I was desperate in
Gainesville. A college town stacked high with
Gator tradition. I was sure there would be all
manner of joints. Wrong. All manner of
franchise fast food.
A call to the
features desk at the Gainesville Sun saved the day.
They pointed me to Louis Lunch. The other Louis
Lunch, not the one bordering the Yale campus that may
have invented the hamburger.
Lunch has been around almost as long - since 1928.
It was started by Louis, who lived to be 106. His
son, Tommy, runs the place now, going strong in his
Louis Lunch fries
their burger in oil, in a frying pan. Same as
Dyer's in Memphis, except they change their oil daily.
The burger gets a crisp dark brown rim.
I went for the
Juicy Burger. A juicy burger is their regular
burger topped with onion, lettuch, tomato, relish,
ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Puts a Whopper to
shame. Washed it down with an old fashioned
Louis Lunch used to
be in the center of downtown Gainesville. Used to
be. Now it's on the outskirts. They've added
a drive through window. Other than that, nothing