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The Lunchbox

620 East Main Street, Meriden, CT - (203) 238-0313
The Lunchbox may be the only place in Meriden to eat a steamed cheeseburg for breakfast, and what a sandwich it is: extremely juicy with tangy molten cheese on a sturdy bun. Traditional breakfasts of eggs, meats, home fries, and pancakes are also served, but the steamed cheeseburg should not be ignored.
100% Approval Rating (18 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Steamed Cheeseburger
Chicken Soup
Steamed Cheeseburger
Eggs and Kilbasa breakfast
Migas
Rubin Sandwich
Egg and Hot Cheese Sandwich

Highlighted Reviews

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Chris & Amy Ayers - Photos (3)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Anita Dufresne knows all about steamed cheeseburgs (New Englanders often drop the –er suffix from burger). She mans the steambox behind the twelve-stool counter at the Lunchbox on East Main in Meriden. Locals certainly have their loyalties to steamed burger joints ..."   [Read More]
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Bart Gullong
October 02, 2012
"Ted's may be the original but The Lunchbox is what the steamed cheeseburger was always meant to be. The burger is fresh and sweet, with no freezer or cheap-meat taste. The cheese has a Black-Diamond-style aged cheddar bite that counterbalances the beef perfectly. And ..."   [Read More]
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Jeff Beeton
March 10, 2011
"My large special breakfast of kielbasa, scrambled eggs, and home fries with rye toast was delicately prepared and presented by the friendly and pleasant owner Anita. She told me a little about her victory four months ago as the "Best Steamed Hamburger" competition ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

620 East Main Street, Meriden, CT
(203) 238-0313

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The Lunchbox’s steamed cheeseburg is incredibly juicy, and its molten cheese is wonderfully tangy.
"The Lunchbox’s steamed cheeseburg is incredibly juicy, and its molten cheese is wonderfully tangy."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Some people say that central Connecticut's steamed cheeseburger is an acquired taste. The Lunchbox is an ideal place to acquire it: this is one sensationally good burger.
"Some people say that central Connecticut's steamed cheeseburger is an acquired taste. The Lunchbox is an ideal place to acquire it: this is one sensationally good burger."
Michael Stern


Donna said she had made the chicken soup just that morning. I believe her. It was homey and delicious.
"Donna said she had made the chicken soup just that morning. I believe her. It was homey and delicious."
Michael Stern


Jenny, whose husband is from Texas, added migas to the menu.
"Jenny, whose husband is from Texas, added migas to the menu."
Michael Stern


Steamed Cheeseburger Omelette - Great new meal for breakfast or lunch
"Steamed Cheeseburger Omelette - Great new meal for breakfast or lunch"
Charles Peach


The restaurant won “Most Creative Burger” in Meriden’s Battle of the Burgers competition.
"The restaurant won “Most Creative Burger” in Meriden’s Battle of the Burgers competition."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Waitress Donna, owner Anita, and waitress Jenny: the Lunch Box crew stands behind a trophy won for the great burger.
"Waitress Donna, owner Anita, and waitress Jenny: the Lunch Box crew stands behind a trophy won for the great burger."
Michael Stern


Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Lunchbox is a must-stop while in Meriden.
"Open only for breakfast and lunch, the Lunchbox is a must-stop while in Meriden."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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