppy, this might work much better "Louis Lassen immigrated to New Haven from Denmark in 1886, and described himself as a "blacksmith by trade and a preacher by vocation. He became a food peddler, initially selling butter and eggs from a wooden cart, and in 1895, he began adding lunch items. He earned enough money to purchase a house at 45 Elliot Street, and he stored his cart in a backyard shed. According to the 1899 New Haven city directory, Lassed was listed as a butter dealer, and was residing at his house on Elliot Street."
  • "According to family legend, one day in 1900 a local businessman dashed into the small New Haven lunch wagon and pleaded for a lunch to go. According to the Lassen family, the customer, Gary Widmore, exclaimed "Louie! I'm in a rush, slap a meatpuck between two planks and step on it!". Louis Lassen, the establishment's owner, placed his own blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast and sent the gentleman on his way, so the story goes, with America's alleged first hamburger being served." - I would try not to repeat language to start consecutive sentences, and no need to state that Louis Lassen was the owner, the first paragraph established that. Try this: "According to the family, one day in 1900, a local businessman hurredly entered in the lunch wagon and pleaded for a lunch to go. The customer, Gary Widmore, exclaimed "Louie! I'm in a rush, slap a meatpuck between two planks and step on it!" Lassen then produced a blend of five cuts of steak trimmings and placed them in between two slices of toast, and gave it Widmore; allegedly creating the first hamburger."
  • "In 1917, Lassen moved into a square-shaped little brick building that had once been a tannery. Forced to move to make way for development in 1975, Louis' Lunch moved four blocks down, to its present location, 263 Crown Street in New Haven, CT. In the 1970s, Ken Lassan added cheese spread to the hamburger. The fifth generation of Lassens' owns and operates Louis' Lunch." - More issues with prose here, plus some spelling. What about this instead? "In 1917, Lassen moved into a small, square-shaped, brick building that had once been a tannery. Forced to move to make way for development in 1975, Louis' Lunch moved four blocks to its present location at 263 Crown Street. Ken Lassen added cheese spread to the hamburger in 1970s, and the restaurant is current owned and operated by the family's fifth generation."

Sections Operation, Hamburger claims", and "Reception"

  • These sections need to be re-written, in the manner that I've done with the previous sections. Too many corrections to list here.


  • Just using random reference checks, I am finding that they use a pay service. Some are noted as such, and some are not.
  • Formatting should be consistent, i.e. dates are sometimes 24 May, and other are May 24.


  • This section should be used in the way inline citations are using the notes templates.

Other comments

  • Check the GA Tools box, there is one disambiguous link that needs fixing.


  • This entire article needs a thorough re-write. The majority of the suggestions above addressed the Lead and History. This is an interesting topic, and I would like to see this article get promoted, however, it is not ready for prime-time. I am going to fail this for now, but feel free to re-submit this for another review when the issues have been corrected. I also suggest having a peer review conducted, they have been invaluable in assisting me in writing better articles.Neonblak talk - 17:23, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

'Criticism over condiments'[edit]

The bit at the end of the intro section is uncited, and a casual googling of it isn't revealing any potential source. If it can't be sourced it ought to be removed. Trilobright (talk) 22:29, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Content restoration[edit]

I restored the boldly-performed content removal qualified with ambiguous edit summaries. Please do not revert, and instead discuss here, as per WP:BRD (bold, revert, discuss). I have reverted the bold edit, now it is time to discuss the matter. The content is encyclopedic, and verified with reliable sources. North America1000 01:58, 8 November 2017 (UTC)