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I finally made it to The Lunch Box
in Meriden. This was the third steamed cheeseburger I'd tried, the other two being from Ted's and K LaMay's.
I generally dislike absolute rankings, but it's helpful to compare them to Ted's, which is usually considered the definitive example of this type of burger. I would say that The Lunch Box's version is either equal to, or slightly better than, Ted's. Strong language, I know.
I ordered the "Deluxe" cheeseburger, which comes with lettuce and tomato (and apparently mayo as well, though that isn't mentioned on the menu), and a side of macaroni salad. Detractors of the steamed cheeseburger claim that the cooking process removes all flavor from the meat. Those people are out of their minds. The beef was bursting with flavor, and it went wonderfully with the sharp white cheddar, which was melted to a perfect consistency. The creamy, tangy kick of the mayo helped tie everything together, and I may consider making that a standard addition to my steamed cheeseburgers in the future.
(I'll also add that this burger was a million times better than what I recently got at Eli Cannon's in Middletown... and half the price. Funny how that can work sometimes!)
I'm not really qualified to review the mac salad, as it included tuna - which was also
not revealed on the menu - and tuna just isn't my thing. It did have generous pieces of bacon... but also peas that were clearly canned, the sole black mark in an otherwise great meal. Fresh peas can make such a difference; I would suggest that they switch accordingly, and update their menu to more completely cover what is in each item. Their mac salad with fresh peas and no tuna would have been a winner for me.
I snuck a couple pics of home fries and bacon on the griddle.
Today's weather was awesome, and they had both the front and back doors open, creating a nice breeze. Staff was friendly, too.
Overall this place is very inviting; that plus the food left me in a better mood than when I arrived. What higher compliment is there for a restaurant?
post edited by Ketteract - 2015/06/20 14:40:51