Since moving to Connecticut, one of the first food establishments that came up was Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden, CT, famous for its steamed burgers.
Having never had a steamed burger before, I was intrigued, and hearing others give their opinions meant it was time for me to come in and see for myself.
I started with an order of small home fries, and chose to customize my own steamed double cheesburger with lettuce, tomato, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, pickles, fried onion strings, ketchup and mayonnaise.
Here were my takeaways:
- The home fries were very solid and full of flavor. Definitely up there with some of the better home fries you can get.
- My first observation of the burger was the unsupportive bun. This meant I was constantly fighting to keep everything from falling apart which doesn’t make for a pleasant eating experience. The easy remedy to this is eating what falls off the burger with a fork and a knife. I’d rather eat everything together, but that’s just me.
- I’m not a fan of a burger that uses a bun not meant for a burger, and that’s what you get at Ted’s. They put the burger in between what appears like a sub roll. There’s no reason why Ted’s shouldn’t use a hamburger style bun, major mistake.
- As for the burger itself, the meat was not juicy at all. I’m not sure if I was thrown off because I didn’t know what to expect from a steamed burger, but the meat was way too overcooked for my liking. I’m all about having a red center and the juices flowing. This burger seemed to miss the memo.
- The highlight was the cheese, which was gooey and flavorful, and if I were to go back, I would just get a steamed cheesburger (minus all the toppings) instead of the double since I became unbearably full about halfway through. Not only would I have a more satisfying eating experience, but the cheese would be the clear focal point, and not be overshadowed by the toppings.
That said, my grade has to reflect what I ate, and I have to give Ted’s Restaurant a C-. I would like to go back, but won’t be going out of my way for another visit.