Friday, 18 November 2011

Lunchbox Laboratory

Care for a large, hand-made burger decked with all the goodies? Look no further. Lunchbox Laboratory is one of my favourite places to visit when I'm in Seattle with Michael. The Laboratory's a burger joint that is tucked inside a seedy-looking industrial area outside of the Seattle Downtown located at 1253 Thomas St., just before the Mercer Street I-5 on ramp. But don't let the exterior fool you. Unlike many other burger joints I have visited in my days, they serve tater tots. How can you resist tater tots?

The Burger of the Gods, with a side of taters.

I first discovered this cozy burger shack through browsing around Facebook, and what caught my attention was the amazing burgers. The ambiance of the restaurant is modern hippie with a retro twist. It had lava lamps and groovy lunch boxes sitting on top of shelves and a retro-style Coke machine that serves "Mexi-Coke." The music also suited nicely with the decor. While me and Michael were enjoying our burgers, we got to listen to the Seattle native band, Death Cab for Cutie.

It was fairly late when we arrived at the restaurant, but we were fortunate enough to try their happy hour menu. Parking was easy to find, however. Normally, I don't enjoy eating blue cheese because of the strong taste, but I took a leap of faith and tried the Burger of the Gods for $7.99. It was pimped out with bleu crumbles, balsamic onions, and Gorgonzola sauce - absolutely divine. The cheese was nice and consistent and balanced with the sour tanginess of the balsamic.

The Royal with Cheese, as plain Jane as it gets.

Michael had the Royal with Cheese for $6.99. He didn't want anything fancy on his burger, just a slap of the finest Kobe meat patty and a slap of chedder cheese, no knick knacks. He ordered that with a ceaser salad, which he said was crunchy but not entirely fresh. He loved it, however.

The bill, with two sodas, came to just around $20, a very affordable option for those who are looking for a full meal that doesn't hurt the wallet.

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