New England’s 6 Most Historic Fast Food Restaurants in Each State
From burgers to hot dogs, fries, lobster rolls, and sandwiches, we know fast, delicious food doesn't always mean a chain drive-through. So, here you go if you want historic, delicious fast food around in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts as well as the rest of New England. Here are six of the most historic fast food restaurants in the region.
An hour northeast of Portland, Maine, sits the tiny town of Wiscasset and its tiny food shack called Red's Eats.
With the lobster roll being Maine's signature fast food, you better believe that Red's most succulent lobster roll is about as good as you can get, having been around since 1938, according to LoveFood. Red's is a cute roadside stand that specializes in soft buns piled gloriously with fresh lobster meat with a side of Maine butter. You can also find juicy hamburgers, fried scallops, and ice cream among the 70 items that this food shack cooks up.
It's been around since 1890, so you can bet that as one of the oldest diners in the entire country, Casey's Diner in Natick, Massachusetts, made this list, according to LoveFood.
It started as a mobile horse cart with four stools, where people could belly up for food and drink. It does have a lunch cart in Worcester that started in 1922. Meanwhile, the fourth generation of the original owner’s family still runs Casey's, known for that fabulous part of the fast food realm: hot dogs and burgers.
Moe’s Italian Sandwiches in the Seacoast's adorable Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was born in 1959. According to LoveFood, a cheese salesman named Phil Pagano decided he'd rather run a restaurant that served just one sandwich: a salami and provolone with peppers, onions, dill pickles, olives, tomatoes, and olive oil on a roll. Here we are today, with a bigger menu and multiple locations. Moe's is now a favorite among Seacoast locals and visitors, and the original sandwich that started it all still remains the most popular.
I'm sure you've heard of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, right? After all, they're the reason the world has hamburgers.
According to LoveFood, Louis' Lunch was established in 1895 and is recognized by the Library of Congress as the birthplace of the hamburger. So yes, those old-fashioned burgers with five cuts of meat on slices of white sandwich bread are still the main, delicious draw.
It's called Olneyville New York System in Providence, Rhode Island, and according to LoveFood, it all started with a Greek family from New York City who relocated in the 1930s to Providence's Olneyville Square. They eventually moved one more time within Providence in 1953.
The unique name moved with them, since their signature hot wieners topped with a Coney-style sauce are a mouthwatering favorite in Rhode Island.
It's called Al’s French Frys, first opening as a rural French fry stand in the late '40s. Since then, it's become a thriving restaurant with the most loyal following, according to LoveFood.
This South Burlington, Vermont, restaurant is famous for having the absolute best, most delicious French fries you'll ever put in your mouth. And with those fries, you can enjoy burgers, dogs, chicken sandwiches, and clam strips, as well as salads and wraps.