Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lunchbox Laboratory

Walking into the Lunchbox Laboratory feels promising; there are cheery decorations, huge windows and happy looking people munching on burgers and fries. The door didn't even finish closing before the hostess was there greeting us. After being seated in a comfy booth, we were handed our menus and our waitress stopped by to take our drink orders. I ordered a coke. She responded with something I couldn't quite understand. "Sugar or fountain coke," at least that is what I heard her say. I asked what the difference was and it turns out it is Mexican Coke and coke made in the United States which has, (drum roll), corn syrup in it. I get it. Corn Syrup is evil. Why are they serving it then? She enunciated 'Mexican' really slowly as if she wasn't sure we would understand her reference to this strange, foreign land. And then after saying the fountain soda had corn syrup in it she stared at me as if daring me to order this soda from the dark side, so I did. After that very intense moment of trying to order a coke, the whole rest of the meal was lovely as was the (same) waitress.

We ordered a Native New Yorker, a Naked Basic and a Burger of the Gods. The New Yorker is a 1/4 lb Kobe beef burger with Monterey Jack, Lunchbox Onions and spicy Buffalo Ketchup and Ranch. My husband loved this burger, the chewy bun and the sauce it was smothered with. He doesn't like mayonnaise but this burger made him happy despite the mayonnaise origins of the ranch dressing. They serve all their burgers just as burgers should be served, with a pile of crisp lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle next to them. The basic Kobe is a basic burger but because we ordered it for our daughter, the same burger is served to you at a kid's meal price. The Burger of the Gods is accurately named, it is covered with blue cheese, balsamic onions and creamy gorgonzola sauce. It is a dripping, intense succulent burger.

The burgers come with your choice of skinny fries, home-made potato chips, sweet potato fries, potato salad or tater tots.  I love that they have fries and home-made chips. I don't think I have ever been to a burger restaurant that makes their very own beautiful, golden, crispy, salted potato chips and offers (fantastic) french fries too. Beyond getting that right (sometimes you just really want fries with your burger no matter how good the chips are), they also satisfy other urges by offering the tater tots, sweet potato fries and potato salad. 

Go! Eat! Enjoy!

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