The hamburger, a ground meat patty between two slices of bread, was first created in America in 1900 by Louis Lassen, who was the owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there have been many rival claims, including those by Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, and Fletcher David. Attempts to trace its origin to Hamburg in Germany may have some credibility but remain the subject of debate. What is certain is that it gained national recognition at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when the New York Tribune namelessly attributed the hamburger as “the innovation of a food vendor on the pike.” No conclusive claim has ever been made to end the dispute.
Thomas Jefferson had “potatoes served in the French manner” at a White House dinner in 1802. The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren. The entry reads: “French Fried Potatoes: Cut new potatoes in thin slices, put them in boiling fat, and a little salt; fry to a light golden colour; drain.”
Verdict: French Fries
There’s a lot of talk at the moment about ‘posh’ hamburgers, but here at Whyte & Brown we go for the super tasty chicken version. Made from just pure chicken thigh mince (for more flavour and extra juiciness) plus the addition of fresh herbs & vegetables. Try our W&B Caesar Burger (with caramelised onion, Parmesan & aromatic seasoning, layered with beef tomato in a grilled brioche bun). Or our Chicken-Leek Burger (with sautéed leek & spring onion, topped with streaky bacon, Gruyere cheese, crisp lettuce & beef tomato – also in a brioche bun). Come check out our version of these delectable items at our restaurant right near Oxford Circus.
The perfect antidote to all that red meat – but still best enjoyed with a side order of W&B chips!