Steamed Cheeseburgers. "Wicked good!"-Mike Valletta

As a bachelor who lives an on the go lifestyle, finding the right food choices is often critical. Sure there’s McDonald’s, Burger King, as well as countless of other fast food venues, but when you want something local, you have to do a little research. Though I don’t lay claim to be a food critic, I do eat more than my fair share of food. Recently, my good friend Joe “Taco” Kopler recommended I check out Ericka’s Coffee House & Eatery on Route 4, just across from the Northwest Hills Credit Union in Torrington. He told me I absolutely must check out her famous steamed cheeseburgers, which is one thing I have never heard of before, so I decided, being the gutsy guy that I am, to go ahead and give it a whirl, and since it was Joe that was recommending it, it just had to be good.

Well, Joe didn’t let me down. I was impressed after the first bite. The words “Wicked good” immediately came to my mind. I wondered to myself why I hadn’t discovered steamed cheeseburgers in the past, apparently I had really been missing out! Bite after bite after bite, it just kept getting better. Ericka’s is actually pretty new to Torrington or “T-Town” as many of us locals call it. I compliment her on blending my two favorite things together; coffee and dinner. Ericka’s is not a diner, yet she offers moderately paced food that is not only fresh, but also wicked good! I was so glad to find this close to home. After doing a little research online, the nearest steamed cheeseburgers can be found at World Famous Ted’s in Meriden, which is quite the travel distance from the Torrington area.

After my delicious, and very filling, lunch at Ericka’s, I was not only glad that Torrington now had steamed cheeseburgers in town, but I was also glad to see that Ericka’s was also a coffee-house, because after this filling round of food, I was ready to pass out, and there were still plenty of places on my lengthy list to see and do, and sleeping wasn’t included anywhere on this list. Luckily for me, Ericka’s offered a wide variety of coffee choices, though I stuck with my loyal friend french vanilla, it’s the only flavor I choose to get me through the day, and Ericka not only knows how to cook a mean steamed cheeseburger, she also knows coffee, and it was the perfect ending to the perfect hometown meal.

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