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Ted's

1046 Broad St., Meriden, CT - (203) 237-6660
Posted By David Panagrosso on 12/29/2005 10:26:00 PM
I tried Ted's for the first time a couple weeks ago. I wasn't impressed. Maybe steamed cheeseburgers are an acquired taste that I haven't developed. To me, the burgers taste like what you would expect - steamed meat. And there's nothing special about the cheese. It's melted cheddar that doesn't get anything extra from the steaming process.

I went simple - a steamed cheeseburger with only a little ketchup. I didn't want to hide the flavor (or lack thereof) with lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. I wanted to taste the beef itself. I think a good burger can stand alone and doesn't need a lot of condiments. I'm not saying it was bad, but it wasn't great either.

I can see how Ted's would have great appeal to those who grew up with it. Maybe it's the fond memories from childhood, of a special time to eat out, that keep people coming back. Nostalgia can often add flavor to a restaurant. I know that's true of a few of my favorites. The best on my list is Yankee Doodle in New Haven, a place I started going to as a child.

I'm glad that I tried Ted's, just to say I've been there and that I've experienced a steamed cheeseburger. But I don't think I'll be going out of my way to get back.

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What a delicious mess! I was able to eat about half of this hefty steamed cheeseburger before it completely disintegrated onto its paper plate. I ate the rest by picking and plucking at the pile of meat, bun, cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce.
"What a delicious mess! I was able to eat about half of this hefty steamed cheeseburger before it completely disintegrated onto its paper plate. I ate the rest by picking and plucking at the pile of meat, bun, cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce."
Michael Stern





These big sticks of cheddar cheese are cut and cooked until jelly-soft in the steamer.
"These big sticks of cheddar cheese are cut and cooked until jelly-soft in the steamer."
Michael Stern


A monument of vapor-cooked meat and cheese ... impossible to pick up and eat without serious drippage.
"A monument of vapor-cooked meat and cheese ... impossible to pick up and eat without serious drippage."
Michael Stern


Standard home fries, but the preparation and seasoned grill make them fantastic.
"Standard home fries, but the preparation and seasoned grill make them fantastic."
Mike Iacoucci


The little rectangular metal trays are loaded with beef for the steamer box.  They look like mini-meat loaves.
"The little rectangular metal trays are loaded with beef for the steamer box. They look like mini-meat loaves."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Blocks of cheese are melted in the same trays as the beef.  It's a lot more cheese than you'd normally get on a burger.
"Blocks of cheese are melted in the same trays as the beef. It's a lot more cheese than you'd normally get on a burger."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Paul Duberek tends little pans of molten cheese and sizzling meat amidst clouds of aromatic steam from his vintage cooker.
"Paul Duberek tends little pans of molten cheese and sizzling meat amidst clouds of aromatic steam from his vintage cooker."
Michael Stern


World Famous? We'd bet most people have never even heard of a steamed cheeseburger, much less eaten one.
"World Famous? We'd bet most people have never even heard of a steamed cheeseburger, much less eaten one."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


An opportunity to taste hambuger history ... although to most patrons, Ted's is just a friendly place to eat lunch.
"An opportunity to taste hambuger history ... although to most patrons, Ted's is just a friendly place to eat lunch."
Michael Stern


The juicy beef is loosely packed, and the cheddar is quite good.
"The juicy beef is loosely packed, and the cheddar is quite good."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The only thing that’s changed in many years on the exterior of Ted’s is the addition of this banner, touting their inclusion on the Travel Channel.
"The only thing that’s changed in many years on the exterior of Ted’s is the addition of this banner, touting their inclusion on the Travel Channel."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Cut in half, the perfection of Ted’s steamed cheeseburger can be easily seen, from the thick patty to the ideal kaiser roll.
"Cut in half, the perfection of Ted’s steamed cheeseburger can be easily seen, from the thick patty to the ideal kaiser roll."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This is Paul’s burger (note the cheese block clinging to the bun) with ketchup, a condiment that’s encouraged here.
"This is Paul’s burger (note the cheese block clinging to the bun) with ketchup, a condiment that’s encouraged here."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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