Prime 16

54.72 miles
5.00 out of 5
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172 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 782-1616


This is Prime 16's second year in a row winning Best Burger, after toppling New Haven legend Louis Lunch in 2011. Owner Bob Potter is quick to point out that while Prime 16 might allow – nay, encourage! – condiments, it comes down to basics: "It starts with the beef," he says. Manager Larry Townsend adds that the meat is "always fresh, never frozen." And it shows – Prime 16 typically gets deliveries five days a week, ensuring that the food on your plate is truly the freshest around. Those who are seeking variety have more than one option when it comes to their burger, too. There are two vegetarian options, as well as a salmon burger, a turkey burger, and a buffalo burger. Bartender Caitlin Guelakis says, "You can go in and eat a different burger every day of the month." And let's not forget those brioche rolls the burgers are served on. They're soft and buttery, but still able to stand up to all that juicy burger goodness. (Diners can opt for a pretzel roll, too.) In fact, the rolls are so popular that Potter's cagy about where he procures them, only going so far as to divulge that the supplier is a "local bakery." Customers at Prime 16 have seemingly endless options – in heaping quantities. "For what we serve, you get a lot of value for the price," says Potter.

Winner of Best Burger and Best Beer Selection (in a bar) in the New Haven Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.

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